Unfair treatment for Farrell's article
Dr Terrence Farrell has done a service to T&T by his epic expose on the style of the government.
In his scholarly analysis (Express, July 17) Dr Farrell, regarded as one of the foremost academics in this land, lamented the fact that Government failed to give consideration to staff of the Central Bank as the PM decided on the selection of a new governor.
Dr Farrell bemoaned the fact that the present deputy governor hails from Laventille while two other bank economists come from predominantly humble backgrounds, one from Tobago and the other from Morvant or perhaps East Dry River.
A cursory read of the article would have led one to believe that Dr Farrell was using coded language to accuse the Government of bypassing black people in the bank to promote an Indian. His failure to mention Winston Dookeran appeared to be a glaring omission, giving rise to the perception that there was a racial bias in his analysis.
I am sure that his article was truncated because of space and if it was carried in full it would have painted a different picture. Dr Farrell would have pointed out that Joan John from Laventille received no special treatment to be appointed as deputy governor under the past administration notwithstanding there were more qualified persons than her. His article would also reveal that the appointment of Mr Williams was not a snub against more qualified in-house staff and space did not permit him itemising the near-collapse of the financial system under the former governor.
It would be unfair to accuse Dr Farrell of doing a disservice to his reputation by him being unmasked as a black skin, black mask when in truth if his entire article was published a different image would have appeared!