Alarmingly, the Government has gone ahead with its plans to bring amendments to the Bail Act Chap. 4:60 and “debate it through all stages” when the Senate convenes today. The 2019 Amendment Act seeks to, inter alia, restrict bail for 120 days to persons charged with:

1. Possession of a firearm;

2. Any scheduled offence while under a pending charge for another scheduled offence; and

3. Any scheduled offence where the prosecution merely informs the court (i.e. no evidence is as yet admitted) that the person charged or any other person involved in the commission of the offence had in his possession a firearm or imitation firearm.

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This means that so long as the police at the first hearing says to the magistrate that a gun was used in the commission of the alleged offence whether or not a gun was actually used, whether or not the accused knew that someone else had a gun and whether or not the police is be truthful about the use of a firearm in the crime, the accused person is automatically remanded to jail for 120 days. This is a dangerous power in the hands of the police.


I meet many men who make significant sacrifices for their children. When I enquire about their experience of being fathered, I learn most of them have had bad experiences. They are giving their children what they never experienced. This is heroic and commendable. 

The Government case for inserting the Attorney General into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is illogical and, as the Law Association has shown, easily dismissed by the facts.

ON the third Sunday in June each year, we pause to celebrate the fathers of our nation, and the critical role they play in raising productive citizens, building communities and in so doing, building the country.

According to a recent article in the press, Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh said he supported the clause for pension hikes for judges and parliamentarians, because he realised that for those who have retired, their lives have become “extremely difficult” as they receive a paltry pension.

Standing in line to be registered to stay in Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuelans were being offered jobs by local companies. These migrants will work hard, be pleasant at their job, because they have to support themselves and family back in Venezuela. Trinis saying: “The crime rate going to go up.” “They going to take away our husbands/wives.” Well the marriage must have been “on the rocks” long before.

Though I care not for his idiomatic turn of phrase, still I always listen to the Prime Minister even when he’s got below zero to say.