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In time to come, when future generations write about us, about our behaviour during the great war against COVID-19, they may well resort to the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities, which was set in a tumultuous period in European and world history, 1775-1792.

When is an exemption to closed borders not an exemption after the borders are closed?

I will return to this riddle, but let me first note that the limited testing for COVID-19 has been expanded in obvious response to queries about its previous deficiencies.

I have been the severest critic of this administration for the past four-and-a-half years.

I have chastised them unrelentingly for their economic mismanagement that has taken the nation to the precipice, stranded in a fading energy sector and no new foreign revenue streams incubating; the national debt reaching an unsustainable $120 billion,

Just a few weeks ago it was possible for T&T’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, to indicate in a major speech, that the Caribbean as whole had a potentially very bright future as a major western hemisphere oil and gas supplier. He had good reason for saying so.

In response to my column of three weeks ago, “Black Betrayal”, a critic attacked me in a slanderous manner.

Mercifully, the Express deleted the more vitriolic aspects of his original letter.

I call upon the Prime Minister of our country to stop pussy-footing with our lives and declare a state of emergency (SoE) immedi­ately.

While we in Trinidad and Tobago are focusing on our own situation, it is important to note that many other nations are desperately trying to contain and manage the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it.

Dastardly, ­diabolical and demonic are three words Dr ­Roodal Moonilal used on Tuesday to describe the Government’s refusal to allow citizens still outside our closed borders to come back in.

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