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.
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.
In his wisdom Eric Williams gave us three watchwords at Independence, the first of which was discipline. Historian that he was, Dr Williams would have known that for countries much older and more established than ours, discipline more than any other attribute, would have been the quality that helped them overcome crises (such as disease, war, famine) that posed existential threats to their flourishing.
In January I wrote about Maximilian Forte’s Arima born, about the Catholic mission there for the First People. Today I want to notice a new book by Fr Anthony de Verteuil—whom I have called a national treasure—titled Trinidad’s Amerindian Legacy. This short book conveys, in a very readable form, basic information about our First Peoples since European contact, and their legacy to the modern nation.
They teach you in journalism school never to use the phrase “...X has changed the world forever”. Or at least they should. Covid-19 is certainly not going to change the world forever, but it is going to change quite a few things, in some cases for a long time. Here’s nine of them, in no particular order.