As a youth we learned several sayings. One was “a stitch in time saves nine” and what it meant, but it seems these sayings are no longer known.

Every day in the media we hear of people saying they complained for years of certain problems and all they hear is “we are looking into the problem” or “we know of it” or that “our engineers are checking into it”. Lo and behold, after five or ten years of nothing being done, there is a calamity.

When first told of the problem to fix, it would cost a few thousand; but after the calamity, a few million. Is it so that some of the money could be shared by some of the boys?

Another thing—after taking years to complete, the job may not be done properly, so later more money has to be given to fix the same problem.

What a country we live in. Anyway, Trinidad is not the only country noted for corruption, but why should the country be one of the corrupt, like we hear or read of in Africa, etc?

As a young man, a certain taxi-driver in the area where I lived got a job to repair a road. When asked what he knew of road repair, his answer was, “They gave me the job, so I did not refuse it.”

Job for the boys.

Clermont Andrews

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TODAY’S green edition of the Express is an open declaration that this newspaper stands with the global rally against climate change and calls on all of T&T to join forces in defence of our planet and the two islands we call home.

It has taken over a century but even the loudest sceptics are now convinced that climate change is real and happening before our eyes.

I don’t know if it has yet dawned on Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her colleagues in the Opposition United National Congress that their ill-conceived motion in Parliament, which sought to trigger the impeachment of the President of the Republic, has backfired so badly that it seems set to terminate Persad-Bissessar’s political career, and possibly eliminate the UNC as a political force in the country.

I have repeatedly described the country’s Constitution as “deformed”. It ensures no true accountability to the people, renders the Parliament supine to the Cabinet and makes the nation vulnerable to the excessive power and influence of the Prime Minister.

Many readers will recall the political controversies in which President Anthony Carmona, the immediate predecessor of our current President, was involved arising out of the purported exercise of powers that he thought he had.

As a result, citizens hoped that the presidency would return to calmer waters, not made turbulent by involvement of the office of President in the agendas of the politicians.

The issue of the Speaker’s guidelines has nothing to do with the UNC or PNM governments, but rather the upholding of the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Rule of Law.

What transpired in the Parliament on Thursday is a grave, deliberate and malicious attack on the Constitution and a blatant disregard for the Rule of Law.

For years the population thought July 27, 1990, was the darkest day in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, when armed insurrectionists stormed the hallowed halls of Parliament.

On that day some 31 years ago, parliamentarians who were trapped in the Red House cringed in horror that at any moment their lives could be snuffed out by a bunch of gun-toting brigands.