Citizens, including supporters of the People’s National Movement (PNM), must face reality and cast blame for almost all of our adversities on the PNM party and its politicians.

There is no substantial evidence that any other party in this small nation is responsible for our crime wave and general growth of lawlessness.

The PNM has dominated our political scene since independence. They have spent over 43 years in power of our 57 years of independence and look at the state of the nation today!

Many outsiders see the image of this nation badly tarnished with many now referring to Trinidad and Tobago as a rogue or failed state.

It is grossly unfair to blame any other party for our present woes. These drawbacks are still here despite yet again having a PNM government in power.

Yes, blame for some political blunders can be allocated to other parties, but they were never in power long enough to repair any damage they may have done.

Having said that, even if they did make a blunder the PNM normally returns to power, and they should have sorted any past damage done to our society.

Today the nation is in a mess, and crime and general lawlessness which developed after our independence whilst the PNM was in power is still galloping at a rapid pace, and generally speaking things have gone from bad to worse under the present PNM politicians who occupy the corridors of power.

There is one certainty and that is if the PNM is returned to power we can only look forward to more of the same with the situation growing worse.

The past four years are a good example of what to expect. At present, we have uncontrollable crime and lawlessness and our justice system is lying in tatters with the PNM politicians doing absolutely nothing meaningful or effective to deal with the problems or put the justice system back on the right track.

They spend a lot of time in Parliament making attempts to belittle opposition politicians in the form of racist remarks against them or attempting to ridicule the UNC by allocating the failures of the economy on the former regime.

It is a shame that citizens did not see it paramount to try to bring into power a third political force, for even if the UNC wins the coming election they will continue to be plagued by the losers, and with the majority of blinkered Afro/Trinidadians bearing allegiance to the PNM it wouldn’t be long before they reject the UNC, and again put the PNM back in power.

The cycle of citizens living in fear for their lives and having a high crime rate with the continual verbal attacks by PNM politicians on the UNC can always be expected, and has now become a habit.

As I see it, citizens are in a no-win situation. They no doubt will continue to slowly learn from their mistakes and may see the light when it is too late to alter the situation without outside intervention.

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