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.


The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I don’t presume to know the criteria for judging Calypso Fiesta, how the finalists for the Calypso Monarch competition are selected. But after looking at most of the semi-finalists on TTT’s live broadcast of the event, one performer catapulted me from the frequent tedium of looking at some 40 performers—many with similar and repetitive themes.