Every word spoken is geared to grab that important extra 15 minutes of fame.

Watson Duke, leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) of Tobago, made a comment that seals his reputation for being wilfully discordant, ignorant and foolish.

So, what is new? Why use the “N” word and thereby allow people to agree he is as educationally poorly outfitted? Wearing expensive, paid-for distressed designer jeans at an allegedly $.5 million launch party at an upscale hotel did not make him politically beautiful and extra clever.

As we say in local parlance, who he feel he is, boy? God?

For whose political benefit is Mr Duke deliberately talking politically obscene nonsense?

Black T&T citizens must follow his black advice to vote or not vote in a democracy?

The sitting People’s Natio­nal Movement (PNM) bent over backwards to ensure no permanently employed public servants (80,000 on record) lost their job, 2015-2019. What is on offer from Mr Duke and his alleged back door handlers? Sixteen-per cent increases in monthly salaries? Paid for by whom? From where?

For me, the insult to my ­senses is that Watson Duke believes people of all races must be stupid. Read my lips, Watson. Gaze into your political mirror at a man with a sign around his neck that reads “Last mentally enslaved black man for sale”.

Lynette Joseph

Diego Martin


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.

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

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.