I was flabbergasted by Faris Al-Rawi’s reported rationale for attempting at short notice and like a thief in the night, to fiddle with and to stymie the public’s access to information from elected politicians who ought to see themselves as temporary employees of the people. He advanced—as he is wont to do—the logical fallacy, that by subjecting every Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to an insufferably lengthy waiting period, by his estimation the State would “save millions”.

What an egregious, necrotic, and cancerous argument! It is the opposite that is true! If he and his cohorts were honest and forthright and were imbued with a world-view that prioritised truth and integrity, he would seek to shorten rather than extend the time allowed to respond to queries succinctly and honestly—and not wish to take six months to provide a cryptic and often dishonest reply to legitimate questions from the public.

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In fact, if Mr Al-Rawi was truly interested in saving the State a pile of money on account of the refractory (PNM) habit of recalcitrant dishonesty and mafia-like secrecy which that party imposes upon public institutions, he should have tabled an amendment that binds a responsible minister—and neither the Cabinet nor the Government —personally liable to a claimant for misbehaviour regarding the FOIA.


Every civilisation has its unconscious assumptions, driving forces that motivate and at the same time act as the unseen glue holding the civilisation together. Here we find both the genius of a society and its deepest pain, crying out for redemption.

The Sangre Grande Region which stretches from Valencia in the west to Matelot in the north and comprises approximately 900 square kilometres of land (larger in size than Singapore, Barbados and Tobago) with a population of approximately 100,000 persons, is the least developed part of Trinidad and Tobago.

Perverse rationale. ­Unfounded logic. Two phrases to describe the letter in last Thursday’s Express by Steve Smith, “Stop looking for others to blame”.

While I am 100 per cent for the employee, I am extremely disturbed by the union’s purpose in this country. “The main purpose of labour unions is to give workers the power to negotiate for more favourable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.” However, here in Trinidad the purpose appears to sabotage production and efficiency in any organisation.

An important way to understand a problem is to see it in a wider context and from different points of view. This is especially important for those who are tempted by, or succumb to, the allurement of crime, especially crime involving violence. Thinking only of the short term might seem profitable and gratifying.