The budget statement 2020 played politics with the agricultural sector once again with no real incentives or initiatives being offered to drive the sector.

The total allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries was $708 million. If this figure is carefully analysed it would be soon discovered that the majority of this allocation, if not all, is earmarked for recurrent expenditure (salaries, existing projects, etc.) by the ministry and not for new or developmental projects.

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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.

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

When the late Maestro sang his 12 to 14 verses of “Mr Trinidad” he was, unknowingly, going back to the norm for the older calypsonians. It was only when they had to conform to the three-minute limit of the 78 rpm recordings that the four-verse calypso took centre stage.

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.