Angus Young

Angus Young

Against advice, I am responding to months of what I consider defamation from specific members of the public who chose to pedal lies and spew poisonous and decadent rhetoric, without boundaries, even at the cost of the peace and safety of my wife and kids.

I have been made subject of vitriolic videos and caricatures sent via WhatsApp to my kids, my wife, my clients and my work colleagues. I have suffered continuous attempts to discredit my personal and professional reputation and track-record. I have had numerous lies told about my work, and I have had my good name vulgarly sprawled across platforms. But now, I choose to not stay silent.

Who is Angus Young?

I am a husband and father of young kids. I have a mortgage, vehicle loans, and I budget like most people do to pay school fees, insurance premiums, utilities, grocery and medical bills. I entered university at 17 and graduated by 20. I have been working full time for the last 20 years in the financial services industry in Trinidad and throughout the wider Caribbean region. My wife of 14 years is my best friend and confidante. She earned a GPA of 4.0 and was valedictorian of her graduating year. The day after her valedictorian speech, she was invited to join a political party but neither she nor I have any such aspirations. She is an entrepreneur and a rock star too. She keeps the family together and is the best wife I could ever want and the best mother my kids could ever have. Her love and support are the reason I am where I am today. It is our success, not just mine.

On the matter of my work, my professional track-record has earned me many good opportunities - and on merit. I have earned my pay.

I think it is in the public interest, to provide proper and correct information to counter the ignorance that is being pedaled as financial analysis.

In September 2014, at the age of 35, I was appointed CEO of NCB Global Finance (‘NCBGF’). NCBGF was previously AIC Finance Ltd, and prior to that, Total Finance Ltd. When I joined NCBGF, the UNC formed the Government and UNC Minister of Finance Larry Howai cut the ribbon at the NCBGF launch and in his speech, wished NCBGF well as NCBJ entered the Trinidad & Tobago market. NCBGF is here for the long haul, to serve our markets regardless of who forms the government and always fully complaint with the laws and regulations that govern our industry. NBCGF is regulated by the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago and the Trinidad & Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission.

To my accusers, you have sought to take advantage of the very people you would like to lead. You know your accusations are false and fabricated as you disregard the truth in an attempt to fool the public who don’t have, and are not expected to have, an intimate understanding of Investment Banking. You don’t respect those you would like to lead as you are taking advantage of people who don’t know better, and as such you abuse the trust they have in you. To you I say, as Bob Marley did in paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool all the people all the time”.

You have sought to destroy my reputation after all the sacrifices my wife and I have made to get where we are today. You can’t do that. The universe has a way of dealing with these things.

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.

Angus P. Young

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Newly-released video of the police involvement in the Beetham protest in which the pregnant Ornella Greaves was killed calls for a serious review of the statement by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that no officers were around when she was shot.

While the public is yet to see the video on which the Commissioner has based his claim, new video clips being shared on social media show a large number of police officers, with guns drawn, descending on protesters and shooting in the midst of the protesters with their hands up chanting “Don’t shoot”.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “unreality” as “the quality of not being or seeming to be real”.

Will what awaits us after August 10 subdue the unreality that normally pervades a general election campaign in Trinidad and Tobago? Will we be real?

My principal but probably vain hope for the general election, to be held on August 10, is that it will not polarise the country further.

Realistically, one cannot hope for more, and it is mamaguy to feed us dreams of unity and overcoming, while our leaders are likely to engage in verbal warfare, way beyond the so-called cut and thrust of political debate.

I met Sophia Chote only once, but was enchanted by the intellectual sophistication and emotional maturity of her columns. Her writing reminded me of the quali­ties that one found in the thinkers of the romantic movement of the 19th century: a belief in democracy and republicanism, an appreciation for the sublime and transcendence and, most of all, a belief in the power of imagination.

I don’t know why Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar thought it necessary to appeal to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to invite a team of observers from The British Commonwealth and/or Caricom to witness the conduct of the general election that will take place on August 10.

This letter is addressed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Sir, following the recent protests staged by the people of severely challenged communities over the killing of three residents, you have made a masterful response and appointed a committee to undertake an analysis of the situation and make recommendations on the way forward.