If the headline is confusing, it shouldn’t be since this is probably the only country where such a phrase makes sense to most people.

Take, for example, the illegal quarrying situation recently raised by Marc de Verteuil that was carried in one of the tabloids.

Imagine a Government official admitting they are fully aware of how many unregistered companies engage in illegal quarrying, yet it continues. They are “working on it”, he said.

Discussing this with an elderly gentleman recently, he declared: “Why you confused? And prostitution illegal, too? Yet it going on in the country ever since I was a little boy.”

The authorities know the establishments, they raid them, arrest people, and allow the establishment to continue operations the next day. Maybe that’s the way they catch the people involved.

I suppose it’s the norm to have “double standards” in T&T. Like “PH” taxis. “Illegally legal”, right? At least they did the right thing and legalised “gambling” like Play Whe, Lotto, Cash Pot, etc, but only for NLCB to operate. No private “whe whe” banker like long ago. After all, those games bring in a lot of revenue, right?

But do you know how many poor, gullible people are hooked on gambling in this country because of it? Some don’t have money to buy a meal, but a bird fly over and mess on their head so they gone to play “pigeon” or whatever the mark is for “bird mess”.

I’m waiting to see what happens “legally” with the ever-popular marijuana next.

W Dopson

Woodbrook

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