Already, the blame game has begun about the “unrest” in Trinidad in the wake of the fatal shooting of three persons by police officers. Who is to blame? We are all entitled to our opinion, and I certainly do have my ideas as to what lies behind the disturbances.

This goes way beyond politics and personalities. Its roots come from the economic state of Trinidad and Tobago. While we may try to bury our head in the sand and pretend certain problems do not exist, the fact is many of our citizens are suffering, and that includes the youths of our land.

Did you see the age of the people out there on Tuesday? Our streets were filled with young people protesting. Thousands of citizens are unemployed. They cannot find jobs. Covid added more misery to T&T by doing a negative job on our economy. People are reacting at any opportunity, venting what they are feeling inside.

I am appealing to those in charge to come up with ideas to help alleviate what is generating this kind of anger. Job creation must be our top priority. The poverty level continues to rise and that must be dealt with urgently, with emphasis on the young people. Many of them are easy targets for gang leaders.

The heart of the matter lies in economic and social conditions. Solve these and we will see an improvement in T&T.


Official recognition of the historical importance of the location where the Treasury Building now stands is long overdue. As the place that marks the spot where British Governor Sir George Fitzgerald Hill publicly read out the Proclamation of Emancipation on August 1, 1834, the site is of immeasurable significance to the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

WE celebrated Emancipation Day on August 1, but to my mind, we have not yet fully grasped the broader concept of freedom. In other words we have not, through our education system, formulated a critical pedagogy across our curricula; to foster a knowledge of self, to move beyond who we are, to transform the what- and how, to break with debilitating norms and to name our world. Inherent in all of this is the development of critical thinking skills in the learner and the learning culture.

IN the early 1970s, the Mighty Composer (Fred Mitchell) composed and sang a calypso entitled “Black Fallacy” in which he showed that many persons today and “from since in the Beginning” continue to use the word “black with a degrading twist,” to denote racism, prejudice and bigotry in their dealings with Africans and African descendants.

AS a civic-minded citizen, one piece of legislation I would like to see passed in the Parliament is one that regulates the conduct of political parties and their supporters during an election.

The insistence of the ruling party to hold the general election on August 10 in the midst of a new or second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic leaves many raised eyebrows and even more questions. Since many restrictions or “protocols” have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus or “flatten the curve” of infections, two pertinent issues must be questioned here

I remember my deceased uncle telling me that, in the early 1960s, it was the people and religious leaders who went to Dr Eric Williams to persuade him to put the name of God into our Constitution.