Several days ago, I posted on my Facebook page the following note: “Quite honestly I do not consider the jokes about Minister Marlene McDonald to be funny.” What followed was a steady flow of private messages from Facebook acquaintances, some of whom I had never interacted with before.

Some of them expressed surprise and perhaps shock at what they perceived to be an open display of affection towards the PNM by a UNC voice and an apparent show of sympathy for a bungling, fumbling and tumbling Government.

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THE Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) must be congratulated on winning the bid for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

IN the wake of the cancellation of a lopsided, scandalous multi-billion-dollar contract between the Housing Development Corporation and China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) for the construction of 5,000 housing units, it is alarming that no public official has been called to account for the many concessions the Chinese almost got but for the vigilance of the much-maligned mass media.

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I was very concerned when the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, revealed in Parliament over ten days ago that the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-­Bissessar, had allegedly tipped off Marlene McDon­ald that she was being investigated and her arrest was imminent.