Ayanna Webster-Roy

putting measures in place: Ayanna Webster-Roy

There is a difference between leaders and all the rest of us. This is the reason the world hardly gets better although it is actually possible to have the world become better every day.

A Leader, as an illustration of this point, will read the following information taken from the Judith Jones Task Force Report, “Safeguarding Children in Community Residences and Child Support Centres in Trinidad and Tobago”, and suffer a broken heart:

The report also highlights one case where a child categorised as “in need of care” was attacked by a child in need of supervision.

The report said, “In one such critical incident report, he was sodomised with a broom handle by another resident. This resident also inflicted bodily harm on another resident when he bit off a piece of the peer’s ear lobe.”

We know that the Leader in this case, Mrs Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Gender and Child Affairs suffered a broken heart upon reading the above information, (and much else that is sickening and horrifying) because she told us so. We also learned that she read the report last year.

It is not clear whether she has been suffering from this broken heart since reading the report, but it is very clear indeed that she has done precisely nothing about what she read.

So a Leader, we learn from this situation, does not act. A Leader takes no action.

Recall that this Member of Parliament stated in 2021 that she only took the vaccination against Covid-19 because her husband and her father advised her to do so.

I am not a Leader and would not be able to keep company with the person in Trinidad and Tobago responsible for Gender and Child Affairs. Dr Keith Rowley should not be keeping company with her either.

When I read the description of the child mentioned above my cold, cold heart was not broken.

I stumbled from my chair to the yard and wretched my guts out at the very thought of that poor child. Leaders do not suffer unseemly displays like that ---- only broken hearts ---and unless someone replaces them the suffering

that in this modern world could be prevented, well, it will continue uninterrupted, just as it has since our leader read that report last year.

A Blade



Son, today is your 18th birthday, which means you can go out to buy a gun. I know you have been looking at several designs—so, if you wish, why not buy two? On the other hand, remember you’re still too young to buy even a beer.

Son, the best defence for a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun. Also, if every person in America owns a gun, we’ll be all safe.

Dad, how are you planning to protect kids in school?

The recent publication of a book on the life and times of Adrian Cola Rienzi (Krishna Deonarine) by Dr Brinsley Samaroo throws a spotlight on the meagre and inconsequential recognition accorded to this towering personage in the evolution and consolidation of the labour movement in Trinidad.

Whether or not yesterday’s significant show of force by large groups of workers in Port of Spain is to be seen as an overreaction, it is cause for deep concern in the ­society. The Government has an urgent duty now to ­respond to it in such a manner as to ease the tension.

“We not taking that so” could easily be summed up as the ­anthem behind the turnout, as a first response to the offer on the table for settlement of long-delayed salary negotiations in the ­public sector.

Trinidad and Tobago nationals are advised (by me) against travelling to the United States due to endemic mass shootings motivated by various forms of hatred.

Mass shootings are incidents of gun violence in which at least four or more persons are killed or injured. The latest occurrence at the time of writing was Tuesday, when 19 primary school children and two teachers were killed. That overshadowed the May 15 slaughter of ten black people, and the 12 other mass shootings in between.

What really is all the fuss about Minister Foster Cummings and his $4,411,464.76 deposit into his personal account at Venture Credit Union?

The minister claims that “it was a straightforward business loan”, undertaken by him when he was a back bencher in the Senate, but before he was appointed a Cabinet minister.

I see you write about me again, she said, laughing. Mystified, as she was not present in my mind as I wrote my last column, I asked what she meant. She was referring to the people who bottled everything inside and the unexpected eruptions that come from what might seem slight triggers. It made me think of how many times I have tried to coax her to talk about the pains of her past, only to pull up when it was evident that dredging up the memories was too much for her.