How many illegal weapons are going to be allowed to come into this country before the current administration puts security measures in place to stop the flow? Local government elections took place yesterday and general elections are around the corner, but no one is seriously addressing the problem we have at the border.

The Police Social and Welfare Association says it is angered by Saturday’s shooting in which hairdresser Natoya Christian, 40, and 50-year-old Sgt Roger Williams were killed at D’Style Mall, Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.

Williams, of Serraneau Road, Belmont, was moonlighting at a nearby casino and had his personal gun. He didn’t get a chance to use it when gunmen opened fire on a group of limers at around 7 p.m.. The killers were reportedly after a man from Beetham Gardens. Christian, the mother of three of Mentor Alley, Laventille, was celebrating her birthday.

Members of the association, at a press conference on Sunday, also said they were alarmed at the number of illegal firearms on the streets and attributed the illegal firearms to T&T’s “porous borders and ports by air, land and sea”.

Thousands of illegal immigrants are continuing to pour into Trinidad and Tobago with no system in place or desire from the government and even opposition to stop the flow. They had many opportunities to secure the borders, but not much has been done by either political party. Our lives and the lives of our children are at stake.

It appears that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago possesses no will or desire to do what it takes to secure the borders. The same politicians are singing the same old songs: we will soon be putting policies in place to secure the borders. We all know that nothing will ever be done due to various reasons. It’s all nonsense.

We could easily secure the border if we had the political will to do so, but the current crop of politicians have shown no desire to do what it takes to stop the flow of people and illegal weapons into the country. We need a new political party with leaders that are willing to do what it takes to secure this country now. As long as we keep voting into power the same old politicians, innocent people will continue to be shot, robbed and killed.

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The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

There is rightly national concern about crime and there are very many views and recommendations put forward by the citizenry and various organisations, including businesses, on how to combat crime.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.