ON the fourth anniversary of People’s National Movement’s election victory a game changer collapses. This collapse of a significant plank upon which the Keith Rowley-led administration placed its development programme is significant.

I’m not surprised because we keep focusing on quick fixes in preference to the hard work of rebuilding our society from the ground up. Somebody needs to start believing in us again and the entity best suited to channel that belief is the person in the position of Prime Minister. With 12 months left in his formal administration, his game-changer is not evident, but his failures are glaring.

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Trinidad and Tobago is a hard place to repair but someone has to begin somewhere, and the issue of productivity is clearly the best place to start. It’s not an easy solution, but it is the largest obstacle for us to begin chipping away at in quest to solve our problems. The Government could have met with the contractors and shared their vision for providing affordable housing, maybe they would have looked at the stock of unoccupied houses to identify how to make them liveable.

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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.

With the impending national budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 in the air, there seems to be a blanket of fear descending on the citizens of this beautiful country.

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.