A friend once told me we live in a world where right is called wrong and wrong labelled right. No truer words especially when one looks at the present scenario involving the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and FIFA, the world governing body for the sport of football.

Just to go back a little, William Wallace and his executive were democratically elected into office last November to run the affairs of local football for the next four years. Wallace headed his slate and was also elected president. That was the easy part...or so they thought.

Four months later, Wallace and his executive are in a battle of survival with the world body for the sport. The duly elected executive headed by William Wallace was removed by FIFA and replaced by normalisation committee.

For redress, the TTFA sought out the international court of arbitration for sport. This proved not to be in the best interest of the TTFA. The next move for Wallace and his executive was the high courts in the twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago in which a Football Association was established through an act of Parliament.

What is somewhat difficult for me to come to terms with is the non support of Concacaf, the Caribbean Football Union and former national players at home.

In some quarters, there is a call for Wallace and company to throw in the towel. Don’t take on the world governing body for the sport. Some are even saying Wallace must see Trinidad and Tobago football as the bigger picture if there is to be a revival of the game locally. But, I recall former world champion Claude Noel taking the World Boxing Association to court for the right to have his title shot which won this country’s first world title.

But, back to Wallace and his executive. They did it the right way to get into office but, it appears to me by the treatment they have received they went about it the wrong way.

What are the lessons William Wallace a school teacher by profession learned from this experience? Right is wrong and wrong is right.

My heart bleeds for William Wallace and his executive. My advice to him is to stay strong, don’t be bitter after this ordeal but come out better than you entered. I salute you and the men who stand with you in this courageous fight.


Even under normal conditions, the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination is a well-known source of stress for 11- and 12-year-olds.

One can therefore imagine what it must be like for the 19,300 children who are back at school preparing for the rescheduled exam on August 20. Not only are they in a significantly altered learning environment, but each new report of an SEA pupil having contracted Covid-19 must bring them new anxiety.

THE Minister of Social Development and Family Services was at the absolute top of her game last Wednesday during the national update to the country, as we began to witness what is now a significant uptick in Covid-19-positive cases.

Elections in Trinidad and Tobago are a reflection of the society; believe it or not, everything just goes helter-­skelter. The utterances that come out of most candidates’ mouths are mind-­boggling to some citizens.

I foolishly thought the voice and will of the people decided an election. What an underhanded attempt by the PNM to steal the election.

Firstly, Colm Imbert’s issue ought not to be with Barry Padarath or the UNC. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC)—the constituted election body—has approved Padarath’s candidacy, which means as far as it is concerned, he has met all the required stipulations.

A few years ago, a German car company ran an advertising campaign that centred around two words: Drivers wanted.

The idea, of course, was that this auto maker was doing the hard work, creating these amazing vehicles. All you had to do was drive. It went on to be one of their most successful advertising campaigns, and was able to relaunch the brand after many years of poor sales.

Stupidity kills. That’s not an exaggeration. Stupidity, coupled with ignorance, is an even deadlier combination. Just Google “Darwin Awards”.

Weeks ago, I predicted a rise in Covid-19 cases in T&T. It wasn’t difficult to foresee the current spate of infection growth.