Gary Griffith

The appointment of Gary Griffith as commissioner of police was done under the same rules that had in the 1980s appointed Randolph Burroughs as commissioner of police.

He applied the same attitude as Gary Griffith when dealing with our hardened criminals and killers, but at the end he was denied any worthwhile praise.

The police system in Trinidad has always come under criticism because of the failures of politicians, and senior police officers do not give the matter much thought.

All they seek is a commissioner of police, never mind what his personal policies are.

It is about time the politicians take the opportunity to grab the upper hand in the appointment of a police commissioner.

Finding the right man for the job is going to be perhaps a mountain too high to climb, as some of our senior policemen are known to be corrupt.

All in all, the police and the poli­ticians seem to be confused when it comes to selecting the right man for the job of commissioner of police here, and it is about time they get this matter right.

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It has taken over a century but even the loudest sceptics are now convinced that climate change is real and happening before our eyes.

I don’t know if it has yet dawned on Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her colleagues in the Opposition United National Congress that their ill-conceived motion in Parliament, which sought to trigger the impeachment of the President of the Republic, has backfired so badly that it seems set to terminate Persad-Bissessar’s political career, and possibly eliminate the UNC as a political force in the country.

I have repeatedly described the country’s Constitution as “deformed”. It ensures no true accountability to the people, renders the Parliament supine to the Cabinet and makes the nation vulnerable to the excessive power and influence of the Prime Minister.

Many readers will recall the political controversies in which President Anthony Carmona, the immediate predecessor of our current President, was involved arising out of the purported exercise of powers that he thought he had.

As a result, citizens hoped that the presidency would return to calmer waters, not made turbulent by involvement of the office of President in the agendas of the politicians.

The issue of the Speaker’s guidelines has nothing to do with the UNC or PNM governments, but rather the upholding of the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Rule of Law.

What transpired in the Parliament on Thursday is a grave, deliberate and malicious attack on the Constitution and a blatant disregard for the Rule of Law.

For years the population thought July 27, 1990, was the darkest day in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, when armed insurrectionists stormed the hallowed halls of Parliament.

On that day some 31 years ago, parliamentarians who were trapped in the Red House cringed in horror that at any moment their lives could be snuffed out by a bunch of gun-toting brigands.