Supposing the United National Congress wins general election 2020, where are they going with the silly “Bring back the sugar industry” debate?

Sugar, read my political lips, is as serious a killer as drugs and alcohol and should come with a health warning. The sugar industry was draining our treasury dry and was as unsustainable as the Petrotrin refinery. It had to go. End of story.

Fast forward to 2020 and where is the feasibility to return to sugar as employment for the financially challenged?

Modern technological advances will call for modern factories and less labour. Our ancient sugar factories are obsolete. Who needs to do nostalgic visits to gaze on old iron?

And when this allegedly brain dead idea stalls, where will we find the pieces of State land to reward the disappointed?

Reviving sugar may possibly get the UNC some votes based totally on nostalgia. T&T could not compete with Brazil and other present-day sugar markets. The world is full of sugar substitutes and there is a concerted effort by many to live sugar-free lives.

Who will be the new enslaved indentured?

CEPEP/URP workers? Promise the financially challenged anything and everything to get some votes?

Why turn back the clock on human suffering just for political mileage?

In the effort to win general election 2020, talk in T&T has never been cheaper or sweeter. Consider, instead, reviving the cocoa industry.

Unsweetened dark chocolate is better for your health and a great diversification idea.


Newly-released video of the police involvement in the Beetham protest in which the pregnant Ornella Greaves was killed calls for a serious review of the statement by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that no officers were around when she was shot.

While the public is yet to see the video on which the Commissioner has based his claim, new video clips being shared on social media show a large number of police officers, with guns drawn, descending on protesters and shooting in the midst of the protesters with their hands up chanting “Don’t shoot”.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “unreality” as “the quality of not being or seeming to be real”.

Will what awaits us after August 10 subdue the unreality that normally pervades a general election campaign in Trinidad and Tobago? Will we be real?

My principal but probably vain hope for the general election, to be held on August 10, is that it will not polarise the country further.

Realistically, one cannot hope for more, and it is mamaguy to feed us dreams of unity and overcoming, while our leaders are likely to engage in verbal warfare, way beyond the so-called cut and thrust of political debate.

I met Sophia Chote only once, but was enchanted by the intellectual sophistication and emotional maturity of her columns. Her writing reminded me of the quali­ties that one found in the thinkers of the romantic movement of the 19th century: a belief in democracy and republicanism, an appreciation for the sublime and transcendence and, most of all, a belief in the power of imagination.

I don’t know why Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar thought it necessary to appeal to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to invite a team of observers from The British Commonwealth and/or Caricom to witness the conduct of the general election that will take place on August 10.

This letter is addressed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Sir, following the recent protests staged by the people of severely challenged communities over the killing of three residents, you have made a masterful response and appointed a committee to undertake an analysis of the situation and make recommendations on the way forward.