On April 1 (All Fools Day) long ago, people played a game called, “Send the fool a little farther.” This entailed fooling a hapless victim by informing him that someone was looking for him. When he found the person, that mischievous individual sent him on to another who supposedly was the one who really wanted to see him, and that one sent him on to another. On and on he went... on a fool’s errand so that he never arrived at his destination.

Trinidadians love to play “Send the fool a little farther”, even today. No one wants to give up their fireworks, so close down the zoo instead, a costly, hugely complicated and time-consuming exercise. Send the fool a little farther.


Natalie Williams’ rise to journalistic stardom in Trinidad and Tobago was propelled by a question she put to then sitting prime minister Basdeo Panday — whether he had pulled strings for a friend to secure a State contract. Mr Panday’s indignant response to her was “that’s insulting.” Unflinching, she continued to pursue him on the question.

LAST week’s United Nations-backed “high-level event”, aimed at mobilising global financial support and debt relief for developing countries, was an important initiative, which this newspaper hopes will lead to concrete action.

The Jamaat-al-Muslimeen’s attempt to step out of the political shadows and secure a place among the political establishment has opened a window into the nature of electioneering in this country.

I will not be a hypocrite and condemn the Ministry of Education’s scholarship intervention to approximately 400 CAPE students on a yearly basis. Indeed, I have gained social mobility through access to a government scholarship several years ago.

In the broadest sense of the word we should be able to say that we have come to end of the road, and students and parents and teachers too, should be breathing a collective sigh of relief. Unfortunately, we cannot do that yet.