In reading Darryn Boodan’s columun headlined, “Making T&T Venezuela again” I thought to myself, “this should be compulsory reading for all Trinbagonians”. It is suggesting that Trinidad and Tobago may be moving in the same direction as our neighbour, whether by design or otherwise.

The following recent events which support the above notion and should be of some concern are: 1. The attempt to amend the FOI Act through the back door by including same into a mix of “innocent” legislation. Thankfully the unprecedented outcry from sections of civil society that many thought would never rise to such a challenge put the Government on the back foot, resulting in its withdrawal.

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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.

THE Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) must be congratulated on winning the bid for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

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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.