Tobago used to be the place where you went to get away from the hustle and bustle of Trinidad and even the crime that is creating so much havoc in the bigger island.

It was a place to relax and enjoy peace of mind on the sandy shores.

However, a recent spate of robberies is increasingly putting Tobago under threat. What is the current administration doing about the crime threat in Tobago?

A few mini-marts and even a supermarket were robbed recently and now we are hearing reports that bandits staged a pre-dawn robbery at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa in Crown Point.

According to multiple media reports, two masked men both armed with cutlasses entered the hotel at 2.35 a.m. on Monday and announced a hold-up.

They robbed the night duty custodian of over $15,000 vanishing into the darkness.

Trinidad and Tobago is collapsing before our very eyes and the only feasible option for many might be to migrate to more developed nations such as the United Kingdom and Canada as the criminal elements are taking complete control in these islands.

Simon Wright

via e-mail


Potholes on public roadways remain irrefutable signs of life in Trinidad and Tobago today.

There are apparently no clear solutions to these perennial problems. As road users, a weary population has essentially given up hope of solutions being proposed, much less implemented. On major roadways, equally as on minor roads, in built-up areas to the same extent as in villages and communities in rural districts, dilapidation is a fact of life. Often, generations of nationals go through this lived reality of bad roads and their deleterious effects on life in these areas.

Some years ago, a man was complaining to me about his wife of 25 years. The issues were not major; mainly the daily irritants that occur when people share space. But then, just like that, he said something that jolted me.

When Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s global legate, comes on his two-day State visit to Jamaica next week, he must be made aware that Jamaica won’t be quiescent about the often irrational behaviours of the US president, too many of which threaten to wreck a global order in which small states, like this one, are reasonably assured of protection against the arbitrary actions of powerful ones.

Sedition law is not about colonialism or gagging democratic expression. It is to do with controlling things that could lead to insurrection or mass disorder via speech and acts.

This is a lawless, bacchanalian society that is forever giving the hypocritical, self-righteous impression that we are holier than thou, making as if we walk on egg shells while ignoring that we are tiptoeing through the minefield that is life—our Trini life.

I read with alarm that Colm Imbert, the Minister of Finance, wants to make further amendments to the nation’s procurement legislation.