The Express yesterday pleased me greatly. The editorial points out once again the typical behaviour and the character of Roodal Moonilal, the MP for Oropouche East.

“Why yuh doh hush yuh stink mouth?” he shouted loudly at me across the parliamentary floor, when I accused the UNC of thievery of public money.

The Express correctly condemned Moonilal’s constant use of the name and circumstances of the daughter of Maria Daniel, a woman with whom Minister Stuart Young had a relationship.

According to the editorial, Moonilal descends into this cesspool in order to attack the minister.

The editorial also observed that neither Madam Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who holds herself out as being “with great empathy to women and children”, nor the UNC, has taken action to rein him in.

Krystiana Sankar is simply his latest victim. When he was forced to apologise to me and the Parliament for his comment that “da is why, Snake have lead fuh yuh” no one in the UNC attempted to correct and rehabilitate him. He went to court, lost and obviously, did not learn.

I commend the Express on “expressing” a thoughtful, moralistic and sensible position on this issue. It reflects the general public sentiment.


Left to work magic with an estimated $15 billion Covid-related financial hole, Finance Minister Colm Imbert may settle for keeping the engine of the economy running while idle.

That was the famous question posed by Italian American physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950. No, Fermi wasn’t trying to get through to the official Covid-19 hotline. He was pondering an even more puzzling question. If our galaxy alone contains billions of stars, each of them with orbiting planets, then the universe must be teeming with more life than on a private beach during lockdown. But if that’s the case, why haven’t we detected any up to now?

I watched two contrasting presentations this week. One was by the senior executive team of BP presenting its strategy to over 20,000 viewers worldwide. The other was the news conference hosted by the Prime Minister heralding the arrival of the BHP drillship headed to the Broadside prospect.

Tourism near standstill? GDP down 27 per cent? Knocking on for half the workforce unemployed? No problem. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley seems bursting with confidence as she approaches half-way through her first parliamentary term.

It was former president, retired Justice Anthony Carmona, who famously declared in his inaugural address, “The powers you think I have, I do not,” but, “The powers you think I do not have, I do.”