Martin Daly

AS violent crime continues to overwhelm us, I noted last week the Prime Minister’s apparent adoption of the concept of violence as “a public health issue” and his intention (unnecessarily as we shall see) to seek the assistance of a foreign expert on the subject.

ON behalf of all the angry people that clamoured for this to be exposed, let me lay it out at the outset: The Ministry of Culture needs properly to account for the distribution of tickets for the main stage events of Carifesta, which was ill-considered, unfair and discriminatory.

EVENTS that rock us into further consternation about the state of our country and whether “we gone through” are occurring with increasing frequency.

Sadly, the responses of our rulers are superficial.

APPROXIMATELY one year ago, shortly after his appointment, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith likened the criminal elements to “cockroaches” and added that the cockroaches should be “crushed”.

“WITH so much of everything how do we leave with nothing?” This question is asked in a multi-layered (adults only) song called the “Blame Game”, a collaboration between John Legend and Kanye West, released in 2010. I came across this last Sunday on one of those Sunday mornings when we browse music as a stimulant for reflection while the continuing downward spiral of our country just seems too much to stomach.

WE are all acquainted with the expression 24/7 meaning continuous shifts or round-the-clock service. Sadly, our country is now a country of murder 24/7. Underlining that fact, we actually managed to have 24 murders within a seven-day period, causing Guardian Media to assert in a page one editorial on Sunday last, and in a subsequent television panel discussion, that we have reached “breaking point”.

I HAVE emphasised in these columns that we cannot expect our country to come out of its steep, continuous and frequently murderous decline if we continue, as I recently put it, with “poor governance, pursuit of failed policy, inability to vary something that is not working and official petulance when things turn out badly”.

Last week I examined the promise of Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, that there will be charges and “big fish being taken down in the next set of operations before year’s end”.

LAST week, in the course of the latest parliamentary debate on crime, talk of “big fish” came up again in the speech of the Minister of National Security Stuart Young.

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