Ralph Maraj

THE more gullible and complacent a population, the easier it is for corrupt or incompetent politicians to thrive. In his budget 2020 presentation, the Finance Minister was selling the illusion of “stability, strength and growth” under his stewardship. I can only hope not many people bought it.

IN tomorrow’s budget presentation, will the Government finally acknowledge the global energy revolution about which I have been warning for their entire term?

SOMETHING had to be done. Petrotrin was threatening the economy. But at the very start, I asked whether, instead of a complete shutdown, we couldn’t have gone with reduced refinery operations for local needs only, avoiding the precariousness we face today.

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

THAT contract for $485 million between the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) continues to raise profoundly disturbing questions. But it also provides an excellent opportunity to pursue the transparency and accountability that has long eluded us in Trinidad and Tobago.

I HAD completed an article for today which, inter alia, commends the Prime Minister for being “open” to a review of the tyrannous Sedition Act, the best thing I have heard from him in the last four years.

FIRST it was the United States. The shale revolution moved that country from being an importer to a leading exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG), pushing Trinidad and Tobago out of the US market where we were once the sole LNG supplier to America’s eastern seaboard.

THE most damning aspect of the last Moody’s report is that, after four years, it sees no prospect for economic diversification under this administration.

AS we approach 57 years of Independence, we could be having a plague of decadent mendacity from the top echelons of governance.

THE abdication of solemn responsibility continues. The Prime Minister rejected the recommendation of the Law association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) to invoke Section 137 of the Constitution allowing the President to appoint an independent tribunal to investigate the allegations against Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

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