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Not fair cop

Sunday, February 4, 2018

One of the most famous understatements in history came courtesy of war time Japan’s Emperor Hirohito when he stated the ‘war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage’ when referring to his country’s defeat.

Prime Minister Keith Rowley echoed that understatement when, referring to serious questions over the selection process of the new Commissioner of Police, he said ‘it is with great disappointment that we have to acknowledge that we are not in a position to conclude this process to the satisfaction of the wider national community’.

Let’s make this a bit more plain and direct, Prime Minister: this has been nothing short of shambolic and offensive, especially as the first signs of something troubling and wrong with the selection process arose just as we were heading for another bloody month, with an average of two murders every day since the beginning of the year.

A lengthy and costly process later, all we have is a selection process in tatters, an ongoing acting commissioner (since 2012) and no faith left in public appointments.

No understatements here: the Government, the Opposition, the President and the public sector in general owe us a cleaner, more transparent and efficient system of public appointments.

Don’t look away

Something very troubling is taking place in La Brea without much attention but with potentially severe impact on this country’s future.

Workers building the Caribbean Gas Chemical Limited plant have been staging a series of protests, including the barricading of local roads, that have been delaying the construction of the multibillion petrochemical complex.

This is a key project—involving local partner Massy Holdings, the Government’s NGC and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation—with considerable employment and revenue generation opportunities.

Local labour lawlessness coupled with government passivity will do nothing to deliver the project or allay fears of T&T’s growing inability to welcome or retain much needed foreign investment. It’s no surprise investors don’t like lawlessness; it’s time to act.

Pool around

It’s great that Laventille will get its own public swimming pool. Sport, when well applied, can do wonders to keep young people out of trouble. This newspaper just hopes the Government won’t stop with the building of the pool.

The neighbourhood deserves a focused, positive and concerted effort to nurture the many good people and things the community have as part of the efforts to claim it back to its law-abiding residents and away from the criminals.


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