Dec 07, 2023
Dec 07, 2023
|If the Government is intent on rooting out “lawlessness” and has its heart set on some moral crusade it must surely begin with those it selects to serve in positions of high office.|
More by : Mark T. Jones
|So Jack Warner has finally 'resigned'. I doubt that he will be prosecuted as he probably knows too much. These are sorry days for those who are meant to serve the people. Those in power seem more concerned with protecting themselves than taking the country forward. Trinidad and Tobago could be such a marvellous country, but is being sold short at nearly every turn. Venal politicians, a toothless judiciary and a supine media that has yet to carry out any serious investigation into criminality and corruption in high places.|
|When I first read this article I felt really shocked and more than a little angry with the author, but the more I have thought about it, the more I am convinced that it is precisely what we need. Ever since the State of Emergency began I have been waiting for an explanation of what is going on and the Government has been evasive and hidden behind the crime issue. I had hoped that the radio stations at least might have had phone-ins and talk shows, but now I discover that the Government has in effect bought all the relevant slots, the papers too seem incapable of probing and asking legitimate questions. Now we have a State of Emergency that looks like going on at least until December.|
I am proud of my country, but I am not blind. Many of us have been bought off for too long, we have accepted what is going on. Do those that sit in the Red House really expect us to believe it is all a case of outside elements? Ministers have fallen short, there are serious issue over procurement contracts and yet people seem only to believe all that the Prime Minister sees fit to tell us. Thinking for ourselves does not make us traitors and satirical cartoons are not the weapons of terrorists. Whilst some of what Mark Jones has written may be unpalatable to many of us, I have a feeling he has held a mirror to our Government and we are seeing a true reflection of it and something of ourselves. One thing we must not do is just dismiss all this as rumour and speculation, because if we do we will never move forward. There are rotten apples in the Government and they need to be rooted out. I hope that all of us rather than shrugging out shoulders or laughing it off will start to hold our elected officials to account. Trinidad and Tobago deserves better.
|I live in trinidad and Canada. I was in trinidad when the state of emergency started. The fear that people felt before the soe was high, After it was called there has been some relief and HOPE that something if finally being done to clean up our country. |
I am very disappointed in this article especially from a foreign writer critizing our Government. Does he have proof for all that he is saying. We have been hearing those rumours, it is nothing new. As a matter of fact in every country you hear rumours about government officials. We are a small country yes, but give us a chance and stop knocking our government, work on your government. We need positive critisism at this time not negativity from an outsider.
Continue to do your work and help your country out of the mess it is in.
|Here in TT we have been sleep walking towards this crisis for sometime. The more I think about it the more I feel we all must share some of the blame. For years we have accepted mediocre and self seeking leaders and put up with a media largely owned by those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. I have read this article several times now and what strikes me is the fact that our own media seems incable or unable to bring us the news that matters. Where are the investigative journalists or have they or their editors been threatened or bought off too? I take it this writer is a foreigner, yet they seem to have shed more light on our own situation that those whose claim to report what is going on. An extremely sad state of affairs.|
|If everything said in this article is true, then I have to wonder if this SOE was set up as a distraction so that we will not focus on the fact that our treasury is being emptied and that this present Government knowingly intends to hand over an empty treasury to the next successful Government. This SOE was meant to make me feel safe and now all I feel is FEAR, I am afraid of the criminals, now, the Police, the military, the Government. The criminals are now the ones who have legal authority to hold guns, and enter my home with the law of the land on their side. We have to face the truth, WE AS CITIZENS NO LONGER HAVE ANY PROTECTION FROM CRIMINALS (BIG FISH) NOR THE POLICE and THE ARMY (we are at their mercy). Every day more and more reports of abuse at the hands of Policemen and the army are taking place and I ask myself this question don't they have families too? The people of Trinidad and Tobago are known for their tolerance but how far are they willing to be pushed. The 'small businessman' is suffering. What are THEY going to tell these people when they cannot feed their families?..if indeed..this SOE was put in place to prevent some major upheaval (due to guns being found in containers and one of those containers which was guarded by the military is now missing) then I have to say that the Government need not worry anymore about the criminals behind bars they are few....however...what will the present Government do about an entire nation of people that they may have offended..The Police officers and the army are but a small percent of the population.|
|where was this writer 5 years ago when the problem was being developed? I live in TT and the USA and i do have a clear sense of what is going on. the writer is biased and uninformed. the SOE gives us a great sense of relief. the gov't officials do need to be of high integrity. talking of integrity, the former PM says that Calder Hart is qualified to be on the Integrity Commission, Now you see the problem. SO the current government, despite being imperfect is attempting to doa lot. Like Obama, Kamla has inherited a problem created by the former government.|
|As a resident of T&T and knowing the culture of this country I have to confess that the situation is hopeless but not serious|
|I too live in Trinidad and I am a law abiding citizen. The SoE does not ease my frustration with the current crime and corruption plaguing my country. I could fall prey to any corrupted police/army officer because right now I have no rights and this is not a good feeling. The author is quite correct in saying that the "Crime Lords" are untouchable as most of them control a lot of the big organizations "Companies" in Trinidad and financed the current party in power.|
|the opposition is saying that the soe is only going after one ethnic group..but if you check the people that are being murdered you will see 9o% is of the same ethnic group so who is killing who...the PNM should be glad for the reduction in murders and crime since they they will have more people alive in their strong hold areas to vote for them when next election so the PP really helping the PNM.|
|This article has told it all. The curfew cannot last forever. I shudder to think what may happen after the curfew ends. The Prime Minister needs have a real Attorney General who would give her good advice.|
|I think it is very clear at this point the government has proven to be ineffective once again. A state of emergency on such a small island is really not necessary. Is the police and army incapable of policing? The problem is the government needs to go after the people at the highest levels of crime (please do not tell me you dont know who it is) and have them arrested and they are too afraid to do that. How does a gun get on the island. I really don't think the young punks they are arresting are bring in guns, do you? |
Time to call new elections because at this rate, we do not need riots and uprisings to have a new government.
|Wow, i live in trinidad, and this article raises my pours as we heard the rumours but having press censored to an extent and the hon Attorney General now monitoring social websites, i'm amazed at the information you got, and a bit troubled, there's an anger on the ground, the masses feel that a certain racial background is being targeted instead of the 'big fish' that is responsible for the million dollar drug bust and the ammunition bought in, coming on the unions waging, and police almost striking, rumours of the opposing gangs coming together behind bars and the omnimous silence of certain usually vocal persons in government past and prior, state of emergency is comforting for some, bad for entertainment biz, but what they're not telling us is scarier, the angst of the masses is scary, we've had uprisings in 1970 (Black Power) 1990 (Attempted coup) and now 20 odd years later, are we ripe for another? I surely pray not..|
|very well said, i am truely hurt at whats going on in this country|