Commentary: Political Mamaguy, Spin

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By Dr Neil Gosine

THE government has in nine years successfully and diligently fostered the message that has been adopted by our youths that killings in Trinidad and Tobago is a normal occurrence. 

Forget international best practice which basically means using “standards, practices, methods and procedures obeying the applicable law and exercising that degree of skill, care, diligence, prudence and foresight that would reasonably be expected of a skilled, and experienced person engaged in much the same type of undertaking under similar circumstances.” 

Clearly we don’t have that in our system and the minister of national security and the CoP fall short of their targets every time. They cannot be held accountable by the government for anything. Forget our regional neighbours. Forget times gone by and a previous government that had crime under control. We are where we are and this is the new norm. This mantra although unsaid has been adopted and adapted throughout the rubric of our society.

From my profession of insurance where we see clients refuse to report accidents, robberies or cybercrimes as they are resolute that the reporting of the same will bear no merit. 

In their view “if they can’t solve all them murders, you think they can find a man that could breach my computer system or even steal my iPhone?”

The crime crisis is out of hand and to date our citizens just have one thing to ask the prime minister, when will he please get rid of an out of touch, egomaniac, self-absorbed, uncaring sleepy man called Hinds? While you are at it, when will you get rid of the Commissioner of Police as well. Clearly her performance is not good in any stretch of the imagination. We know the government is making a move allegedly to appoint a deputy commissioner of police who will act as top cop when Earla Harewood-Christopher is to be replaced. The opposition is wary of this process being put forward to accomplish this goal and the opposition leader herself objected to a statement the prime minister made to have removed Parliamentary approval to appoint acting police commissioner and deputy commissioner of police.

This actually is an “anti-democratic step” in the words of the opposition leader and all this is going on while the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is “touting constitutional reform and open governance.” It is a fear of the opposition and it may be a valid fear to all citizens that the government may want to impose on the country a commissioner of police submissive to the prime minister and his government only. 

The whole country will breathe a sigh of relief if the PM heeds the cry of the people and really addresses crime and the whole issue of his incompetent minister of national security.

If he replaces the incompetent minister of national security with a competent, caring and experienced person that takes their job seriously. This will go a long way in showing he’s serious about dealing with crime. 

Many people in the opposition feel that the prime minister can find lots of time for feteing and golfing, especially during this carnival season but not time to deal with the urgency of this crime crisis we face daily. T&T has become a case of political mamaguy and spin.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He was appointed a temporary Opposition Senator and is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration MBA, BSC in Mathematics and a BA in Administrative Studies. The views and comments expressed in this column are not necessarily those of AZP News, a Division of Complete Image Limited.

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