UNC Puts Party Rivalry Aside

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By Dr Neil Gosine

WHY should the opposition put party rivals aside now when in opposition and the shoe is on the other foot. The People’s National Movement (PNM) never did?

The Opposition has always put the interests of Trinidad and Tobago first and has tried collaboration, consultation and cooperation before, and compromise with the government in the national interest. For their efforts, they have mostly been blanked by the Dr Rowley-led government.

Many times the opposition has asked the government to meet with them and consider bipartisan compromise, however, the government met with them only once or twice initially and then said they had all the answers to deal with the crime situation and did not need the suggestions and ideas put forward by the opposition.
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Their ministers and their representatives have a plan to deal with it. Now we have reached over 400 murders and still have almost five months left to go in 2023. We are poised to hit over the 700 murder mark this year.

The opposition has sent countless proposals to the Dr Rowley-led the government, from both inside and outside of the parliament and all they got is little to no support and downright refusal to even consider these proposals.

The President coming now to propose this so late in the PNM’s second term is a farce as it highlights their lack of plan and their inability to tackle the crime situation at all. The government’s first obligation is to make sure the citizens of our country are safe and feel secure to go about their business, a duty they have failed miserably at.

So let’s be clear, the opposition was always willing and ready to support the government in the fight against crime and has outlined on many occasions clear and practicable crime solutions, some of these include Stand Your Ground legislation so citizens cannot be prosecuted for fighting back in home invasions, asking for amendments to the existing laws to allow Firearm Users License (FUL) to become more within law-abiding citizens reach and asking for the creation of more stringent laws for the criminal offense of Home Invasions. So let’s not be fooled by this sudden call for collaboration. It’s a farce.


National Security Minister Hinds has been an utter failure as the minister doesn’t even seem to know what his job is. Several people and business associations have called for his replacement and the Dr Keith Rowley-led Government has refused to listen or even help the poor man deal with his ineptitude.

When the current President was the Senate president, she herself did not try to implement collaboration and compromise using her powers to shut down opposition speakers which tried to highlight the shortcomings of the government, which is actually their job.

So President Christine Kangaloo sentiments outlined in her maiden address of the Fourth Session of the 12th Parliament is just another example of sound bites to sound nice for the citizens, that the scourge of crime should be dealt with in Trinidad and Tobago by a collaboration of the parliamentarians. Of course, we all want to see the crime scourge stamped out.


However, there isn’t really genuity or real substance in it. In the meantime, our lives are filled with murder, mayhem and blood-drenched streets.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He 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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