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Fighting down govt not the way to go
This is an urgent message to National Security Minister Jack Warner: please find yourself at No 19 St Clair Avenue, St Clair, as soon as possible, if not before. That’s the address of the British High Commission and my urging you to go down there posthaste is based on a story I read in last week Wednesday’s Guardian where the article, written by Charles Kong Soo, should be of serious interest to you in the context of your ministerial portfolio.
I am not in the least being facetious and my antenna was raised by the opening paragraph of the story, which read: “British High Commissioner Arthur Snell believes that there isn’t a crime problem in T&T that can’t be fixed with British expertise.”
I don’t believe that the top diplomat is any way fooling around, given the serious problem that crime is posing to T&T which is costing $200 million annually, according to figures given by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and it is well established that Warner has been throwing all kind of assets—human and financial—into the fight against the lawless breed, with little tangible results which are discernible.
As I said, I am taking Snell’s statement with all the seriousness it deserves and even if Warner does not want to do business at 19 St Clair Avenue, the High Commissioner’s residence in Maraval is an ideal setting away from the prying media, where serious discussions can take place.
Again, I repeat, I am treating this information with all the seriousness it deserves and as I have said, we have to keep on trying until we get the right formula because we cannot throw our hands in the air and allow the criminal elements continue their reign of terror over innocent citizens.
Speaking at a function comprising British security experts, Snell said: “I don’t think, genuinely, there isn’t a single security problem that this country faces that can’t be fixed, and more importantly these problems can be fixed by people who are here tonight.” Those are truly reassuring words hence why, if I were Warner, I would be examining in great detail the claims being made by the British people who want to help us out of our predicament.
Now I want to contrast this with a story in this vein (crime) appearing on page A3 of the same paper written by Richard Lord, in which Opposition Senator and attorney Fitzgerald Hinds said the PNM is going to oppose the measure giving some soldiers the powers of arrest for a two-year period.
I couldn’t help but marvel at the two completely different stances taken—one by a group of foreigners wanting to assist T&T in curbing our cancerous crime problem and on the other hand you have our own people fighting down the government for the sake of simply naked politics.
Senator Hinds is claiming that the Minister of National Security was attempting to create a private army, a laughable proposition because of the vacuous nature of the allegation. I want Senator Hinds to produce the evidence which showed, according to him, the opposition and the majority of citizens across the country were fearful of this so-called private army he speaks so glibly about.
We know it is the role of the opposition to keep checks and balances on the government and I would like Hinds and other PNM spokespersons to dare tell the people (truthfully) that this move is designed to militarise T&T, as some of them are claiming.
You think any government of this country would ever take leave of their senses and even dream of replacing our democratic system of governance with some form of autocratic system? My good friend Hinds is accusing government of a “kneejerk” reaction over some of the moves to deal with bringing some sort of control over the crime problem, but government is hardly getting assistance from the loyal opposition.
Hinds must know that this is no kneejerk scenario, this is the real thing where innocent men, women and are children are facing the barrel of a gun with deadly consequences on a daily basis. Which begs the question...anyway I am not going to say it at this time but we shall watch and continue to monitor the opposition’s modus operandi in treating with this serious scourge, particularly when this crime wave was nurtured under successive PNM governments and that party is now asking the PP government to cure it overnight.
You know, last week I read a headline which said some people were being beaten by police and soldiers. I was deeply disappointed when I read those on the receiving end were deportees. I really thought they were from you-know-where, and perhaps if their parents used to drop some good blows on their backsides, most of them would have been different people today.
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