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Griffith should quit talking now

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The spectacle of names being put in a hat and then drawn out one by one reminds us of “lucky dips” at the fair. That’s the picture that emerges after watching the selection of the Commissioner of Police.

But we were struck further by the spectacle of the commissioner appearing to bargain for his compensation package. How else can we describe reports that Gary Griffith was detailing what he had proposed as a counter to the previous package given to an expatriate?

The disclosure about salary negotiations, though a measure of transparency, does reduce the new head of the Police Service to a man who is forced to say that he does not need the money and would be prepared to take on the job for free. No one, no matter how noble and patriotic, should be reduced to making such statements.

The truth is that we should not measure compensation based on where someone comes from but instead by the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

In fact, in some instances, it has been argued that an attractive compensation package attracts higher quality candidates, reduces any likelihood of corruption and longer tenure.

It is our wish that Gary Griffith would not be drawn into any more comments on his position until he is in the chair and settles into a role that he has long cherished.

Otherwise, Griffith runs the risk of disappointing his supporters and other hopefuls if he appears to talk too much and not deliver.

Football, visas and diplomacy

The US Embassy was not impressed by the excuse offered by TTFA President David John-Williams for the failure to get US visas in time for our Under-15 Girls team to play at the CONCACAF in Florida.
In fact, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires, John McIntyre, showed that he had absorbed Trini idiom by dismissing the excuse and suggesting that “folks with cocoa in the sun” might have misled us about the real reason.

Keith Look Loy, a director of the TTwFA weighed in to call for the dismissal of the president and key executive members. Look Loy claims that the executive had “engineered the calamitous deterioration of our football.”

We must weigh in on the situation by appealing to sporting organisations to get their houses in order so that our sportsmen and women do not suffer the kind of disappointment that the Under-15 Girls suffered.

Shah Rukh Khan in the house

News that the Indian film star Shah Rukh Khan was coming to T&T spread like wildfire on Thursday and cricket fans were eager to see and greet one of the owners of the Trinbago Knight Riders. Khan was also keen to see his team win on Friday night at the Queen’s Park Oval but their loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs did not dampen his enthusiasm for the game or the joy of meeting some of our cricket legends. His is the kind of international support we welcome for our sport.


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