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Tiring bacchanals

Thursday, December 21, 2017

It seems our politicians don’t even see the irony of how right as the current Opposition makes all sorts of yet to be proven comments about Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and alleged foreign accounts, the allegations against the then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over what became known as Emailgate have been discredited by the acting Police Commissioner.

It’s difficult to keep up with the allegations and counter-allegations. Even more so as many of the politicians just swap places—the then leader of the opposition is now the PM and vice-versa.

The problem with this kind of politics-centred bacchanals, real or imagined, is that our political leaders slowly but surely make their own class less respectable and hardly believable.

Who knows, one day they may even make a statement that really has the nation at heart, instead of the crude party politics they seem to love so much. One problem: if they do, no one will believe them.

Law, what law?

First, the good news: the new Fire Service’s vehicles are an improvement to how our fire officers can help us in emergencies.

More troubling was the Government’s response to questions over why it is yet to fulfil a legal obligation to employ a Medical Director for the Service and get fire officers trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technicians.

It is even less encouraging when the minister responsible for the service, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, only has vague words about conversations with the health ministry when asked about the issue.

When a Government fails to fulfil its own legislation, it can’t claim the moral high ground when it comes to respect for the law. If it believes the current law is good, it must fulfil its demands; if not, it must repeal it.

Pretending it is not there is not an option.

A Christmas gift

This newspaper fully supports the Chaguanas Mayor’s call for more fortunate citizens to “adopt” a needy child for Christmas, as many will wake up on the 25th to hardly any food, let alone a toy.

This is a call very close to this newspaper’s heart, as it has been behind the Guardian Neediest Cases Fund since 1934.

That’s because then, just as now, it felt that something needed to be done to support those in need.

We urge all to donate to the GNCF’s annual drive.

Details on how to help can be found on its website:


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