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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The UNC’s decision to resume discussions with the Government over the Anti-Gang Bill is a welcome move, if for the right reasons. Only the most nalve will argue that the passing of the legislation, aimed at further curbing the activities of gangs in the country, will alone solve our crime crisis. After all, we already have plenty of legislation making all sorts of crime punishable—the problem is not a lack of laws but lack of the ability to enforce the laws.

With the move to revisit the proposed bill, though, the opposition may have made the PNM government walk into a political trap. After loudly stating that the UNC’s failure to help approve the bill would lead to more crime, it will be in a tight spot if, after its approval, the crime situation does not change soon enough.

This newspaper truly hopes that the UNC is not just playing politics with crime; at least for the time being, we should all prefer to believe both parties will work together to solve one of our biggest challenges ever.

They must not disappoint.

Super Roget

Not happy with staging speculative protests at the state-owned Petrotrin, the leader of the OWTU is now presenting himself as the crusader for residents of villages like Indian Walk, Fifth Company and Sixth Company.

It’s not for us to speculate on Mr Roget’s true motivations for his latest photo opportunity but, given his mandate as union leader, it seems he is somewhat overreaching his brief—unless he sees the OWTU more like a political party than a union.

Our political leaders, local and national, have a lot to answer for as many parts of the country, especially those outside the main cities, are left in a parlous state. They may come to regret also leaving the political space to others ready to exploit the gap with easy populist messages.

The right direction

JMMB Investments’ forecast that our economy may show growth between one and two per cent this year is welcome news given all the gloom we are facing. Let’s hope the projection holds true.

The worrying part is that the growth may be driven again by better oil and gas global prices, and higher volumes produced. Despite all the talk of diversification, it seems that hydrocarbons will be our economic saviours once more. It’s good to grow again but the price to pay may be more complacency.


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