Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Fake oil, true analysis *

Sep. 16, 2017, 7:33 PM AST Comments

Martin Daly—FIFTEEN years ago, shortly before becoming a columnist, as a guest speaker, at an event organised by the late Lloyd Best, I characterised our political contests as a fight for the national cash register.

That crassness again! *

Sep. 16, 2017, 7:33 PM AST Comments

Ralph Maraj—I was preparing a thoroughly different column for today, but consider it my inescapable responsibility, particularly to the youth, to confront Keith Rowley’s latest example of impropriety in the nation’s high office.

Police officers uphold their motto

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:24 PM AST Comments

IT IS an unfortunate fact that acts of kindness, not just by public officers but citizens in general, are few and far between, so when such instances occur they should be highlighted, also in the not forlorn hope that it will encourage others to follow suit. The latest such example is of two police

Making our democracy work*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:21 PM AST Comments

Yesterday the world marked the International Day of Democracy. As we approach T&T’s Republic Day, let us reflect on what democracy means to us. This year’s theme, Democracy and Conflict Prevention, “focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace

Populist leaders*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:17 PM AST Comments

“You did not elect me to be popular. Populist politics is what got us where we are today.” This was the response of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to the findings of two recent polls which reflect a decline in his popularity over the last year. The statement came as a surprise to many fo

Heads must roll*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:16 PM AST Comments

I was in my car, heading East, trying to get ahead of the filthy weather associated with a most assertive, demanding and forward Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that had already sent out its harbingers of thunder, lightning and big drops of rain splattering on my windshield and pounding the &

We need to respect law enforcement again

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:23 PM AST Comments

Express Editorial : Reported incidents of physical and verbal resistance to police officers in the conduct of their official duties demonstrate another consequence of general lawlessness allowed to take root across the society.

On-screen Venezuelans and ISIS recruits *

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:21 PM AST Comments

By Mark Wilson — What's the difference; 40,000, whatever? Britain's Channel Four News had a ten-minute slot on T&T, a week or so back. Not floods or Tobago ferry. Not an intro to Notting Hill Carnival. This was the cross-Paria traffic in Venezuelan migrants.

Rescuing tripartism *

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:21 PM AST Comments

The tripartite process is a critically important institutional reform for the transformation of our economy, society and perhaps even our politics. But it cannot be constructed on the premises...