Akins Vidale – Wired868 https://wired868.com Wired868 for smart sport news and satire Fri, 06 Apr 2018 02:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Dem and us! Beetham protests and societal inequality from a historical perspective https://wired868.com/2017/11/24/dem-and-us-beetham-protests-and-societal-inequality-from-a-historical-context/ https://wired868.com/2017/11/24/dem-and-us-beetham-protests-and-societal-inequality-from-a-historical-context/#comments Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:39:11 +0000 https://wired868.com/?p=43527 I do not write for everyone. As a matter of fact, I am well aware that I cannot. I am committed to confronting every aspect of who we are, even the ugliness which we pretend we can ignore. Our general acceptance of the notion of subordinate cultural groups and communities—even as we project liberal enlightenment—is …

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Despite popular belief, there’s no ‘F’ in democracy; why T&T has only known maximum leadership https://wired868.com/2017/10/27/despite-popular-belief-theres-no-f-in-democracy-why-tt-has-only-known-maximum-leadership/ https://wired868.com/2017/10/27/despite-popular-belief-theres-no-f-in-democracy-why-tt-has-only-known-maximum-leadership/#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:22:39 +0000 https://wired868.com/?p=42632 I must give credit to Kyle Skeeto Amos for the headline of this piece. His contemplation on the nature of our democracy is nothing short of brilliant. That said, I want to use another story, the one about the hikers and the lion, to perhaps identify why there is no ‘F’ in democracy. I first …

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AV Room: e-CON-omics 101: Budgeting should be from bottom up, not top down https://wired868.com/2017/10/03/av-room-e-con-omics-101-budgeting-should-be-from-bottom-up-not-top-down/ https://wired868.com/2017/10/03/av-room-e-con-omics-101-budgeting-should-be-from-bottom-up-not-top-down/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:14:43 +0000 https://wired868.com/?p=41897 So the Finance Minister’s budget presentation is over; we all now know the major highlights. I make no apologies for not offering any red or yellow-tinted responses or comments or analyses. I want to break with the sterile ‘This was good’ and ‘That was bad’ tradition and discuss instead what should be the objectives of …

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I’m no feminist, Mr PM, but wrong is wrong! Akins Vidale bats for embattled women https://wired868.com/2017/03/26/im-no-feminist-mr-pm-but-wrong-is-wrong-akins-vidale-bats-for-embattled-women/ https://wired868.com/2017/03/26/im-no-feminist-mr-pm-but-wrong-is-wrong-akins-vidale-bats-for-embattled-women/#comments Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:45:55 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=37094 I remember a family friend saying to me, when I first expressed my interest in electoral politics, that I should follow one important rule: “A closed mouth gathers no feet.” There was no confusion about what this meant as there is no shortage of examples of our politicians tripping over their words because they are …

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Scary Shamfa! Ex-FITUN official Akins Vidale on the iron fist inside the TDC glove https://wired868.com/2017/03/19/scary-shamfa-trade-unionist-akins-vidale-on-the-iron-fist-inside-the-tdc-glove/ https://wired868.com/2017/03/19/scary-shamfa-trade-unionist-akins-vidale-on-the-iron-fist-inside-the-tdc-glove/#comments Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:53:59 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=36988 I can still remember the accolades coming in from many quarters for the impressive PNM candidate for Tobago West in the 2015 General Election. I refer, of course, to Shamfa Cudjoe. It took one short month in office for the newly appointed Minister of Tourism to declare to the Parliament that “We in charge now. …

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Budget analysis: Online tax fiasco, ageing population, diversification dilemma and more https://wired868.com/2016/10/02/budget-analysis-online-tax-fiasco-ageing-population-diversification-dilemma-and-more/ https://wired868.com/2016/10/02/budget-analysis-online-tax-fiasco-ageing-population-diversification-dilemma-and-more/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 02:34:09 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=33689 Two Tuesdays ago at a meeting in Mt D’or, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert boasted that there were only two people who knew the contents of the budget, the Prime Minister and himself. The subsequent applause for this revelation is symptomatic of the nature of our state. We are accepting of the budget being held …

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Closing GATE on opportunity: The problem with the PNM’s education reform https://wired868.com/2016/08/05/closing-the-gate-on-opportunity/ https://wired868.com/2016/08/05/closing-the-gate-on-opportunity/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:14:29 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=32412 In my previous pieces, I often referred to George Orwell’s 1984. Indeed in this country maintaining sanity is a Sisyphean task. Your concept of reality is questioned on a daily basis. Just when you think you have your wits about you, your grasp on reality is challenged and you spend your day chipping to David …

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The Politics of Labour: why Governments fear Trade Unions https://wired868.com/2016/04/14/the-politics-of-labour-why-governments-fear-trade-unions/ https://wired868.com/2016/04/14/the-politics-of-labour-why-governments-fear-trade-unions/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:38:27 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=30067 I want to start by quoting some comments on the impact of wage increases on the economy. High wages wrenched by the trade union movement, led to capital intensive investment since investors preferred to use more machinery rather than pay the high cost of labour High wages were jacking up prices for consumers, farmers and …

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No Biggie: Why we shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate Marlene’s dismissal https://wired868.com/2016/03/18/no-biggie-why-we-shouldnt-be-too-quick-to-celebrate-marlenes-dismissal/ https://wired868.com/2016/03/18/no-biggie-why-we-shouldnt-be-too-quick-to-celebrate-marlenes-dismissal/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:28:07 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=29322 I must give credit to my colleague Earl Best for the title of this piece given that, on this rare occasion, he was faster out of the blocks than I was. The news late last night was that Housing Minister Marlene McDonald had been fired. Don’t pop that champagne just yet because this is no …

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An Open Letter to Earl Best: Vidale’s view on T&T’s political stage https://wired868.com/2016/03/16/an-open-letter-to-earl-best-vidales-view-on-tts-political-stage/ https://wired868.com/2016/03/16/an-open-letter-to-earl-best-vidales-view-on-tts-political-stage/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:49:28 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=29252 Although I am not the architect of this design and did not create our plantation, I have none the less been waiting for you. You have posed many questions. Although the last six months has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably Trinbagonian. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you …

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Chickens coming home to roost: Millette’s murder must be a tipping point https://wired868.com/2015/11/05/chickens-coming-home-to-roost-millettes-murder-must-be-a-tipping-point/ https://wired868.com/2015/11/05/chickens-coming-home-to-roost-millettes-murder-must-be-a-tipping-point/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 23:46:57 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=25659 In 1963, Malcolm X referred to the assassination of President John F Kennedy as a case of “chickens coming home to roost.” He had made this statement in response to a question after a speech delivered in December of the same year. He was suggesting that the failure of the President to address violence had …

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Shoot, don’t talk: Vidale bemoans the low level of Parliamentary banter https://wired868.com/2015/10/15/shoot-dont-talk-vidale-bemoans-the-low-level-of-parliamentary-banter/ https://wired868.com/2015/10/15/shoot-dont-talk-vidale-bemoans-the-low-level-of-parliamentary-banter/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:28:22 +0000 http://wired868.com/?p=24969 Though I am not  a big fan of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, I have to admit that there are pockets of dialogue which I have never forgotten. One such scene goes as follows: Elizabeth: Captain Barbossa, I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal. Barbossa: There are a lot …

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