National Security Minister Jack Warner accepted blame this weekend for the re-deployment of a “Flying Squad”. Not the penalty though. That belonged to the lesser people.
“Ultimately the blame rests with the minister,” said Warner, “and if there are other guys who are under me who are performing in a particular way they shall be dealt with.”
It takes a special person to declare himself guilty of a charge he denied repeatedly and comprehensively over several weeks and yet absolve himself of any consequence for doing so within the same sentence.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar did not do too badly herself. She is head of the National Security Council but also claimed ignorance of the “Flying Squad” although, last July, she was happy to leave details of the gang up to Warner.
Now, a supposedly angry Prime Minister wants a report from Warner.
Did Warner plan to resign after allowing an unlegislated quasi-police gang to sprout up under his Ministry?
“You know I don’t answer foolish questions and therefore I won’t answer that question,” Warner told the Trinidad Guardian.
The buck might occasionally stop with Warner. But someone else always gets the bill.