“[…] Is it acceptable for aspirants for the post of commissioner of police to publicly criticise each other by name before the selection process has been completed by the Police Service Commission? “[…] How is Griffith going to manage being the leader of a political party one day, and a …Read More »
Daly Bread: Connecting the dots; was Al-Rawi’s fall linked to Griffith’s?
Owing to pressures on my time, I was unable last Sunday to join in the commentary on the Prime Minister’s confession that he was the high official present at President’s House in August 2021. He was not there to meet the President, as he frequently does, but to meet …Read More »
Dear Editor: If PM did not instruct or intimidate PolSC members, how is what he did interference?
“[…] The obligation of the PM was to share the information with the PolSC as soon as possible, and leave it to that institution to deal with the matter on its own “[…] Are our memories so shallow that we have forgotten the attempted coup in 1990?! At the time, …Read More »
Demming: Open letter to Bliss Seepersad on ‘hidden hand of power’ that manipulated CoP Merit List
Dear Bliss, On behalf of the Prime Minister and the people of Trinidad and Tobago, I apologise for any anxiety and pain you have experienced over the past six months because our Prime Minister refused to admit that he was the official who, on 12 August 2021, intervened and diverted …Read More »
Daly Bread: Governance by manoeuvres and leaks; what next for Griffith and the Stanley John report?
The current Government, having voted in Parliament for the appointment of Gary Griffith as commissioner of police (CoP) on the occasion of his first appointment, clearly no longer wished to have him returned to that office. This should not have been a problem. Griffith had been appointed on a fixed-term …Read More »
“Irrational, erratic, disrespectful, accusatory and unreliable!” Dr Rowley’s alleged issues with then CoP Griffith
“[…] I consider your correspondence a threat and as such since you refuse to be guided and assisted and advised, I am to advise you that I will report this matter to the Minister and the Commission for their urgent attention. “You are now a person out of control and …Read More »
Daly Bread: Excuses feeding failure; reconstituted PolSC must still account for CoP merit list
George Washington Carver was born into conditions of slavery but nevertheless became a prominent agricultural scientist and innovator in crop farming. I mention him in the context of our leaders masking reality with excuses. Carver stated his view in a single sentence: ‘Ninety-nine per cent of failures come from …Read More »
Jearlean claims Attong’s disgust at controversial ‘Trinity Triangle’ ads makes her ‘eminently unqualified’ for PolSC post
United National Congress Senator Jearlean John has suggested that new Police Service Commission (PolSC) member Maxine Attong is ‘eminently unqualified’ for the role owing to her criticism of the UNC’s controversial ‘Trinity Triangle’ advertisements in the build-up to the 2020 General Elections. The first video advertisement depicted a young woman …Read More »
Dear Editor: President Weekes would breach T&T Constitution if she revealed PolSC talks
“[…] In Section 35(c) of our Constitution, it is stated that the President may be removed from office if ‘… he behaves in a manner that endangers the security of the State…’ “It is pellucidly clear that the President is prohibited from sharing sensitive confidential information, with the national community, …Read More »
Daly Bread: Where are we now? Decapitated TTPS is cost of President’s actions on 11 August
Two weeks ago, the President of the Republic in her words ‘spoke to the issue of the substantive appointment of commissioner of police’ and confirmed that ‘an order of merit list was delivered on 11 August 2021 to the OTP and withdrawn almost immediately’. OTP is a reference to the …Read More »
Daly Bread: All farcical and tangled up—between an evasive Govt and an unattractive Opposition
Many readers will recall the political controversies in which President Anthony Carmona, the immediate predecessor of our current president, was involved—arising out of the purported exercise of powers that he thought he had. As a result, citizens hoped that the presidency would return to calmer waters, not made turbulent by …Read More »
Noble: Not waiting for night to come—why Dr Rowley dismounted the tiger
As a child, I learned a saying, ‘Don’t wait until night comes to light a candle to see what you could see in the day’! By this, my mother meant, ‘Don’t wait for a problem to come upon you when it could have been prevented long beforehand’. As a purveyor …Read More »