28 Jul 2016

Finally – sense

Finally, after so many have thought and believed it, lived it and grieved in it, a voice of authority has said it:

“There is also a tendency for medical professionals to band together and very often there is an unwillingness by professionals to express opinions that condemn or criticise the work of fellow professionals...” [Justice Frank Seepersad]

This is hardly surprising news. I wonder though that Justice Rampersad had the balls to articulate this – the tendency as we know it is to pretend it doesn’t happen. I say hurrah for him, but time will tell if his statement makes any difference. I personally think it was akin to a fart in a tornado, but who am I to judge the judge?

16 Jul 2016

Thought of the Day

“Ignorance can be fixed; stupidity can’t.”

Jumbie 16/07/2016

15 Jul 2016

Patrick Manning, Sat Maharaj and Racism

So Sat Maharaj is his usual belligerent self in accusing Patrick Manning of being racist toward ‘Indian’ people for closing Caroni (1975) Ltd while he (Manning) was Prime Minister. Maharaj is no stranger to racist comments, nor to divisiveness nor to… idiotic comments. He certainly hasn't mellowed or grown wiser in his dotage… sorry, old age.

For the most part, I tend to disagree with Maharaj. He is not a pleasant person by any means, and his view are often at odds with proper, logical thinking.

Keith Rowley is correct when he said that there was no evidence that Manning was personally liable for the decisions of the Feroza Ramjohn case, coupled with a case brought by Ganga Persad Kissoon, in both cases Manning used his power of veto to deny them promotions. The Privy Council was clear:

With regard to the dismissal of the Prime Minister's appeals in both cases, the Board would add only this. There is no question here of the Prime Minister having acted otherwise than in good faith in each case. The Board's decision is simply that in the very particular circumstances of these two cases, on the evidence put before the reviewing courts, the decision-making processes can be seen to have been unfair to the respective officers concerned.

However, there was no denying that he was in charge of a government whose members and supporters were found to be discriminatory to ‘Indian’ people. The evidence shows this. Whether he himself was racist therefore becomes moot.

8 Jul 2016

American Police Brutality

Injustice in any form, no matter who are the perpetrators or the victims, no matter the race, creed, culture or whatever other characteristics you want to pin on either perp or victim, pisses me of to no end. Which is why this morning it is hard to drum up sympathy for the law enforcement authorities in Dallas, Texas where snipers have killed 5 police officers and wounded several more. This was done at a protest rally for two victims of police shootings, where white police officers shot and killed two black men under questionable circumstances.

In the modern, technological world we live in, a video soon surfaces of incidents like the two I mentioned: the shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Whether the video comes from CCTV, or from bystanders’ mobile phones or , as in the case of Castile, his girlfriend who live streamed the shooting and the death (on the air so to speak) of Castile while he lay gasping for breath and finally expiring.

Sadly, these videos show white police officers clearly abusing their authority against minorities, and taking the law into their own hands. However, in America, law is often twisted into an unrecognisable caricature of what it is meant to be, and in the majority of these cases there are no convictions for the police officers, despite video evidence, and sometimes, no charges are even brought as the same police authority to which the officer belongs may clear him/her.

In the case of the Dallas shootings, it seems someone had enough. The tables turned and with that turning, I wonder why the Dallas police, or anyone, feel shock? History has shown us that no matter the cause of an injustice, there will be rebellion that brings pain and anguish in the short term, but will force change and an excising of what is rotten.

Rodney King may have been the start, but Dallas is not the end…

7 Jul 2016

Hypocrisy - And you don’t even know it

With the death of Patrick Manning, former PNM leader and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, comes the hypocrisy.

As with nearly every deceased person, the outpouring of goodwill and praise is heartily sickening. No one speaks ill of the dead. But Patrick was a human, prone to human foibles. In his Prime Ministerial stewardship, he was often accused of hubris, and at times displayed signs of paranoia. Those same accusers now heap praise on a suddenly ‘faultless’ martyr.

People even forget he tried to slip a new Constitution in under the radar, that was the extent of his arrogance.

So, instead of coming to praise Manning, let us not forget the bad that came with the good.