8 Aug 2014

Remember the old time daze?

Allyuh remember when the AG,  SC was touted as ah bright fella?  I remember... Was only about 5 or 6 years ago... He was mashing up constitutional law at the Privy Council,  winning cases left and right for public servants who were discriminated against by the government of the day... PM Manning came in for licks like a galley slave trying to strike.

Was blows to de head,  to the body... hell,  even to the gonads,  as the 'rising star' throw calpet after calpet.

Solidly in his corner was Sir Fenton Ramsahoye... And they made a formidable team at the time.

So enthused were the public that they accepted the AG as a legal 'luminary' and he was even given a column in a national newspaper to air his opinions.

Unlike John Q Public,  I often found errors of reasoning in his column. He often did not make sense.

As AG,  without the partnership of Sir Fenton,  the errors of reasoning,  and law,  are rising exponentially. In other words,  the AG SC is revealing himself to be a bit on the dunce side.

Granted,  every man is allowed to be a fool... But not when holding public office and definitely not the second 'highest' (the AG is the second office holder to be appointed in government).

Lack of reasoning skills is one thing,  but to publicly come into arguments with your own 'allies'  and employees shows that you both disrespect their contribution to putting you into government, and you're shameless about whether or not people notice your stupidity.

Take the latest argument the AG SC is involved in,  with former member of the Constitution Reform Commission Dr Merle Hodge. The AG is on the rocks as Dr Hodge deals blows after blows. His stupidity is evident and his utterances are typically fallacious as Trinis are won't to be when trying to present arguments. 

Dr Hodge pointed out that a run off provision in the new Constitution Reform  Bill was never part of the public consultation (and is now being snuck in at Parliament level,  a la Section 34)... To which the AG responds that she was 'handsomely paid'. 

Okay,  anyone see the flaw in that argument?

But as Jumbie's Third Law says,  "Dotishness has no social barrier."

Apparently it has no legal barrier either.

3 Aug 2014

Resign Madam PM, now!

Like all - or almost all - Trinis, I had hoped that once we got rid of the megalomaniac ambitions of Patrick Manning, that the country would return to an even keel... That the wild spending we saw with him would be curbed and sanity return to the contracts handed out to the friends and family of the 'leaders'.

Instead, the truth of the statement "Indians are their own worst enemies" once more bore ample fruit.

In moves mimicking Panday,  KPB and company took the time and opportunity to make Ish and Steve look like choirboys.
Now,  I recall calling for the resignation of the PM several times before.  This time,  I'm calling for her resignation because she clearly stated,  on more than one occasion,  that "the buck stops with me".

Get that clear. She had accepted that the final responsibility for the actions of her government personnel was hers and hers alone.

Given that there were scandals in nearly every sector of government,  little wonder I expect her to once more ignore her own words and abdicate her responsibilities.

From belated responses to crises of State to ignoring corruption under the guise of 'waiting to be advised' the PM and Moonilogan (a surplus of lawyers!) et al have made a mockery of the very Westminster system they have repeatedly espoused.

For stupidity alone,  she should be sacked by Carmona.

1 Aug 2014

Jumbie's Third Law... Part 2

Well boy Anil,  ah back. Not to give you and yuh padnas a hard time,  but to point out why allyuh chupidness growing so that allyuh could never win another election in Trinidad.

You see,  is obvious mistakes allyuh making from day 1. Well,  if you counting 'outside' chirren,  it going back 12 years for some and 20+ for others. But from 2010, allyuh start off with mouth before action.

I know,  I know... That's what you known for,  you will tell me.  But Anil boy,  that good for the radio or the rum shop. Not for a government in the 21st century.

I realise that since Reshmi,  Kamla take a beating she ent recover from.  She still reeling,  though from political blows or spirits,  ah cyah tell.

But no population like when allyuh politicians make promises and can't deliver. Crime plan, pension,  all those went like dutty drawers.

Now,  ah want to point out a few lil home truths...

You and Moonilogan them playing ostrich. Burying yuh head does only exposed other, more sensitive anatomy.

This government is the most unpopular ever. Allyuh had to fire 20 ministers... Ah mean man,  yuh think Mugabe had to fire so many? Even Panday wasn't so popularly unpopular. Nor Robinson... And he took a beating for abusing public servants.

Speaking of public servants,  allyuh do a first... Or maybe allyuh was jess the first to get ketch...  But allyuh assimilated public sector bigwigs into the fold and helped fattening their pockets so they would turn a blind eye on allyuh fattening allyuh own.

Doh get meh wrong,  ah eh saying allyuh hold a gun to they head. No,  allyuh make a new case of "the blind leading the blind". Nobody eh see,  hear or do nothing wrong.

But the AG with the large jaw,  lack of tack,  and lack of criminal law expertise might have started something... He showed that allyuh might still have to answer years from now in civil court.

I eh say that the complainant will win... But think about the legal fees, man.  Or,  allyuh have so much now that is no worries?

Anyway boy Anil,  ah putting meh head on ah block and predicting this:

De SC will never accept yuh MP resignation. You and I know that. You and I know why too.

She jess cyah afford a bye-election now.  Not after she lost every kind of election in the past 4 years. Not with general election looming next year. She might as well sign over office now...

But you and I know that once de salaries bill pass,  you fixed too.  Ah mean,  yuh make your 4 years.  Pension for life,  adjusted per current salaries of any sitting government.  Wey sah!

Boy,  ah in de wrong business... Selling consciences never been easy...

Jumbie's Third Law... Part 1

After reading Anil Roberts' resignation letter,  I've come to the conclusion that:

Dotishness has no social barrier.

That may be cited as Jumbie's Third Law.
Bear in mind that dotishness encompasses ignorance of fact but also lack of logical processing of any and all recognised facts.

Take Anil's take (pun intended) :

"Having done absolutely no wrong whatsoever, having not been mentioned not even once in a flawed Central Audit Report... "

Yes Anil... Perhaps because it IS flawed that you aren't mentioned.  But the responsibility,  not to mention the idea,  was yours.  Tell me,  where and how did you (and your Cabinet colleagues) thought it was a good idea to pay  criminals to play? What was the reasoning behind that? In no other country in the world,  even in those riddled with corruption and despotic rulers,  was such an idea ever promulgated. I mean Anil,  you took 'banana republic'  to a whole new level,  and it wasn't pointing up,  if you know what I mean.

I mean man Anil,  they didn't even have to work... You bribed them with a measly $1500 TT per month to not commit crimes,  and you didn't realise them fellas earn that in a day? You didn't realise that mamaguy was not your doing but from day one was them fellas mamaguying you? How much more stupid you and Kamla and 'Moonilogan' et al could get?

But let's continue:

... "for the Westminster system posits that a Ministers resignation is unwarranted when departments under his portfolio over which he exerts no direct control nor Ministerial authority operate ultra vires to good cooperate governance practices."

Boy Anil,  all I could say to this is that,  like Moonilogan et al,  you don't understand the Westminster system. It's just another word out of your collective mouth to try to bamboozle the public into thinking allyuh know what allyuh doing,  when the reality is,  allyuh becoming more exposed day by day for ignorance and stupidity.

But talking about Moonilogan et al, I realise they, the media and possibly the majority of the public,  missed the whammy you dropped...

I mean,  your leader and supposedly Senior Counsel,  missed the obvious:

" I write to you today with a heavy heart to inform you of my desire to resign as Minister of Sport and as Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/ O’Meara with immediate effect, based on the inexplicable public furore that continued unabated based on misinformation in the public domain."

Yeah,  everybody missed that you also resigned as MP,  thus triggering a bye-election soon.  Unless you are playing smart with foolishness and hoping that by inserting the words "my desire",  you were hoping that the SC was so advised that it meant she doesn't have to accept it.

Anil boy,  you does talk to we like if we (the public) is yuh real partners,  your own dharubhai (Ah sure Kamla and Moonilogan could explain that to you),  so ah hope you eh mind if I relate to you in the same way.

You have the mind and mouth of ah over excited child in ah big man body. Ah mean man,  is obvious you still eh able to accept the wrong doings in Life Sport and your responsibility.

Part 2 coming...

26 Jul 2014

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