22 Jul 2014

Captain on the Rock

The Captain has been on the Rock for some time carrying out investigations and of course trying his best to enjoy some of the sea and sand etc.

I'm sending this brief update from the Rock.

In tight summary at this stage it appears (in broad brush) that there has been rapid expansion in structural development of buildings,  communication, transport (physical and tangible things etc). However my honest perception is that mentality in the broadest senses, has worsened. The country is in a mess far more than I could have expected since my last visit 12 years ago.

Quite unusually there have been three murders (out of 4 for the year so far) in the few days the Cap has been in Tobago (the smaller quieter sister isle). The murder rate in Trinidad continues to escalate on its own ridiculous path. The natives have given up in large numbers. A sizeable proportion have buried their heads in hyper-religious devotion, perhaps hoping (or knowing) that Gord will save them or their country.

This is only a preliminary note. You can bet much more is to come out of some 2000 photo and video clips, and my personal notes.

17 Jun 2014

Thought of the Day

Justice is not a cloistered virtue: she must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful even outspoken comments of ordinary men.”

Privy Council

7 Jun 2014

Profoundly Sickeningly Wrong

Cottle report-1028There seems to be something profoundly sickeningly wrong with the Attorney General. How else would you describe it when the man seeks a photo opportunity on the occasion of receiving a report on the death of a baby (during a C-Section) and is all smiles and poses for the camera? Does he have no empathy for the loss of the little life, or the grief of the parents? Does the handing over of such a report warrant the pomp and fanfare that was given to it?

Compounded to this debacle, he further instructed that they, the parents, be turned away from the occasion of the report handover, to further exacerbate the callous and contemptuous disregard in which he and by extension, the State holds them. His excuse that they “They (Cottle’s family) are deliberately not here for the simple reason that I have no doubt that from what I have read in the newspapers they would have in their contemplation legal proceedings against the State in this matter and in those circumstances the State will not be in a position as a matter of law to put itself in a position where it creates a conflict of interest that could work to the detriment of both the parents and the State,” is that much hogwash, it makes pigs look clean. If no one else, don’t the Cottles deserve to know what happened to their child?

The AG is a symptom, and a cause, of what is wrong in Trinidadian society. Will he ever learn? Will the society ever learn to pick its leaders with more wisdom? I highly doubt it.

1 Jun 2014

Conscience enforced

Rock-crawlers are expected to complain dat I straining dey eye. So all Rock-crawlers wid weak eye, look away now! Those wid strong eye and can click a mouse, double click the image below for a larger view. No, it’s not sweets in that bag. I saw what happened – and you didn’t. It was just a tiny amount of dog crap, but she picked it up!!

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The law works in England. Yes – nothing is perfect, but it works here better than on a certain Rock. What – allyuh want more dan 50 years to get it tuh wuk? Ketch allyuh self – fas’ fas’.

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