27 Mar 2010

A baseless argument

There is a ‘war’ brewing in the media over the PM’s crass and unmannerly trespass upon the property of a pensioner, compounded by his use of ‘PNM machinery’ and Parliamentary privilege to investigate said pensioner.

Present below are 4 letters to the Editor of the Express, 2 appreciating Mr Villafana’s action, and 2 criticising him for being ‘disrespectful’.

Personally, I feel those who seek to defend P**rick are baseless in both argument and thought. But I will let readers decide for themselves.

Percy Villafana’s response to Prime Minister Patrick Manning has  propelled him to Facebook stardom. And some are hailing him as a hero.

But I beg to differ on the current wave of support that Mr Villafana is  enjoying for his brazen response to the Prime Minister’s visit to his  home while the PM was on his walkabout. Mr Villafana may have a  legitimate reason for expressing his displeasure to the PM and that is  his right as a citizen. Political leaders, candidates, and activists  usually engage in meet-the-people walkabouts and this is done at great  risk to themselves and their entourage. The Prime Minister is fortunate  to have with him a robust security detail and can be protected against any sudden attack on his person.

But what about those who are not in Government, and who may not enjoy the security of the protective forces? What about the Leader of the  Opposition and leaders of other political movements? How would they handle a far more brazen and violent activist if approached and threatened and/or intimidated? What if our leaders are physically assaulted and some form of injury inflicted upon them?The point I am making is simple. No citizen should be encouraged to  disrespect and dishonour our leaders regardless of their opinion of them, regardless of which political party they represent. We cannot  sanction and honour this form of conduct against our leaders.

While I appreciate Mr Villafana’s bold expression of his political  views, I am of the opinion that his reaction to the Prime Minister’s  presence at his home was extreme. Even more disturbing is the careless reaction from numerous individuals from political circles, Facebook, and letters to the Editor.

We must hope that our citizens express  themselves in a way that maintains our civility as a free people and as a country founded on the principles of freedom and justice. This is not  the kind of behaviour that should be politicised and/or glamourised.

Selwyn Samaroo

University of Tennessee

I wish to fully endorse the comments of Lennox Sankersingh in the Express of March 24. At last someone else in this country is thinking like me!

When such behaviour is displayed by elders in our society what can we expect of our young people? The same people who are applauding Percy Villafana’s behaviour are the ones who condemn the disrespect shown to elders by the young people in our society.

Trinidadians, please wake up. Our country is going downhill daily and it is not only because of the policies of successive governments, it is our attitude.

Very concerned citizen

Port of Spain

The incident reported in the media on Tuesday regarding Prime Minister Patrick Manning, his security detail and an 81 year old pensioner has raised some serious issues regarding the protection of citizen’s rights and property, and their insulation from the political directorate. The gentleman made it quite clear to Mr. Manning that he did not want him on his property, he was quoted as telling Mr. Manning ‘You’re not welcomed here I want nothing to do with you’. Mr. Manning then proceeds to ignore the admonition of the property owner and decides to ‘brush’ pass him onto his property which then caused the gentleman to take hold of Mr. Manning by the shoulders telling him “You didn’t hear what I say? You’re not welcome here!”

At this point Mr. Manning’s security detail sprung into action to separate the two and proceeded to tell the owner of the property “You cannot do that, you cannot touch the Prime Minister!”, to which the pensioner appropriately responded “You have to be mad this is my house!” When I read this news article and saw the clipping on the evening news, chills ran down my spine and it should have the same effect on you. If this incident isn’t a clear example and more proof that our politicians are clearly out of control then I do not know what is. What right does the Prime Minister have to trespass on the private property of citizens of this country? Is Patrick Manning above the law? When a Prime Minister acts with such scant regard for the laws of the land is it any wonder that the police officers of this country also feel they have the right to enter people’s property unannounced and without the express authority of the owners or necessary court sanctioned warrants?

Can this pensioner, I or any other citizen of this country simply enter Mr. Manning’s Diplomatic centre at whim, even if security personnel tell us we can’t enter? What was even more surprising is that one of Mr. Manning’s security detail reportedly admonished the pensioner telling him ‘You lucky, you cannot touch the Prime Minister….no matter what you are not supposed to touch the Prime Minister” , at which point the pensioner again declared in astonishment “You must be mad this is my house!” Rightly so, the only explanation that could be given for Mr. Manning and his security detail is that they are in fact mad. What does the security detail mean no matter what you are not supposed to touch the Prime Minister? Ironically the same security detail did not admonish any other individuals who chose to ‘touch’ the Prime Minister by shaking his hand. It reminds me of a couple years ago I had to face a visibly upset member of Mr. Manning’s detail glowering at me because I refused to wind my glass down to shake the Prime Minister’s hand while stuck in traffic.

According to the laws of the land if someone trespasses and invades your home aren’t you permitted within the law to defend yourself and property? I saw the clipping on the evening news; Mr. Manning virtually brushed aside the gentleman on his own property! Do citizens not have the right to defend themselves and their property in this country anymore? Since when because a person is Prime Minister they can enter the private homes of citizens at whim, whenever they feel like without the property owner’s permission? The security detail then proceeded to stay on the pensioner’s property after Mr. Manning left further compounding the illegal trespassing of private property of a citizen of our democratic Republic. Perhaps Mr. Philbert or whomsoever is in charge of the Prime Minister’s detail should have some legal workshops with the PM’s security detail so they won’t come across as being so totally ignorant to the laws of our land.

For instance the pensioner explicitly told the Prime Minister to not enter his premises, the Prime Minister in his usual arrogant manner ignored the gentleman and proceeded to break the laws of our Democratic Republic by entering the man’s property. Not only was this illegal it was also unnecessary harassment and provocation of a citizen of our country, it was an abuse and invasion of the pensioner’s private property and the pensioner therefore had every right to seek to remove Mr. Manning and defend his property even if it means removing Mr. Manning physically. The person whom the security detail should have admonished was Mr. Manning, he should have pulled the PM aside and politely advise him that even though he is the Prime Minister, he is still subject to the laws and bound by the constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and therefore it would be an illegal act to enter this pensioner’s property as he has so explicitly indicated he does not want you on his property.

If the Prime Minister can brazenly disregard the citizens of this country and enter our homes whenever he feels like then something is terribly wrong in our country. Fellow citizens, do not take this incident lightly, pay close attention to the actions of our politicians. Something terribly ugly has happened to our political system, we now live in a country where our public servants act as Kings and Lords over us believing they can say whatever they want to us, not account to us for their actions and now enter the sanctity of our homes without our permission. I would really appreciate if Mr. Maharaj, Garvin Nicholas, Gillian Lucky or some other legal luminary within our country pay this pensioner a visit pro bono and see what legal course he can take considering the Prime Minister and his security detail’s illegal trespassing on his property as well as being unnecessarily threatened and harassed by the Prime Minister’s security detail because he sought to defend his home. I’m calling on my fellow citizens, wake up! Arise from your slumber! Our democratic rights and freedoms are under severe attack, we are losing this country everyday to the arrogance of our politicians and pretty soon one day we will get up one morning and realize we are prisoners in our own country.

"Oke Zachary"

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Some commentators have been saying that Percy Villafana is “rude” and “disrespectful” and should be condemned as such for blocking the Prime Minister from entering his yard and then trying to physically throw him out.

I couldn’t agree more!

Percy Villafana reminds me of that rude lady, Rosa Parks, who just didn’t know her place and sat in a seat reserved for white folk and refused to give it up for a white man, as would have been the proper thing to do. After she was arrested, the rudeness just snowballed!

Dr Martin Luther King then took the rudeness further by being disrespectful to the State and Federal Governments!Dr King used the “passive resistance” rudeness he learned from Mahatma Ghandi, that rude Indian who disrespected the British Monarch!Nelson Mandela in South Africa also used “passive resistance” to be rude to his apartheid leaders!

Think about how much better the world would have been had these rude people known their place and just accepted the hand that life had dealt them!

Kurt Seucharan-Fuentes

How to know a duncey

Are we stupid or are we stupid? We must have the jokiest policemen in the world.

So the investigators went to Calder Hart’s home and came up empty-handed. What did they expect? That Hart would flee the country and leave evidence behind?So, AG John Jeremie, if Mr Hart knew since September 2009 that he was being investigated, why did you wait until March 24, 2010, to search his home? You think this big pretence of searching Hart’s home will fool anyone?

Do you also think that Hart would have left evidence at the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (UDeCOTT) before fleeing?How stupid do you think the population is? I can’t speak for others, but I see these actions as mamaguy, making us think you are serious about investigating Hart while pulling wool over our eyes.

A Charles, Mt Hope

And that Charles, is why they are better known as dunceys.

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26 Mar 2010

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Well well well.. sometimes words aren’t enough… we are taking ‘the mick’, as dey say ova here in Englan’. Of course dese people didn’ say or t’ink dem t’ing.. but we usin’ we imagination fuh a bit o’ fun. Join een nah man.

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Those random thoughts

Yesterday was rainy. And windy. Reminded me of something I heard about April being the most miserable month of the year, something about April showers. Okay, we’re not into April yet but we’re close enough for it not to make a difference to English weather.

My friend Anil who went primary school with me once moaned that he left warm mud in Trinidad to tramp around in cold mud in Canada. I now understand what he meant by that. Even the rain is unfriendly.

Although the place is warming up slowly, it is in that in-between state that makes things a little uncomfortable… turning on the heating makes the house hot, but leaving it off makes the place too cold indoors. You have to set the timer just right. (For the record, I have an older heating system where the thermostat only comes on at a temperature I consider too high; 25°C).

Last night I was awakened at 2 AM because of one of those people calling State Bank of India. My phone number is very close to the bank’s. Can you picture that Indian accent coming through at 2 AM? Grrr.. I picture the bobbing heads that accompany the accent and tack a moustache on to a male upper lip and there goes my night’s sleep. What’s up with Indian men and the need for a big brushy moustache? Mind you, it hardly ever looks good…

I am currently starting my next assignment so I’m out of here… I’ll soon be back to posting more crap from the news…

24 Mar 2010

Clearing ‘junk’ ain’t easy.

I’ve been clearing out loadsah ‘junk’ from my storage cupboard recently. I’ve discovered – or re-discovered – that it isn’t an easy task.

It’s largely about old documents and papers. The problem with papers is that at one time they held a lot of meaning. Throwing them out means that you’re throwing out some part of ‘your existence’.. well that may be okay if you want to forget about it completely. Of course, as time moves on those things that once appeared so important fade in importance.

The first problem was that I got caught up reading many letters – personal and professional – that I wrote over 10 years ago. It’s good to catch up with the past. I was so glad I wrote all that stuff because I if you ask me now about those events, they just would not be in my head in such detail. I mean it would be all a very very fuzzy blur.

Next was deciding what to keep and not to keep.

A. Of the ‘keep’ group

  1. what do I scan and shred?
    1. scan soon
    2. scan later
  2. what do I not scan.

A1 was most difficult to decide and would eventually consume most time. It’s easy to end up lumping things into A2 which is really to revert to a situation of keeping the junk occupying space. Most of the stuff in Group A tended to be personal correspondence, but quite a proportion was important professional correspondence. These things might be important for my memoirs.

B. Of the ‘not keep’ group:

  1. which to shred
  2. not to shred.

Group B was easiest overall and B2 was the easiest of the lot.

I did not hatch the above before taking on the task. I’m reflecting on how I approached it and crystallising the main parts of the process.

I wonder how others manage the de-junking of old correspondence. 

Disconnect, or delusions?

P**rick, to put it politely, is showing signs of ‘disconnect’ from the people whom he lords over. I’ll like to be more accurate and say he seems to be showing signs of paranoid delusions, or even perhaps schizophrenia.

There is a lot of evidence of the latter in the public domain.

Here we have the leader of a nation, and head of an ‘influential’ Commonwealth one at that, showing separate personalities. Separating the man from the office might seem to some to be the ideal scenario a head of government should aspire to, but not in this case. This is a man who refers to himself in the third person, refers to his office in the third person, refers to… well, basically each of his personalities in the third person. Evidence of hubris or schizophrenic symptoms? I know which I deem to be the more accurate choice.

Then we have the death threat paranoia which once again raised its ugly, and untruthful, head.

Prime Minister Patrick Manning believes his launch last month of drug interdiction Coast Guard boats has something to do with the increased level of attack against him in the media in recent weeks.

He said the information 'we have' is that the drug dealers were targeting him, not his party, because he could not be bribed.

Manning's comments came as he spoke to supporters at a cottage meeting in St Margaret's Village, Claxton Bay, on Monday night. This statement comes a week after a meeting in San Juan, at which he declared war on the local construction sector and spoke of a 'plan to kill Manning'.

Maybe it is wishful thinking on the part of P**rick? Does he want to go down in history as the first political figure to be ‘assassinated’ in Trinidad? Sorry, Selwyn Richardson beat him there already. Of course, maybe he wants to be known as the first head of state of Trinidad and Tobago to be killed while still in office. Sadly, I am not sure this will bring the martyrdom he seems intent on seeking.

This is not the first time we have seen the announcement of fictitious plots to ‘kill’ him. I recall the paranoia surrounding the so-called ‘attempt to peel off’ a car in his security detail. Unfortunately, it was much smoke and no fire. The attempt was fully described previously.

It seems to me the more unpopular he becomes, the more fantastic the stories spewed by P*rick.  All I can say is that I wish the psychiatrists all success in diagnosing this man, since he might use the machinery of the PNM to investigate them too.

23 Mar 2010

Cronyism on the sly

The Editor

There's an issue I've wanted to add to the ever ongoing charges of misuse of public funds which I think can be brought into the public forum.

In San Fernando, in proximity to the San Fernando Technical Institute (Costat) there is a huge area of land reported to belong to former POS Mayor and Minister of Health John Rahael. A few years ago, work began in clearing the land and building a roadway diagonally across the land to connect to the San Fernando By-Pass. Everyone assumed that the land was being developed for commercial purposes.

Early in 2009, Prime Minister Patrick Manning surprisingly announced that the access road leading from the By-Pass to the SS Hochoy H/way had a major fault beneath it and the authorities may have to condemn the road. I say surprisingly because this country has had a "South" Prime Minister for the past two decades passing on this very road at least once a week. Surprisingly also because the goodly Prime Minister is a qualified Geologist and should have recognised from this qualifications and by merely driving (or being driven) on this road that there was a serious problem with this road for at least ten or fifteen years before he even became Prime Minister.

In hearing Mr Manning's disclosure, I suspected that something was about to happen and this statement was but a smokescreen to what was about to unfold.

Within two to three weeks of Mr Manning's revelation, work suddenly started on a multi-million dollar bridge to connect the access highway road to the already existing diagonal road that links to the By-Pass. The construction (I understand) was being undertaken by Beaver Construction and the client was Mr Rahael. I have been told however that Mr Rahael, in the presence of close friends had disclosed that the funding for this project was made available by the Government. Added to this, it has also been rumoured that the diagonal roadway was also built with public funds. Though no public announcement has yet been made, I foresee that the new bridge and road will be used to divert traffic from the badly eroded section of the access highway road. The Ministry of Works will simply divert traffic at the appropriate time in order to effect repairs to the access roadway and the public will be none the wiser.

I suspect that if the issue ever arises, the Government will have covered their arses by justifying the spending, having already disclosed to the gullible public the unhealthy state or the road. So far, parcels of lands in this development have already been sold to US firm K Mart (a few years ago) and more recently Toyota of Japan.

So it seems that as rental for the roadway, the Government has opted to spend the money for a private enterprise instead of effecting repairs which should have been done fifteen or twenty years ago. It's also a case to former PNMites and financiers still emptying the country's treasure for personal gains.

I hope this can be investigated to determine the truth.

Warning!!

THE EDITOR:

This letter is directed to the San Juan pensioner. The man that you tried to bar from entering your yard some days ago, may spend millions of dollars to hire Lindquist, to find out when last you travelled, and if you paid the $20 duty on the extra bottle of JW Black, you may have brought back, just to pull a paper from his back pocket, to let the Parliament know that you have breached the laws of the land, and cause Saucy Sow, who sits behind him to thump on the desk (I don't know how that eh break, yet).

Let them know that the name Villafana, has been renowned, and held in high esteem on San Juan hill, along with the Ollivierres, Pinards, Alcantaras, Awongs, to name a few.

I too, last week, had the cause to chase a man called Huggins, who supposedly came from the office of the MP for St Joseph, to speak to me about a fax that I sent to the MP, in response to a flyer that was left in my mail box, stating that the MP passed by on a friendly visit, and missed speaking to me.

I stated in the fax, that I would have told him to his face, that even though I supported the PNM party from its inception, and became a party member over a year ago, I would never vote PNM, unless both Mannings, and all of the present members of the Government, do not offer themselves as representatives of the people.

H Hannibal

Selling a dead donkey

Persad bought a donkey from Sonnyboy for $100. Sonnyboy agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

Come morning, Sonnyboy drove up and said, "Sorry, I hah some bad news. The donkey dead las’ night."

"Well then, jess gee me meh money back."

"Cyah do that. I spend it already," replied Sonnyboy .

"OK then, jess unload the donkey."

"Wey you goin’ do?" asked Sonnyboy .

"I'm gwine raffle him off."

"Yuh can't raffle off ah dead donkey!" exclaimed Sonnyboy .

"Buh how! Watch meh."

A month later Sonnyboy met up with Persad and asked what happened with the dead donkey. "I raffle him off. I sell 500 tickets at $5 apiece and make ah profit of $2395."

"Nobody complain?" asked Sonnyboy .

"Jess the fella who win. I gee he back he $5."

22 Mar 2010

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Different strokes

Since reading that the State is paying for Shermie’s cancer treatment and medication, I remembered this little post I published some time ago.

Profligacy dispreading

Ever since I started writing this blog, I have documented endless proof that dotishness is alive, real and quite possibly dispreading.  One key area of dotishness is the Trinidad and Tobago government.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes by a fluke or 2 the government gets things right. I haven’t seen any proof yet, but I include that statement because no doubt – by the powers of fate and probability – it can’t be 100% ineffective. Still, mainly the dotishness is rampant.

Case in point where it spent untold millions on the construction sector. Another example is spending extravagant sums fighting unwinnable cases all the way to the Privy Council. Recall if you will, the Maha Sabha case aka Trinity Cross issue, the Maha Sabha case aka the Citadel issue, the failure to implement the Equal Opportunities Act, the Feroza Ramjohn case, the Abu Bakr affidavit issue, the deliberate misinterpretation of key legislation by the duncey service etc etc.

Now, the mule-like demeanour of this current administration is once again rearing an ugly truth – the public purse has no limit when it comes to spending. What am I referring to?

Recently, the State lost at both High Court and Court of Appeal an issue where it had to pay $31.2 million to a private contractor because State lawyers had failed to file paperwork on time. Now JJ is claiming that he intends to go to the Privy Council to appeal.

In a written judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal Jamadar described the circumstances of the case as “a complete calamity” and “colossal disaster” which was caused by the failure of lawyers to meet deadlines which had been set out in the lawsuit when it was at the pre-action and first instance stages.

The part I don’t get, and which I can only describe as the dotishness malady that afflicts JJ and his colleagues is that JJ admits they were wrong!

Jeremie criticised the current Criminal Procedure Rules (CPR), under which the Court of Appeal ordered the State to pay $31.2 million for not filing a defence on time, and hinted that they may soon be reviewed.

So you criticise the rules which allow the Court to rule against you, even though those rules are the ones in effect? Furthermore, because you don’t like them, you want to change them?

I can only say that the irresponsibility and profligacy appears to be reaching new highs… or lows if you prefer. The dispread is now runaway.

I will be there at the Privy Council for this one.

Friends rediscovered

There is a certain joy to rediscover old friendships, at least for me. Recently, a dear friend of mine, who leads a very high profile, high stressed life began to keep in touch with me more often. We have been friends for approximately 19 years, and in fact have kept in touch several times a year through emails, phone calls, letters, cards etc for all of this time. I’ve always sent ‘snail mail’ though. I think snail mail allows a person some relaxation, forcing them to sit and read and take a few minutes break, instead of rushing through an email and sending a one line response.

It was and is a pleasant surprise to be in touch more often now. Initially, due to the nature of my friend’s job, most of the contact was from my end, letters and short quick notes or phone calls to catch up. In the times I felt I needed some support, my friend has consistently been there though. Lately, my friend has made an effort to keep in contact more often, something which I am very pleased about. I’ve never thought of our friendship as being ‘one-way’, neither have I even remotely considered excising my friend from my life as I had to ruthlessly do to so many others.

If only more people were so considerate.

21 Mar 2010

What are we scared of?

I’m often surprised by the things I come across on Google Search. Google offers up common things people are searching for by region. So here in the UK, at 14:00 2010-03-21 people were most scared about the following things. See screenshot below.

Well I didn’t expect ‘Chinese people’ to popup at top of the list. And ‘falling in love’ – gosh I didn’t think that was scary for so many people!

So share with us your not-so-secret fears. What things are you scared of? 

Ok.. I’ll get the ball rolling. I’m scared of going mad. Why? Because I’ve seen lots of psychotic people and it’s scary, because they don’t know they’re mad. They think everybody else is mad.

I’m mean falling in love is scary I must admit, because it’s a kind of ‘madness’. But I wouldn’t say it’s my biggest fear.

At difference again!

Eh heh.. well I continue my fascination wid a certain confused Nation.. and the way that confusion is represented in media frontpages.

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The facts of the frontpage:

- There is a headline about “50M bill .. for no work”.

- Something about the confusion surrounding funds for a Church.

- 3 Killed in police shoot out.

- And ‘Maloney couple shot dead’

And what’s an appropriate main photo for all dat?

Why surely some uman prancing arong, gleefully celebrating somt’ing or dee odda.

Doh tell meh, ah done know.. it doh bodda allyuh!!!

However, to me, it is a definite sign of a confused people.. confused about values, direction, and future…and drunkened by ‘religious opiates’, and other physical mind-altering substances.

Holy water, Crix and sardines

The clot thickens…

PM P**rick was stopped at the gate by an irate gentleman, but in true executive fashion, he pushed past the man and entered his property, likely committing trespass in the process.

In his own (schizophrenic?) defence, P**rick sought to justify his trespass.

Prime Minister Patrick Manning last night revealed that the 81-year-old pensioner from Real Street, San Juan, who attempted to deny him (the PM) entry onto his property, does not reside in Trinidad and Tobago.

I can’t fathom what the man’s nationality has to do with trespass. Neither does Roodal Moonilal:

‘Madam Deputy Speaker, he (the old man) could be a resident of Tokyo, if he is there and occupying there (the house) in whatever legal capacity and he tells you ’please don’t come in my property and you are trespassing, to go’. It is frightening that you would use immigration, the customs, the authority of the State to find out where this man living. This poor fella may now have to flee back to Canada before the winter finish.’

Now, it is likely P**rick used the afore mentioned state agencies to dig up info on the poor man. However, he denies this, therefore let us give him the benefit of the doubt here.

Manning rejoined that he did not have to use immigration or customs.

'I just have to use the machinery of the People's National Movement,' he declared.

Since the gentleman in question was actually born and bred in that house, worked in Ministry of Agriculture as a Cooperative Development Officer, it seems to me that the PNM machinery is not at all effective. Which could explain at last why the country is in the deep shit it is.

Evil Eye

The question of faith also raised its spectral head.

Re-enacting the form of the cross with his arms, Villafana said: ‘That sign is to ward off evil.’

I can see why poor Mr Villafana felt the need… I'd be bringing out out cross, rosary, holy water et al.

And if I  knew he was in the area, I’d be locked away inside with my Crix and sardines…

Thought of the Day

I thought of procrastinating but I was too lazy; so I put it off.

Jumbie

Once a tief

Well, well, well…

My boy Shermie made the news again… and again in an unfavourable way. Once more, he has made the headlines over his less than honest financial matters. This time round, he has absconded from Canada without paying his medical bills.

Officials at the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, told the Express McNicolls, who has been on medical leave since mid-December last year, received a specialised drug, Rituximab, last month, but despite efforts to have him settle the bill, it remains outstanding…/ Officials at the health centre said they visited McNicolls's home at Vanscot Drive in Brampton, but found the house vacant and were informed by neighbours that the Chief Magistrate had left the country.

Most of the commentators on the Express website seem sympathetic to McNicolls. I have no such qualms.

This is a man whose financial matters are open to public scrutiny because of the post he holds. He has been found wanting on more than one occasion.

His illness is incidental to the scam he is pulling here.

This story has nothing to do with his 'medical records' which are still confidential... he himself revealed his diagnosis. His financial matters are what is revealed and the revelation comes from the other party involved... is there a breach of confidence or privacy? I doubt it since the health centre is seeking assistance to locate the man to pay his outstanding bills… and they are merely stating why they are looking for him.

On February 17, the Privy Council ruled in favour of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, paving the way for two disciplinary charges to be laid against McNicolls for his failure to testify against former Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma on a criminal charge of attempting to pervert the course of public justice. The Privy Council also ruled that McNicolls bear the legal costs incurred by the commission in defending his lawsuit.

But even before the Privy Council gave its ruling, a decision had been taken by the commission, which is chaired by Archie, not to pursue the disciplinary charges against him. The State, the Express learned, will also not attempt to retrieve the legal costs from McNicolls.

More hogwash!! His deliberate scuttling of what was a crucial issue cannot be condoned for whatever reason/s. Illness or not, this matter should go forth. I cannot recall the same courtesy being extended to Sharma, who is still struggling to pay his legal bills. The PNM machinery is not supportive of him… only its political minion, McNicolls.

I don’t know about other people nah, but the phrase ‘Once a tief…’ comes to mind.