25 Feb 2011

Some things to think about

I have not the time to get into any detailed analysis but I just wanted to quickly point out some things that caught my eye, and perhaps a brief look at why they did.

  • Trinidad and Tobago is still denying equal rights to gay/lesbians/bisexual/transgendered people. Now, even though I am heterosexual, I have a problem with this.  It is not my place to moralise over other peoples’ lifestyles, nor to dictate to any person how, when and with whom they should have sex. What I do know is that their rights are actually guaranteed in the Constitution but abrogated by the Equal Opportunities Act. Go figure.
  • In order to gain support in Parliament to pass the amendments to the THE  CONSTITUTION  (AMENDMENT)  (CAPITAL OFFENCES)  BILL,  2011 (also known as the ‘hanging bill’), the PP government took a backward step in removing the categorisation of murders and also put a time frame to appeal to international bodies.
    • The first change was it would accede to the Opposition's demand to remove the categorisation of murders and make all murders (including crimes of passion) a capital offence. The second amendment, Ramlogan said, would be to put a fixed time frame of 18 months for the completion of petitions to the international human rights bodies.


The above is the bill at first reading before amendments.

  • The Dhansam Dhansook situation is falling around the ears of the AG. The present AG, when he was in private practice, represented Dhansook (a PNM county councillor) in bringing allegations of corruption against two PNM ministers. Allegations which were judged to be false. Now the same Dhansook is alleging that the claims he made were at the behest of his lawyer, the present AG. It is too early to say who is wrong, and who is right but the truth lies somewhere in the middle, I dare say. I do find it odd that two letters allegedly written to the AG by Dhansook went missing and worse, the AG is openly confessing he breached client confidentiality to the DPP. That alone makes me realise he is not to be trusted as far as I can spit.
  • Dana Seetahal, having written on the illegality of the fees charged by the Louis Lee Sing led POS City Council for wrecking cars in the City,  has now challenged said fees in court. I look forward to the outcome.
  • Having had a look at the PP’s manifesto, specifically the promises made for the first 120 days, I realised that what was actually accomplished is a minority of... 3?

The more things change, the more they remain the same, not so?