8 Aug 2015

Edge of Tomorrow

28676_Quad+date.inddThe film Edge of Tomorrow saw Tom Cruise play a soldier who repeatedly dies and return to the past, only to keep reliving a useless and doomed future. Does that plot sound familiar? If it does, it’s because the PP government is doomed to repeat its many failures.

I have heard this bleating before. So there’s nothing new in the ‘zero tolerance’ approach, really. Call me a cynic, but I wonder if anyone on the Rock knows what zero tolerance is? It’s not the first time I’ve asked the question.

What Kamla failed to mention is how this will be achieved. No definite crime plan, once again. Merely saying what she wants happen is not a plan as to how it will happen! Just like the movie, Trinidadians just live, die repeat.

Additionally, with the coffers running low due to reduced price of oil, and no plan for economic growth, her PP government is all about spending, spending, spending.

  • New laptops will be given to students ente­ring university and iPads or tablets will be given to primary school pupils on a phased basis.
  • The PM said her Government will continue to link communities by building the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin and Fyzabad; the San Fernando to Mayaro highway and the Port of Spain to Chaguaramas highway/causeway.
  • She disclosed there will be a medical tourism hospital in the East-West Corridor, the San Fernando Waterfront development project and the Mayaro hotel tourism project.
  • The Prime Minister said the controversial Brian Lara Tarouba facility will be made into the Tarouba sport academy.

Aside from the usual excrement, a general election also sees some strange breaches in the law.

“The office of permanent secretary to the Prime Minister and head of the Public Service is the most senior appointment that can be made in the civil service, and as far as I am aware only the Public Service Commission has the constitutional responsibility to make such an appointment.

“Has the Prime Minister therefore abrogated this constitutional function to herself?” [Dr Keith Rowley, Opposition Leader]

It’s a valid question. But since the days of Ramesh Deosaran on the PSC, it has been flipping over backward to get on the good side of ‘Queen’ Kamla.

Chairman of the PSC Marjorie Thorpe told the Express via telephone yesterday Mendez’s position is an “acting” one based on the recommendation of the commission.

Thorpe said the PSC was written to with the respect to a recommendation to have Mendez act in the position, which was the ­arrangement to which it agreed.

The statement sounds (to me) like a cover up. Nothing unusual again there. Someone say ‘'”Reshmi!!”

In yet another quite puzzling twist, investigative reporter Anika Gumbs at the Express resigned because she was allegedly subject to ‘an unfortunate experience’ with Dr Rowley. She alleges he appeared before her bareback… at his home. Fawk, if I can’t be bareback in my own home, I’ll piss up the tailpipe of whoever made the law banning it.

She also alleges some strange comments to him. I wonder how all this happened with his enhanced security detail being around and having a family living with him. Something ent kosher with that story. As Rowley asks, is it part of the “"’norowley’ campaign? Time reveals many things, and I suspect this will be one of them.