Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime: 22mts, 23dys

Anybody remember that one of the issues that The Keith raised on March 3rd during his Motion of No Confidence address was the issue of procurement procedures that are affecting the rate and frequency with which foreign investment taking place?

Minister of Planing and the Economy, Bhoe Tewarie. Photo courtesy Trinidad Guardian website.

Well, the UNC-led Govt has just changed the procurement rules again…They have removed the requirement of a quorum that comprised 4 members of the Govt and 1 member of the Opposition/1 Independent Senator. As the law now stands, only 4 members of the Govt are required. You know who was part and parcel of that legislation change? Minister of Planning and the Economy Dr  Bhoe Tewarie…yes the same Bhoe whowatch CLICO sink and said not one word….Now study yuh head good and tell me what you think going to happen with tendering and procurement procedures with a quorum that does not have a representative from the Opposition or an Independent member of Parliament?

Little bit by little bit this current government is undermining our Parliament and our legal checks and balances. Last year when people kick up fuss about procurement procedures over the Pt Fortin Highway, Kamla Persad set up an inter-ministerial committee to oversee that things were transparent…guess who chairs the committee….The Prime Minister….guess who has the contracts worth $600m to provide the highway project with aggregate….Gopaul!

What happened to all the transparency and accountability talk from 2010? And why aren’t we making more noise about all of these breaches?

Imagine the Minister of Public Utilities, Senator George, says Hinds must go before the Privileges Committee for quoting from a newspaper article, while Moonilal and Ramlogan can lie on private citizens under the protection of Parliament and never have to answer a question or even issue an apology!

And while we on the topic of questionable information being disseminated in Parliament…Dr Goopeesingh, can you tell me which report you got the figures from about national depression? You estimated 100,000 people. Was a survey done? Were all of these people diagnosed? And where were they diagnosed? At private offices? Public hospitals? Or were you taking foreign figures ad applying it to the local mileu?

Balo Maharaj’s wife got extradited….But Ish and Steve still here and the talk is tendering for hefty government contracts.

Dookeran boof Volney without actually using his name. And Pastor Volney officiate at Atiba Duncan’s funeral.

The Dangerous Dogs Act is closed to being passed and it only names specific breeds….which is stigmatising them….and to the best of my knowledge, all dogs can attack and maul a human and more likely than not, it’s the owners who cause dogs to be dangerous. I think this Act needs some adjustments for it to be fair all around as well as protect people from careless owners.

Devant Maharaj: Minister of Transport. Photo courtesy Trinidad Guardian website.

And of course we have the perennial problem of bobol in Licensing Office that no govt is ever going to actually tackle….why? Because…

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 12dys:

fmr CAL Chairman George Nicholas III

Aye….de Pantomime late today because I went up in the office to see if Vidwattie close warm personal friend, George Nicholas the turd, really fire de wuk in truth…. I find like he cyah take criticism….I mean Georgie Boy…be real…you go let two-three comment from Devant Maharaj upset you? All that go happen now is Devant go make one of he friend, who is the janitor for the top floor toilets in the airport, Chairman of CAL….wait til people start making up FB Support/Hate Groups for you….you might dead!

And I see like  Amery Browne smell the same rat I smelling with Cheryl Miller. Whole day yesterday I trying to figure out how the Minister of Feelings and her managerial staff could take the decision to commit Cheryl so, especially when you consider what the Mental Health act say on the matter…then I start to wonder if Cheryl see and know something and they need to hush she up….or make anything that come out she mouth be easily discredited…..eyes on you Verna…eyes on you….you have yet to perform since you in Govt….eyes on you! In my opinion, you Verna need to make a jail for abusing this woman’s rights in this way! Before you get the Children’s Bill tabled to prevent 5 year olds being buggered by grown men, you involved in HR fracas that detaining people wrongfully!

All yuh hear Prakash out the country until maybe May???? And I tell all yuh he going and boil down like bhagee? This is the COP way of saying Let’s Move On! Take that in all yuh pweffen! Marlene Coudray has won the day!

Pension and disability cheques today….. Glen, what really going on with your ministry boy? Retirees doh forget these missteps come election time yuh know!

I see the Scarborough Hospital finally open! 10 points to the PP, 0 points to the PNM….Manning was too busy building the Sydney Opera House in Town to study to give Tobagonians a proper facility. But doh forget to bury Ashworth party come THA elections….we doh want him!

And I want to congratulate Ashworth….anybody who capable of doing so badly in Tobago that they could resurrect Hochoy Charles political career deserve an award!

I see former Brig Peter Joseph fire back and Anand for using the cover of Parliament to lie on him….what’s new with this government????

And the hard part is their supporters always finding jackass reasons to support and condone their criminal, corrupt and vulgar behaviour…..no wonder…

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crimeclusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 21 mts, 19dys:

Folks, it becoming very hard for me to keep up with the many stories and angles to this new scandal with the PM’s travel assistant, Vidwatie Newton. The trajectory goes:

  1.  The Indian Government has paid for travel expenses to India
  2. I paid for my sister out of my own pocket.
  3. The treasury has been paying for all of Ms Newton’s travel expenses
  4. Kamla speaks out to say this is allowed because it happened under previous Prime Ministers
  5. Kamla now insists that she tried to pay with a check but her $$$$ was refused.

I am convinced that by midday today we will hear another story. Because this govt is a fiction machine and churns them out faster than the Sweet Valley High series. The latest story claims the PM’s money was refused. Or so I have been advised that the PM has been advised. And the Express’ sources are an unnamed past public servant  who constantly reminded us that it was “unprecedented” to have a female PM and an unnamed Minister who both claim the PM did nothing wrong. My questions would be, if past Prime Ministers had male protocol officers, why couldn’t a female protocol officer be hired for the PM?  Why give the nation so many different stories? Why lie and say you paid out of your pocket when you clearly never did? And still, what are these needs you have that are specific to a female? The story talks about clothes being ironed, and medication being taken….that’s not gender specific. And why are we paying Ms Newton a per diem, and buying an “assistant” first class tickets?
Is your travel assistant living at La Fantaisie Road while you live in Siparia? Is she also using the PM’s official car, while you use the helicopter?

When questioned about the claims she made about President Robinson, the PM deflected and referred to an unnamed Public Servant as her source. In short some unidentified person in the government told the PM that other PMs have done this and it was on that basis that she did what she did.

The Prime Minister all but said eff you to the nation yesterday when pressed by reporters about her sister functioning as her travel assistant. I have nothing more to say. What else is there to say? People are always going to complain!
We’ve just witnessed the PM use national funds, money from the treasury, indiscriminately and you are basically telling us Madam PM that you don’t need to explain anything to the country, or do better. I guess we should put our fingers on our lips, right?

Vernella Alleyne-Toppin. Photo courtesy Trinidad Guardian's website.

Following closely in the footsteps of her leader, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin yesterday refused to accept that she had done anything wrong. Instead, in a loud, strident voice she continues to claim that she did nothing wrong, is a person of intergrity, was unaware that she wasn’t supposed to use the card in the way she did. I guess the louder she says she didn’t do anything wrong, while there is a paper trail to show otherwise; and the louder she claims to be a woman of integrity, while there is a paper trail to show otherwise, we must believe her. It was left to the executive of Shoppin-Toppin’s political party the TOP to upbraid her.
But the TOP didn’t hire and appoint Shoppin Toppin….it was the voters of Trinidad and Tobago and the PM….what’s the PM’s position on this? Is she going to tell us, “Move on.”

This TOP in its categoric condemnation of Toppin’s behaviour also blamed the Ministry of Finance for allowing the misuse of the credit card to continue…Dooks what you have to say boy? And I doubt very much that Shoppin Toppin is going to apologise.

SO, in short, we have 2 incidences of Wrong and Strong Female Leadership. Both the Prime Minister and a Government Minister have abused public funds and refuse to apologise….and in the PM’s case I don’t expect to see an end to the behaviour.

In more People’s Panchayat news  the PM has been advised that there is no ultimatum from the MSJ. I confused….the MSJ there are problems within the partnership, and they giving you 2 months to address it….oh, sorry, that’s just a deadline. My bad.

The Hot Shot Top Cops can’t be disciplined or fired….and the Police Service Welfare President is hopping mad and has called the Police service Commission a toothless bulldog! Let’s face the truth Deosaran, Gibbs won’t be fired. He’s not a public servant, nor is Ewatski. They here to stay. No government gets rid of its Fall Guy if it can help it.

Little Jack Warner facing some FIFA hot water again as a German journalist and cameraman followed him around on site visits to protesting communities yesterday. Warner was yesterday drumming up support for his UNC internal elections bid for party chairman. He went on record to say sorry to protesting villagers for the poor road conditions. All part of his consistent campaign to get PURE put back into his hands. Why do we have a man embroiled in so much corruption in FIFA still functioning as a govt minister here?

Yesterday the Minister of Transport jumped into the fray in support of Maxi Drivers. And it almost come like a case of himself protesting against himself….so I wondering, Devant have a fleet of Maxi he want to change ownership on? He have a horse in this race????

And the latest at Asa Wright Nature Centre is that the mining has stopped….for how long…we don’t know…but we keeping an eye…and no government minister has bothered to explain why this Govt is still in bed with Sunway Construction…a company they vilified during their election campaign of 2010.

De Vice Cyah Done!