100 Missteps in 2.5 years by Xavi Silva

I had to share this list with you guys. FB blogger Xavi Silva tagged me in this post and I thought maybe you’d want to take a read and add whatever you think is missing:

2 1/2 years 100 bad decisions here is our government:

1) Reshmi
2) Sasha
3) Jack multiple FIFA bribery scandals(Bin Hamman, TTFF, Haiti)
4) Vasant Cayanne
5) Farmers without crops
6) A RedBull Flugtag Plane for 900k to replace a blimp sold for 50k how? What? Why?
7) Diversification what how where?
8) SOE
9) Assassination Plot
10) NP friends and family contract
11) Anand proposing to monitor social media and emails
12) Raiding media houses for sources
13) Verna locking up Cheryl Miller
14) Seizing guns/drugs locking up nobody and saying we on top of crime!
15) Frequent flyer trips with no solid results
16) 20% voter turnout in local elections called a success!
17) 0% Economic growth for 3 years!
18) Jack the unlimited bank account!
19) Dismissing the Transparency International Corruption Report
20) Vetoing the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU)
21) 2.5 million for 3 farmers to cut the Airport grass(I in the wrong field who have a whacker?)
22) Anand and Kamla say SILK wrong but still wearing them own.
23) Gift wrapping oil for India
24) Alutrint board appointed something smelting bad.
25) How come race talk so prevalent now? It was ever so?
26) Paid bloggers sound off how the Blackberry wokking?
27) What going on with the probe on Ish, Steve and Jack AG? We ever hearing that again?
28) Wait Verna doin the Back Peddle dance and welcoming back Ms. Miller but I thought she commit her?
29) so 48 million barrels is the answer to we economic problems? Well Barbados 2.5 billion find will make them richer than Apple Corp then!
30) Why Anand eh lock up Caulder Hart yet? That is a nex probe up somebody eh hem!
31) Protests by TCL and Unions watch out for a SOE jus now
32) Sunway! Whichway? Caulder Hart Way $300 million quarrying contract thanks Kamla we always knew your “Hart” was good.
33) Ag Superintendent Bisnath Maharaj is the new SSA director that name sounding familiar hmmm.
34) Omar Khan resign cause he unqualified! Why this sounding familiar?
35) “I hired my sister with taxpayer dollars that’s good family values” say it frequently an wine!
36) Before elections: “I will never move into the PM’s residence” After elections: “Put the elevator from the HDC building in my bedroom”
38) Aye! How I could forget Sat! Anybody know if he still seeing pantylines? He still like black people?
39) COP members say they fed up of the poor governance an they not settling so! COP have a backbone then?
40) Somebody pay me TT$1.5 million to paint a small building nah gosh boy look how much people getting handouts.
41) Oil Sands/Highway Re-Route
42) All files on Jack, Ish an Steve stolen from the SIA
43) Giving India a stake hold in Petrotrin
44) Hiring workers from China to pick coconuts
45) New CONCACAF president slams Warner for financial impropriety
46) Dwayne Gibbs find no evidence against Warner so the DPP can’t prosecute that’s a shocker…
47) Reducing NIS pensioners to $1,000 per month and less in some cases.
48) The purposeful allowing of taxpayer dollars going to waste from assets e.g. The Brian Lara stadium and the 4 water taxi’s simply because it was a PNM one.
49) Jack National Security? How?
50) Why no consultation on the SEA curriculum change?

51) Jack has no authority to command the armed forces and police
52) Why were environmentalists consulted on the destruction of the turtles nest?
53) Why is the gov’t considering a Tar Sands Mine?
54) New Central Bank Governor was on India trip too hmmm guess he real “independent”
55) Property Tax on or off on or off?
56) T&T Embassy, Washington, DC
Veterinarian, turned diplomat, Dr. Neil Parsan, nephew of Local Government Minister Chandresh Sharma, has been using millions of dollars of taxpayers money to transform the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Washington to capture a piece of the “sunlit Caribbean.”
57) How much to renovate the US embassy here again??
58) Bobol at NLCB
59) Bobol at EMA Staff quitting and workers wearing red to protest!
60) New Traffic plan destroying business in St. James.
61) Four members of the Estate Management Business Development Company Ltd (EMBD) resigned from the board after raising concerns over transactions involving senior company officials.
62) Mt. Hope storing cancer patients tissue in water containers.
63) Why did Jack influence the firing of the COP and deputy COP?
64) How come exactly 50 to be released for our 50th Independence? 50 no more no less!
65) Flags that not really flags just modified 90 degrees.
66) Gov’t official under FIU probe ah wonder who hmmmm,
67) Sect. 34 sounds like a horror movie only worse.
68) The National Security helicopters is the new shopping car.
69) Shaq get $10 million to help crime go up!
70) Machel make more money that the T&T economy thanks Kamla!
71) Keshorngate everybody get even if yuh finish second to last. Oh wait Nijsane eh get nuttin.
72) Partap drunk nuff said…
73) Financial Action Task Force (FATF) reports suspicious activity in the amount of $500 million from Jan to Jun 2012
74) But wait crime back up I thought the SOE fix that? Where Steven Williams two crime plans? And Jack phantom one?
75) 21 workers responsible for the regularization of 4,500 cane farmers fired Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj denied such claimed. Unions have letters for all 21.
76) Wait we still giving out laptops to schools when the one laptop per child experiment proved no marked increase in test scores?
77) I feel iPads for all MP’s will fix all the nation problems.
78) Why the discrepancies in the auditor general report? http://www.auditorgeneral.gov.tt/documentlibrary/downloads/9/Vol%20%204%20-%20AG%20REPORT%202011.pdf
79) Jack new crime plan to outline how people dress…
80) How did we achieve developed country status in a negative economy again?
81) AUSTERITY MEASURES!
82) 50 criminals to be released coinciding with 50th Anniversary Independence.
83) Hubert Volney became the fall guy for Anand Ramlogan.
84) Pre-Budget Rally!
85) Post Budget Rally!
86) Attiba Phillips pay $1,335. to a taxi from his home to Mid Centre Mall in Chaguanas sample eh it have plenty more.
87) No drill in a major hospital that is all.
88) Jack Warner begins another job program in place of proper economic development ala color me orange, hoop of life.
89) The DPP states that that Section 34 “cannot stand on its own without absurdity” http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Breaking-News—Gaspard-Breaks-Silence-169487316.html
90) The AG, PM continue the rash of lawsuits in place of debating with the AG proudly compiling a list of those he has sued.
91) $1.3 billion requested for arbitration with BAE for the OPV’s
92) Reshmi! No wait Reshmi mommy and Anand Ramlogan creating a position of Clerk IV that does not exist.
93) The new tool to attack the opposition is race! Everybody saying they was racially discriminated even Jack say Rowley racial cause he focusing on Anand but Anand doing poor I think.
94) The Minister of Communications show his inferiority complex on paper writing claiming bias against reporters and finally the head of an independent news agency and oh yeah using racial slurs in referring to himself as a “Muslim Coolie”
95) The ink on the 2012/2013 budget still wet and the Ministry of Works done want to borrow $2.7 billion! Who say massive debt and IMF?!
96) Massive hirings an firings at our embassies overseas that bound to happen less attention http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/_I_will_take_you_to_the_PM_-176132371.html
97) Paid bloggers being recruited the usual suspects all there slithering around.
98) The same NAMDEVCO that giving Reshmi mommy a fake position fire the whole board real bachannal Among them are irregular hiring practices that have landed five board members before the Integrity Commission.
99) How come people so silent about how FIFA stop funding Trinidad & Tobago? Must be how Jack Warner still interfering in FIFA business when that was the condition of his being fired/resigning(same difference) that he dont interfer?!! http://www.wired868.com/2012/10/06/warners-controversial-letter-to-sport-minister-anil-roberts/
100) After all the Section 34 bachannal Anand still ent remove serious fraud from the statute of limitations look at that.

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Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 29dys: Lies, Half Truths and Travel Assistants

 

 

As the People’s Partnership backpedal….a little over a year ago PM Kamla Persad-Bissesar was in no hurry to ditch the Privy Council… yesterday, without really explaining what caused the change of heart, the PM, in one of her rare visits to Trinidad, honoured us with her presence in Parliament and announced that we will be waving bye bye to the Privy Council.

I guess being the odd one out in the entire Caribbean and insisting there needs to be more ethnic parity on the CCJ and watching Portia Simpson-Miller receive more plaudits than her for embracing the CCJ (whose headquarters housed in Trinidad) was too much and she had to get in on the action and limelight.

On Thursday January 19th Suruj Rambachan said in an interview to the Guardian of the trip to India: “It was a state visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “In a state visit, everything is paid for by the government of that country,”…

This morning I am hearing that the various Ministries here, as well as the Office of the Prime Minister spent money on this trip to the tune of $868,268.11 for the Prime Minister’s Sister; $2.9 million for people from the Ministry of Energy;  $1.2 million for the Ministry of Tertiary Education; Public Utilities cost us $200,860  and Bmobile officials $304,961.

Some of these figures baffle me, because I am reliably informed that most of these officials travelled with spouses and companions….further, the PM also carried her pundit on this trip…so what was the fee for his services?

But let’s get back to the brass tacks of this matter. In January we were told that our purses didn’t feel the pinch for this trip….now were are hearing that millions were spent on the trip and to date note one word has been said about how we benefited from the trip other than numerous AP and Reuters pics of Kamla wearing malas, sarees and bowing to and kissing  Indian officials.

Remember too that the PM said at first that she paid for her sister our of her own pocket…since the treasury paid for Vidwattie Newton’s trip to India are we now saying that the Treasury is Kamla’s pocket?

Is Ms Newton a public servant?
Is Travel Assistant an approved position within the PM’s retinue?

If Ms Newton is indeed a Travel Assistant, then what does Lisa Ghany-Weeke’s do?

If Ms Newton is travelling as a professional nurse was she hired as such by this government?

Why does the PM need to travel with a professional nurse (as she has insisted)? How ill is she?

These are all questions that for some reason my pro-UNC/PP friends think I should stop asking. Why? Shouldn’t I be concerned about state funds are used for? Should I wait for the Auditor-General to tell me State abuse of funds? Years after it has happened?

Were we lied to by this government about this “state trip” to India?
Have we been lied to about the nature of Ms Newton’s presence on her 11 international trips with the PM?

Why has Ms Newton been receiving checks from the Govt? In what capacity? Why is her address listed as the Office of the Prime Minister?

I’m sorry, but the PM’s announcement that she’s not answering any further questions about her sister does not satisfy me….a tax paying member of this society.

Glen Ramadharsingh, in an attempt at self-promotion in the Parliament yesterday revealed that calls to the child hotline has tripled  in the last year. Ramadharsingh, speaking on the Children’s Bill…which was passed with 37 votes (YAY!!!!), was pointing out that he has increased monies to the Child Hotline….Glen, unless the money came out of your pocket….you didn’t do it,  WE, the Taxpayers, did!!!!!

These increases are troubling….are we really looking after our children?

A 15 year old Bagatelle youth was shot in the back…residents are alleging it’s police, and the 21st Century Police are saying it’s not them….So, I going to assume that someone in Carenage shoot a bullet up in the air and it land over  in the next Valley and hit the boy in his back…because everybody know that in Trinidad black people does only kill black people…and is only black people who violent…and if the boy was running, it had to be he was guilty right…..lawd help us if the bullet shells the villagers find really belong to a police gun….because then I will want to know why Police Officers here could only shoot young black men who resembling John Sandy in their back!

Sat Maharaj…aka the real Minister of Education….blocking TTUTA officials from entering the Tunapuna Hindu School….I can only guess that he owns the school.

La Brea villagers are protesting…..Tarouba residents protesting….Mon Desir residents protesting….every week some part of Trinidad protesting and showing their disgust with our Government…and these days the PM mum!!!!! Peas Tin attack she mouth and it swell!

2 days a go a Belmont man was found murdered in his bed….now another body has been found in Belmont with a bag over its head….repeat after me, “The SoE was a Success”…..”21st Century Policing is Working”……”We Have a Comprehensive Crime Plan”.

The latest television host to be targetted by the Govt is apparently Inshan Ishmael. Mr Ishmael is alleging that the govt is targetting him…specifically Devant Maharaj…and he is calling for Devant Maharaj to GO!!!!!!

I want all of them to go….and I done start to light my candle for them…because the longer this government stays, is then for sure we know:

De Vice Cyah Done!

CCPP 22mts and 28 days later: Attacking All Opposition

 

Ok, I don’t know about you, but these days when I get up to do this blog I keep wondering if I’m living in some alternative reality. Some days when I re-read the postings and the articles linked to them I wonder if this blog’s contents can’t qualify as a pure work of fiction. I teach Literature from time to time….and the books I focus on look at leadership, politics and social conditions since Independence. None of the books paint a pretty picture….and this blog is beginning to read like them. Corrupt leaders, creeping dictatorships, a citizenry fooled en masse by a political elite hungry to retain power at all costs, a population so desperate for deliverance it trusts any charlatan priest, prophet or politician that pops up…..I’m referring to the books….if any of it seems familiar to you, start getting worried!

I feel tired, defeated and depressed about reading the papers and listening to the news. And today was no different.

Since last week, I’ve been looking at Ian Alleyne be treated as the next messiah…all that was missing in his triumphant march through Port of Spain yesterday were palm branches and a jackass….ok….just palm branches. But as much as I find some aspects of Alleyne’s show and his public posturing crass and vulgar, I see quite plainly why he is so popular. He appears to be performing…Alleyne seems to be doing for members of the poorer classes, what the police and government seem unable to do…fight crime. If ever there was a poster boy for “perception is reality” Ian Alleyne is it!
And his success here just shows you how far we have fallen as a society. Alleyne sullies crime scenes, has no real conviction rate to speak off and breaks laws such as the Sexual Offences Act….and people are actually rallying to his side and asking that he be given a bligh because he solving crime and is the “voice of the poor man”.

His popularity has become extremely dangerous….so much so, that an arrest of Alleyne for an obvious infringement of the law is now made to be look like the suppression of  a voice that speaks out against the government.
And it is in this way that I believe Alleyne is a threat to the current govt. Ian’s support base is far more diverse than anything the UNC or PNM  can lay claim too…..Ian has the support of the urban and rural working class….which doesn’t know colour and creed….it knows poverty and suffering!

I watched the candlelight vigil on the Brian Lara Promenade a few nights ago and the small crowd that gathered there is an example of his support base. Then watch the make up of the crowd that went to his court hearing. In a matter of hours on the evening of his arrest Ian Alleyne managed to rally a support base over an alleged injustice much faster than any Motion of No Confidence or corrupt act of this govt.

Alleyne, the grandcharging, loose talking host of Crime Watch is more of an Opposition to this current govt than the actual Opposition Leader is….and that’s why there’ll be candle light vigils for Ian, who has broken laws, than there will be for The Keith, who trying to get this govt to stop breaking laws!

So the AG, who seems to have a mancrush on The Keith is claiming he paying to harass the Opposition Leader out of his own pocket. Devant Maharaj seems to want in on the action, even if it might mean sloppy seconds…..And I pretty sure that other members of this government probably circling to see how they could be a part of this parry and thrust with the Opposition Leader.

What confuses the Pantomime is what the government is objecting to. Is it not The Keith’s job to raise questions about the practices of the Government?
There are citizens of this country who have serious questions about the non-extradition of  Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson. We have serious questions about why under this current AG the prosecution team the state had chosen…that had been pretty successful in pursuing the extradition case was at the last minute changed….and it appears to some that a less competent team was appointed to prosecute by the current AG. I think instead of the AG deflecting the issue with a lawsuit, he should answer those questions. Ish and Steve mad mas with public money and the public has a right to know!
The public also has a right to know precisely what the AG is doing with the budget of $90m plus that he has at his disposal. I find it extremely discomfiting that this government seems to think that citizens don’t have a right to know what’s being done with its monies.

Further, I find it disconcerting that when the Leader of the Opposition does what the Opposition is meant to do (that’s why there was constitutional reform in 1956 to create a strong Opposition &&)  this current Government seems to want to shut down and shut up the opposition….almost as if they don’t want to be opposed or kept in check at all. And this attitude spreads to their treatment of the media. In not advertising with certain media houses they are attempting to cripple them…without revenue how can these media houses function and pay their reporters who are meant to ask the relevant questions?

The PM is currently suing the Express for allegedly maligning her image in a news story that I’d say was mischievously worded….ever desperate Fitzgerald Hinds is now being brought before the Privileges Committee for quoting from the newspaper article…..mind you both Moonilal and AG Ramlogan have been caught misrepresenting evidence….oh, who am I fooling….lying in Parliament on Noel Garcia and Brig Joseph respectively….and no one has brought them before the Privileges Committee for abusing Parliament’s protection.

When you look further, the many police raids of media houses also seems to be a state influenced attack on freedom of expression. The govt has come out to decry such police raids….but remember that the ACIB was a bureau that fell under this self same AG….and when the media got a hold of that information this self same AG pretended to know nothing about the unit falling under his jurisdiction and he immediately asked the PM to remove it from his purview.

This very government has also, within the last week restructured the format of the Joint Select Committee…there is no longer a need for Opposition or Independent members on the committee…it is now strictly a government quorum…this is the committee that weighs in on government contracts and procurement. So now they’ve got carte blanche.

At every turn this government seems to be lying, remains unaccountable and further to that angry and upset when institutions that are meant to keep them in check: Media and the Opposition, question their behaviour and activities. What does that tell you about Kamla and her small goal side? Does any of this sound anti-democratic to you? It certainly does to me.

The last time I checked, the only democratic government that doesn’t want opposition and freedom of expression of any kind is a Dictatorship….we already slipping down that slope at warp speed, folks….

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

 

Crime Clusterf@$l/Political Pantomime 22mts, 27dys: Mums the Word

Anand Ramlogan’s crush on The Keith growing stronger and stronger. Seems every opportunity he gets he levelling law suits at him…yet the AG is short on answers for the population on Calder Hart, Steve & Ish, the probe into that Crop Duster that Gibbs bought, the probe into Jack Warner and the Fifa Affair, and a whole host of other probes…..that is performance!

Dr George Laquis says our state cancer care is disastrous! And after their attempt to cover up RadiationGate a few weeks ago, and this latest suggestion to put an oncology facility in Penal, I have to agree with him….get out of Cancer care….get out of managing Health care period, because you doing a piss poor job! Fund it and find another body to manage it. How is it that a country like Cuba with far fewer resources can have such effective health care and we swimming in oil $$$$ for almost 4 decades and can’t even manage enough beds and medication for our ill????? You won’t get a comment on this from Kamla or Fuad…don’t hold your breath!

An entire family was gunned down in Laventille. The TTPS says they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The murder toll continues to steadily climb. Yet, you notice you don’t hear any government official or member of our National Security Council coming out to speak on it? Last year after a spate of murders over 1 weekend Kamla shut down the country and our rights for 107 days…this year after a spate of murders over the East Weekend and a continued climb in the subsequent weeks there is not one word from the PM, the Minister of National Security, or the COP. Don’t hold your breath on this either.

Keith Rowley has alleged in a press briefing yesterday that spying on the population continues under this administration….again I willing to venture that you won’t hear a word from the PM, the Min of National Security, the new head of the SIA or the National Security Council.

What this government has quietly shown in the last few weeks is that it no longer has to answer to, explain or be accountable to the country.

Imagine Devant Maharaj can come out and say that 5 former chairmen of BWEE/CAL have demonstrated that they had no common sense when running the airline. One of these former chairmen is now the head of the Integrity Commission, appointed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. So Devant Maharaj is actually implying that his government appoints stupid people to run Commissions.
And Kamla…that excellent example of female leadership remains quiet….not one word…never a comment from her…never a correction…not even an apology from her or Devant for the insult he has levied at these men!

Mon Desir residents protesting over the highway and its impact on their homes and environment….Not one word from this government!

Tarouba residents protesting about the deplorable conditions of the houses they have been put in…and is years they writing and complaining….Not one word from this government!

Instead they will hope that the population remains distracted over Ian Alleyne’s arrest and the charges laid against TV6. People holding candle light vigil for Ian Alleyne, when what we need to do is burn some candles for Kamla and her Partnership. They have lost their way….they need some light. Today I going out to a store and buy some candles to burn for this Govt!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 27dys:

the message left by C0D3X on the ttparliament.org website

 

Listen, I’ve decided to stop be suprised by how foolish the comments that come out of Roodal Moonilal’s mouth are….but it hurts to know that this man is Leader of Government Business….because if that’s the best the UNC has to offer in Parliament then that party in a hot mess!

Over the weekend Devant Maharaj said that Ken Gordon, Arthur Lok Jack,  Karl Hudson-Phillips and Hugh Wooding as men who lack common sense. Apparently Rabindra Moonan has more common sense than these men……*crickets*

Over the weekend you would have heard that  the Parliament’s website was hacked. Moonilal’s response is that it not a serious issue, no need to pay attention to it. Is not the same as the hacking of the Ministry of Finance. Is it ok to be that daft, really? Is spinning PR so much a priority now that the govt entirely unable to call something the way they see it?
For me the issue with this alleged hack into the website is that it shows just how technologically unsavvy and unprepared our government websites are and these initial strikes by hackers may well be just that…initial strikes and then eventually to teach a more important lesson a hacker (or group of hackers) may hit where it hurts….really hard. But Moonilal, ever the buffoon continues to function as the opening act for this Barnum and Bailey Production that we running 22 months now at Tower D…come one….come all!

Crime Watch continues in court today. All yuh can’t say Ian Alleyne don’t keep improving on the entertainment value of his programme….he could give Moonilal some pointers. No doubt with the expected increased police presence, it’ll be even more of a pappy show! And to date the real issue still getting lost….a child’s image was shown on television in a sexually way…..Ian aired the tape, the station broadcast it twice….This was a breach of law. Yet the issue that has held most of the population’s attention is how “Ian get rough up”. Note that Attorney Om Lalla never said the police’s behaviour was illegal…just abusive. Can we press on? There are far more abusive things happening daily in this society that never gets us this riled up.

The 2012 march for children happened yesterday, and organisers called for better laws, and also stated that if the government can’t protect its children it should go. Imagine Akiel Chambers would have been 25 years old had he lived….Amy Annamunthodo would have been in her mid-teens, I think, as would little Hope.

David Abdullah has stepped down as head of FITUN; he plans to focus on developing of MSJ. That 2-month period you gave Kamla to re-think the shortcomings of the Partnership at least half way through, not so, Mr Abdullah?

Has the partnership begun to clean up its act yet? Are you going to pull a Prakash and decide that the UNC’s shortcomings are something you can live with in order to be able to eat ah food?

 

It’s Monday Folks…..Ian heads to court today….

De Vice Cyah Done!

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog If I Want To!

Ishmael Salandy's photo of Ian Alleyne at the Port of Spain General Hospital. Photo courtesy Express website.

 

Listen, all yuh think police does be smoking the contents of the evidence room?

Explain to me how after 6 months all yuh head in town to arrest Ian Alleyne…I saw the handcuffs, doh try to fool me….and all yuh aint walk with the warrant? No wonder Om and Ian buss style on all yuh so!

And yes, I know you could arrest without a warrant…but come nah man…is 6 months all yuh planning this thing!

That being said, Ian Alleyne, Crime Watch and TV6 are Charged for the toro toro (aka bullshit) they did to that child last year on the programme.

Yesterday, whole day PNM Abroad was frothing on its wall talking about Alleyne being the people’s champion….cause they want the tune again, nah….and people’s champion or not (I really not getting into that argument) we have to agree that if Ian Alleyne breached the law, he shouldn’t be above it. To justify Alleyne’s abuse of the law is to set a bad precedent. Now, for all intents and purposes, what is clearly a legal matter has been made into a political issue….Alleyne, all of a sudden has become the PNM poster boy for Govt abuse….so many more scary instances of abuse occurring daily, and the issue that get PNM People riled up yesterday is Alleyne’s roughing up by the police? I seriously have to wonder where people’s heads are at. The Govt quietly changed the quorum of the Joint Select Committee this week, and now allowing themselves carte blanche when it comes to procurement issues…and the thing that have PNM Abroad panties in a bunch is Ian Alleyne….a man who admitted to reaching the law? Listen…UNC financiers everywhere must be busting their guts laughing over this one!

As per whether Ian’s treatment at the hands of the police was necessary….probably not…maybe it was too excessive…I certainly think so….

I am also happy to see that TV6 didn’t escape unschathed. You were part of the broadcasting process…clean up your acts…both of you.

While the show highlights criminal activity in the country and certainly depicts Alleyne as doing a better job than police there are a few changes I’d like to see:

  • less gore and dead bodies during a time children watching tv.
  • less of Alleyne in the middle of the crime scene
  • better production and editing
  • less showcasing of specific police officers.
  • statistics on how many of Ian’s arrests actually led to convictions!

Ian show beginning to look like Sgt Alexander’s PR plan!  Keep up whatever good work you might be doing Ian…..and keep improving the pappyshow into a proper show!

Pres Sando was literally on fire yesterday…and it had nothing to do with past alumni Patrick Manning, Basdeo Panday, Machel Montano or Kes Dieffenthaler…..or did it? Paying for past sins, Pres?????

Pervy McFadden, aka the Naked Bamboo Man, has been caught…..his bamboo remains intact…he lucky!

Part of the Marianne Bridge in Blanchisseuse get tief! Gypsy want scrap iron industry to be scrapped….I disagree, keep it and regulate…ppl resembling Sandy who don’t bunker diesel deserve to have their business and if the government had returned the confiscated scrap iron at the end of the SoE, maybe so much bridge wouldn’t be disappearing! Do SoE really aint like SoE, eh!

The man accused of running the Claxton bay Paedo Ring didn’t make it to court yesterday…..neither did the magistrate. We keeping an eye on this case folks….

It look like NUGFW getting ready to hit WASA some WETTIN! I waiting to see if they will really clean up Wasa or if this govt just on grandcharge.

Rumour has it Devant say is only common sense needed to run Caribbean Airlines…everybody pounding he choice of  Winston Dookeran cousin, Rabindra Moonan, as chairman….Well boy Devant, something tells me that you going and choke on them words soon. We watching!

 

It’s Saturday Folks!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

 

 

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime: 22mts, 24dys Is REAL WETTING!!!!

The Express' front page pic today, of Alleyne's arrest last night.

 

“Director, come back to me, come back to me, Director!

It is alleged…it is alleged director, that I am facing 3 charges under Section 32 (2) of the Sexual Offences Act. But for what Director? For what? For helping the police do their job Director?”

I could almost hear Ian Alleyne show from next Monday evening in my head all now. If you don’t know already then is either you living in some remote place in foreign or in the afterlife because Trinidad and Tobago hot with the news…Crime Watch Host, and the People’s Police Commissioner Ian Alleyne has been arrested and it was all done on national television!

I get confused…under which act? Dangerous Dogs? Mental Health? Both?

Bear in mind that Ian come like a saviour/messiah figure to many members of the society who feel they can’t get justice from the police and judicial services here….if nothing else shows you how decrepit a society we have become, Ian Alleyne’s rise from pastor’s son, to obscure television host….to Trinidad’s Batman is a metre gauge that we shouldn’t ignore.

I ask myself regularly how this man get so popular….but after you’ve been a victim of petty and serious crime here with no damn recourse because our policing system designed to control crowds….not solve crime…it becomes extremely clear.

The meme generators are having a field day!

It is alleged (because I wasn’t watching tv at the time) Police show up at the station at the start of his show to arrest Alleyne. TV6 reporters tweeted throughout the entire event, and is them and my pardner Keithos El Slackos who I was getting blow by blow information from. Now, I have a question….if the man has been co-operating with the police all along, why did the TTPS feel the need for this absolutely public and poorly handled arrest? Were they looking to score points with the public? Did they think this would improve their public image?

Let me make a few things clear and straight, Ian Alleyne’s airing of the tape of that young girl being raped was wrong and disgusting. His showing of dead bodies on the show is crude and disgusting.
What was also wrong and disgusting was the police only taking action on the rape report that the teen’s mother had made 3 months before AFTER Alleyne aired the tape on TV6.

Alleyne’s action cannot be condoned….nor can the police’s action, both before and after the tape was aired.

If, as Om Lalla has asserted, Alleyne has been complying with the police, why the carload of police officers and the stake out of TV6’s building? Why not simply ask him to come into the station and lay charges there? I’m beginning to agree with Lalla that there was an abuse of process.
Could it be that the Police are media whores? Loving the spotlight? Grateful for the opportunity to highlight and showcase their skills on live television?

They want a reality show too?

I find it beyond curious that to date no police officer or section has been taken to task for the level of interference Alleyne imposes on a crime scene when he follows the police. Alleyne regularly tramples crime scenes and handles evidence…REGULARLY….and not a damn thing has ever been done about that….

Anyhow, up to the time I was writing this, Alleyne was still at the Mt Hope Hospital, having succumbed to chest pains and no charges have yet been laid, but on the news last night his attorney said if its the charges he is expecting will be laid they should be able to secure bail for Alleyne’s release. Mere minutes after Alleyne’s arrest the meme generators was on fire and youtube was under pressure. There is a part of me that even wondering if the entire arrest was staged given how over the top this entire thing has been. Raids for rape tapes and now raids to arrest…. If there is a show today….it will be EPIC.

Kudos to TV6 who has successfully removed itself from culpability by insisting that Alleyne responsible for his own show…that way the station never have to get any flack for the filth aired on the programme while getting all the viewership, advertising and ratings. Dominic Kallipersad is ah BOSS!

Now there are other important stories in the news today eh….Ancil Roget, the Labour Messiah, has signed off on yet another 9% settlement for T&TEC workers!

And 2800 WASA workers may face the axe…a bloated company, no doubt, but in this guava season with MPs possibly getting a salary increase, I wonder if the PPG have the testicular fortitude (not ovarian, because our special needs PM never uses hers, she relies on the men around her to take the big decisions and take the blame) to actually clean up a State Enterprise.

A 26 year-old Princes Town man has killed and injured members of his community, allegedly.

Sita Gajadharsingh-Nanga has now requested to stay at Tunapuna Hindu she no longer wants a transfer…PantyGate Re-loaded!

while the PM is saying her coalition govt is stronger than ever, her Min of Planning and the Economy admits that things are uneasy.

More reports of bullying among school children.

Oh, and Anand Ramesar agreeing with Gibbs that police shouldn’t get OT at the TCL compound!

 

On a side note, to the blog trollers who feel the need to dick measure, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • This is not a news page, my home page specifically says it is my take on the politics and culture….that alone should indicate that it’s my opinion here.
  • healthy discussion is welcomed…abusive or potentially dangerous comments are not.
  • Posting abusive comments are your prerogative….unapproving them is mine!

Is Friday people….it feeling like the bacchanal for the week only now start!

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 19dys:

Ok, lemme get this straight, a little over 22 months ago the PM appointed her cabinet, most of them with Junior Ministers….and when these Ministers fly out the country, we still have to appoint replacements for them? Why? What’s the point of these Junior Ministers? Not to deputise? So, take Rambachan for instance, Dyer-Griffith can’t act/function for him, but John Sandy can? Well colour me confused…..you mean Junior Ministers just there to eat ah food too?

I hadda give the PM the Take Win Award of the day, oui. She is suing the Express for saying there was noise coming from her house. Now let me get this straight, on March 26th, a story about Kamla’s neighbour’s fleeing was printed, in the story the Achilleous family complain about the visual aesthetics, the noise from the helicopters and from parties….and the only part of their complaint that the PM takes issue with is the noise coming from her house? And she has decided that this allegation of noisemaking is damaging to her character?

Of ALL the stories that have made it into the public sphere about the PM, of all the stories that have the world laughing at us and making Trinis the butt of jokes everywhere….noise making is the libellous story…so then the story about your family living at the PM’s residence true? The story about the Govt Credit Card paying for the Louis Vee boots true too? The story about you using at least 2 helicopters everytime you travel correct as well? The story about the $2,000 a day for your hairdresser correct as well? The Elevator story correct too? So, Vidwattie and her son’s really living at the State’s expense, then?

I can’t believe that of all the stories that buss in the last month that could possibly defame the PM’s character that a story about noise coming from her house is the one worthy of a libel case. Is this more media intimidation? Why the pre-action protocol letter have to list all your academic and professional achievements? Oh, right…..your character….I hear you Madam PM…carry on smartly, oui, girl. Only you know what it must be like to walk a mile in your (pricey and coskelle) shoes.

So sex crimes up by a 100 per cent, and next to that headline, the Guardian have a picture of a smiling DCP Richardson…I was nonplussed. But, I soldier on, because within the first paragraph of the story Richardson takes, what for me is a horror headline and dresses it up with glitter by informing us that this increased figure reflects confidence in the Police service…..somebody please come and pick my jaw up off the floor……sighhhhh. So, apparently the logic is that more people are feeling comfortable about reporting sex crimes because they have more confidence in the police service….I willing to take bets that how it really went is like this…People went to the real Police Commissioner first, and COP Ian Alleyne tell them, make a police report first and then check meh back and we go sort this out….doh hot yuh head!

In the last 5 years, 10 years, 15 years….have you gotten the impression that anything new or different is done about how Police treat with sex crimes? Is not a month ago a woman turned up naked at a Police Station, an alleged victim of rape, and the Police refused to take her report? This is not the same Police that beating crowd like they beating pan?

Richardson had me looking for he People’s Partnership symbol, oui….because that statement sound like pure PR and Spin!

 

A smiling Prakash Ramadhar. Photo courtesy Trinidad Guardian website.

Prakash under pressure! Mr Bicycle wine now has the heavy task of choosing from a pile of plum posts to make him stop crying over the loss of the San Fernando mayorship. Game, Set and Match to the UNC….consolation prizes to the COP.

The Partnership remains intact, the ones at the top of the COP will eat ah food….and their party base will find all kinds of ways to defend Prakash’s balls-less grandcharging. Nothing to see here folks, move on….I tell all yuh since last month Prakash aint going no where….and all this talk about principles and hurting the country….where was it for past events?
The COP has now sold out its entire birthright to the UNC…it could stop calling itself a party…there is nothing separate or distinct about either parties or their vision and mission. Coming highlights will be seeing both Carolyn and Prakash sing mightily for their suppers in Parliamentary debates.

Round 2 of PantyGate set for Monday, because Sat has decided to ignore the court ruling, while the TSC is saying if Cat continues to mis-read the ruling and block Sita it could have fireworks….I running out of Kettle Corn for this saga….The Sita and Sat show beginning to drain me…we need new cast members to spice things up….and I need popcorn donations from my devotees!

Oh, the woman who claimed to have punched 2 yr old Aaliyah to death, just announced she’s preggers again! Ah, motherhood, such a blissful state!

There was a brutal and nasty attack on a couple in Freeport. Thieves stole their pension money after brutally attacking them….now I was going to joke and say, this has to be a false story because everybody knows Freeport wasn’t a hotspot and doesn’t have crime….but it’s pretty difficult to look at the battered skull of Mrs Gangabissoon and be flippant.

But in a country that has had 3 straight years of no economic growth, no job stimulation in sight and a decline in morals and values from the top come down…..does any of this really surprise or move us anymore?

For Mrs Gangabissoon’s sake,  I hope she  and her husband recover from the attack…but theirr bruises are now beyond physical. They are no doubt, like many of us here, brutally scarred by simply trying to get by in Trinidad on a daily basis!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

21st Century Policing the Crime Watch Way

The Police Commissioner of Disenfranchised Crime Victims: Ian Alleyne

Yesterday the Pantomime land up in TV6 to check a friend. Long time I aint pass through the building; and while I was there I observed some thing that I have to share with all yuh….no, not a police raid….something far more insidious than that.

Which one is Ian and which one is the Father of the Nation? Doh hot yuh head too much....

Now everybody know Crime Watch…Ian Alleyne is a national figure….more people know Ian than know Naipaul, Walcott, CLR James, Rudy Capildeo etc (i hearing all yuh asking who?). Give Ian a few months again and people will think he is the father of the nation…feel I lying.

So hear the story….I land up in TV6 and while I waiting to speak and spoke I notice the lobby of the building pack up and choke up with people. Some of them have brown envelopes and folders in their hands and everybody have this worried but resigned and patient look on their face. All man and woman jack look working class….very working class. It was obvious in their dress code and their speech patterns. Because they talking, some in whispers and some louder and it was clear they waiting on somebody to reach. So, eventually one woman walk up to the security guard at about 5:15….I stand up there since 5, and she ask, “Neither he nor his assistants reach yet?” The officer tell her no and she went back to where the group of people waiting  was and continue she vigil. By this time I dying with curiosity so I ask the guard, “Who they waiting on, officer?”. He tell me Ian….So I say, “What, he does have a live audience for the show now?” The guard good laugh at me. “No ma’am, they come to make reports”.

Now bear patience with me. I doh really follow the show. I watch it a handful of times and does more listen to people talk about Crime Watch than actually watch the show itself. So when I hear “make reports”, I had was to dress back…The guard show me the forms people does have to fill out and he start to give me a story, and for me, in a country where billions are allegedly spent on crime fighting equipment, hiring foreign Commissioners of Police and foreign Deputy Commissioners of Police, renting Crop Dusters, buying stain-proof uniforms, refurbishing temporary jails and not detecting clues and solving crimes this story that the guard give me was both disturbing and angering.

Every day from about 1pm people start gathering at TV6 waiting to talk to Ian. Most of them, the guard surmises, are poor people, poor in spirit, poor economically, poor in terms of their education. The guard shows me a copy of the form they have to fill out and it resembles a police report form…with some modifications and Ian’s cell phone number at the top. He says to me that most of the people who come to fill out reports need help filling them out because they often cannot read the forms or fill them out properly. So sometimes he has to help them. He indicated too that most people don’t understand that Alleyne doesn’t work at TV6, he just has a show there on evenings. He says it would help the back log of people if Alleyne had some assistants who could take the reports from the people and pass it on to him, or if he had an office elsewhere that people could go to.

As I stood there listening to his account and listening to the people talk amongst themselves about whatever issue they had come to see Ian about I realised….Alleyne doh want Gibbs wuk…he done have it!

In a country where National security has billions of dollars poured into it, few, if any of us really believe that crime solving is being done by the police and for a large portion of the population who are disenfranchised, voiceless and helpless, Ian Alleyne has become their voice. Now this, I had realised since the time of the alleged rape tape last year, when the feminist posse got themselves into a lather over the airing of the tape on TV, while there were other equally heinous things happening to women in the space that they never once spoke out about (cough cough Tunapuna Hindu Principal cough cough).

But actually seeing the patience, hope and long suffering on the faces in this room had me disturbed. What on earth is our government doing that people don’t expect to receive justice from the government, but expect justice from a private citizen? When Ian entered the lobby just before the start of his show the scrambling to touch the hem of the Crime Messiah’s garments was painful to observe! Surrounded by his security detail, Alleyne, for all his antics onscreen, certainly exudes some level of authority…and I am afraid that we really need to be afraid in this country.

For months I have been harping on the fact that we have NO CRIME PLAN….the government has not seen fit to ever deliver one to us. No objectives, no strategies, nothing. So, I am beginning to wonder if Kamla. Sandy, Gibbs and An& are hoping that Crime Watch is the crime plan?

In the 21 months and 10 days that they have been in office I haven’t felt any confidence in their ability to tackle the crime situation…not even with the farce of a SoE that had petty and serious crime continuing under curfew and round- the-clock surveillance (allegedly).

To be faced with this crowd in TV6’s lobby showed me just how impotent and incompetent this Govt really is. It’s major campaign promise to us – the fixing of crime – they have failed at…unequivocally. There is no coming back from that failure, not even if they impose a perpetual SoE on the country.

It  occurred to me as I stood there watching the crowd surround Alleyne, that with the change in Govt, I have in fact received no change in quality of life. I cannot find three ways in which the policies of this current government has improved or enhanced my quality of life. I cannot find 3 promises this government made in its manifesto that it has kept.

I have to come to terms now with the reality that if I am a victim of crime in Trinidad and Tobago and want to see any real action on it, I don’t go to my local police station….instead, I must go down to TV 6 and fill out a Crime Watch report!

Doh Hot Yuh Head…He go hunt them down! This is 21st Century policing People’s Partnership style!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ZpHndBidk

This Week in Clusterf@$kS (TWICKS): Reshmi Reloaded!

Shashi Rekha and Tim Gopeesingh. Photo courtesy the TnT Mirror website.

 

 

February 26th – March 3rd

Listen….and listen well…if Hollywood make a movie based on Trinidad, no one….and I repeat, NO ONE, will go and see it because it too unbelievable!

Let me start in proper order:

At the start of the week Kamla Rani kick off the travelling Comedy Caravan aka  I Have Confidence in ME! Campaign that I like to call UNConfidence 2012.
It was a week of ads in the news papers, public meetings, television interviews all designed to remind the public that this government is the best thing since sliced bread and Kiss Sada Roti!

In the midst of the advertising and politicking TCL on strike, somebody try to kill Ian Alleyne, and a man who survive 9 bullets get murdered……No Crime Plan in sight, the Economy Stagnant, we Commissioner of Police doing pure lala…but  I have confidence in Kamla….

So Friday, UNConfidence Day reach and ppl park up by radio, tv and internet….FB and Twitter was hottttt no tail…..and is 30 hours we get in we pweffen….in that 30hrs Rowley and his Gang of Ten (or is it 9…do we count Patrick? He wasn’t present, but he name well get call up!) presented their case, buss ah mark and take real licks from Kamla’s Joker Deck of 29.

During that debate, besides listing all the issues the Pantomime complaining about a while now, Rowley make we to know that when Kamla said “Let’s Move On”, what she really meant was, “Let’s get a new name and start over!” Anybody remember when Reshmi ramnarine resigned in Jan 2011? Well according to the mark The Keith buss,” She’s BAAAAACK!” But this time you have to call her Shashi! Mind you both Reshmi/Shashi and Tim Gopeesingh deny she’s employed with the Govt.

ME aint mind the girl change she name you know…..but is my tax $$$$ paying the salary of someone who was as dishonest as Reshmi Ramnarine was?
Is someone who was part of one of the biggest scandals and cover-ups this Govt was embroiled in still working in our govt?

Needless to say the Kamla and her Deck of Jokers pretend like is not an issue….it not smelling bad or looking bad.
Instead they spend our precious time refusing to answer a question posed by the opposition and instead resorted to Blame the PNM rhetoric and even use Louis Lee Sing as a substitute on their small goal team…..

The Keith take good jamming from the govt benches over the letter that Mayor Lee Sing issued to the PNM executive questioning Rowley’s No Confidence Motion…but the Keith shrug off Lee Sing as a non-issue.

In the midst of the UNConfidence melee it is alleged that Gallery Griffith try to gangsta MP Donna Cox. I wonder what they feeding Griffith?

The latest with we Commish is that is water more than flour with Glibbs….he was wrong to rent the toy plane… and mark my words, they still not going to fire their favourite Fall Guy!

I hear I am a Gladys the Badiss suing fete to de I-Max and the Integrity Commission. So Max wasn’t getting legal advice? Nobody aint remember this lady title is Justice Gafoor?

The Parliament Pappy Show barely die down and the Vice Cyah Done start up again!