Politics Tobago and Trinidad
Title: Mental test for police recruits and politicians
Comments: The intended mental test suggested by Mr Dillon in respect of new police recruits should now be also applied to candidates seeking to become politicians here.Moreover, it should also be applied to many of our now serving politicians who do not meet the criteria of what is expected from politicians. The impression given here, is that most of our past and present brigade of politicians have no real personal pride or political ambition. They are only in politics for the money it offers and the opportunity to become overnight millionaires. Not one of of politicians since our independence bar one the late Eric Williams has been recognized as a true statesman in the eyes of the outsider .Almost all our other leaders have left their political career with black clouds hanging over their heads. Whilst in positions of political authority they seem to wallow in the access to Treasury funds, which they either squander on are unable to account for its disappearance.All this missing money is at the expense of the ordinary citizens who appears to be blindfolded. Laventille has set the example of other districts now on par with this district as a recruiting ground for local criminals and deprivation are good example of this nation's decline especially bearing in mind that Laventille is a stronghold of one of our leading political parties..and the trillions of dollars having past through their hands over the last five decades Other examples are the failure to enhance the living conditions of our ordinary citizens or improve the environment or the needs of welfare and other essential amenities which are now noticeable by the galloping rate of poverty,and neglect to our destroyed roads,lack of recreation facilities and good drinking water in many of our districts. Who benefits from building new roads that offers massive 'kick backs' here? .Only politicians and building contractors be it foreign or local. What is the point of building new roads using cheap materials and unskilled labour that offers long lasting maintenance contracts. Just look around you, and see the state of our roads. Look at the our capital Port of Spain, a capital falling apart,where is the patriotic pride of our politicians in trying to raise the status of this nation?. Furthermore,politicians here have handed the responsibility for the control of crime lock, stock and barrel to a police force, thus allowing them now to become a law unto themselves. Yes politicians have wiped their hand clean of the crime scenario but keep offering useless lip service. They continue to be at loggerheads with the opposition and cannot agree to reinstating the death penalty. The only deterrent now left to halt the flow of the daily murders of our innocent citizens. No, I am afraid that most of our current politicians do need a mental test in order to continue as politicians governing this nation,otherwise we can all look forward to a worsen situation by having to endure more of the same for decades to come.