Politics Tobago and Trinidad
Title: Playing at politics
Comments: Playing politics here has for sometime can only be classified as gutter politics. Our politicians have lost it. They do not appear to give any matter that comes before them any proper investigation or assessment, and there seem to be a failure to seek consultation with others before making statements or offering solutions to complaints. There is no unity between the opposition and those in the corridors of power when it comes to introducing legislation that helps all of our citizens. They rather seek personal conflict and racial division than doing what is right for the nation. The past records will support this strange mode of conduct within our politics since our independence.It would also appear that in these local political clubs its every man for himself,unless of course it has to do with financial matters which benefits our senior politicians. It is rather surprising that despite the fact we are supposed to be one of the richest nations in the Caribbean and has acquired an abundance of wealth from our now depleting natural resources that we are really no better off than when we were a colony. Almost every aspect of good morals,compassion,ambition and honesty and self respect has been eradicated from the souls of practically all of our citizens. These facets of human bad behavior are now even extended to our secondary school pupils. Generally speaking, since our independence our politicians have assisted in turning this nation into a haven for criminals,by the many bad examples they have set in the past,for instance dabbling in many aspects of corruption. Many aspects of crime are now occupying the minds on most of our citizens. This has come about because crime pays here,and the underhand example set by our politicians.and those in positions of authority. There is no real seriousness about dealing effectively with our crime problems here. Politicians have in fact become immune to the slaughter of our citizens on a daily basis, and it would appear that they wait for a lapse in the spiraling rate of these crimes to make bogus statements of how the situation has improved which is never true. With regards to their failure to deal with murder in a priority mode.They have so far still dilly dallying with the solution to our high rate of murders here. Take for example the restoring of the death penalty. I know that there have been a lot of talk about resuming hanging here, but citizens must bear in mind that there have in the past many promises were made by our politicians which have never been fulfilled and the promise to restore the death penalty could only be a pipe dream. Speaking about things that were promised since our independence by out elected representatives Many still lie in the doldrums of hope and expectation. Not only that, the basic essentials needed for survival are not available to many of our citizens, bearing in mind we have only 1.4 million citizens and our landmass is only 60mils by 40 miles. Many here after over 50 years of independence are still lacking the basic amenities such as portable drinking water, properly maintained roads, medical facilities, good recreation areas, welfare and good educational facilities, indoor toilets, and are continually being told how well the nation is doing and that crime has fallen. This merely leads to more mistrust and disrespect for the police and our politicians.. On a whole, despite our new roads and other structural projects which have cost and arm and a leg and have created many overnight local and foreign millionaires we are still really at square one where security and welfare and living standards of of our citizens are concerned. It would be advisable that our politicians do some sort of political familiarity course in order to give the guidance in to what being a politicians means, as it would appear that they are under the impression it means becoming rich by twisting the procedures and rules of the democratic political system to feather the nests of themselves and their associates which all adds up to a nation corrupt to its core. .As I have already said our politicians are playing at dirty politics here. The media therefore is now the only hope left of redeeming some of our lost good quality of the human soul by speaking out in defene of our citizens.