Dr. Keith Rowley Caribbean / Tobago & Trinidad
Title: Time for PNM politicians to hang up their boots
Comments: How on earth can the Prime Minister honestly say that the government is doing reasonable well. When we have at present growing poverty, a crisis in the health service, shortage of gas and all signs pointing to the depletion of our oil resources. This is adversely enhanced by the fact that no real attempt is being made in respect of diversification although the politicians have been advised to do something to avoid us having to rely only on the profits from gas and oil. We have rising crime and lawlessness bordering on the breakdown of law and order. A police force unable to cope with the volume and rapid expansion of serious crimes here, and nothing is being done to correct this scenario, or to stem the flow in particular, of the daily slaughter of our citizens .We have policemen jumping on the criminal band wagon as never before as crime pays here which encourages them to make this decision. We have an expanding band of terrorist, and again nothing is being done to stop their expansion or ban this movement. More of our districts are becoming hot spots of crime at a galloping pace.Our roads are falling apart, many in need of urgent repair. Citizens are crying out for supplies of good drinking water .Many are now beginning to show their discontentment and anger by demonstrations and local protests. The prison officers are up in arms about their working conditions and of the aggression and welfare of prisoners. School children are behaving in a manner showing criminal tendencies never seen before on this island. The citizens of part of our nation on our sister island are suffering from a shortage of food and restricted movement between here and there. There is great controversy within our justice system and our politicians haven't got the guts to deal with it in a pragmatic manner.They just keep searching for excuses to keep the things as they are. There is the everyday perpetual conflict among our politicians. We have citizens living in fear of there lives afraid to even go outside the perimeters of their abode. We have a growing brigade of homeless citizens and a capital stinking with urine and human feces. Moreover, at present the economy is struggling to keep its head above water and measures to correct the shortfall in treasury funds are being thrown onto the shoulders of our ordinary citizens by forcing them to pay property taxes .This is despite the fact that many now struggling to make two ends meet. Bearing in mind the adversities mentioned above, and the comment by the Prime Minister, how bad must things get here before politicians consider that the situation has become unreasonable? Politicians here must stop trying to paint false pictures of our deteriorating situation and face the realities and stop pulling the wool over the eyes of our vulnerable citizens. In my opinion those currently in the corridors of power must quickly and effectively fix things that are wrong here or consider giving another political party a chance to mend our broken fences. With the constant but galloping destruction of the fabric of our society under the governance of the PNM I think it is about time they hang up their boots.