De plane, de plane, de plane flies
Good sense prevails in matter of balisier on plane.
Messengers of trouble shot and accused of cynic objectiv-ity.
we could act with at least five per cent of our capacity
to talk there would be few unresolved problems in this country.
We are so taken to drama in this society with each speaker
trying to outdo the other with content and know about
that we appear to have forgotten the importance of meaningful
And it is because we are so prone to rhetoric that the politicians
have discovered that each scandal features no more than
nine days, after which it is sent to the memory banks of
the population, only to be used for emphatic reference.
Nothing is done to sanction those who act with outrageous
autonomy and with flagrant disregard for their oaths of
So the stadium in Tarouba that should have provided first
class facilities for games in World Cup Cricket 2007 is
still, without apology, in a state of incompletion and unable
to be used as a tsunami shelter when the big wave comes.
And this expensive operation which stares the commuter in
the face and reminds older folk of the millions wasted on
the Caroni Racing Complex is yet another high-priced venture
that begs for some kind of accountability and transparency
in its undertaking and for which there has been no sanction
for confessed wastage.
But do not hold your breath for any kind of substantive
explanation on the matter because our inaction on urgent
matters of public importance has resulted in the inadvertent
waiver of our right to be reliably and properly informed.
Look de plane
Just take the recent example of the high-flying Bombardier
jet which, on a personal note, featured in one line of my
calypso composition 2007.
Much had been heard and said about this purchase and the
clandestine manner in which it had been acquired. Some people
who claimed to have sighted the craft were able to describe
its look, give information as to where it was hidden and
the personnel who had been hired to sit at the controls.
Rumour-mongering about the airplane was at an all-time high
and those in possession of the facts refused to set the
record straight, refuting claims of impropriety with counter-claims
of mischief making.
The ping pong dialogue continued for some time and then,
when another match began dealing with some other bacchanal,
facilitating some quiet after the Bombardier storm, the
plane ceremoniously flew in.
All that was missing were excited shouts of the announcement
from a character similar to the lovable Tattoo who co-starred
on the hit television series Fantasy Island and became famous
for his words: De plane, de plane, de plane is coming.
Knowing full well that my position may be challenged by
those who do not hold fast to the concept of rigorous objectivity,
I have no problem with a Prime Minister having access to
a jet plane in order to get to his foreign destinations.
But the matter of the acquisition of the aircraft is one
that should not have been clouded with such questionable
Further, there should never have been any outcry by current
ministers, who when they were in opposition objected strenuously
to the purchase of top-of-the-line vehicles by the then
Prime Minister, who had explained back then that the cars
belonged to the State.
And he was right for when he demitted office the new Prime
Minister and his wife were able to enjoy the ride in fully-loaded,
The logic used then applies to the situation nowthese
means of transport are not the personal property of the
office holders but are owned by the State.
The fact that what is considered acceptable action is inextricably
linked to political affiliation is a reality that primarily
accounts for our current state of plight but which is another
matter which will be dealt with extensively in a future
Move de balisier
There is no denial that if there is strenuous objection
based on justifiable grounds, remedial action may be taken.
Case in point is the welcomed decision of Caribbean Airlines
to remove the balisier from the painting on the tail of
one of its Dash 8 aircraft.
That so much effort had to be spent defending the indefensible
was unfortunate but in the end good sense prevailed and
hopefully a flower with no political association will be
The suggestion has been made to replace the balisier with
the double chaconia, the latter being not only beautiful
but indigenous to our country.
For those who object to the smelter, who knows, maybe the
constant pressure will force this administration to stop
in its tracks and rethink its position.
What to say
Admittedly, it is difficult to find positive things to speak
about with a crime rate that is soaring and a country that
finds itself almost without hope.
There are those who would find me guilty of unacceptable
exaggeration but such is the case when lawlessness abounds
and those who commit the worst atrocities escape the hands
The problem that we face did not creep upon us overnight.
There were writings on the wall that went unnoticed and
remarks by experts in the fields who warned that we were
fast becoming a troubled society with glaring deficiencies.
Instead of plugging the holes and forcing ourselves to become
a solution-oriented nation, we shot the messengers and accused
them of cynic objectivity.
We were not prepared to change our ways for as the oil dollar
fell and rose we were always able to keep our heads above
But now our energy is little and like spent swimmers about
to drown we are looking to those who could rescue us from
the dark waters in which we find ourselves.
What we need is a boost, a positive wave from somewhere
which will take us safely to shore.
Those who have been given the responsibility to run the
country must do so without fear or favour and deliver proper
service to all the people.
And when the people speak, cognisance must be given if there
is merit in what is said.
If cries for positive change go unanswered, then appropriate
action must be taken within the parameters of the law.
If there will only be talk with no consequence for inaction,
then let us stop talking nah.