is a desperate need to bring stability to the confusion,
criminal mayhem and distress in the nation. This stability
is needed to prevent the average citizen going into paroxysms
of fits of fear and frustration, even anger.
There are those who like to believe that media reportage
on the criminal and other distressing events of the day
should be severely curtailed if not completely expunged.
Unfortunately for those, usually politicians and their fanatical
supporters, media censorship will not wish-away the problems
Indeed, any stifling by media of the travail under which
the country is living will only add to the state of deterioration
as the average citizen will live in a fools paradise,
unaware and therefore unprepared for possible attack by
the criminal forces.
As we have said in previous editorials, to hand out guns
free sheet to citizens to counter criminals
would only add to the mayhem and result in the loss of lives
of many well-intentioned citizens attempting to protect
their families and property. That however cannot be the
end of the story.
What this editorial is appealing for today is for the law
enforcement agencies to get together with corporate bodies,
service industries, the city corporation and private citizens
to bring a large measure of stability to the capital city
If the capital city continues to be affected in the present
manner, then sooner rather than later the message will be
sent that the authorities have lost complete control and
from there on it would be a free-for-all, not only to the
city but spread to the adjoining urban centres.
It is in this regard that the proposals by the Downtown
Merchants Association seem in need of serious consideration
by Mayor Murchison Brown and his corporation and eventually
the central government.
It is not that this newspaper is advocating the proposals
point for point, or even as an overall document, but that
we are suggesting that an indication by a group of corporate
citizens ready to join resources to bring stability to the
city is in absolute need of full consideration. The group
comprises people with everything to lose if law and order
deteriorates beyond the present, but everything to gain
if the city is restored.
Stabilising the city and eventually reducing crime to a
minimum is something that can be contained because we are
talking about a small and restricted geographic area. Moreover,
one which can be marked off as a high security area and
can be brought under the control of the security forces.
The psychological effect would have been that a beachhead
of law and order would have been established against criminals
and their activities. From there the security forces can
then push into the criminal hotspots to gain similar control
It would be a strategy to incrementally take back the country,
portion by portion, putting criminals on the run with the
intention of making no place in T&T hospitable.
Therefore a strategy of stability spreading out from the
centre seems a very appropriate one to win the physical
and psychological war against criminals. Starting with the
citys regional corporation and extending to others
who live and work in the city, there must be this thrust
to stability in the first instance and then the eventual
reclaiming of the country. Doing it incrementally and by
geographic areas seem to make a whole lot of sense.