to change sex laws
hurricane Ivan came and went in Grenada, destroying almost
every church and nearly all the schools.
Have we learnt from that lesson? Did the Disaster Preparedness
people (the ones who have a billboard on the highway that
looks more like a piece of artwork than a direction sign)
conduct a thorough investigation of every building they plan
to use in a disaster to ensure it is structurally adequate
to withstand not only a hurricane but also an earthquake?
After all, we are on the edge of an active plate and get tremors
all the time, so we must expect a big earthquake sooner or
Have they put up unambiguous signs on each school building,
church and hall, saying which buildings have been tested and
how many people they can hold?
Of course not. In T&T we believe old talk beats
action anytime. As one writer to the editor pointed
out, they havent even put up signs around Trinidad saying
which buildings you are supposed to go to.
And dont expect organisations like the Association of
Professional Engineers (Apett) to bring any pressure to bear.
It is too busy protecting its members interests.
They havent even done a study of the collapse of the
stadium in Grenada yet, so we can learn from that disaster.
They have taken so long, the collapsed stadium has been totally
demolished and removed, so all the evidence is gone.
Of course, the fact that the designer, the project manager
and the builder were all Trinidadian engineers has nothing
to do with Apetts reluctance to expose the truth of
what went wrong.
Breaking billboard law?
Sadly, it would appear even the police are breaking the law,
with its wash of billboards to the north-west corner of St
James Police Barracks.
There is even a billboard advertising holidays in Grenada.
One billboard asks you to call 684-1414 to Rent this
Is COP dead?
How many of you received an e-mail saying there was no need
for Congress of the People members to bother voting in their
up-coming internal elections, as they only had one candidate
for each seat after two people withdrew?
Doesnt that tell you COP is dead? They can muster only
one person per executive seat? Or, is it that they stifled
any opposition so unwanted contenders withdrew?
For a new, vibrant, young party to be so desperately short
of talent is sad.
Of course, the incumbents like Winston Dookeran (who is a
lovely man) seem unable to let go and give the young Turks
a chance, thus reinforcing T&Ts greatest weakness,
our unwillingness to punish failure.
Did you read where Appeal Court Judge Stanley John said the
criminal justice system in T&T had collapsed?
I give him a 2020 Award for speaking out, but look at the
areas he was criticising. The late filing of submissions before
the court and the retention of lawyers just days before the
appeals were listed for hearing.
So whatever happened to the much-heralded case management?
Isnt it mind-boggling they have fancy TV cameras so
they can talk to one another anywhere in T&T, but they
cant even call up one another to see if they are ready
to proceed before they reach the court room.
I wonder if the old joke about how wonderful Hell would be
if a Trini were in charge was written after someone went to
court here; ie when they have the prisoner the prosecution
isnt ready; when they have the prosecution the defence
And when they have all three, the judge is ill or on holiday.
And these legal luminaries want us ordinary mortals to look
up to them as exemplars.
Sex in the dark ages
Have you noticed the police are so desperate to get their
arrest average up they are chasing down innocent people having
a little sex on the side.
Currently, the police force of over 5,000 officers make about
5,000 arrests a year or an average of one arrest per officer
Isnt that appalling? In 2020 countries its more
like ten or more arrests per year per officer. But back to
So what is wrong with two consenting adults agreeing on a
commercial transaction involving sex.
When I see the appalling conditions some workers endure, Im
sure sex cant be any worse. Surely, it isnt the
sale or purchase of sex thats wrong.
Its the peripheral damage it may cause that gives rise
to concern. But I bet you a penny to a pound there are more
wives and children suffering because of rum than have ever
suffered because of the sale of sex.
But is it illegal to drink rum? Of course, I dont support
child pornography, etc, but why dont we update our laws
on sex to bring them into line with 2020 countries?
With our terrible track record at spreading Aids, wouldnt
it be better to license prostitution and control it so frequent
medical inspections are a condition of employment?
As Justice Alicia Chankar said to the five Colombian women
the police so bravely arrested: You all are not the
first and certainly will not be the last.
So lets get over the hypocrisy and start to deal with
the real issues.
Just a thought