Grim jumped off his Jackass and grandcharged in the darkness,
flailing his arms about in a threatening manner,
and in the stillness that accompanied the Darkness came a voice that said,
"Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, stop thine foolishness and boileth down like a pot of Bhagee."
Grim trembled with fear, looked at the voting population,
fell to his knees, begged forgiveness and said "I am yours to command." The Pantomime saw this and thought it was good.
This is the word of the Pantomime! If you google TTPS Crime Stats up to a day ago you would get to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's web page that shows the number of crimes to date in their relevant categories. It is this web page that would have provided journalist Kevin Baldeosingh with figures to refute the claims made by ACP MErvyn Richardson that "Crime is down." Go and google the same phrase now and there is no sign of the crime statistics.....Information manipulation folks. Without information at our fingertips we can't think for ourselves....we have to rely on the bodies in charge to think for us. So when in future Richardson say, "Crime is Down" ignore the fact that retirees being hog tied and beaten while their sons being murdered, because how can we refute Richardson's claim when he alone has access to the figures?
It's dangerous business when state authorities decide to manipulate facts and figures in this way. We already have a government that lies to us. As recently as this week we had Devant Maharaj claiming that three vessels were being sold for scrap and then the Director of the Water taxi service contradicted him on national television in his presence and said, no, in fact, at least one vessel going to be refurbished and sold further up the Caribbean to function as a...wait for it....wait for it....WATER TAXI!!!!!
There's a reason folks call him Deviant. He is a cunning one, that man. Just last evening we saw precisely what hiring family members with "common sense" as the only qualification will do for us. Rabindra "Prado" Moonan announced at CAL's launch of the start of their London route that CAL will never again give up the London route.....Deviant gets up right after and states that he will be keeping an eye on the route and if it isn't profitable they will cut it. Two things become immediately apparent: these people don't do their research, nor do they consult with each other. So, cash strapped CAL didn't do a feasibility study on this route before launching it to know if it will be profitable or not? They launch the route first and then going to "see" if it profitable? And further, you and Rabindra aint consult with each other on what you planned to say? So basically the national airline being run worse than a parlour by these two fools and we mustn't criticise.
I see Louis putting some pressure on Coconut Vendors, now my first response to this was, "Louis on he shit again". But now, I am not so sure. Coconuts, I am advised, go for about $10 a nut now in Port of Spain, it's a vending item with virtually no overhead on the production end of thing (no fertilising, watering etc) basically you plant, wait, harvest and sell. These carts occupy some of the best locations in town and vend for free????? You think any of those coconut vendors actually pay income tax, NIS and Health surcharge? I doubt, and yet they enjoy some of the best real estate the city has to offer rent-free.....and after 7 coconuts done cover their rent? Look, Louis, see if you could charge rent across the board, oui! That is the one recommendation I have at this stage.
Of course the talk on most people's lips today will be Sat's testimony at the HCU CoE wherein he accused Harry Harnarine of putting out a hit on him...Sat's exact wrods were that Harry paid someone to "eliminate" him....like a bowel movement? A shat? And what pissed Sat off was that when he went to the Police and reported the death threats they told him that upon investigating the report it was determined to be a low level of threat. I listened to this and felt sorry for Sat....people don't even hate him enough to want to kill him...and for all his public huffing and puffing even the police unmoved by his plight. But the most telling moment during Sat' testimony came from comments he made that had nothing to do with HCU, and everything to do with curry and identity. Responding to some goad from the insolent Farid Scoon, Sat boasted saying, if you go now to London curry is the preferred food in London. "We have taken over London." When asked if he meant Trinis when he said "we" he stuttered before replying, "the conquered peoples". Imagine after being born here, living here, growing here, eating ah food here Sat's identity still grounded elsewhere!
Is Friday people....and we still here!
De Vice Cyah Done!