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Taking advantage in broad daylight

Today I have a story to tell about Angostura and will invite you to ponder some harsh facts that emerge from that story. But first, a quick preamble. We all know that our national finances are in a state of crisis. We faced difficulties of our own […]

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In anticipation of the next THA election

After more than a decade we should be able to judge a ruling administration with some degree of certainty. With an election due in Tobago in less than a month, now is a time to do just that. I have written extensively about matters at the Tobago […]

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Work and the New Normal

In his recent Budget Speech, our Minister of Finance announced the following – As an initial step, and in the context of our constrained revenue situation, we are freezing the filling of all vacancies in the public sector. It is clear that the motive for this action […]

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Planning to fail

When I heard that the Prime Minister had decided to take the reins at the Ministry of Planning I was perplexed. Planning, as a professional discipline requires many skills that he has not only failed to exhibit but which he has poured scorn upon. I refer to […]

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Time to make a stand

At the turn of another year, I am pleased to have observed a remarkable change in public perception and comments. In the beginning it was just a few boring critics on the economy and politics who carried on ceaselessly about openness, transparency and accountability. It was hardly […]

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A lesson in accountability

I was chatting with a dear friend earlier in the week about some of the excellent work that she and some of her colleagues do in support of kids in a disadvantaged area. She speaks passionately about the tangible benefits of their work with youngsters, delivering outstanding […]

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Do as I say?

“Do as I say, not as I do”. I imagine that everyone has heard that saying at some time in their lives, whether directed at themselves or some other person. I equally expect that we all understand what it means but I still offer the following from […]

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Follow fashion

Follow fashion – good or bad? We’re very good at it. Once something catches on in America, you can rest assured that it will be on its way to T&T in short order. Consumerism – check, gun related murders – check, income inequality – check, and so […]

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What next for Charlotteville by David Walker

For three long years Irwin Hercules, widely known as Jaba, and the Charlotteville Beach front Movement have struggled against the Goliath that is the THA regarding the construction of a 20 million dollar Vendors Mall on the beach front. That struggle has been based on the unlawful […]

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The people’s anti-corruption manifesto by David Walker

Trinidad and Tobago Anti Corruption Manifesto 2015   Introduction:   A manifesto is sometimes described as a “public declaration of intentions, objectives or motives issued by a government, sovereign, or organisation”. This manifesto is issued in that noble context by its author, setting out remedies for the […]

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