State of the Nation Address: Middle of Nowhere

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

A month has quickly passed as 2014 can in quick and hard, holding the hope of the Nation for a better TnT than 2013. What we are seeing so far is a mad jumble and scramble in every direction for answers, only to find more horrifying questions around every turn. Drug busts have us turning to the US without Authority, Crime has us turning to the Hangman without Rope, The Economy has us turning to the Su-su without a Hand to chip in, and the general state of politics has us turning to Short-Pants Politician in Long Pants Politics. As we try to look forward, the Smog over Port-of-Spain was a grim metaphor showing us that we are in a mess with no vision ahead.

cocaine-drinkFollowing a US$100M Drug Bust by the US, the DEA (Drug Detection Agency USA) sends more than 50 Officers to Trinidad and Tobago’s Shores. Under normal circumstances the Government would have given them a much warmer welcome, but upon realizing that they were not here to Play Mas and came with the names of 3 big businessmen who they needed evidence on to take back with them, the tone changed. The Silence across the political board was unlike any other that we have experienced. After 10 days of impatiently waiting for the PM to address the nation on the issue, she makes a statement acting as if Trinidad and Tobago is being picked on and that “we” assisted in the Drug Bust. The US DEA Regional Director quickly stated that the DEA alone found it, and the Nation in an even quicker manner released a collective “Stueps” quicker than one can recognize a can of Trinidad made Orange Juice.

clueless_1640315Of course the recent Drug Busts are just reflective of the major Crime epidemic that we are facing. In one month the Murder toll hit 47. The Government still claims that they are on top of the mounting situation and are doing well, although it should be noted that many Ministers are Cricket Fans and may have mistaken the 47/1 statistic as a West Indies Cricket Score. All balls aside, no one in office seems to have the will to treat the Crime situation with the proper thought and attention needed, opting to bat out Bills in Parliament which are a sure recipe for chaos in the name of (pretending) to deal with Crime. Fear dictating policy is bad enough, but when it is twisted to harness political mileage in passing absurd laws, it shows that Governance has never been a priority.

stop_being_poor_doggie_shirt-rfee5e9fb14d740ae9ad7b70dca1790ee_v9w7f_8byvr_324As money passes hands in the underground by the hundreds for petty bandits, and Millions (if not Billion) by the suit & tie cartels, the man on the road (no not in a Mas band, carnival aint come yet relax) is facing all the problems associated with the post-Christmas, Pre-Carnival, and regular daily struggle combined. We see Billion Dollar Projects to be approved from our Tax Dollars, and Politically appointed State employees running around their sugar mommies and daddies with their lips puckered to their rears. At the same time we see those who have no political affiliation, or who are seen on the “wrong” side of the spectrum either being bought off or totally isolated. But it’s almost Carnival right? So whoever can afford it can jump up, and whoever can’t can go jump in a hole as far as those in power are concerned.

half mast copyThe year has only now started, and both Government and Opposition are gearing up not only for their own Internal Elections, but eyeing 2015 as well. Socially we a   re gearing up in cardboard armour to protect ourselves from day to day victimization, and our own vices. So there you have it my fellow Trinbagonians and others alike. The State of the Nation Address: In the Middle of Nowhere, right between a rock and a hard place, opposite the Cemetery, down the road from the Poor House….


  1. Nigel Ferreira says:

    Brillant Post

  2. Nigel Ferreira says:


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