Remember when the finance minister of Trinidad and Tobago made the most ridiculous statement that, to paraphrase, the government of Trinidad and Tobago should raise fuel prices even more because the citizens didn't riot!? Or, better phrased, the higher fuel prices on the population weren't enough. He apologized. Or did he ? It doesn't really matter. The fact of the matter is that there is a sense among many in public life that the poorest among us must bear most of the strain, that their backs are broadest, their patience longest, and that they can survive just about anything. This is not the case. To hear Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General Faris al Rawi spew, what could only be described as utter garbage about judges living in indigence is as baffling as anything I've ever heard. The government of Dr. Keith Rowley has committed itself to improving the lot - financially - of a the elitist class in Trinidad and Tobago. They have tabled a bill to improve the compensation package of judges, legislatures, and prime ministers. One ought to ask the question, what about the indigent mason, carpenter, electrician. The citizen just placed on the bread-line through government cost-cutting?
If I remember correctly, a couple years ago I watched on TV as Dr. Keith Rowley chastised a Maloney mother of four by claiming, "the government doesn't 'mine' your children!". Well, with him being a 40 year veteran in politics, the government has certainly helped take care of his well.
Mikhail E.D. Byng was born in Trinidad. He is the author of Off the Island and a graduate student at the University of Belgrade. He speaks Serbian and English.
Trinbagonian. Traveler. Believer in God. Believer in Creation. Life long Student. Sports enthusiast.