Today is Friday 26th September, 2014. This is the Round Up. And I begin writing it while prone, having been floored by Express’s headline.
From a government that showed the legal sophistication to alter the Constitution such that they could interfere with the voting process and not need special majority comes this crystallised turd.
We need a referendum to remove a handful of archaic laws from the lawbooks, just for starters, so that the government can get itself out of adults’ bedrooms? And yes, some of what some of you consenting adults do in the bedroom is in fact illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, even between men and women.
As for singling out the Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago, I hope Archbishop Harris has something to say and in a hurry. Kamsie could use another lil’ dose of embarrassment, on the heels of the Chief State Solicitor’s denials.
That said, we won’t need to look far for, “Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris yesterday stated that the Church would not be drawn into any debate on whether it would sanction same sex marriages.” (http://ift.tt/1BgcPWD) And this is in an article where Kamsie’s own religious leader had far more to say and more definitively on the matter.
All that said, I hear and appreciate religious objection, this coming though in a country where both polygamy and marriage under the age of consent do occur, and both under religious rites.
It should also not be that people of a particular belief or orientation impose themselves on others. That’s not what granting everyone their space and place is about. Making room doesn’t mean necessarily that someone else needs be imposed upon. Thus, civil union, yes. Marriage in a church that is accepting of homosexual relationships, sure. Forcing a church that doesn’t hold to your view to marry? Nuh-uh.
Further, given the government’s dedication to the concept of multiculturalism, this stance on the Prime Minister’s part is not a little bit surprising.
At the same time, it isn’t, because the government has typically suffered convenient multiple personality disorder on public policy.
Did I say yesterday that I really like Kamsie’s Freddie Mercury-inspired jacket?
**‘50 Trinis fighting with ISIS terrorists in Syria’
One, how did they get visas? And two, how did they get visas? And three, while we were fighting to get Trinis detained in Venezuela out, did this come up at all?
**Cost of police uniforms jumps from $10m to $40m
Is there a single version of the Police uniform now? We seem to have been through so many iterations, including ones that looked like NYPD and another that looked like US Navy camoflage.
Did we spend this much on the grey wool blend and custom-tailored pants as we are on this canvas-y dark blue get up that the Police are wearing now?
Given Griffith’s admission that the Grey-and-Blue uniform is still being used, is it that we are issuing officers with multiple sets of different types of uniforms?
Re food cost and Wowsie coming back again with, “they eating,” did anybody hit him a clout outside the Parliament chamber for that dotishness? Maybe Wade Mark given that he has conducted the Committee Meeting like he is in fact dealing with children?
All that said, these are just two of the multiple expenditure lines for which the Government could not or would not give satisfactory answers in Standing Finance Committee Meeting this week.
If you haven’t listened to the meeting on Parliament radio or watched it on television, this is your last chance to see exactly how your Government intends to spend your money today. The meeting continues at 11:00 AM, with the Ministry of the Attorney General, I believe, being the first to take questions on their allocation and spending plans.
**Griffith mum on Opposition’s queries of LifeSport funding
You would think that given the mess that the Ministry of Sport had been under former Minister Anil Roberts that the Prime Minister would want to hand a superhero the portfolio to at least give the impression that something was being done about it. At least Roger Samuel would have made great drama of holding a fast, or Vasant Bharath would have talked very quickly, whipping his tail from side to side in a convincing manner… Wait… No… That’s another work of fiction.
Either way, Kamsie tosses that bone to one of her retirees, and he maintains the status quo.
Why are we still spending money behind the Tarouba Stadium?
**Govt to end $$ for Vision on Mission
Note to self: Avoid i95.5FM when Wayne Chance is on the radio for the next couple weeks.
**Kamla signs another treaty in crime fight
Believe it or not, this one was easy for us because we have some of the best and most stringent gun regulations in the world. Our record keeping is, quite frankly, phenomenal. It’s really hard to acquire a legal firearm here, and the Commissioner of Police has it in his ambit to call in every legal firearm at his whim.
What we’re missing is enforecement of our gun laws. So I’d say that signing this treaty is more about cosmetics than anything else.
**WASA urges public to still conserve water
This is important. All, please be mindful of your water consumption.
This is one to watch, after Police Station searches, death threats and witnesses being moved to protective custody.
I am still bemused that someone would have over half a million dollars in cash in duffel bags in a house.
Has the Financial Investigations Unit been prompted to take a look at these people’s business in the aftermath of this robbery?
**Clico to sell MHTL shares
This is a sad day in the nation’s history. Methanol Holdings is one of the the most valuable and profitable assets in the CL Financial empire. But there are those in the industry who would tell you that this was long in coming, that it was being set up to happen, and that there are other local bodies with interest in the sale going through.
I believe that Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh has prepared himself for martyrdom.
I believe that the Prime Minister will, foolishly, allow him to die on her doorstep.
I believe that should Dr. Kublalsingh die, any pretension that this is a caring government will be worse than hypocritical.
I believe that Dr. Kublalsingh’s image will be the Prime Minister’s albatross.
Pray for Kubes, folks. Have a great weekend, everyone. //