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Get us a Commissioner of Police

Published: 
Sunday, July 8, 2018

How could a country have such difficulty in selecting a leader for its crucial law enforcement arm? What does it say about this Republic that we have failed to pick a Commissioner of Police over several years?

What does it say for our country that we have had an acting Police Commissioner and giving him a “ten days” every six months?

What does it say about the process conducted by the Police Service Commission?

What does it say about the role that Parliament must play in the final selection?

What does it say about the function of the President in this process?

What does it say about the public’s expectation that they would have a leader of law enforcement?

What does it say about the members of the Police Service who, expected to have respect for their leadership, look on at the failure to confirm their leader?

What does it ultimately say about successive governments’ failure to settle this matter once and for all?

What does it say about the country’s ability to deal with the frightening rise in crime?

Without clear answers, where does that leave us?

We deserve better.

Foreign exchange bandits

Is the Minister of Finance aware that he is converting us to being foreign exchange bandits? It is the only description we could use to describe what is happening as people at every level of society scrounge for foreign exchange to meet their requirements.

We can only hope that the Ministry of Finance heeds the advice of the International Monetary Fund and work to end the foreign exchange shortages.

In its Article IV report, the IMF team says that “Anecdotal evidence continues to suggest existence of an informal parallel market.” That is shorthand for a black market.

The IMF team consultation confirmed a worrying situation of companies being forced to delay “settling bills and moving to import substitution.”

T&T is often described as “oil-rich” and should be in a far better position than now exists. We hope that the Minister of Finance is listening and interested in addressing the “crime of foreign exchange.”

Spare a prayer for Dominica

One country that does not need bad weather is Dominica. In fact, none of the Caribbean’s many island countries is ready for any severe weather, far less a hurricane. Dominicans heard the dreaded word “hurricane” from their Met Office at a time when they are working to recover from last year’s battering. Spare a prayer for them and all others this hurricane season.

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