The article is well put-together and, so, I recommend that it be read by one and all, even memorized, for, having surmised that:
"...the Manning administration must face up to. In 1999, there were 93 murders. In 2000, there were 120 murders; by 2003, this jumped to 229 murders, and 2005, 2006, and now 2007 saw the all-time high of over 380 murders. In a population of 1.2 million, this meant a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 persons, as compared to an average of three per 100,000 in developed nations."it put forward the following recommendations:
What can the Government do to reverse this trend? There are many options on the table, but two strategies stand out as the best methods of catalysing (sic) change. One, revamp the Unemployment Relief Programme so that gang leaders are no longer in control.So far so good! Alas, in its epilogue, it makes a volte face by the startlingly concluding that:
Two, set up an independent body to investigate errant police officers, so that the Police Service becomes part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
If these strategies are not implemented in 2008, citizens can assume – if they have not already done so – that the Government is not really concerned about reducing crime in Trinidad and Tobago.as if not appreciating that the citizens had just such an opportunity to demonstrate their vexation with the administration under whose watch the current situation developed and, thanks to the inanity of the 148,000, hadloudly proclaimed, last November the fifth, "We know! We like it so!"