1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
3. certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.
4. a confidential communication: to exchange confidences.
5. (esp. in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.
6. presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.
7. Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.
8. in confidence, as a secret or private matter, not to be divulged or communicated to others; with belief in a person's sense of discretion: I told him in confidence.
The Trinidad Express newspaper, invokes "confidence" as the essence for its editorial of February 27, 2009 -describing how quickly things have settled down "after the initial shock and the period of high anxiety and uncertainty created" by the Trinidad and Tobago's Central Bank's (CBTT) January-2009, Guns-of-Navaronelike storming of CL Financial Holdings Limited.
"...Confidence was always the key and the relative ease and swiftness with which it was demonstrated to be intact is a simply powerful statement about this aspect of the country's economy (the financial services sector)." -the epilogue.(http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_opinion?id=161434127)
While Alistair MacLean's "Guns of Navarone" is described by Wikipedia as a tome that:
There are as yet many unanswered questions over what went down/is still going down with the CL Financial bailout and, sadly, Trinbagonians-in-the-street shall hapless remain, because of their Fourth Estate's penchant for vacuousness, rather than daring incisiveness -as displayed by the same "ordinary citizens" whom the Express editorial in question in passing mentions.
Case in point! On February 3rd, Peter O'Connor, of Cascade, Trinidad, sent an email to media houses which was published the next day in -Yep! That's correct!- the Trinidad Express. Peter rang the alarm this way:
If that is what he said, does this not beg the question: where was the money that the subsidiary was deducting from employees' payrolls?
Am I alone?
And, that was that! No journalist seized on Peter's cue! None! Eternally one who strives to put the best construction to things -even in the face of portents overwhelmingly insisting otherwise to do- permit, then, the defending of their inaction by mentioning that no record of what Minister Enill said is to be had from the Trinbago Parliament's records. Don't misinterpret, please! "No record...to be had..." means precisely what it says, for, as at today's date -February 27, 2009- almost one months having passed, there aren't any publicly-available Hansard records available of the debate to which Enill contributed. (See: http://www.ttparliament.org/publications.php?mid=30)
This major lapse on the part of the House Speaker and or the Clerk of The House invites swift rejection of what the Express editor attempts to argue. And the suspicion that more lies in the bailout mortar than the CL Financial Holdings's pestle. How else may one interpret such a denial of the people's right to view and review its business -which is the business to which every public official attends?
An erudite parliamentary colleague of Minister Enill, in endorsing what Peter highlighted, privately commented to a small group as follows:
Enill has publicly admitted that funds deducted from employees wages and intended for immediate payment to the Board of Inland Revenue have been improperly withheld for investment purposes.
The BIR should have some views on this irregularity."
In concurring, the question has of necessity to be asked, "Do government agencies, especially the likes of the Auditor-General and Board of Inland revenue, monitor the goings-on in these Parliament debates? This country's parlous track record in dealing with corruption in public office suggests otherwise.
All of which adds to the pot of suspicion John and Jane Public see bubbling every which way they turn.
All of which also leads the erstwhile but beleaguered couple to conclude that the confidence of which the Express editor speaks is the one not mentioned in the above dictionary.com quote: that of
But, supposedly, Trinbago's parliamentary traditions are founded on those of old "Mother" England. Ergo, in times of overburdened distress, to her must turn Trinbagonians for solace. And inspiration. Of the type eons ago given by Alexander Pope who wrote these immortal lines:
"Confidence" -as in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 above- shall come not back to this currently-accursed place, lest something urgently is done to galvanize the majority to find and install a new breed of national leadership. Sort of like what the USA recently did.
All in favour, say, "Aye!"
Okay, aye-sayers! Tarry ye no longer! Go forth and multiply!