WHAT IS IN THE COUNTRY’S BEST INTERESTS?

The failure of the Anti-Gang legislation got me to wondering: why? Why did it fail? Was it in the best interests of the country that we should have some sort of anti-gang legislation in place? If so, then why exactly … in one sentence … did the Opposition not support it? (And for the record, I have found that if somebody cannot say what his point is in one sentence then he cannot say it at all; he may need a paragraph, a chapter, or even a whole book to explain the sentence, but he ought to be able to say clearly and succinctly what is his point.)

And I have the same question for the Government: if this legislation is so important then why … in one sentence … did you not even consider the Opposition’s amendments? What exactly (in one sentence) was there in the proposed amendments that made them so objectionable? Why did you not feel that no compromise was better than giving way and therefore you allowed the Bill to fail? Is it really better to have nothing at all rather than an Act that included the amendments being proposed by the Opposition? Why?

Put another way, assuming that both sides agree that some sort of anti-gang legislation is both desirable as well as necessary, then why couldn’t our elected representatives get together and agree on a way forward?

Because, quite honestly, from where I sit it seems to me that both sides were more interested in scoring points than they were in doing what was best for the country. I tried to listen to the arguments from both sides, but quite frankly, they didn’t make sense. I still don’t understand why it is/was more important to blame the “other” side (“other” depending on where you sit) than in passing some sort of legislation. It didn’t make sense during the debate and it doesn’t make sense now.

Let me be clear: I believe that some sort of legislation is needed here. As to what sort, we can debate that. But everybody agrees that something needs to be done. So? Do it, damn it! Just do it!

Most people are not interested in schoolboy tit-for tat behavior. What most people want is a safe and secure country. So I say to both sides: do what we elected you for. We didn’t elect you to say in Parliament ‘I have bigger muscles than you’. Frankly, we couldn’t care less who has the bigger muscles. We elected you (both sides) to do what is in the best interests of our country. so, do it!!

THIS IS A CONTRIBUTION BY ROBIN MONTANO, A REPUTABLE AND WELL RESPECTED ATTORNEY AT LAW IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.

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