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Title: Tapia
Physical Description: no. : illus. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Publication Date: Sunday, March 06, 1977
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
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Vol. 7. No. 10


5rs. Andrea Talbutt
R research Institute for
Study of Man,
'-2, East 78th Street,
.iew York, N,Y. 10021
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SUNDAY MARCH 6, 19T7 :,
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The man

who

lived

by the

word
PAGES 6&7


The best

Lf-ti"me s;
r s


the

worst


PAGE


of times


The 2nd

Test: Five

long

hard days
BACK PAGE


Inshan-

spinner

in the

works
PAGE 11


Grant back; POS business office opening soon ,new


mail
order boss
LENNOX GRANT re-
sumed duties as editor of
the TAPIA newspaper on
Feb. 21 following three
months' leave of absence
in Toronto.
While abroad Grantcon-


tinued to write for TAPIA
as well as for other journals
here and in Canada.
Managing Editor Lloyd
Best who has been run-
ning the Editorial Office
in Tunapuna will now be
located at 22, Cipriani
Boulevard, Port-of-Spain,
in a new business office of
the Tapia House Publish-
ing Company.
Advertising Manager


Lloyd Taylor will also be
located tjiere in future.
Tapia further announces
that Mrs. Irmia Roxburgh
has been appointed as
Manager of Mail Circula-
tion.
The address of the Cir-
culation Office will now
also be at 22, Cipriani
Boulevard, Port-of-Spain.
The telephone number
there is 62.25241.


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BOOKSHOP
31A Erthig Road
Belmont
For a
Wide Range Of
Books, Stationery,
Art Material.


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PAGE 2 TAPIA SUNDAY MARCH 6, 1977
THE TIMES are contradictory. In some ways we have
never had it so good.. Some folks at least. Business is
booming. Even those professionals and people of enterprise
who have been seeking their fortunes in faraway places
have picked up the vibes. So, in increasing number, they
have been making the trip back home to sound out the
possibilities.
Oil money is the big factor, of course. Government
and people spending like we mad. Yet, we are a country
waiting for something to break, not a little uneasy over
our good fortune. Easy come, easy go. We do not seem to
be convinced that it will last, not for very long, at least.
Nowhere are the contradictory omens of the time
more evident than in the fevered world of big business.
Profit margins can be jacked up and there is money to be
made. Speculation is the order of the day. The swollen
bubble of finance reveals a rich kaleidoscope of hopes.
And fears.
Big business is uneasy, so they say, over the fact that.
outside of the petroleum sector, the economy is actually
in decline.That uneasiness is most stridently expressed in
the call for the government to come up with a plan.
A plan is needed, they say, to discipline governmental
spending and to channel national resources into areas of


enduring benefit. Otherwise,
the cost of future penury.
It is one of the ironies
of the time. The Minister
of Finance, in presenting
the 1977 Budget, decriedc
planning as an outmoded
fad which had failed to
live up to expectations.
It is left to the knights
of private enterprise to
rally to the standard of
state planning.
It is an irony which
might tell us something
about the real fears making
the round of the so-called
business community.
For the case for planning
is being put as if we have
not had plans in the past
which have had no notice-
able effect on the perfor-
mance of the government.
And as if the business
community does notknow
this, and, indeed, does not
recall its own scepticism inr


we squander present riches at

This, the first of a
series of articles by
ALLANHARRIS,
begins a searching look
at the state of the
nation, to discover how
we got tp where we
are and how, if at all,
we can get out of it.
Next week -
"PICKING UP THE
PIECES".


the past.
The real- fears might
relate to the growth to
giant proportions of the
state-controlled sector of
the economy.
There may be genuine
'alarm over the accumula-
tion of huge sums of
money in the government's
Special Funds, -money
available to be spent at the


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In some ways we r~ver had it so good ... some folks at least


The best of


times; the





worst of times


discretion of the ruling
party without the 'need of
.further explicit authoriza-
tion of Parliament.
On the more paranoid-
fringes. of the,` business
world there may be end-
less horrors-at what is
perceived to-be a growing
imbalance of power be-
tween government and,
business.
The PNM has from early
been deferential to big
business, even to the point
of scuttling A.N.R. Robin-
son's mild reforms put
forward in the Finance
Bill of 1967.
The 5% Unemployment
Levy imposed after the
Black Power Revolt of
1970 can hardly be con-
sidered an all-out attack
on the citadels of privilege.
More than this, the
PNM has not been reluct-
ant to attempt to put
organized labour on a
short leash.
So with labour control-
led, and the government
permissive, big business
has more often than not
been prepared to let the
politicians do their thing,
even when that meant in
consequence accepting a
rather lower level of per-
formance from the public
services and utilities than
might have been forth-
coming otherwise.
There was supposed to
be a rough equivalence of
power, so that, despite the
ritual skirmishes, no side
was really unhappy.
The relentless acquisition
of public enterprises and
the ballooning of public
revenues may have helped
to erode business', sense of
security. In such quarters,
an ominous backdrop to
these developments fias


More female guerrillas?


PROBABLY as part of his
punishment, the Army this
wqek sent Lieut. Carlyle
Lodge on the mission to
capture three suspected
guerillas in the hills of La
Horquette.
,The dashing young
lieutenant who had just
been- court-martialled for
sleeping with a woman in
the Regiment Siparia
camp, must have had
mi.ed feelings about the
mission he had accom-
plished when the captives


turned out to be -two,
women and one man
holing out in a deserted
house.
Asst Comm. Burroughs
did not tell the press if the-
trio had been found sleep-,
ing together, or if two
slept while one watched.
So it may well be that
these "guerrillas" will be
court-martialled by their
own commander just as
their captor, Lieut. Lodge,
had been.


Carter likes Canada as is
REPLYING at a recent press conference to questions on
the .possible separation of the province of Quebec from -
Canada, President Carter said it was his "own personal pre-
ference that Canada stay as it is and that there not be a .
separate Quebec province.
But Carter emphasized: "That is a decision for the
Cauadians to make. I would certainly make no private or
public move to try to determine the outcome of the great .,
debate. I promise you that."


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SUNDAY MARCH 6, 1977 TAPIA PAGE 3


ON MY OWN SCENE ... Lloyd Best


"Best, I didn't see you in the
funeral but I hear you were
down there with a side. Was a
big thing, eh?
"And I see you say Butler
was the Man of the Moment.. I
don't follow it Since when all
you on this working-class
scene?
"I thought you would agree
with dismissing Butler as a use-
less agitator. In fact, I get the
impression that Tapia does
always oppose any big gather-
ing of crowd
I find your party was
rocking the boat in 1970.
I find the same thing in 1975.
I telling you exactly how I see
it
"And then I see your-paper
saying now that agitation does
not have a place on campus.
Like all you opposing the
struggle there too. Lloyd man,
you must know the Admin.
better than that
"I want you to explain to
me, how come Tapia so remote
from the action? I mean to
say, at least a man like you
should relate to the action on
campus?"

I BLINKED repeatedly,
not knowing exactly where
to, begin. But I knew the,
man believed what he was
saying.
A man/ like me must
relate to the action on
campus. Is time Tapia
realise is a working class
scene.
What 'can you achieve
by all this writing about
the politics? Why you
' don't just join one of the
Movements :that have a.
mass base?
If you pass through the
Campus, especially these
days, any number of stu-
dents would put that to
you. And increasingly
these days, any number of
the Faculty too.

PIECE OF ACTION

Increasingly, you can
hear this chorus of despair.
Now that' the election
seasori is over, increasingly
we are lookingfor a piece
of action that might bring
us involvement while re-
kindling hope.
Make no mistake about
what has been happening
on campus, where the
action has little to do with
McEvoy and Gobin, little
to do with unsettled con-
ditions in the Physics
Department,little to do
with University life.
SFor years now we have
been looking for a catalyst
on campus, an opening to
another massive mobiliza-
tion of people, another of
those tunings-up before
1970. We are mesmerized
still by the impact of the
February Revolution.
In the old days of 1971
and '72 and '73, invariably
the agitators were the
front-benchers of NJAC,
harking back to a more
glorious time, to the halcyon
period of Camacho,
Michener and Rodney.
In the rebellion and
mutiny of 1970, the
crowds had assembled but
we had played and missed.
The. trumpet had sounded
and the host had shouted
but the .walls of Jericho


'No, Doctor, we din



want no



Revolution....


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/FLASHBACK to 1971 Students Guild crisis: sitting on table, second from left, is Clyde Harvey, now RCchaplain
Campus Inset at right is Slim Andalcio, now key/figure of the Universitv and Allied Workers Union.


just did not fall.
So we kept looking and
looking and looking. And
then in 1974 and 1975,
the baton was passed from
the Black Power Move-
ment.
Gradually the impetus
shifted to the Union-based
Movement in the Sugar
and Oil Belts.
But we still keptlooking
for that slice of the action
that would somehow bring'
the final volcano.

AGITATORS

Every time there has
been a minor conflict on
campus, you could see the
agitators moving in for the
kill.
This has been the case
on numerous occasions. It
certainly is no exception
this time.
But behind it all is a
quite definite strategy of
change, diametrically
opposed to the Tapia one.
Which is why we must
continue to '"rock the
boat."
Many of us, including
many of iis in Tapia, fail
still to see how meaningliul
change could be won by
quiet education and organ-
isation.
When we see how strongI
are the forces of darkness,
how divided Trinidad and
Tobago is by race, religion,
social bracket and culture,
we give u p.
"Best boy, the only way
forward is through a re-


evolutionary upheaval; this
Tapia middle-road just
can't work. Either you
with the action or you
against the action.
"Somehow you must:
get the masses of the
people to rise, so is a
straight case of the work-
ing-class and agitation,
agitation down the line."
Crudely put, that is the
most popular strategy in
the country, one sup-
ported as- much by the
middle and higher income
brackets as by anybody
else.
In fact, I find that the
middle and higher income
people accept this view of
change far more readily
than the more disadvant-
aged people among us.
Some are for the change
and some against; but virtu-
ally all believe that that is
how it must happen.
The emphasis therefore
is invariably on agitation.
propaganda and mobiliza-
tion, on instant, existential
involvements, on rapid-
fire solutions, and on
action, now.
Elec pioneering fits snugly
into this general pattern.
We can see immediately
how Ihe plafforim conftron-
(alions of the election
season, how the ca;ivassiinl
and tlie lining-uip, how the
prospect of winning
seats in the House pose
direct and concrete choices
for 'people,' and create
meaningful avenues Ior
participation.
And if you have seats in


the House as a result, at
least you can identify with
the struggle which, con-
tinues in the form-' of
Parliamentary debates.
But if you have no.
seats, or you find the
debates do not relate to
your problems; or if you
feel that the whole exer-
cise in Parliament makes
no difference to the coun-
try, then the post-election
scene becomes a complete
waste-land for youi.
"Best boy, nothing is
happening, nothing. I not
reading anything in the
papers; I can't hear echoes;
I feeling no vibrations; I
seeing no action.

REVOLUTION

"Take a leaf from Butler
book. The next time they
have a thing on Campus,
join and help to bring the
thing to a boil."
Well, I wish it was so
easy then we would not
even need a Movement and
a party. But We do need
one permanently. We'
need one because the
agitation and activation of
the youth and the blacks
and the dlispossessed and
the huge mIulti-tude of.
people who would like to
create a better Trinidad
and Tobago will bring valid
results only it' education
and orgainisaltion lgo before
the crisis.
No mccliIanical herding
of the youth and the
working cl ass iillo a politi-


to the St. Augustine


cal confrontation will ever
bring the consummation,
of the February ,Revolu-
tion in the fall of. the
rotten old regime and the'
crooked government that
is its outward visible
expression. /
\If the upheavals of 1937
and 1970 were valid, they'
were valid -because on
both occasions we per-
ceived our degraded con-
dition with absolute clarity
and knew that-we alone
were responsible for sal-
vaging our fortunes by
efforts of our own.
Revolutions may or
may. not immediately
change the Government.
Revolutions never instantly
transform the condition of
the people.
What they always do is
bring new hope, bring
fresh commitment to work
for the new world.
Butler's Movement did
that. Hopefully the new
national movement of
1970 succeeded in doing
it tod.
The Revolution will
not come by trying to
convert a campus conflict,
or a grievance by oil or
sugar, workers, or the dis-
satisfaction of civil servants,
or the greed of the
money-corporations into a
national conflagration.
It will come when \we
discover the accumulated
rewards of a sustained in-
volvement in work for the
salvation of Trinidad and
Tobago.
And. I hopCethat is the
.c'ene .ie in r'-pia on: .


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PAGE 4 TAPIA SUNDAY MARCH, 1977


T'dad Guyana


firemen in


dread


of


dry


season flames


TRINIDAD and Tobago firefighters, sweating and fuming as they
battle the frequent dry-season bush fires, said goodbye to their
retiring Chief Tommy Meyer this week
The goodbye was not unmixed with some relief and hope that
the new Chief- whoever he might be would press more vigorously
for long overdue improvement and modernization of their equip-
men t
The more bitter firemen will tell you that the Service is a
fraud, so poorly equipped are they to do what they are supposed to
do.
That if fire insurance companies, for example, knew the real
story of the incompetence of equipment and management in the
Fire Service, their premiums would skyrocket overnight.
It seems that things are no better in the Co-operative Republic
of Guyana, our CARICOM partner.
And the story below should tell Trinidad firemen that their
comrades in Guyana are really up against the same kind of regime -
no matter the different labels


Buildings like
this one
flying both
the national
and the PNC
flag could
go up in
flames
anytime


FINGER-WAGGING Guy-
anese jeremiahs predicting
that, for its evil ways, the
Burnham regime will suffer
punishment by fire may
be more right than they
know.
The "fire next time"
may well come to pass as
the means of ending one
era and sweeping the land


AI4GOSTWIA


clean to start another.
This is more or less the
warning of Dayclean, the
underground anti-PNC
paper in Guyana, which, in
an article headed "The
Politics of Fire", showed
that the Co-operative
Republic is one big fire


hazard.
"Guyana


is a wooden


Iil'JIi P Iii


nation," Dayclean, organ
of the Working People's
Alliance, reports, but even
the new concrete buildings


Angostura Old Oak Rum
A mellow blend of light
Trinidad rums. Smooth.
clean tasting


are "potential firetraps".
The reason: indifference
to the danger by the PNC
regime, and general neglect
of the social services.
In particular, the Fire
Service is poorly equipped
to do theirjob, even though,
Dayclean notes, the men
are efficient and enthusi-
astic.
There aren't enough
units of the Service.
According to the WPA
organ, only four units, in
Georgetown, New Amster-
dam, Timehri and Linden,
service the entire 80,000
square-mile country.
It leaves the rural areas,
with the sprawling villages
of wooden houses, un-
protected.

SELF-HELP

The Chief Fire Officer
cries out like a voice in the
wilderness for the financing
of training programmes in
self-help community fire
defence.
In spite of that, the
Auxiliary fire service has
been "discarded", and
when fires do break out in
the rural areas, far from the
reach of the "Brigade"
men, it's only the old
"bucket brigade" the vil-
lagers have to fall back
on.
Needless to say, there
aren't hydrants in rural
Guyana. And often
trenches are allowed to
dry up.
Then the fire tenders, so
far from standing ready to
go into action when and
where needed, are
employed in supplying
water to "districts in which
the USAID water revolu-
tion has broken down."
Dayclean has called for
public inquiries into the
incidence of fires and for
implementation of the
relevant laws.
It appears that there is
more official concern
about some fires than
others.
The WPA paperrargues
that all the people are
entitled to the same level
of protection and safety.
But what the fire preven-


tion situation tells about
the state of things in
Guyana is best shown by
the Dayclean claim that
"the Government has been
treating the Fire Services
little better, perhaps even-
a little worse than the
Ministry of Health."


Trinidad Ex-Fire Chief Meyef


Spuds from

deep in

mudland
IT WAS an encouraging
-success, the crop of pota-
toes grown as part of the
Burnham regime's drive to
Feed the Nation and
reduce imports.
Only thing, the crop was
deep in the interior-of the
country, many many miles
from the coast where live
the eaters of roti and
chicken and chips.
Startled by this dis-
covery, officials decided to
solve the problem by
shipping the potatoes by
air.


By the time they
arrived in the Georgetown
market, the potatoes cost
far more than the imported ^
items, ,:


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SUNDAY MARCH 6. 1977 TAPIA PAGE5


ALISTER MCINTYRE, Secretary-General of
CAAICO(VI, has mournfully been warning that it
happened in East Africa, it happened in Latin
America, and it can happen here. Says he, if we
don't review the whole arrangement, "Everyone
willdrift off, doing his own thing."
Well, the CDC must have heard, to judge
by the treatment of Antigua's Tourist Leggo.
Now we can all expect that, as soon as
Holding is fit, the demand will come from Sabina
that Jamaica should stand alone at the Interna-
tional Cricket Conference.
I Worse again, if Mushtaq beat the West Indies
at the Oval with Foster on the sideline and with
Jumadeen and Inshan in!
Here at home DAC Chairman ANR Robin-
son and his Man Murray have both hastened to
assure us that Tobago is richly endowed with
copper, not to mention petroleum and natural


gas.
But perhaps the biggest
caricon of all this has come
from a CSO official. He
proposed, face as straight
as ever, that the Govern-
ment's forecasting and im-.
plemeittation of develop-
ment plans, are being
upset by the heavy influx
of backdoor small-island
migrants, from "as far up
as Jamaica."
The Guardian reported
it in what looked like
dutiful Babbesque tran-
script, "for instance, if a
school was planned for an
area to accommodate 500
students, by the time it
was. completed, the number
of prospective students
had doubled."

FLUSH-OUT

The upsurge, Mr. Conti-
nuous Sample Survey,
added, fiirther affected the
school bus service, health
programmes, housing .
Predictably, the :.Express
responded as a national,
newspaper should. It wel-
comed "moves. made -by
,the Cabinet- to inquire
into ur "unexpected
guests."
Jobs-are scarce enough
. .. services are strained . .
we have been generous,
Itoo generous with these
people .. they must be
sent packing with all- the
;speed and efficiency we
!can muster.
i- Of course, they were
1"not suggesting any witch-
hunt" or attempting to
(flush-out Jews; "far from
it .'


It is simply a'case of
giving an idea of, the
repercussionss" of having
all these people "sneaking
into the country in small
boats, overstaying their
time". and doing what
countless West Indians,
with the exception of
editorial writers, ritually
do in Toronto and New
York.

PAROCHIALISM

In the face of all this
crass parochialism, Barba-
dos, according to Deputy
Prime -Minister and Min-
ister of External Affairs
Bernard St. John, remains


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"firmly committed" to
regionalism.
Guyana, in the words of
Acting Prime Minister
Ptolemy Reid, reiterates a
commitment to regional
integration. ,
Are these beacons of
optimism? Well McIntyre
seems unwilling to take
them on. "With all the
optimism in the world",.he
muses, "the Caribbean
region will be in deep
trouble throughout 1977
and for a large part of
1978.
The worried Secretary
General simply does not'
know "how we are going
to survive."
How indeed? How is
CARICOM going to sur-
vive, notwithstanding the
Secretariat's new rules of
the game for intra-com-.
munity trade?
How will the community
survive the "persistent and
not unreasonable" com-
plaints emanating from
the so-called LDC's?
How will it survive the
current demand by some
members, especially the
Trinidadians, of the CAIC,
that Guyana and Jamaica
relax their restraints on
imports?
How will CARICOM, in
fact survive the beggar-jny-
neighbour policies being


. almost universally adopted,
in these times' of severe
economic stress?
/ The dynamic of such
insular protectionism is ,a
progressive closing off of
home markets, an aggrava-
tion of your -partners'
balance of payments, a
souring of tempers, more
restriction, more bitter-
ness, more exacerbation:all
round.

HEROIC


Heroically, the Secretary-
General points to the
potentials of a new "origin
system" for improving the
regional marketing of agri-
cultural and industrial
produce and to the possi-
bilities of speeding up
work in the field of
industrial planning so as
to call into existence those
basic regional industries
about which we have
prattling at least since
1967.
Mclntyre is urging car
imanu fac ture as distinct
from car assembly; he
wants action on plastics
an l paper and obviously
on promises as well.
But is there not a fatal
Ilaw in all this economist
which places a time
horizonon our troubles


AlisterMcIntyre,
CARICOM. Secretary-Generd;
of a year and a half or
two?
Was there not a fatal
flaw in the false. ranking
of priorities with which
we originally embarked on
CARIFTA, deliberately
seeking first the economic
kingdom?
The reasoning then was
that the experience of the
Norman Manley refexen-i
dum had made politics
and keaeration amy
words.
The smart way 'to, ti
:up the Jamaican foot,
therefore, was to con
everybody into the free-
trade area, leadingg to the
common market and then
into the economic com-
munity.
The cunning politics of
the whole process was that
a merchant and' then a
manufacturing class would
win a vested interest in
regional integratiori and
. carry their political bosses
onto these wings of song.,

SHORT-CUTS

,A truly enchanting
fable, it was marvellously
recounted by those who,
for one reason or another,
preferred not to insist on
.the primacy of the politi-
cal kingdom. Don't look
now, but it seems like the
capeech working.
And now we are certain
to count the costs of
another of these Caribbean
short-cuts.
From the start, the
analysis was phony; if the
Federation failed, it failed
because we had no con-
cept of a political system
which could hold localities
and centres together.
The Federal problem is
therefore now recurring in
relation to Tobago. Nevis
and Anguilla, to Carriacou
and Barbuda, and soon in
relation to Berbice and
Essequibo.
But what we failed to
do between 1958 and
1967, can the claptrap of
democratic socialism
achievein 1977? (L.B.)
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Above, the face of Butler
is exposed for a final
view.

Left, OWTU President
General Senator George
Weekes appears overcome
by emotion.

Right, the funeral as it
moves uphill, escorted by
members of the Regiment
and Coast Guard.

Top centre, drumming
and hand-clapping to join
Butler with his ancestors.

Top right, two faces of
grief.


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REMINISCING on
week of T.U.B. But
death and burial, a I
of-Spain senior citiz
recalled the days where
Chief Servant used to
huge meetings in
Queen's-Park Savannah
After the meetings,
said, his supporters w
bear him, shoulder-higl
the railway station
South Quay.
Whatever, he lac
Butler never wanted
crowd support.
That was his strong
his unfailing flair for
manding the multiti
with the power ot
words, a capacity asp
to by bearded figure
later generations, Wec
Granger, Best, the Shac




Butler always "sco
People jammed
venues of three sep
Labour Day celebra
the old lion attended
June 17, 1\72 inl
NUGFW Hall in Po
Spain followed by a d
town march, at the
campus, and at the 11
the Revolutlioninil yz.
Waving his palm f
smiling broadly. '!
Uriah, Buzz Butler w
make a picture of
enjoying the center
attention.


S- The Chief Servant who
in his heyday asserted his
faith and confidence in the
British Empire even as he
flayed its proconsuls, was
doubtless quite familiar
S with the manner of visiting
royalty.
And as he rode on the
.back of a jeep in the
OWTU-ULF Labour Day
celebrations in 1975 he
certainly looked the part
of royalty, surrounded and
venerated as he was by
labour chieftains of later
generations
Butler had lived to see
his political- trade unior
descendants attain substan-
tial power and influence in
the land, culminating in
the holding of Parliamen-
tary seats, constituting the
official Opposition.
The OWTU call for a
state funeral was faithfully
in the Butlerian tradition
of political play.
The foremost anti-
colonialist in the land,
breathing fire as he ram-
paged through the oilbelt,
Butler's favourite tactic
was the penning of sonor-
ous petitions to the
colonial governor.




With the former gover-
nor's absolute power now
firmly located at Whifehall,
the OWTU has continued
to write letters to the
the Prime Minister, -addressing
tler's to ears perhaps even more
Port- unresponsive than those of
zen the colonial governors,
the demands, petitions, sugges-
have tions etc.
the So it was no surprise
i. that the Government would
she be graceless enough not
would to have a state funeral for
h, to Butler and that the regime
on would offer instead to
pick up the cheque for the
cked, "turnout".
- for Equally certain, the
absence of such a conces-
t sion from those who con-
con'- trol the state did not affect
udes the size or significance of
ires the occasion.
pired
s of He was buried in the
ekes, style and fashion to which
dow. he had been accustomed
to live politically.
Estimates run as high as
25,000, including a military
escort, government repre-
re sentatives, the host unions,
the political groups, Butler's
S church and the masses of
arate people who could not miss
s the event.
d on
the As 21 guns boomed a
rt-of- salute, the final blessings
own- were uttered, and moist
UWI eyes beheld for the last
all of time the lifeless visage of
abad. the Chief Servant, it was
rond, fitting to pray that the
'ubal republic which Butler had
wouldd laboured to found would
one give due recognition to
e of memory of all for which
he had fought. (LG.)


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TRINIDADIANS will be brass-faced indeed to make ar
righteous protest against the hounding of illegal immigrant
by the Canadian authorities that led recently to the dea
of a teenage Trinidad girl.
For right now in this country thousands of Caribbea
illegal immigrants are living in constant fear of the earl
morning knock which will prematurely shatter their hop
of making a better life here.
The so-called small islanders who'came here"throug
the backdoor" are right now facing deportation, as tl
victims of an official campaign to "flush them out
Reportedly triggered by recent discovery of a rack
by which CARICOM people were able to buy Trinida
and Tobago passports and birth certificates, the campaign
has taken the form of a r
'"special assignment" given up by the Feb. 24 Cabine
to police and immigration I decision to appoint a
officers. seven-man team of to]
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gh Official justification for
he the current witch-hunt has
". come in the form of even
et more curious statements.
ad On Feb. 17, forexample,
n a- CSO official was re-
ported as saying that
't _.Ministries get difficulty in
S forecasting and implement-
P ing development plans
n because. of distortion of
population figures caused
by illegal immigration.
He mentioned that bus
services, health and hous-
ing programmes were upset
by the backdoor arrivals.
Does the government
seriously want people to
believe that?
That the bus service is
bad; that you can't get
service in casualty; that
housing needs are woefully
undersupplied because of
the Grenadians and Vin-
centians and whoever else
slip into this country from
the inter-island sloops?
SIs it that we can't get
water because these greedy
illegal hordes are drinking'
the reservoirs dry?
The government can't
be allowed to get away
with this blatant scape-
goatism.
Illegalimmigratioh fr6m
the other West Indian terri-
tories has time and again
been ballooned into an
issue several times its
actual size.
It had meant pandering
to the most misguided and
backward sectors of public
opinion normally inhabited
by Express editorial writers
and the like.
That paper's Feb. 28
"Opinion", for example,
while not endorsing a
"witchhunt", called for a
separation of "the sheep
from the goats".


SCAPEGOATS

But bleat as they might,
no persecution of scape-
goats can mask the reality
of failure in all the various
public services.
The reasons for the
government's failure to
provide every kind of
amenity would still reside
here even if all the people
unlucky enough not to
have ID cards were
deported.
This illegal immigration
concern :is happening
about the same time that
the Carnival Development
Committee rules exclude
non-Trinidadian singers
like ShortShirt from com-,
petitions here.
It is happening at the.
same time .as. manufac-
turers here are complaining
about the import restric-
tions imposed by the
Guyanese and Jamaican
governments.
All these governments
are just conspiring to ruin
CARICOM and whatever
integration that already
exists in the region. (LG.)






SUNDAY MARCH 6, 1977 TAPIA PAGE 9


~LNEWSi iIkA MA4 .Y1


WED. FEB. 16.
*Dunlop has proposed to Govt. a 51% local shareholding,
announces De Souza in .Senate debate, of Finance Bill Amend-
ment
Manswell in House: Unemployment not to be solved by
traditional methods; Govt's solutions half-hearted.
City Council prepare assault on Drag Bros.
Ten held in passport racket probe.
President Clarke defends justice as "rending to every man
his own."
Probe of $1m. import of goods by National Trawler
XXVII.
Oilwell injures three in explosion.
Brigadier Serrette to stay on 6 months.
THURS. FEB. 17.
Illegal immigrants from smaller island to be "flushed
out." CSO spokesman claims Ministries have been complaining
of difficulty in forecasting and implementing development
plans; education, bus service, health and housing programmes
upset by backdoor influx from Carib countries including
Grenada, St. Vincent, Guyana, even Jamaica. Birth certificates
issued in name of dead persons. False passports. Home of travel
agent and 'car of Immigration Officer searched. Burroughs on
special assignment.
Butler still on critical list, says Dr. Perot.
Drag brothers on Independence Square reprieved; City
Council wrecking crew does not demolish in face of stiff verbal
opposition.
18 Carnival Vendors' booths grounded for refusing to
meet Council's Public Health demands.
Customs duty charges against Port Contractors dropped.
Overtime at GPO banned'. Postmen working three shifts,
five days.
PSA asks for talks on nurses grievances. Manswell:
Cabinet saturated with small matters.
All not well with Town and Country Planning charges
South Chamber.
Caroni Staff Association supports end-of-crop bonus.
Police complete search of National Fisheries trawler
XXVII.
Ramphal pleased over WI Govts' stand on black Africa.
Total Cuban withdrawal from Angola unlikely reports US
Congressman. Christian Barnard against black rule in Rhodesia.
Carter willing .to consider normal ties with Cuba.
Weather hits Guyana sugar. Current target down to
330,000-long tons from 360,000 target in 1976.
Manley in Parliament denies that Government intended
banning overseas travel to prevent professionals from leaving
the island; that Govt. planned taxing savings in banks; that
S Goyt. would compel people to cut cane or would withdraw
passports of all citizens 15 to 50 years old; that he had visited
Moscow recently and was in hiding following a coup.
S Morris Cargill quits Jamaica journalism..


Carniv blanks out local news.
FRI. FEB. 18.
Professor Telesford Georges appointed head team to
probe Physics Dept. Industrial Court told UWI dispute goes
back four years. UWI Administration claims illegal strike
action started February 4.
Too many foreign firms hauling oil equipment off-shore,
says SWWTU's Mungroo.
No cement exported Aug-Nov. 1976: CSO Digest.
Council should construct and rent booths urges vendor.
Fifteen Vincentians turned back.
St. Lucia regrets Guyana curbs on imports.
National service is essential, Demas tells' Caribbean
Youth Assembly.
Three killed trying to escape, reports Uganda Govt.
SAT. FEB. 19.
Further complications hit Butler, reports Perot.
HTousing Motion Approved with Govt. Amendment.
Seventy per cent farming population now registered.
Equals'24,163, says Progress Report 1975-76 from Ministry.
High Caroni cost due to inefficiency says Staff Ass'n.
Barbados firmly committed to regionalism, saysBernard
St. John, Minister of External Affairs.
SUN. FEB. 20.
Carnival blanks out home fiews.
Ramphal sees progress in CARICOM.
Cuba cautious on new US moves to normalisation.
SSecret burial for shot Uganda Archbishop, claims Church
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MON. FEB. 21.
Butler dies during prayers by OWTU bedsiders.
Desperadoes ate Panorama Champs. Archbishop Pantin
deplores ban on "Tourist-Leggo". Businessmen report Carnival
sales lower than last year.
Burnham ill in Georgetown as his 54th birthday
approaches.
Walter will "go peacefully" if arrested but says hands
clean. Describes Bird-appointed Commission- as kangaroo
court
TUES. FEB. 22.
Chalkdust is King. Shortshirt's Tourist Leggo and Rose's
Tempo contend for Road March.
Walter and Halstead arrested and charged in Antigua.
WED. FEB. 23..
Rose's Leggo wins Road March. Hart, Lee Heung, Mc-
Williams are front bands Excellent Carnival behaviour reported
by police.
OWTU requests State funeral for Butler.
Eight million-dollar expansion of UWI campuses pro-
jected. Mona contract signed for $3m.
THURS. FEB 24.
Butler's funeral to have military escort only. Presidents
ADC, Minister of Labour.
Hart wins downtown; Lee Heung in Savannah; Winds of
War in South; Solar System in Tobago. 50,000visitors came
for Carnival John Boos.
Defence Force Captain Hugh Vidale tells of accused
Lieut. Carlyle Lodge in bed with woman as Court Martial
proceeds.
Policemen to be assigned to Defence Force Helicop-
ter Unit.

FRI. FEB. 25.
Butler buried before 25,000 mourners, Body moved
from Paramount Headquarters of OWTU to Hall of the
Revolution Fyzabad for eulogy. Numerous spiritual Baptist
contingents, Mechanics Lodge, OWTU, NJAC, drumming-
troupes follow to cemetery. Twenty-one gun salute. Tesoro
awards Butler school.
City Council to build booths for vendors next year.
Seven-man Team to probe illegal immigration appointed, by
Cabinet; Special Adviser Rodriguez heads.
NHA acquiring lands behinddthe bridge.SStorekeeper
Gobin tells Industrial Court that Physics Lecturer McEvoyt
spat on him.
Manswell calls on Govt. to examine work contracts
issued by foreign firms like Higgs and Hill.
I took woman to camp but not to bed Lieut. Lodge.
Slight increase in number of electors over the 566,000
of general elections. List posted by Commission.
Yamani claims that OPEC has no right to fix prices.
Trinidad to raise Jamaica and Guyana restraints on
CARICOM trade at CALC talks in Barbados today
Venezuela offers 5 scholarships to Guyana.
Optimism cools off on US-Cuba normalisation. Carter
statement suggests protracted negotiation.
J.O'Neill Lewis hands ACP protest to ECM over Lome
arrangements for setting sugar prices.

SAT. FEB. 26.
Tobago situation "settling down", says Min. of Local
Govt as House sets up Joint Select Committee. Robinson
fails to secure interim administration. Panday criticises PM's
power of appointment re-DPP says an error was made in
the Constitution.
Professor Annamunthodo to head Professional Com-
mittee over McEvoy. Classes to resume Monday. "Long
closure" feared in some quarters.
A.G. Richardson: I will not interfere with Press freedom.
Anti-corruption will be continued "relentlessly and fearlessly."
Four-man team to consider re-siting drag brothers.
Guilty Lieut. Lodge to pay $1,000 fine.
Neal and Massy and Angostura found Trinidad Housing
Development Ltd. to develop $50m. estate at Santa- Rosa.
CAIC mission going to Jamaica and Guyana to find out
the extent to which import trade from CARICOM will
continue. TMA estimates that Trinidad exports to Jamaica
34% down on 1975.
US expected to cut sugar imports by 40%.
Amin summons Americans in Uganda for talks. Andrew
Young thinks chaos would erupt if US failed to reimpose
embargo on chrome trade. Considers tactics of Amin and
Smith very similar.

SUN. FEB. 27.
Seasons Greetings by McWilliams is People's Choice for
Band of Year.
AG's anti-corruption drive could destroy PNM The
Republican.
Classes to resume at UWI Wednesday.
Burnham did not receive CIA dollars replies Minister of
State Nascimento to Times and Post disclosures.
MON. FEB. 28.
Lawyer Ramesh Maharaj petitions AG to abolish death
penalty.
All Trinidad Sugar Union to intensify struggle for bonus.
Panday recommends industrial action if minimum of 10% not
paid.
Amin described as cruel, pagan tyrant by Dr. Coggan,
Archbishop of Canterbury.
CAIC calls on Jamaica and Guyana to lift curbs.
Express Editorial: Time to end the openhouse. "We are
not suggesting a witchhunt ... But there are too many people
living here who should not be doing so, and they must be
sent packing with all the speed and efficiency we can muster."
OPEC meets on aid to third world.
TUES. MAR CH !.
Ass t. Commissioner Burroughs begins fresh guerrilla
manhunt in Glencoe Hills. Expertly made-up camp discovered.
Drag Committee visits Old Market as possible new site.
UWI lecturers to give up Easter vacation to make up


time.


GEPLACEA, Latin American Sugar Exporters Group,
proposes new action towards international sugar agreement at
Havana meeting. Jamaica to put agriculture on war footing.
Amin puts off talks with Americans.


I


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THEM!

the ) e wb. teamrit i



HasRamesh



now lost


a


friend?


NOT WITHOUT a little
help from his friends -
and, true, his enemies -
lawyer Ramesh Maharaj
finally made it to the front
page of both dailies last
Monday with a call to
abolish the death penalty.
He has arrived, then, at
the status of social re-
former, one short step
away, if experience, is any
guide, from "entering
politics" for real.
And at least one of the
friends who helped build'
the Ramesh Maharaj repu-
tation (and practice) as a
legal champion must be


wondering since Monday
if he could still consider
himself a friend.
The mutual admiration
of Ramesh Maharaj and
Patrick Chookolingo began
some years ago out of
mutual need.
Chookolingo badly
needed, after his legal mis-
fortunes, the assurance that
not all the lawyers in the
country are out to get him.
And Maharaj, after his
namesake Justice Maharaj
had jailed him for con-
tempt of court, was anxious
for the issue to be kept
before this forgetful public
as he began proceedings
for redress.
After his own experi-
ences, "contempt" was
bound to trigger sympa--
thetic reaction from Choo-
kolingo.
The BOMB immediately
began to portray Maharaj
as an outspoken young
lawyer unfairly condemned
by an over-reaching judge.
In this, the paper im-
plied, he was much like


The newspaper which,
more than any other in
this country, sanctified the
style of the snappy,
punchy racy stories, bent
over backwards to become
a newspaper ofrecord.
It carried long, care-
fully prepared reports of
the legal submissions by
Dr. Ramsahoye in the
Maharaj appeal hearing.
No other paper paid the
issue as much attention. '
But then no other editor
had as much personal
interest in the case.
Left ito the BOMB
editor Ramesh Maharaj
would have become some
,kind of folk hero.
And the young lawyer
must now think he is some-
thing close to that.
S He confidently rushes
the spotlight with his call
to abolish the 'death
penalty.
But maybe he is presum-
ing too much on the,
unswerving admiration and
support of Chookolingo.
Either that, or he be-
lieves the 55-year-old
editor's position has
mellowed on the question
of the death penalty.
Ramesh Maharaj was not
prominently numbered
among the lawyers and
other Civil Rights Com-
mittee people who picketed
the Royal Jail in an all-
night vigil in 1971, drama-
tising opposition to
capital punishment
For their pains they
earned a blast from the
BOMB that was simple and
direct in its disagreement;
"HANG THEM!"
Nearly six years later,
after Malik, Marilyn Knott,
Andy Thomas and others,
can Ramesh Maharatjpersu-
ade the BOMB editor to
run another front-page
:editorial "DON'T HANG
THEM!"?
Or has Maharaj lost a
friend, even now as he's
launched himself toward
bigger things?
For Ramesh Majaraj in
his new role, a lot more
than his week begins (or
ends) on Friday. (L.G.)


I _I_


the BOMB editor: had they
not both served time for
contempt of court?
Despite the loud pro-
tests and later legal action
to reverse the judgments,
the time on the inside
must have served to
sharpen the social outlooks
of both men, especially as
it conceded penal reform.
The columns of the
BOMB became open for
complaints about jail con-
ditions.
In fact, sundry hapless
convicts began to recognize
in the BOMB editor a reli-
able friend in need.
And a friend indeed the
BOMB proved to be, as the
Ramesh Maharaj case be-
gan to be appealed by
another legal luminary
much favoured by its
editor, Prof. Fenton Ram-
sahoye.

RECORD





SUNDAY MARCH 6.1977 TAPIA PAGE 11


Why not let Mark make his?


THE touring Pakistanis
duly disposed of Trinidad
over the weekend. Even
before the game began,
one had already extracted
the old "beaten but not
disgraced" cliche for use
here.
However, by stumps on
the second day, one was
only too painfully aware
of the inaptness of the
phrase as the game was
practically over.
Nearly an hour before-
lunch on Monday, it was
over shouting and all; and
concerned fans.were won-
dering aloud what is the
matter with Trinidad and


S WHAT about the compo-
sition of the Squad chosen
e by theselectors for Friday's
Second Test?
As expected, the changes
have been few. Rowe,
Daniel and 'Holding have
continued to be sidelined
by injury, same as Julien
and Holder.
Long experience plus
last weekend's performance
by the Oval wicket have
both ensured that Holder's
replacement would be a
spinner.
The only outstanding
Issue then was whether
Foster could survive especi-
ally in view of his Kensing-
ton failures as the sixth
and extra batsman.
Carew's panel has quite
rightly plumped for a five-
five-one. By retaining both
Croft and Garner, follow-
ing on their good start in
Barbados, the selectors are
forcing the-specialist bats-
men to face up to their
responsibilities of getting
enough ,runs.
Too often have we seen
West Indian batting buf-
fered by a No. 6 with still
no improvement in the
overall score. On this
ground, Shillingford is again
-obviously the twelfth man.
There is therefore no
need to choose between


Tobago cricket
For the records, having
won the toss and batted,
we were all out before tea
for 183. Both openers
batted soundly for their
22, Larry Gomes (28)
showed his class and Iqbal
Qasim, the left arm finger
spinner, destroyed the inn-
ings finishing with figures
of 27-9-67-7.
Acting Captain Asif
Iqbal's astute field placing
combined with indifferent
batting on a turning wicket
to assist Qasim; but the
much vaunted wrist spin of
Intikhab could only get
him the scalp of tail ender


Garner and Croft though,
if we had to do so, Garner's
5-64 and 3-36 against
Trinidad at the Oval,
should get him in ahead
,of Croft
Inshan Ali's 5-44 and
3-80- vs Barbados last
month and his 4-90 vs
Pakistan last weekend have
given him the nod over
the 'other spinners in con-
tention.
We have to admit that
Inshan is bowling well
and that on his home
ground he promises most.
Still, one of the off-
spinners, Ajodha Persaud
and Padmore, would prob-
ably have been the better
bet
Inshan continues to be
a bad fieldsman, a slow
runner in the outfield and
unforgivably, a shoddy
cricketer, always in un-
satisfactory physical condi-
-tion.
That Ali has rarely been
picked outside of Trinidad
and Tobago suggests that
he selectors too have been
dissatisfied with .him as a
serious cricketer.
Yet toowhocouldsay,in
the light of last weekend's
spinning alarums, that the
Selection Committee has
simply succumbed to
parish politics?


St Augustine cake sale

TAPIA Tunapuna will be holding a fund-raising sale under
the St. Augustine Hi-Lo this weekend Friday march 4 and
Saturday March 5.
On offer will be an assortment of cakes, sweetbread,
fudge, toolum, phulori, cuchila, aloo pies, and pepper
sauce.
Customers will also be able to buy Tapia jerseys and
to-order publications.


Ruskin Mark for 56 runs.
Pakistan replied with
225 built on an assured
62 from Majid Khan and
later a 9th wicket partner-
ship of 35 between Wasim
(16 n.o.) and Qasim (20).
It was the spinners who
did the damage for Trini-
dad too as Inshan Ali
finished with 31-5-90-4,
Jumadeen 26-6-62-3 and
Nanan 12-8-13-2.
We f ared worse than
before in out second inn-
ings. Murray (23-) and
Gomes (18) played well;
Sagram (23) was the only
one of the other batsmen
to look as though it was a


first class game as we col-
lapsed for 134,.embarras-
sed by the right arm leg
spinners of Test captain
Mushtaq (17-5-52-5).
Jumadeen (2-27), Nanan
(1-18) and Inshan Ali
(0-31) again bowled well
but with Majid Khan
notching another fine half
century (52), the inevit-
able Pakistan. victory took
only 106 minutes.
It is difficult not to be
concerned by the poor
Trinidad showing. The
nature of the wicket which
turned appreciably from
the first session does not
conceal the mediocrity of-


our team.
For instance Murray
(whose handling of the
team was very good and
less orthodox than usual)
allowed new paceman Mark
only 5 overs in the first
innings, understandably.
But in the second inn-
ings when the chances of
victory, were very slim
Mark had a one-over spell
with the new ball and a
2-over spell later on. He
might well have expected a
longer bowl with a view
to acquiring some much
needed exposure for the
future. But it is precisely
this that the unavailability
of Julien and Bartholomew
has demonstrated: that if
all is not right with our
cricket it is because the
concept of organic growth
is almost totally foreign.
to us and we continue to
espouse the policies of
magic.


Tunapuna

meet Tues.
THE TAPIA constituency
party of Tunapuna, will
meet on Tuesday March
8 at the Tapia House, 82-
84, St Vincent Street
Members are asked to
make a special effort to
attend this first meeting
of the 1977 Term. .


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MUSHTAQ'S loud silence
after the Pakistani defeat
of Trinidad has put his
previous statements about
the umpiring in the Test
into clear focus.
Despite the rejoinder
issued on behalf of the
WICUA by Gerry Gomez
it seems unlikely that any-
one has been deceived by
the touring captain's trans-
,parent attempts to psyche
the umpires.
The WICBC have cer-
tainly made their position
very clear by naming the
same two gentlemen to do
duty at Port-of-Spain.
Both Messrs. Sang Hue and
Gosein are unlikely to be
fazed by Mushtaq's bad
taste.
The Pakistan Captain
has not, as yet, comment-
ed on the wickets but it
seems that groundsmen in
the West Indies have not
learnt any lessons from
the just-completed England/
India series
At any rate, the wickets
so far served up on this
tour have not made any
newly acquired wisdom


obvious.
In Barbados, neither the
territorial game nor the
Test wicket was really up
to scratch. It seems that
many silently nurture the
fears reportedly voiced by
Joey Carew and Colonel
Shuja-Ud-Din, the Pakis-
tani manager, that the
wicket for the Second
Test, will, in thp end be
the villain of the piece.
But neither the nature
of the wickets nor the
umpiring are the burning
issues which to me are the
three related questions of
Management, Selection and
Captaincy.
So far, none of these
has been unimpeachable.
Obviously, the wishes of
the captain must carry a
lot of weight when it
comes to selecting the final
XI.
One is, therefore, reluc-
tant to blame the whole
Selection Committee for
the decision to go into the
First Test without a pro-
fessional spinner.
That a specialist spinner
is as crucial to a team as a


Spokesmen to talk Mar. 7
THE second session of the meeting of Tapia constituency
spokesmen is scheduled to resume at 22, Cipriani Boulevard,
Port-of-Spain, on Monday March 7.
Chairman Winthrop Wiltshire wishes to remind people
that proceedings will open at 7.30 p.m. sharp.
Minutes of the February 12 Session of the Meeting
and the Agenda for Monday have been sent in the post by
Administrative Secretary Allan Harris.
Copies of these documents may, however, be collected
at the Central Office by those whose mail has not arrived.


MUST REMEMBER
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LLOYD AND THE0. BOYS






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Roy Fredericks
wicketkeeper is easily
demonstratable; seldom is
it defensible to go into a
Test match without one,
irrespective of the condi-
tions.
It is nothing short of a
pad joke to continue to
pack the team with pace-
men and leave allrounders
and batsmen to do the
spinner's job.
.Even with exceptional
leadership that's asking too
much and the present
West Indian leadership is
far from exceptional . .
Whereas Sarfraz and
Imran were able to pro-
duce lively spells in the
late afternoon of the last
day of the First Test,
Garner, Roberts and Croft
simply could not muster
up the energies required at
the same time on the
previous day.
T h i s midaftemoon
lethargy that afflicted our
bowlers but not theirs
suggests that in terms of
physical fitness we are
inferior to our guests.
This is one of the factors


Frankie Thomas
that makes it absolutely
necessary for a manager -
call him a coach if you
swill to be appointed
now.
One has the impression
that the role of Frank
Thomas, the present
Manager is intended to be
far more atiministrative
than technical. Such things
as the physical fitness of
the team, the constant
compilation of data relat-
ing to the opposition's
collective and individual
weaknesses, the never-'end-
ing, on-the-spot assessment
of the game, the revision
of strategy and tactics are
not really in his portfolio.
Ideally, we should
appoint someone for this -
job, to serve us at home
and abroad until such time
as he is no longer deemed
to be the best man for the
task.
It does seem that at the
moment only the politics
of parochialism justifies
this constant rotation of
various offices-of the
WICBC and prevents us


IT'S
from rationalizing the
whole business of selection
and management which
can so easily ,be merged.
In this way, too, men
like Gary Sobers, Wes Hall,
Joe Solomon and others
who have served us well
will get their just deserts.
So far as the selection is
concerned, we do not have
too much on which to go
in regard ito Carew's new
Committee. One feels in-
stinctively that the panel
is sane even if it was mad-
ness to have left Jumadeen
tor.Padmore out in Barba-
dos.
Selection is not in any
case very likely to decide
the series; not when we are
fortunately blessed with
pace bowlers.
In the final analysis, the
captaincy is far more impor-
tant than selection or
management A bad Captain
can frustrate the finest
Selection Committee, the
shrewdest of Managers,
and even at times, an-excel-
lent team.
The evidence is, there.
for all to see- Itidia at,
home, Australia in Australia'
and England in England.
-Did we ,not convincingly
whip Australia in the Pru-
dential Cup series and then
proceed to lose the Test
series 5-1?

MORE COMPLEX


A Test match is infinitely.
more complex than a one
day game and thoughtful
leadership is a far more
necessary ingredient than a
"match-winning" knock or.
bowling .spell from the
captain.
Astute leadership, in-
deed, often neutralises
"match-winning" perfor-
mances. One needs only to
compare and contrast the
manner in which Richards
approached the task of
getting the 306 required
for victory in the second
innings of the First Test
with Lloyd's approach in
both innings to see what is
lacking in the leadership.
We cannot continue to
think, so long after Sir
Frank has exploded -this
myth, that "a magnificent
141 in 98 minutes with 17
fours and seven sixes off 85
balls" is what every West
Indian must score when he.
comes to the wicket.
It is clear from Lloyd's
handling of the Test team
that he has not yet appreci-
ated that a five-day Test
match is emphatically not
a one day limited overs
game. It is his failure to
grasp this sell-evident
truth that is killing we
softly over and over again.


Clive Lloyd




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