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THOSE rap sessions on
the new Republic Con..-
stitution between Gover-
nor-General Sir Ellis
Clarke and BWIA air
Hostesses were in fact
invited by the national
BWIA sources last
week said the fly girls
were now running through
a "refresher course" and
people in charge of the
course decided it would
be good idea if Sir Ellis,
who drafted the nation's'
first Constitution and is
an astute lawyer, ex-
plained it all to the girls.
The Governor-General
is also a former chairman
of BWIA.
"The girls are natural
ambassadors for Trinidad
and Tobago", BWIA
sources said.


And, jetting up and
down between the Carib-
bean and North America,
they usually get questions
from foreign passengers.
"Does the Williams
family still run Trinidad?"
was one such question
recently posed to a
BWIA hostess.
Those kinds of ques-
tions have been known
to throw some of the fly
girls into a tailspin.
Sir Ellis accepted the
invitation and threw open
the doors to the public
living and reception room
at Governor-General's
The meetings with the
girls have been very
informal, with Sir Ellis
usually wearing a relaxed
shirt jac and slacks.
Drinks, from cham-
pagne go back, have been
on the house and, in
Sir Ellis then talks
about the new Constitu-
tior which is still to be
proclaimed and answers
questions from the girls.
The exchange is always
in a light vein. Following
the banter, the girls are

taken on tour of the
grand residence.
A fly girl commented



manage to keep expatri-
ate graduate teachers on
the staff of its St. Peter's
private school?
This is something a
Tapia reader is calling
upon unemployed UWI
graduates to check out.
Following the story in
last week's TAPIA about
the UWI graduates efforts
to organise themselves to
promote their own in-
terests, an outraged caller
said he would like: to
have the employment
practices of Texaco, in
collusion with the Gov-
ernment, to--be investi-

While this is only one
little pocket, there are
probably several places
where foreigners get the
choicest positions while
qualified nationals have
no choice but to scrunt.
It was revealed that
salaries at the Texaco
school are far higher than
the pay in Government
The salary of a Texaco
teacher would probably
compare to what a Gov-
ernment school principal
Apart from this the
student-teacher ratio in
this truly "elite" school
of some 300 is so small
as to be "jokey" in
comparison with state
Among questions the
reader would like the
UWI grads to ask is: how
does Texaco manage to
get work permits for
these teachers?

after one meeting: "The
talk, on the Constitution
was a bore. But Sir Ellis

is such a charming per-
son. We all enjoyed it."
So did Sir Ellis appa-
rently. At one meeting he
lapsed into some reflec-
tions on his iob as
Governor General.
He had really e.pjoyed
his previous job as Am-
bassador to Washington,
Sir Ellis said. It was fun
to be able to fly up and
down between far-flung
And now? Sir Ellis
told the girls he can't
move anywhere without

having to worry about
whether he would be
In fact, he added, the
way things were, if he
walked out there to his
own front gate and didn't
answer sharply when
challenged, "I could get
In the burst of laughter
that followed, one fly
girl was heard .to tell Sir
"You should read our
advertisement WE'D'



TAPIA understands
that the 65-year-old
Scottish-born Principal
of St. Peter's School, Mr.
Peter Hughes, has reached
the retirement age, but
that he continues on the
It was pointed out that
when vac'tncies are ex-
pected, the posts are not
always advertised so that
qualified nationals could
be in the running.
The TAPIA reader also
felt that OWTU President
General George Weekes
should take up this issue
of the "closed shop"
Texaco school at a time
when the job situation for
young UWI graduates is
getting tighter and tighter.
Meantime TAPIA un-
derstands that at a meet-
ing on Monday, May 10
at the UWI, some 30
graduates and about-to-
graduate students took a

decision to work towards
the formation of a per-
manent organisation of
Not only is. there a
problem of graduate em-
ployment, but a potenti-
ally explosive one of
graduate under-employ-
In the Civil Service
several graduates have
been given senior clerical
This produces a double
frustration. First, to the
graduate who, though
thankful to be off the
breadline, endures the
painful under-utilisaticn
of his training.
Then young (and old)
clerks view the entry of
graduates with much
bitterness, perceiving the
graduates to be sealing off
positions to which they
could themselves rise in

fete promoter Prescott

Tapia holds


Hall in Port-of-Spain
once again, but though
it's to a dance this
time, it's no less serious
a purpose than the
Assemblies held there
seve;Al times before.
For this occasion,
on Saturday May 22,
is Tapia's First Annual
Semi-Formal Dance, in
aid of raising funds for
the Movement, at this
critical stage of the
election campaign.
Music for this
occasion will be sup-
plied by the evergreen
"Sir" Sel Duncan
Tickets at $5 each
can be had from any
Tapia member, from
the Port-of-Spain Cam-
paign office or from
the Tapia House in

* S


From 'Bobolups'

in '56 to 'Bobol'

in '76

i PAGE 3

SZNT)A--'M~kY 16,,1976

Vo.6No. 20

SUNDAY MAY 16, 1976

If Gomes



then PNM is Bobol

-THE MAGIC of '56
looked so much like.
magic, that. people are
looking for a repeat in
'76. It can It work. There
is no chance of that."
'Tapia is the party of
tomorrow, today We are
clear as to what the
issues are. Pressure group
politics is finished."
The Belmont audience,
greeting these statements
with the quiet gravity
that they deserved, heard
from Tapia Secretary
Lloyd Best that "govern-
ments never topple; they
have to be pushed over
the brink."
What we needed was
"professional, permanent
political organisation",
Best added.
"We have reached the
critical morning, the
critical, moment when
the people of this country
will have to decide."
"We are not selling you
another Roctor, what we

are selling you is a politi-
cal party."
Best declared that we
have entrenched the police
state in the new Republic
Dealing with the long
stay of the PNM, Best
gave two major reasons.
The first: that the govern-
ment has so much power
- they control at least
150,000 jobs, making it
extremely difficult to
organise serious oppo-


The second reason:
the politics of race. "We
must abandon the politics
of race and take the risk
in building a multiracial
The crowd applauded
this statement.
"We are coming with
the positive, with the
plan. We are capable of

governing wisely and
better than the one
"If vou don't see in
Tapia, the resources for
good government make
no mistake by putting us
in office."
As he spoke on finance,
Best got much applause.
He stated that "the gov-
ernmmet has the imperti-
nence to come before the
country to say that they
are mobilising domestic
financial resources, five
or six ,short weeks before
the election".
. He described them as
Ali B'-a and his Cabinet
and declared that we had
got rid of "Bobolups"
Gomes, but kept Bobol.
"We are in the middle
of a revolutionary crisis,
everywhere you turn, the
situation is unstable.
"There has to be an
intervention by sanity, it
needs the intervention of
ordinary citizens."

Our coverage of


is unsurpassed anywhere

for focus and point.

Keep abreast of the

real currents in the

Caribbean Sea.
OWING to the recent increase in tHe postal
rates, the Tapia House Publishing Co., Ltd., has
found it necessary to increase the subscription
rates for TAPIA.
The new rates are as follows:

Trinidad & Tobago
Caricom countries
Other Caribbean
E.E.C. (incl. U.K.)


$18.00 per year

Surface rates and rates for other countries on
request The new rates are effective February 1, 1976.
Tapia, 82, St. Vincent St Tunapuna, Trinidad &
Tobago, W.I. Telephone 662-5126. & 62-25241.


* Import less. Seal off fad foods and non-essential items. This will keep more of our money
at home to help guarantee a fair price to our own farmers.

-* Reorganise retail shopping on the basis of 25 municipal co-op super-markets

* Grow more: TAPIA will launch a National Food Programme to ensure that the price is
right; the distribution arrangements are sensible; proper storage and processing facilities
are made available; technical education in agriculture is made part )of our education
system; manpower is harnessed to food production through National Service; Land,
credit, managerial skills and technical advice become readily available tcr every farmer.
Create more jobs: (see our FULL EMPLOYMENT proposals). More people working
means less pressure on family budgets.
PROVIDE MORE AND BETTER SERVICES. This will take the pressure off family bud-
gets. It will raise living standards of housewives and farmers.
School meals, uniforms and books for all.
Efficient, cheap and comfortable public transport, in addition to licenced taxis. Private
cars need only be used on evenings and weekends. That will cut down both the'expense
and the traffic for people on their way to work.
* National medical and dental care designed for all not just those who "could do better."
* Control of costs of drugs and strategic goods by a State Importing Agency.
* Free job training through National Service Scheme (See our FULL EMPLOYMENT propo.
* Community. adult learning centres, backed up by library services, radio and television
* Streamline the supply and pricing of motor-car parts.
* Reform the rules of life, fire, motor-car and other insurance.
* Washing machine centres, home-work clinics, TV centres, public baths in each of our 25
Municipalities and Boroughs.
* ,Gymnasiums, mini-stadia and other sports facilities including swimming in each of our 25
boroughs and municipalities. National facilities for sport meetings.
each looking after the needs of a Tobago-size population.
* Humane care for the aged and ill.
TAPIA intends to divide the country into 25 Municipalities
TO TAPIA, national development means,giving YOU a Better Life


SUNDAY MAY 16, 1976


F THE man re-appointed as Chainran of the Board,
the arbitrary James Alva Bain, behaves towards the
iew Board members ashe did towards the old Board's
two members George John and Lenny Farfan --will
Ainna Mahase, Esmond Ramesar, Owen Miathurin ail
Dr. Ashton Parris put tail between their legs and
,run? .SB
runWhen Jimmy Bain descended on 610 Radio and Dp
TIT in March 1975 with a new "editorial policy",
annmed all political voices from the air (not even Dr.
iljiams' address to the PNM's annual convention
t year was broadcast over 610, though Radio
nidad carried it), fired five journalists and ter-
ised nearly everybody at both stations he was in
t acting without the consent of the Board.
George John,'who has O
ce resigned his job as
,blic Relations Officer
o the Prime Minister to M E I
,Work as editor of the M


HOOD hailed

in La Brea
TAPIA candidate for La
Brea Arnold Hood received
a warm welcome in his
district at a public meet-
ing held last week Friday
'at Majuba Cross Roads.
In a stirring perform-
ance before a large home
crowd, Hood presented
his manifesto for, La
SBrea. -
Returning to his one-
time home town that
evening was Junior
Wiltshire, the Tapia candi-
date for Diego Martin
Wiltshire's presentation
was an account of the
history of Tapia.
Another Tapia candi-
date addressing the La
Brea meeting was Mickey
Matthews of Fyzabad.
Matthews' presentation
was, the Tapia plan for
"Local boy" Llewellyn
Belgrave who chaired the
meeting introduced other
key Tapiamen present
Arthu. Atwell, Anand
Singh, Dalton O'Neil and
Billy Montague.

UWI Extra Mural Depart-
ment Tutor Esmond
Ramesar resigned from
the NBrSIMT Board of
Directors because "if I
had stayed on, I would
have lost my self-respect."
In an interview last
week, Ramesar also gave
details of a Board meet-
ing held at TTT on April
28 two days before he
sent his resignation to
the Prime Minister.
At that meeting,
Ramesar said, Board
Chairman Jimmy Bain
behaved in such a way
that Ramesar got up and
said: "You have no need
for a Board."
At that point, Ramesar
also threw some literature
sent to him by Bain with
the statement: "You can
have your anti-communist
literature back."
The row blew up when
Bain said he was going
against the decision of
other Board members
and making a public
statement on the Board's
political broadcasting
Ramesar said last week
this was the last straw,
coming on top of other
meetings with Bain held
since the Board was
appointed last January.
At those meetings, he
said, Bain usually indulged
in a "lot of name calling"
and "pointing out who
was expatriate and who
wasn't even though he
once' worked -for an
expatriate company."

Bain was also fond of'
"identifying" people as
"subversives" or "com-

Ramesar said: "I felt
that to bring the level of
discussion down this sort
of thing was in bad tastes."
He also said Bain had
sent a '"personal courier"
to give Ramesar a copy of
a Muslim publication that
attacKed communism.
This was the material
Ramesar threw back at
Bain at the April 28
Board meeting.
Ramesar said at the
first meeting of the
Board last January, it was
agreed that the Board
would function by
majority opinion.
But Bain often resisted
this and the April 28
meeting was the worst
Another Director at
that meeting suggested
that Bain's unilateral
decision should be entered
irtto the minutes of the
meeting but this was not
Ramesar then wroce



his resignation, giving
reasons why "under con-
fidential cover" to the
Prime Minister, under
whose portfolio TTT and
610 fall.
Last week, Ramesar
said he had not been in
touch with other member
of the Board since resign-
ing but added: "I felt
they should have done
the same. But that is their
Board member Anna
Mahase, who is also
Principal of the St.
Augustine Girls' High
School, was keeping the
lid on the row last week.
"I really would prefer
to make no comment,"
she said. 'Let the Board
make an official state-
ment on it."
Other Board members
are Owen Mathurin, a
journalist, and Dr. Ashton
Parris, a lecturer in elec-
trical engineering at UWI.
( RA.P)


AS the election draws nearer, the 'apia"
bandwagon keep rolling.
This week there meetings can'tin the
following places:

Sunday 4 p.m. at Upper La Puerta
6 p.m. at Lower La Puerta
5.30 p.m. at CantaroV'ge.

Monday 6 p.m. at Boodram Shop,
Spring Village, Curepe.

Tuesday 6 p.m. at St. John Village
7 p.m. at Trou Macaque,
Caledonia Rd.

Wednesday 7 p.m. at Corner Quarry
Road and Mendes Drive
Champs Fleurs.
6 p.m. Ariapita Rd. St.

Thursday 7.30 p.m. Comer E.M.R.
and Beckles Lane. Arima.



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B-00"Ki. WEEK

I rT!l~ri rX~

SUNDAY MAY 16, 1976



Victor Questel

reflects on the

death of Leroy

Calliste and

the theme of

suicide. in

W. I. writing

THE TRAGIC death of Leroy
Calliste a young poet raises once
again the frightening degree to
which our artists are responding in
extreme ways to the pressures
around them.
What I find equally frighten-
ing, though, is the degree to which
suicide is fast becoming a central
preoccupation as a theme in West
Indian writing.
Once again it becomes obvious
that in fiction one cannot separate
the writing from the reality, since.
the writing is always a reflection
of the reality.
Along with the theme of
suicide is the theme of mental
breakdown. At times though as in
Michael Giles' Couvade the mental
breakdown is an important pre-
requisite to achieving a positive.


Mark Matthews'
Cuffee begins with a
reference to madness.

poem For

Ah stampin, ah stampin, ah
stampin a whole heap o'groun'
by de asylum, with truth in the
morning just to keep me warm
(Savacou 3/4 p. 151)
Edward Brathwaite's Ragged Point
records in part-:

you were dead
banged head against the walls
of a bank, burst brains out
chained in the mad house
voft in a sad cell
Other Exiles p.p. 1&2)

George. Lamming's Water With
Berries also contains a disturbing
preoccupation with death, decay,
madness and suicide. One of his
characters is an actor whose role
in a play is that of a corpse.
The late Sonny Ladoo in his
first novel No Pain like this body
examines both madness and cul-
tural suicide.
Edgar Mittelholzer wrote
The Jilkington Drama as a dress
rehearsal for his own suicide.
Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso
Sea is another West Indian novel
structured around madness and
Reading through Anthony
McNeill's Reel from The Lifte
Movie the most disconcerting thing

is that poet's preoccupation with
suicide. It is there in Who'll See
Me Dive, Suicide 's Girlfriend and
A Dostoevskian Hero.

Who'll see me dive? Look! Here
anm I
at the crest, anns-flung out like a
antenna, like Jesus,
and not a God soul on the street.

Who'll see me dive? Twelve on a
night, and noteven a taxi;
Everybody gone discotheque
or bram. Lousy night for my leap.

("Who'll See Me Dive?"
p. 18 of Reel from The
Life Movie)
If tue theme of suicide in
McNeill grows out of an inability
to face up to the absurdity of the

American scene that hits the man
in exile there, then the theme of
suicide in Walcott's work grows
out of much different pressures.
In Walcott it is related very
closely to the suicide of his close
friend and teacher, Harold Simmons
who took his life in 1966.
His brilliant poem, Another
Life, is therefore one of the few
works that looks at suicide as an
action growing out of the neglect
the artist at times experiences at
the hands of the society.
Moreover, Another Life also
records the attempted suicide of
his friend Gregorias, really St.
Omer a St. Lucian painter. The
theme of suicide in Walcott's work
is also closely related to a growing
sense of exhaustion.

How many would prefer to this

T ~r"^ /^.^! mumll, s ^

Oonu gimme back me trombone,
is time to blow rnc nind

1 ~BPlsgl~Oi~H~B~



Salutes National Bookweek 17-22 M' ar. i1970
Po IIo -Spain & Sm I ['. ll;nlind

poem to see you drunken in a
gutter, and to catch in the
comer of their workrooms the
uncertified odour of your death?
And perhaps, master, you saw
early what brotherhood means
among the spawn of slaves hassling
for return trips on the middle
passage, spitting on their own
poets, preferring their painters
drunkards, for their solemn cata-
logue of suicides, as I draw nearer
your desolation . (p. 123 of
Another Life)
In the poem O.S. Moses,The
Man and The Myth published in
New Letters Vol. 40 No. 1 October
1973, Walcott explores the exhaus-
tion and near nervous breakdown
engulfing the artist.
By March of that critical year I
knew he was a different man.
The empty shoes.
Two hungry mouths.
The pen nib's serpent eye clotting
and winking.
The idle, spidery doodlings, the
netting easel to bedstead.
There was nothing left to do but
to plunge one's self in paper, as it
breasting the surf,
till body cried enough,
to keep on churning for the other
even if he knew himself would
greet him there. (p. 65)

More recently one saw the
theme of suicide threading the
needlingly weak O B abylon!.
The artist sent mad by the
society has prompted Mervyn
Morris into writing Valley IMince
a poem for and about the late
Don Drummond who died in a
mad house in Jamaica.

Inside here, me one
in the crowd again,
and plenty people
want me blow it straight.
But straight is not the way; my
don' go so; that is lie.
Oonu gimme back me trombone,
is time to blow me mind.
(P. 7 of The Pond)


SUNDAY MAY 16, 1976

THE present Symposium on the
Mobilisation of Financial Resources is
at best an attempt to produce a
Fourth Five-Year Development Plan
in two weeks; and at worst, a gigantic
hoax intended to impress the country
with the headlines of billion-dollar
On either count, the Symposium
is merely another election tactic by
Williams to appease a hard-pressed
populace calling on Mr. Divider to
"run something."
The working papers prepared by
public servants are a mere re-hash of
old statistics on expensive bond paper.
There is no consistency in the
data presentation: some tables stop at
1973, others 1974, others agaih 1975.
This makes it almost impossible
to get an up-to-date base year inspite
ot the significant changes which have
taken place in the economic life of
the country over the last two or three
years; in particular, price increases.
The data is not
adjusted for inflationary docume
trends or for population failure
changes. changes
Thus, saying that Th
pensions have increased count f
by almost 100 per cent allows
between 1974 and 1975 tion of
makes no economic or which
social sense unless it is of a ros,
related to the purchasing
power of the pensioner I
in 1974 in relation to the
average expenditure of Th
the ordinary consumer, than e(
to the price increase over for the
the year and to the evidence
increase in the number that no
of pensioners over the papers
period, actual
The most damning financial
criticism of the entire Th







from heaven

Symposium an Electionf ioax

nation is this
to index to price

is failure to dis-
or price increases
for the presenta-
absolute figures
gives the illusion
y picture.

.e political rather
economic reason
Symposium is
ed by the fact
more than three
dealt with the
mobilisation of
I resources.
.e bulk of the



We've got what you
nood at minimum boost,


papers dealt with the
NEED for financial re-
sources for the public
development of the Wel-
fare Sector, the Energy
Sector, and agriculture
with an after-thought on
private investment re-
In other words, the
papers dealt with the
need for funds by the
public sector for the im-
plementation of a Fourth
Development' Plan, con-
centrating on the Welfare
sector, the Energy sector
and Agriculture.
The entire exercise
was limited by the un-
availability of accurate
or up-to-date data.
In fact, the only
paper which dealt seriously
with the mobilisation of
funds could only admit
lamely to a proximate
Figure. The authors,
admitted that "any
attempt to measure financial
resources outside of a
National Income and Flow-
of-Accounting framework,
will necessarily include sub-
stantial double-counting.
*Nevertheless, because of the
importance of the financial
institutions as depositories
of financial resources, the
savings held by these institu-
tions give a, good approxima-
tion of the resources available
at any given point in time.
(P.3 Financial Institu-

It is now history
that the revised National
Income statistics being
prepared by the. Central
Statistical, Office, has
run into hard times,
following the Govern-
ment's expulsion of Kari
Levitt, the Canadian
economist who developed
the revised system,
together with Lloyd Best,
Tapia Secretary.
The Flow-of-Funds
Accounts have not been
collected or revised in
years and cannot be
obtained outside of- an
entire National Income
The educated guessti-
mate put the financial

- 7 ;

S ourc o.f Oil SBillions

resources of the country
at $2,616.1m. at the end
of December, 1975.
It is important tc
note that these financial
resources are not auto-
matically available for
the national effort as
part will be tied up in
existing investments, or
planned investments.
But assuming these
resources were available.
this is the picture that
emerges from the figures
given in the Sympesium
papers: the denmad foi
financial resources for
recurrent and capitalI
expenditure in 1I 74 wias
$1 .223m., and 'orCuipital
and Infrastruct.ral needs
of the energy projects
$2,356m., all told
$3,570m. And which oft
course is in excss of the
educated guesstimate ,iven
If this demand Ior
funds is indexed to the
rate of .inflation and
added to the increased

demand to finance an
expanded welfare sector,
then the headlines, appear
a little less euphoric.
It is no coincidence
that the Symposium dealt
nowhere with inflation.
nor with the de facto
devaluation of the TT
dollar because of the
cont.-aed link with the
Pound sterling.
The foreign exchange
earnings are being con-
verted from the US to
the devalued equivalent
in TT dollars allowing
the Government to play
on the layman's ignor-
ance of the difference
between the real worth
and the nominal worth
of money.
Unaware of the
. economic arguments. buf
buffeted by rapid price
increases, the average
citizen is nevertheless
coming to the same con-
clusions about the Money
illusion.l Dennis Pantin

p Hnies



THE RESPONSE to a crisis, of
calling the people together cannot
be faulted as a democratic
measure. In fact, the root of
Tapia proposals lies in the holding'
of a Constituent Assembly or
Conference of Citizens to discuss
and decide upon the fundamental
issues of nation-building.
The difference is that the
Williams happenings are no more
than temporary crisis conferences
intended to channel people's
frustrations into one grand, but
staged, remonstrance in the delu-
sion that the State was seriously
concerned, willing and able to
take remedial action.
If the PNM regime was
serious about these Consultations
and Symposiums, then it would
embrace Tapia's proposals for a
big macco Senate, where represen-
tatives of the legitimate community,
business, labour and professional
organizations, would have PER-
MANENT status.


In this Senate there would be
continuous adjustments tb prq-
'blems arising in the process of
nation-building as pressure groups
will be alert to, and press for the
resolution of conflicts.
The Williams method, so far
from implementing a system of.
representation, is to grant audiences
to interest groups.
In any such setting the Ben-
devolent JKing is always on the
throne and advised by the court
of Royal advisers, .most bent on
catching the ear of the King by
telling him what he wants to hear
rather than the facts among them
.quite a few court jesters and
Pretenders to the Throne.
Having made supplication to
the Throne, in polite or rude
language, the subjects withdraw
as, a series of Royal. (Cabinet)
decisions are made largely to
appoint a number of committees
or Royal Commissions of Enquiry,
to study the matter further and
in the main headed -by loyal
jesters. Whatever recommendations
made, serious or not, are quickly
accepted by the Court and almost
immediately forgotten.
The Tripartite 1968 Confer-
ence on Unemployment took
Labour, Business and the Govern-
ment to the Hilton for talks which
'were so moving that George

.,. "

Weekes was to come out saying
that he was not a Communist but
a "Communalist."
The major outcome was the
Government purchase of BP and
the creation of the National
Petroleum Company. However,
the unemployment and under-
employment situation only deteri-
orated since then and two years
matter, it was all over the streets in
the February Revolution.
The major impact of the
Meet the People and Village tours
by Williams, as Hamlet Joseph
lucidly analysed in TAPIA two
weeks ago, ha. been to destroy
community solidarity in a mad
scramble for the patronage, bribery
and coercion of the Special Works
and Community Development
employment programmes.
Instead of deepening com-
munity togetherness, the Tours
were followed up by teams of
Court officials, dividing to rule,
by offering crumbs here, or
punishment there.
The Meet the Factories Tour
merely gave final respectability to
a programme of Industrialisation
by Invitation whereby foreign and
local capitalists have been import-
ing semi-manufactured goods and
using cheap labour for mere
final touch.


In response, the Government
has granted generous industrial
incentives and concessions which
allow these "manufacturers" to'
make 'windfall profits for the
tax-free period and then simply
pack up and leave at the end.
In gratification, there has
been the odd steelband sponsor-
ship, niggardly granted, and
deducted as an expense in the
Profit and Loss Account.
The National Consultations
on Agriculture, Prices and the
Steelband Movement, have bene-
fitted neither farmer, consumer
nor panman. Agricultural output
has not risen but in fact dropped,
as has agricultural employment,
since the 1973 Agricultural Con-
The fundamental problems
of Land Reform, Marketing, access
roads, Extension and Research
remain the same.
Prices have skyrocketed since
the Prices Consultation as the

"'would do
in the world
to frustra te
the unions"


radical measures necessary to break
the import-export economy have
not been taken.
The 1975 Oil and Food
Conference was simply a repeat
of the 1973 Agricultural Consul-
tation. In the presence of foreign
royalty, His Royal Highness,
called upon -the loyal natives
(subjects) to dance. ,
The Oil and Food Conference
also marked the open decision
by Williams to contemptuously
to return his country to full-scale
colonialism, American style.
After many years of cussing
up the country for being indivi-
dualistic, a bunch of transients,
after accusing Venezuela and
Brazil of imperialistic ambitious
on the Caribbean, Williams invited
his Court to dance before the

American royalty.
The oil. companies, eager to
gain favour and lucrative oil
concessions on the East Coast,
agreed to take over agricultural


The-Oil and Food Conference
marked the final compromise of
the man who had so brilliantly
and bitterly documented in
"Capitalism and Slavery" how
Britain had used the Sugar In-
dustry to bleed the colonies.
In 1975, the oil companies
were now to establish 1,000-
acre farms to increase agricultural
production. Among the most
eager "oil-fanners" at that Con-

'THE PNM is at a stand-
still, they can't go for-
ward or backward. New
people, plans and organ-
isations are needed. "
With this declaration
Hamlet Joseph concluded
his speech to a Belmont
crowd on Thursday last.
This came after Joseph
had outlined Tapia's
philosophy of politics to
a crowd that wa', hearing
the Tapia platform for
the first time in this


Joseph 1ihad S.114 in
referring loTapiai: "if I\ e
are talking o a Lott l ibuildil,'
a nation, we can't ex.-
chlde any race. Tapia is

made up of many races."
It was i,. this context
tliat Josepn warned the
cr( wd that if people
wanted a change in the
kind of politics we have
always ,had, that they
could not leave it up to
Tapia alone.
Tapi I could not do it
ilfone and that is \\I\ \\ e
were oft'f'ring, people for
the firsl lime pirlicipai-
tion in governme l.
lHis Iat ticipf ition was
iniporlillnt. JosCpl)i eon-
iinedl becallsc lthe pisl
lack of p.Imrlcipaliion lI\
thile people. hiad hi1 lid
seriotls coii'teqiieiiee'l Ioli
us aill.
"h lie \ hole ol \\ es' nii
ci\ ilis tion l uI L u minli le .
It \\ as. ltherelole. Iur

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The Steelband
was also
the subject
of a consultation

ference was the Tenneco Corpo-
ration which has now been
pinpointed as one of the American
corporations which has bribed
foreign Governments.
The Valdez Committee made
many proposals to the National
Consultation on Education and
its follow-up talk show, but the
fundamental issues in, the Educa-
tion system remain unsolved.
The Prime Minister simply
discarded the Education Plan last
year when he announced free
secondary education for all by
1976 with the construction of
nine senior Secondary Schools.
No more than two of these
schools are likely to be completed
by the next school year which
begins' in September. Soon we'll
hear about a Consultation on the

Construction Industry!
The political significance of
the present Symposium on, the
Mobilisation of Financial Re-
sources is the use of State funds
and the Public Service in the
service of the PNM.
The fore-runner was the
Seminar held by the Workers
Bank on April 11. After making
its first profit of $50,000 (shortly
after the injection of $1.5mn. in
working capital by the Govern-
ment,) the Workers Bank held a
lavish Seminar at the Hilton Hotel
at which'Williunms first raised the
idea of a Symposium on Financial
One wonders if the dock
workers who made heavy personal
contributions to the initial share
capital of the Workers Bank are

happy with this lavish use ot their
first dividends.
The Hilton Symposium and
its follow-up this weekend in
Tobago will also be financed by
the State.


Both occasions have simply
provided the Prime Minister with
a crowd and excuse for making
pre-decided announcements as
part of the indoor campaign by
the PNM for the General Elections.
The use of the Civil Service
to provide a .now-for-now Fourth
Plan, is even more unethical.
The entire machinery of the
Civil Service, particularly the pro-
fessional division, is now involved

in a mad scramble to produce
data, proposals and plans which
should properly be the responsibil-
ity of the Manifesto committee of
the PNM.
One would like to hear some
word of protest from within the
ranks of 'the Public Service, or
from PSA General Secretary,
James Manswell, who is firm on
the issue of non-participation of
Public Servants in the politics.
-Public servants, willing or
not, are being forced to work for
the PNM campaign machinery in
the present Symposium exercise
and it is the duty of Mr. Manswell
to say what these Public Servants
cannot say, particularly with the
memory of Dodd Alleyne and
Eugenio Moore, still fresh in their

jr last chance

duty to make a change
as the PNM was incapable
of doing it themselves.
When we traced the
history of the PNM, it
was one of repressive
legislation, meant to keep
us in chains.


Williams, according to
Joseph had not kept
many of his promises to
us. After his promise
that he "would do
nothing in the world to
frustrate the unions", we
got the Industrial Rela-
tions act, which had been
preceded, by the Indus-
trialisation Stabilisation

When we had marched
the streets in 1970,
demanding our manhood
back, calling for Black
Power; we were subse-
quently called hooligans
by Williams.
We remember how
Williams in 1956 had
referred to the houses of
John John as not fit for
human habitation.
The same houses still
exist. Loolkat the plight
of poor people for housing
- fire victims being
forced to live in the
community centre, whilst
there are vacancies in
decanting centres.
"We have to kick
them out, it is our 'ast







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Denis Solormon Tapia
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IONIC of-Spain North-East.

\ Id.


Tapia's participation in theWooding Commission
had stymied the government's plan for.repression.

The great scandal

of political

l [

'6BELMONT is a special
.community, it is sacred
ground." With this des-
cription Syl Lowhar an-
nounced the presence of
the. Tapia campaign in
Lowhar recalled that
Malcolm Nurse, Lloyd
Braithwaithe and George
Padmore had been sons
lof Belmont.
The literary magazine
BEACON, with its long
list of distinguished con-
tributors; the RADA
community who had suc-
ceeded in keeping a large
measure of their original
culture, had been influ-
ences in the community.
Belmont has always
been aware of its social
deprivation and its literary

So it was ironic that
the Tapia meeting was
hel0 opposite a building
housing the West Indian
,Section of the Central
-Library, "whose main
building, now unoccu-
pied, now stands as a
symbol of the PNM."
Lowhar stated that
when he also looked .at
the Public Library, he
wondered "whether
ndeed a philosophy of
poverty, is not a poverty
of philosophy.
"'There is a direct
connection between the
deprivation of cultural
facilities and the general
state of poverty. That is
why we in our programme
have selected housing as
pur major goal."
Lowhar then showed
the relation of employ-
ment to education.
. Without employment,


DENIS SOLOMON Tapia candidate for Port-of-Spain
North-East, speaking in his Belmont Constituency last
Thursday criticised WASA for not having th eir own inde-
pendent sources of power.
This criticism was made when Solomon referred to
the fact that WASA drew from underground sources at
least 60% of its water.
Said Solomon: "If you are pumping water from below
the ground, you can't rely on TTEC.
This is because no public utility like WASA could
rely on any other utility, especially one that functions like
And as if that was not enough, WASA .was. also
operating on false figures as regards water supply and
demand. He quoted from two reports in support of his
argu- ments.

education facilities can-
not be taken full advant-
age of, because
unemployed parents are
at a- disadvantage in
providing essential needs.
In this context it was
important to recall C.L.R.
James and his dream of a
citizen participation state.
It was important to
recall it because, such a
state was only possible
with Constitution Reform
and, "the greatest scandal
is that the political leaders
have been systematically
misleading the population
about Constitution Re-
Lowhar stated that it
was Tapia's participation i
in the Wooding Commis-
sion that had stymied the
government's plan for
Lowhar concluded by
declaring that "when you
are selecting a party, a
government, you must
judge it by its judgement,

if it can't act like a gov-
ernment outside, it can't
do it inside!"

THE greatest stock in
trade of the government
is public ignorance, stated
Denis Solomon, Tapia
candidate for Port-of-
Spain North-East, speak-
ing to a Belmont crowd
last week Thursday.
Hei was at the time
referring to the refusal
of the Commissioner of
Police to permit some
Tapia meetings.
Solomon charged that
this denial of permission
was because the Com-
missioner knew that they
constituted a threat to
the regime.
Solomon warned the
audience that, "the great-
est trap is non-involve-
ment in politics by the

This was important
because he saw the gov-
ernment as "setting up
an election, in order to
set up an elected dictator-
So people had to be
This was why Tapia
had to show people that
the way forward and out
of -this- position was citi-
zen participation in
That's why we were
promising and providing
machinery, so that people
would have the means to
remove a Tapia govern-
ment, that has failed to
live up to its ptrmises
while in office."

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THE Minister rocked back in his chair and
grinned fatly at the earnest looking young
man who stood before him.
How you get yourself in this thing, man?
The Minister asked. Like you tamper with
some big boy woman or what?
Mr. Victor Campbell's apparent amuse-
ment lasted until he opened the file on his
desk and scanned a six-page typewritten.
He grunted as his eyes fell on several
phrases and sentences critical of conditions in
the prisons.
That was how 'the young man,, ex-
Prison Officer John Rodriguez, had got
himself in this thing. He had refused to "put
water in his mouth" to say what he thought

fit to the Commission of

Inquiry into the

SUNDAY MAY 16. 1976

Corrective Institutions..
He had written of the regime- of corrup-
tion, cruelty and indifference which had
made the Prisons an "explosive situation",
and he had made recommendations for


He had made reference to national
goals agriculture development, progressive
social policy etc. and argued that the
conditions in the Prisons did not seem to be
in line with them.
There in his position of power, the
Minister could afford to be patronising and
to deplore in tut-tutting terms Rodriguez'
"Black Power talk".


But he was seeing Rodriguez who had
been fired without any enquiry or charges
have been made only because the former
Prison Officer had written to the Prime
Minister who had referred the matter to the
Minister concerned.
And it was sufficient for Campbell only
to be able to say that he had "looked into"
the matter referred to him from above. So
that nothing of came of it.
TAPIA has twice before highlighted
this example of official victimisation. It is
one of many which seldom get the exposure
they deserve.
We publish below excerpts from the
Rodriguez memorandum which the Minister
called "Black power talk."


Golden Grove Prison is
situated at Arouca on an
expense of land covering
approximately one hundred
An agricultural pursuit is
embarked upon to satisfy the
requirements of these institu-
tions, but this is hardly the
case. The bureaucratic exploit-
ers relish the fruits of this
There is an apparent waste
of government funds and
labour, at the expense of
people who appear to be
responsible and paid to fulfill
an obligation to society.
The autocratic rule of the
coloured men in White masks
exploiting human endeavour,
- with slavish mentality, having
as their motto, "Favouritism
the hallmark-for success in
the corrective Institutions."


I feel guilty and like most
of my co-workers, who share
the same ,views:to be part of
this deplorable, explosive mess
that is our corrective institu-
tion of Trinidaa and Tobago.
Laws are enforced on two
categories of people within
the department. The sub-
ordinate staff and inmates,
leaving us only to assume
that the hierarchy can do no
wrong, being above the law.
I am quite certain, that
many of my colleagues would
be willing to come- forward
and endorse these statements.
But fear of being victim-
ized and discriminated against
by our almost totalitarian
regime, together with the rela-
tively dormant role the staff
association is playing to
implement structural change
at the level of the corrective
institutions, have kept them
away from this Commission.
How could anyone say,
the use of force is abolished
at the corrective institutions,
furthermore opposing people
of exercising their constitu-
tional rights to speak freely,
when called upon to do so by
a Government appointed
I can hardly see the logic
behind these statements.
How then could we envis-
age structural change if
opinions are not voiced

freely and without malice.
I consider this no other
way than condoning to the
explosive --situation that is
existent presently.


Agricultural endeavours
are realized at the level of
the inmates and officers, for
the benefit of the inmates at
these institutions and sup-
posedly the employees.
When these food-stuffs are
produced it is utilised by the
bureaucratic regime and their
aliens, leaving the surplus to
the inmates when all its
nutritional value has been
destroyed by the elements
of decomposition.
A very satisfying situation
is created whenever govern-
mental officials make their
periodic visits, to convince
them that the harvest is
utilised for the benefit of
these institutions, when this is
never a virtual reality.
Why, then must prison
officers and inmates get
together to produce a thriving
agricultural pursuit and the
harvest is enjoyed only by
the hierarchy of this corrupt
.and disgraceful institution
they make it?
I often see large quantities
of perishable produce laying
waste at our store-rooms,
when they can be sold to the
employees at economical
prices or even used in the
preparation of inmates' diets,
before its nutritional value is
destroyed. How can anyone
consider human endeavour in
such a distasteful manner is a
marvel to think.
I am aware, that the mem-
bers of this commission have
visited Golden Grove Prison,
noticing the agricultural
endeavours at this institution
but you may be surprised or
even shocked to know this is
the manner the fruits of human
labour is utilised.
Why must government
provide funds for such en-
deavours to be wasted like
this? Is there any conscious-
ness in the hearts of the
hierarchy of these institutions?
Or is it that self preserva-
tion of mind linked with
totalitarian principles have
rid them of all visible signs
of consciousness and humanly


Trade shops with up-to-
date equipment, supervised
by qualified tradesmen en-
suring the inmates of adop-
tion of proper techniques,
also keeping them conversant
with the changing trends of
the particular trade.
At our corrective institu-
tions we are privileged to
have a wealth of talented
inmates, they produce a
variety of handicraft and
furnituli, blit fre not com--

Work done at the level of
these trade-shops should be
exposed to the public, thus
linking the society with the
rehabilitation work done at
these institutions, also
affording the prisoner a rela-
tively fair earning during his
confinement. This would to
some extent eliminate these
illegal practises of so-called

The Judiciary should take
i more active role in the

reformation and rehabilitation
of pnsoners by carefully
studying the social upbringing
of the accused before them
working in close collaboration
with it' probation, welfare
and after-care services,
before awarding a particular
type of corrective detention.

There is dire need for
after-care officers to investi-
gate the needs and social
discomforts of the ex-
prisoner, to ensure them of a
happier social re-union.

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Chalkie :If my wife

vote PNM,

leave her


those days Espinet (the
late Charles Espinet,
'Guardian' editor of the
1950s) and the rest of
those white fellas down
there started talking
about who nicer 'than
who and began organising
Chalkdust held out

during the interview for
calypso that "makes
people think." He said
the new-style "tempo"
calypsoes were "monoto-
nous, -have no originality
and they don't teach the
people anything."
That was wrong, Chalk-
dust said, because: "It is
the re.-ionsibility of the
artist to .give direction in
terms of where the cul-
ture is going."


Mighty Chalkdust (Hollis
Liverpool) is one man
definitely NOT voting
PNM in the 1976 general
In fact, Chalkdust has
come out openly and
declar-e: "If my wife
wa vote for the
Pi# would d leave her."
Why is he so against
the PNM? Chalkdust puts
it in one word: "Corrup-
These frank statements
from the man who has
been repeatedly crowned
calypso king at the PNM
Carnival Buy Local Jam-
boree, and who took the
national calypso crown
this year, have come out
"in a lengthy interview in
the May issue of PEOPLE

"There are certain
people in the PNM whom
I like but I can't take the
PNM Governmenit", Chalk-
dust told PEOPLE inter-
viewer, managing editor
Keith Smith, in an inter-
view that also touched
on current debates within
the calypso world.
The 35-year-old Calypso
King bluntly accused
Prime Minister Dr. Eric
Williams of having "the
attitude of a dictator."
Chalkdust said in the
interview: -"Has it ever
occurred to you that
Williams likes to have
incompetent p e o p I e
around him so that he can
dictate to them? I have
seen him at receptions
and I have observed how
he talks to people.


"I have heard him tell
his former Minister of
2 Education, Carl to n
Gomes, to shut up.
Another time, he told
George Goddard to "shut
up" in the middle of a
meeting with a steelband
Asked what he hoped
to achieve by his constant
calypso attacks on the
PNM, Chalkdust replied:
"The eradication of cor-
The Calypso King was
also highly critical in the
interview of calypsonians
he named Kitchener,
Shadow, Duke and Blakie
6 among others whom he

AFRICAN Liberation
Week observances in
Trinidad and Tobago will
start on May 21 with a
mass public rally in Wood-
ford Square, from 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m.
Holding this rally is
the National Action Cul-
tural Committee, and it
is expected that the
several black artistes in-
vited will perform. These
include calypsomans, poets
and drummers.
A release signed by
Bro. Aiyegoro Ome of the
National Action Cultural
Committee, reviews the
history of the African
Liberation Week.
"The observance," it
states, "is rooted in the
desire of African peoples
in the Caribbean to add
their quota of support to
their motherland."
May 25 every year is

observed internationally;
as African Liberation
Day, and May, 26 as
African Freedom Fighters
The African Liberation
Week idea came from the
the Caribbean Steering\
Committee of the Sixth
Pan African Congress
(June 1974).
According to Bro.
Ome's release: "In the
last two years, 1974 and
1975. we in Trinidad and
Tobago have endeavoured
to raise our people's'con-
sciousness of the total
situation on the continent
and also with certain
aspects of the dehumanisa-
tion of the African right
here in Trinidad and
"Response to our call
of solidarity with African
Liberation Struggle has
been tremendous."

Tapia office in

Five Rivers


said were "not committed
- they are only com-
mitted to tempo and
steelband music."
This was a reference to
-the debate between Chalk-
dust, Superior and a group
of calypsonians (who
usually appear annually
in the Regal Calypso
Tent and some of whom
are now behind' the
National Calypso Tent
open every weekend)
and the rest of the field
over what makes "good
Describing his winning
of the Calypso Crown this
year as a "victory for
calypso", Chalkdust said:
"Over the years we have

seen calypso become
simply a question of
jump-up music and no
lyrics. A few like Valen-
tino, Stalin and myself
have stuck to our guns,
singing songs that are
Chalkdust also reiter-
ated criticisms of Carni-
val competitions. "We
are the only people in the
world who judge our
culture, who' put our
'culture on the stage' for
But he said Carnival
competitions were "part
of the colonial legacy.
Who started all this com-
petition thing? The
'Trinidad Guardian' in

IF you travel along the
Eastern Main Road
through Five Rivers this
weekend you can't miss
the Tapia colours and
symbol adorning an office
at the corner of Henry
, The office will be
opened to serve the com-
munity of Five Rivers
with more information
about Tapia.
Arrangements to open
this Office were made
last week after requests
of supporters and new-
comers to the Movement
in Five Rivers.
The suggestion for a
district office was made
after the Tapia speakers
-. Syl Lowhar, Michael
Harris and Angela
Cropper, the Tapia candi-
date for the area ignited
the imagination of the
Five Rivers community.
This was at a meeting
last week Friday at the



Crossing under the Big
Eager Aroucans then
followed the Tapia team
to their second "bloco"
for the evening held in
Paradise, Tacarigua, at
'the corner of Thavenot
and Gittens Streets.
In response to the
demand that we come
back soon, the Tunapuna
campaigners held another
meeting last Wednesday
on First Street, Five
Rivers East, and another
in Arouca on Friday May
The Five Rivers Office
will be serviced daily by
the cadres in the area
between 5.00 and 7.00


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SUNDAY MAY 16, 19*/6


SUNDAY MAY 16, 1976


Derek Walcott Errol Jo.ies

The tone of quiet apprehen-
sion of the possibility of mental
breakdown and possible suicide
also haunts some of the ,poems in
Dennis Scott's UncleTime, though
this is balanced by a strong desire-
to keep the house whole, since
the "blood's drum is insistent,
comforting". ("NO sufferer"
page 53 of Uncle Time).
Many of our artists have
talked openly about increasing
suicidal tendence among the'
creative people in this society. For
example when Errol Jones, Stanley
Marshall and Albert Le Veau spoke

with Clyde Hosein in June 1.971
they spoke about suicide. Albert
Le Veau said in part then:-

I think that the lack of apprecia-
tion of art here is symptomatic:
of our condition as a people. If
we are not quick many will go
the way Edgar Mittleholzer went
up in flames or bleeding from
both wrists.

Personally at one time I believed
Vidia Naipaul would have gone
that way home, but thank -God'
he hasn't. One of us went that
way quite recently, Neville Monroe,
remember him?

I am not saying that suicide is the
lot or the answer of 'the artist
frustrated by his people. What
I am saying is that the danger
exists, and grows as this unten-
able situation grows and take,
the shape and manner of a
monster. (Trinidad Guardian
Thursday, June 10 1971, pg.6)
("Lack of appreciation drives
one to madness")

Seeing that this quick survey
was prompted by Leroy Calliste's
suicide I will end it by quoting in
full his poem "South Trumpeter"
which has at it's centre a famous
"mad" musician who played for
years at library corner San Fer-
Today, again, he is there -
no wild paranoid gaze to betray,
no palm turned upward
for pennies.


no sad haze of defeat;
his is only a prideful stare
in the face of things, aware
that a foolish time wilts and dies
beneath its own ways.

When ready, he
stands, and with trumpet levelled
at the cwssroads of time, this
man-god blows his mind's fire. /
Down it comes, engulfing
cities that crack and crumble, souls
write, are raised, are freed;
down it comes with each burst
and the whole earth quakes,
and prisons are broken
by those staccato blasts.
But he alone knows
that these piercing notes
may be daggers too,
to touch a heart that's hard
or rend that sky of blue.

(Pages 78&79 of474 Years of Faii
and Suffering)

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WHAT HAS Dinsley
done the PNM? This is
what residents would like
to know. Why is it that a
community so near to the
urban corridor doesn't
have the normal ameni-
ties of life which other
nearby communities take
for granted?
So writes Tapiaman
Ken Marshall in a report
to TAPIA on the "quality
of life" in this eastern
district, off the eastern
Main Road, Tacarigua.
Dinsley, Marshall con-
tinues, is now an enlarged
community with the
Trincity houses having
been built south of what
-the people call Dinslev
The newly developed
part, Dinsley Gardens,
has apparently not bene-
fited from the modern
ideas on the planning of
housing communities.
Marshall describes the
results of this example of
planless planning under
different heads. First,

The Trincity developers
had early warning from a
firm of construction
engineers that the absence
of a proper drain would
lead to flooding. So far
from building any drain,
the Trincity Corporation
merely diverted the flow
of an old drain that
would have cut through
the newly-developed
Dinsley Gardens, with
the result that both old
and new Dinsley now
suffer when it rains.
Dinsley Village is criss-


crossed with dusty pot-
holed cart-tracks and
unpaved stagnant drains.
Since October .1975
a bridge has been under
-construction, Special
Works style.
What has happened
since is that the road
serving the residents of
Old Dinsley has been
closed, thus depriving the
villagers of a shorter
The alternative,! en-
trance, north of the
Gardens, is a dustbowl
in the dry season and an
impassable quagmire in
the wet.
In an absurdly mis-
guided attempt to protect
their clients in Dinsley
gardens, the company
recently dismantled a
bridge over the diverted


El Dorado residents had the rare opportunity of seeing
Hector MacLean, their current representative in the flesh
last Tuesday.
All thanks to Tapia.
The Minister came (but not in his recognisable
Mercedes) to check out the Tapia meeting and no
doubt especially the Tapia candidate for his seat which
was held at Caura Royal Road. under Isahac's shop on
Tuesday evening.
Mingling among the crowd afterwards, Angela Cropper
learnt that the people were not surprised to see Hector
It's election time, isn't it?


The result is t that
Dinsley Gardens and the
cut off part of the
Village have but one
entrance for vehicular
traffic the Churchill
Roosevelt Highway to
the south.

This section should
rather be headed "No
lights". There are none on
the Highway, none on the
Dinsley Road.
The entrance from the
highway, apart from being
poorly marked, is narrow.
Are the powers that be
in war with Dinsley?
The Dinsley Village
Community Council has
asked for ,street,lights at
certain spots. In the
north, particularly, it's
bushy and scary. In the
south and east there are
large empty spaces.
Not surprisingly there
have been several reports
of attacks and rapes.
Hear more.
There are no telephone
booths close to the area.
We pray that no emer-
gency develops, but in
case things get really bad,
we' can't send for the
priest eitlhef.

No mail. Five hundred
and sixty-eight households
are not served by post-
men or nearby post office.
To send or receive your
mail, you drive south to
the Highway then west
along the Highway to
Orange Grove Road, then
north along it and east
along the Eastern Main
Road almost to Dinsley
(In any case, that's
what has to be done to
get to the drug store, the
grocery, the gas station,
wherever. All this in a
"modern" housing deve-

In March this year the
Dinsley Gardens- Com-
munity Council (DGCC)
wrote the Prime Minister

on the flooding. His reply
informed that the matter
had been passed to Mr.
Prevatt in the Ministry
of Finance.
In April'that Ministry
wrote to the DGCC that
Mr. Frederick Noel had
been appointed to head a
Commission of Inquiry
whose terms of reference
specified Trincity.
Nothing about Dinsley
and this is read as an
attempt to put the
Gardens residents against



the Village residents.
Meanwhile, houses are
still continuing to crack.
The Technical Adviser
from the Workers Bank
recently expressed con-
cern that the houses
have begun to show such
grave defects from so



Naturally, the Council
went to the Minister of
Works who lives a stone's
throw away. They com-
plained to h"n about the
state of the road.
This Minister said this
was a problem all over
the country, but that the
Government could do no
works on private lands.
(With this public-
private escape clause, the
Dinsley folk are well and
.truly caught, it seems
For right now the Com-
pany is saying they cannot
clean the area indefinitely
and would like the Gov-
ernment to take over.)
In any case, the Min-
ister said that the Govern-
ment have no money!
Meantime, Dinsley
residents in the Village
and in the Gardens -
hang on grimly to a hope
for something better to