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THEY must be put light on San Juan and Tunapuna. Or
something. To judge by the recommendations of the
Elections and Boundaries Commission.
St. George County will now fall into East and West,
Port-of-Spain and San Fernando are to be expanded,
Arima is to chinks right there; and two new boroughs are
to be established in Pointe-a-Pierre and Point Fortin.

Not a good word about
Chaguanas or Sangre
Grande or Princes Town,
all of which probably need
borough-standing before
and not after they become
full victims of urban
The principles set out
by the Commission fail
entirely to see that you
cannot wait for the level
; of servir-s to rise and then
create a Borough when a
borough is needed as the


THE Tapia Supplement
planned for the Edition of
January 23 will now appear
one week later on January
30. The focus of the work
will be on the problems
of the, construction indus-
try and such related
matters as finance, housing
and town planning. The
paper will go on sale on
Friday morning Jnuary
Too Bad
Apart from taking deci-
sions on its carnival fetes,
the PNM General Council,
at its first meeting for the
year, also appointed mem-
bers to a number of Com-
Trinidad Guardian, Jan. 10.
. the election revealed
there is little enthusiasm.
for the ruling party .. .
Tapia January 2.

main force for improving
local conditions of life.
The supremely unrealis-
tic arrangement for County
St. George ignores com-
pletely the lesson of the
pool revolution, of the
blockorama explosion, of
the minor leagues in both
sport and culture. People
are feverishly searching for
care and attention which
could come only from
sensitive local administra-
tion. \
All the revolutionary
public questions of our
time turn the attention
back to the collapse of




Tunapuna Warden Office.

local government. Be it
water or school mainten-
ance, flooding of crops,
the encroachment of the
LaBasse, so many women
making babies on the seat
of a PH-taxi.
In the midst of this
comprehensive confusion,
local government reform
is merely an electoral
question, a poor-me-one
side-issue to the desperate
jerry-mandering by the
Government's umpire.
Devolution is no more
than a rhetorical flourish,
a debating convenience to
a congenital temporiser,

scared to death of radical
But devolution remains
the explosive centre of the
constitution crisis, a threat
to the make-up of society
and' State. And sweeping
reform of local adm inistra-
tion has become all the
more urgent since the one-
man reform of the central,
government has enhanced
the purchase of the Cabi- and the Prime Minister
at the expense of the other
agencies of State and to
the cost, of the general
citizen body.


Perhaps the biggest ques-
tions here of all are the
matter of public account-
ability- and the issue of
secession for Tobago. What,
the freewheeling adhocracy
has done over 20 lost years
has been to develop a level
of local administration
run from Whitehall and
from the the Prime Min-
ister's personal St. Ann's
The whole rotten appa-
ratqs of Better Village,
Special Works and Village

Councils, with all the
jobbery and the bribery
with which it reeks, is.
nothing but a'eo.vert para-
political machine. It is an
open deputy for a profes-
sional political party, kept
on the patronage of the
Government Exchequer.
The revolt in Tobago is
largely by the people whom
necessarily it is difficult
to embrace by the iniquit-
ous greasy hand.
But the revolt in Tobago
is not unique; it is not
different in kind from the
revolt in sugar. They even
have in common .engines
attuned only to the immedi
ate issues of agitation,
apparently innocent of
wider constitutional and
political meaning. /
The forthcoming debate
of the Report of the
Commission will, again put
on trial the tired triangle
of Government and Oppo-
sitions. Will they continue
to play the narrow politics
of the three nation - St. George, in
Caroni and now in Tobago?
Or will statesmanship
prevail, so that, as recom-
mended, by previous En-
quiry, San Juan and
Tunapuna will be made
into borough councils;
equipped to give real
power to little people?
And so that Tobago will
be accorded its rightful
place in a re-arrangenment
that acknowledges the,
political aspect of the
electoral question and
opens a window to the
historic imperatives of
constitution reform?

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THE ULF have decided to
return to the House after all. The
curious story they. are putting
out, about the conditions wrung
from the Speaker, makes it
difficult to resist the conclusion
that they are going back with
their tails between their legs.
Those conditions are reported to
"That there is no further harass-
ment of ULF members; and

"That a meeting with the mass
media and all parties concerned
will be held to resolve thepro-
blem of adequate reporting of
parliamentary debates. "

It is not immediately apparent
what anyone could do about the
way in which the privately-
owned media report parliamen-
tary proceedings; in fact the bone
of contention has been the state-
owned television station's
broadcast of the Budget speech
of the Minister of Finance
without providing for equal
exposure of the Opposition's
The Speaker has said that he
cannot instruct the media what to
publish or broadcast. According to Mr.
Thomasos, his only power is the
negative one of excluding media
personnel from the Chamber altogether
To be sure, the equality the Opposi-
tion seeks cannot be that of a common
news blackout; they therefore owe it
to the public to let us know how
they expect "the problem of adequate
reporting" to be resolved.


More perplexing is Mr. Panday's
reported statement that the inference
is not to be drawn from the terms of
his agreeinent withthe Speaker that
Mr. Thomasos has conceded that ULF
members were hare.sed in the past.
There may be no logic in all of this,
but what is clear is thai the Govern-
ment, acting through the Speaker, has
bent over backwards to provide the
Opposition with a face-saving formula
under which they might creep back
into the House, but which offers them
absolutely no hope of any more
favourable conditions there.
In its own way this episode
illustrates the inability of the ULF
politicians to look ahead and to calcu-
late the consequences of their actions.
It is this same inability to take the
long view which underlies the party's
predicament in the House. The ULF
bears all too plainly the stamp of the
sectional agitations of early 1975 to
which it owes its birth. Borne along
on that surge to its magical electoral
success of September 1976, the party
is now discovering painfully that the
habits of sectional agitation are in-
adequate to the tasks of permanent
political representation.


The quick, easy gains have not
yielded the organization, the pro-
grammes or the means of communica-
tion needed to mount an effective
alternative to the government. The
ULF is now learning by bitter experi-
ence that in a Parliament and a State
organized on current lines, occupancy
of the Opposition benches brings
precious few advantages, and that, in
or out of Parliament, the one, indispens-
able requirentnmT of serious politics
is a permanent, professional apparatus
in the field.
That, indeed, was the goal held
out by Tapia when the opposition
forces gathered under the manner of
the United Peoples Front in February
-1'76. Our proposals called for a
party with a broad base among the





You See

Is A Big


Basdeo Panday and Lloyd Best in Parliament a few weeks ago.

youth, the workers, the farrers, the
students, the professionals the vast
majority of the citizens,a party with a
common programme of national re-
construction and with its own inde-
pendent means of communication. We
also proposed a joint initiative on the
question of access to the media for
opposition forces. The, ULF turned its
back on that. Panday preferred to be
dazzled by the prospect of inheriting
the mantle of Maraj, Capildeo and
Jamadar; suitably lined with the
rhetoric of socialism and class.
Not even now, with the taste of
Victory turning sour in their mouths,
does there appear to be.a real under-
standing of what is required among
the ULF forces. They seem to be
prisoners of the perceptions of the
past. Some stalwarts are saying that
there is no such thing as shared power.
It is an all or nothing-at-all situation.
Therefore, they argue, the ULF must
abandon the fictions of "bourgeois
parliamentarism" and must flex its
muscles- on the streets in an all-out
effort to bring the forces of reaction
So, once more, their eyes turn.
to the captive union organizations.
They cannot see that the unions are
instruments designed for the achieve-
ment of narrow, short-term gains..
They are forever incapable of grasping
the proposition that, other than by
military means, the capture of stale
.power requires the creation of distinct
political organization with an acknowl-
edged capacity for effective '.:i:~! '!;l
-1 is precisely that c;'.l:alt i !-

effective government which the PNM
understands to be vital if it is to
maintain any pretence to a legitimate
right to rule. The Prime Minister was
quite clear on the point during his
presentation of the 1977 Budget, and
now we are witnessing a determined, if
belated, campaign to upgrade the level
of performance in the agencies of
State and to root out the rank weeds
of corruption.
The corruption charges against
a medical doctor, against a NIB
official and against an employee of
the Telephone Company may only be
the opening shots. The Attorney-
General, Mr. Richardson, is a man who
seems bent on making as big a name
for himself in as short a space of time
as possible. As far as corruption is
concerned, he can have no shortage
of material and the targets of his
reforming zeal can be as big as they
come. We can only wait to see how far
short he stops of landing really big
More'problematic to interpret
are the Post. Office and Special Works
cases. The firm measures adopted
against the postmen late last year
may be seen as an attempt on the
part of the government to provide the
effective services for which its political
and electoral support has clanmouted.
They must also have been designed
as a salutary warning ito the rest of
organized labour, especially at a time
when a union-based party forms tlio
opposition in tlhe liouse
Sim ilarly, 1 j.,-' I;e cv ;' r ;,
Special Wuolk.s Progran; e -ouid |"11i
u rcte al ol:a.{ o"'! I 1 ,he G -

mieni uis been under sustained attack
lor inefficiency, especially from the
business classes, but a retreat all the
more likely in a post-electoral period
wAere votes are not the most pressing
Even greater ambivalence sur-
rounds the partial pronouncemer s
we have been treated to in recent
months on the subject of decentral-
ization. The entire matter of local
government deserves separate treat-
ment. Suffice it to say in this context,
that in response to complaints of the
remoteness, overcentralization, insens-
itivity and incompetence of the great
departments of State, the Govern-
ment's reaction seems likely to be less
along the lines of the devolution of
power than in the direction of the
the dispersal of administrative outposts
of the central departments through-
out the country.
The Government's concern to
maintain its monopoly of power
derives from its own perception of
the limited nature of its political base.
PNM, too, is incorrigibly a victim of
the short-term view in politics. The
source of its problems goes back to
1956. Having been swept in to power
after a mere nine months of existence,
the ruling party has never been'able
to establish the political foundations
necessary to effective governmental
action. The size of a party's electoral
support is not to be confused with the
strength of its roots in a society.


lacking the necessary ballast,
the PNM'has always shied away. from
venturing into the choppy waters of
far-reaching social change. And its
inability to deliver the goods of econ-"t_
omic and social transformation has
inevitably led to a dwindling of its.
electoral as well as its political sup-
- port. The party is caught in a vicfius
circle. It must therefore desperately
hold on to what it has the power;-
of the State. It cannot afford: to
bring the people into the corridors
of power. It cannot risk the participa-
tory politics which a genuine reform
of local government would entail. It
is reduced to tinkering with the exist-
ing inadequate system. But without
the full partnership of the people,
what can a Government achieve?
Politics on the short-term view
is the politics of a colonial people.
Independence thrusts responsibility
upon- us the responsibility for gua-
ranteeing the integrity of'the State
.and the well-being of its citizens. Our
view must be as broad as it is far-


On the evidence, the centres of
organized power in Trinidad and
Tobago, be they in the state or in the
state or in the unions, are firmly in
the control of men and women whose
perceptions are blocked, whose vision
is severely circumscribed, whose pre-
sent capacity for action is crippled by
virtue of having chosen the easy
options in the past.
It is the responsibility of those
of us who perceive the requirements
of an independent people, -to set our-
selves to the task-of building new
centres of organized powercapable of
servicing the long-felt needs of our
The politics of independence
must equip our people with the
character, the understanding and the
fortitude -to withstand the'rigours of
revolutionary change. The itethod of -
organization we adopt must generate
an enduring capacity for fully res- f
poisible statecraft. Our style of '
;,:ntbii/.ation must allow bridge
!I:e gap between short-term gain and
!ong-ternii effectiveness, between sec-
tionial advantage and the national *'

States openly lamenting its
blunders in Viet Nam and
licking its wounds over
Cuba, and with the three
super-powers now jointly
policing the world, it could
well be the dawn of a Iziddl.e-
management imperialism.
Already Venezuela,'Mexi-
co, and Brazil are showing
an unusual interest in Antil-
lian affairs. This week Tapia
begins an American Round-


AFTER spending the last five years under the flam-
buoyant leadership of Luis Echeverria, Mexicans may
be in for a period of more sober and conservative
government under, President Jose Lopez Portillo who
was inaugurated on December first last year.
Portillo, although a close friend and political
ally of Echeverria for many years has not been
known as a radical politician. Indeed as Echeverria's
Minister of Finance he won the support of the rich
landowners and the business community, who
respected his technical competence. .
Yet Portillo's expected shift towards conservatism is less
a matter of personal inclination than of economic and political
necessity. For while Ech6verria's Herculean efforts certainly
succeeded in tearing Mexico's foreign policy away from its
traditional dependency on the United States and put Mexico
firmly amongst the leaders in Latin America, his legacy intern-
ally is one.of economic decline and social tension.
On the one hand, Echeverriaduring his five years in
office did little to improvethe economic position of the vast
* nu iers of his countrymen who are, unemployed or under-
On the other hand, by his rhetoric and his flirtation with
left-wing regimes, particularly Cuba, he succeeded in alienat-
ing the powerful business, banking and industrial sector.
During his term of office investment, both foreign and
domestic, stagnated while the country's chronic annual trade
deficit stood at over three billion dollars in 1975 while infla-
tion, which Echeverria had succeeded in curtailing in his early
years, was rising alarmingly during 1976.
For Portillo, the chief concern at least during the early
.years of his administration will be on economic matters.
Getting the economy moving again is his chief priority and to

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"BEST boy, all yuh have
me nervous; like Tapia
going the way of all
Opposition." could see
the pain in his face as an
old taxi-driver friend from
EIDorado called me out.

S' Tapia
S in
S last
: year


cene Ll oyd Best

How can the party not have
fall-out following on the recent
elections? Are we not going to
find out those who are married
to the ideals of the movement,
whether we win, we lose or we
To my mind, it would be

do so he cannot afford to alienate the businessmen and land-
owners who are accustomed to moving fantastic sums of money
into the United States whenever they which to put pressure
on the government.
From the very beginning of his term of office Portillo
was faced with problem which typified the harsh choices he
will have to make. Just before he left office, Echeverria-author-
ised the expropriation of about 100.000 hectares of farmland
belonging to some 73 families and their distribution to some
9,000 landless peasants.
The powerful landowners and their business friends
retaliated by moving as much as 300 million dollars into U.S.
currency. In addition, some 28,000 landowners threatened
not to reap the winter wheat crop which Mexico is depending
on for much of its food supplies as well as some urgently
needed foreign exchange.
Portillo was saved from having to make a choice by the
intervention of the Courts which declared that Echeverria
had acted unconstitutionally in making his expropriation

For Portillo however, the need to show his hand has
only been postponed not eliminated. He still has to resolve
the dilemmaof how to keep the support of the rich land-
owners and businessmen while trying to improve the lot of
the landless peasants and the unemployed.
The history of,the Mexican revolutionrshows that on
many occasions the answer has been violerit and bloody.

THE recent statement by Carter's Ambassador desig.
nate to the United Nations, Andrew Young, in which
he condemned the violations of human rights practiced
by the Chilean Government among others, could not
have brought any joy to Chilean President Augusto
Ever since the overthrow of Salvador Allende,
the Chilean Junta under Pinochet has institutionalized
brutality and torture in its attempt to guarantee its
political control:
According to reports from agencies like Amifesty Inter-
national, The International Commission of Jurists and the U.N.
Human Rights Commission, the toll in human life has been
staggering with estimates of the number of people killed
ranging from 18,000 to 30,000. -
During the last year however, Pinochet has been making
great efforts to refurbish his Junta's ugly reputation in the
eyes of the world. The policy does not stem from any change
of heart but from the country's worsening economy and the
need to attract international investment and loans.
The available statistics show that 'unemployment in
Chile rose from about 10% in 1974 to over 16% in 1975 and
the prediction for 1976 was of the order of 15%.
In addition, Chile has suffered from a sharp decline in
the world price of copper which caused a loss of revenue in
1975 alone of over 1 billion dollars.
When Pinochet approached the World Bank for loans
to cover balance of payments deficit in 1974 and_)975, he
got them; but not without the intense opposition of the
Scandinavians who pointed to the Chileans' abyssmal record
on human rights.
In 1976 therefore, Pinochet made great attempts to
show a more liberal image releasing some of the political
prisoners with much fanfare and publicity.
The United States has been the one ally of the Chilean
Government never ceasing its economic and military aid. But
relations had become considerably strained by the continua-
tion of Pinochet's ruthless brutality and, above all, by the
Chilean vote against Israel on the Zionist question in the U.N..
It isjn this context that Young's statement must have
Brought both anger and fear to Pinochet's heart, particularly
since Young ended by saying thapon the issue-he and Carter.
thought as one.

THE prospect of another
recession 1930's style will
again convert the Caribbean
Basin into the soft under-
belly of the American con-
The return of instability,
this time under conditions
of nominal independence
with a multitude of petty
principalities jarring for
advantage, could open the
door to another colonization .
With European power still
in retreat, with the United



madness to expect everybody
to continue the long hard road
of possibly unrewarding hard-
It will always be a case of
hot and cold, on and off, up
and down, as hope fluctuates
with the setbacks and the
victories, both inevitable along
the way.
Periodically, the Movement
will lose bigger and smaller
fragments and so it should be
as we mould a party with the
capacity to endure.
Always the test of the
integrity of Tapia is whether
the work in the field continues
regardless. I can only report
that here at the Tapia House
in Tunapuna morale has never
been higher than it is today.
Allan Harris, Lloyd Taylor,
Beau Tewarie, Michael Harris
and Michael Anthony Harris
are all here making their life
and their living.
Our Editorial Office looks
confidently out to the con-
stituencies and local areas.
Our. paper is enjoying a
Golden Age, activating writers,
responding proinptly 'and
pointedly as the Opposition.
should; and winning recruits
to permanent politics-even
while the doubters are making
"Best, Tapia dead now,"
many have said to me in
Well, if we dead, we only
dead to ketch corbeau alive.




WITH al the talk of destabil-
isation during 1976, the
ramming of the tranship-
ment docks in Tembladora
must becausing grave sus-
picion in Georgetown.
The effect of the shut-
down of the bauxite.
terminal on Trinidad will
be minimal.
But for Guyana, unless
alternative accommodation is
provided, soon for the big
vessels, six months with-
out the terminal may well spell
The bauxite is brought out
of Guyana in small vessels, the
only ones capable of navigating
the river waters, and transfer-
red to the large ships at Tem-
With that terminal out of
operation, "the small ships
would have- to make the
journey North or simply-hold
If this happens, it would
mean an inevitable decline in
bauxite exports. Already under
severe pressure, the Guyana
economy could buckle under
t1's last strmw.

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IT is quite clear to us now
that there is an uncertain
future for the steel-band.
The recent Court decision
limiting the practice ses-
sions of Belmont Pan
Vibes is a serious blow to
Pan and could have far-
reaching consequences.
The rough days of steel-
band are long over. The
steelband has been inter-
nationally acclaimed as the
sound,of the century. And
yet we have-had such a
decision, making life very
What do we do now? What

Court Decision Makes

Steelband Future Unsurel

does the'Court decision really
mean? It looks as if any
member of the public could
stop the practising of any
steelband just by a simple
Court injunction.
Carnival or no Carnival, the
price of cocoa is the same.
But is it fair reasoning to
restrict the steel-bands' hours
of practice in the same way
you can limit the playing
hours of-stereo 6r stringband
or wind-band?

The steel-band is a far
more complex thing and there-
fore must be viewed from a
different angle.
We are not attempting to
question the decision of the
Court or even the rights of Mr.
Duggins to his comfort and
quiet in the -vicinity of his
All we are saying is that
any decision concerning the
steelband, Court or otherwise,
i ff

must lake into account the
environmental history of the
stcclband Movement in Trini-
dad ad;d Tobago.
Without that approach, no
proper decision of any kind
could ever be taken.
Suppose BelmontPan Vibes
was a less fortunate band!
Suppose its members were
unemployed and without con--
tracts? What would have been
the position?

Will our society continue.
to give just a passing glance
to our artists and our:crafts-
men? We must answer this
question and ",6one :of the
answers,in respect ofsteelband
is in the whole- matter ofi-

IJ. and MHI
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THE News Summary in
last week's Edition suffered
from .proof-reading confu-
sions. The last item in
Column 4 of Page 8 should


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read Monday January 3,
and the last item in
Column 1 of Page 9
should read Thursday
January 6.The' order of
Tuesday January 4 .and
Wednesday January 5 was
inadvertently reversed.

No .. DAC to file
n-otion of 'no confidence'
in Speaker. Tents hit CDC
pioneer plan. calypsonians
sa\ it is unfair to contract
professional singers. Man-
ley compares Jamaica *to'-*:
nation-under state of siege._ -
Sugar Union rules out-
strikes.' CDC. Mas bill-
hiked- by $25.000. Vulgar
portrayals to be disquali-
fied from CDC Ole' Mas
Shows. NHA to launch
'soft loan' scheme. Aus-
tralia beat Pakistan in 2nd
test. -. .

SSeven hour work stop-
page at TTEC; police check
for breach of IRA. Manley
due tomorrow on Carib-
Venezuela tour. Tembla-
dora workers almost riot
after reading 'no work'
notices. ULF silent on
talks with Speaker. Resolu-
tion against self-rule being
circulated in Tobago: ANR
charges document origin-
ated in Trinid;.!d .fwo held
as Mariijuana War-brews in,
Biche. 3.300 peopeleleft
T&T in 1976.

Two Anglican priests
refuse to accept transfer;
row brewing in Church.
Caroni Ltd., investigate
sabotage at St. Madclin'-
Factory. Police dragnet
froinlliche to RioC(laro to



four roads 112, henry st. 42, eastern mn. rd. cross crost:ing
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smash Ganga gang. No
Jamaica contingent foi-f
Black Arts Festival.
Unions demand sugar
probe; "intercropping" if '
no bonus, say- workers.
Bottle shortage hits soft
drinks firms. ULF sets two.
conditions for return to t
.Parliament. 8 held over .-
marijuana shooting.: imi
Bich6. 50% cut iip labour
feared on docks as new
crane arrives. Firemen call -
for 80% salary increase. :

NIB manager arrested
on Fraud charge: second L
TELCO man also charged
as AG cracks 'down. on. -
corruption. Janmaica .and
T&T- in. latp, Jghr~'-sc.
-talks asr AMale o

black ts due to-le
condenser n-ot- sa otage
Postmen's- Union says ter ---
rible news ITnow. at GPO. .
Local fifm to put up 300"'
houses in 1977. Teachers
take students out of class
room to protest poor con-
ditionis at LaRomain R.C.' :
Empire Cinema goes uip in -
flames on eve ,of 'Victory' '
at Entebbe'. Tembladora
to find jobs'for redundant
workers. Localgov't report
to be presented in Houe- ,
on Friday. ":. '": .

Local Gov-t Report-.
recommends Pointe-a-
Pierre, Pbint Fortinh be' '
made .new '-boroughs. St-.:
George County now EEast'.
antd West.,Ydutli.shot dead ".
inside Chagitanas store;- 0 -
Political motive under
consideration in Empire.
fire. Aerieas Wills to Court':'
charges against Postmen
politically motivated;.; ;.
magistrate asks him to
withdraw remark. T&T
contingent fly out. to
Black Arts Festival. Guy-
ana now self-sutfficient-in 1
basic foods.


I know that you have
missed my words of com-
fort over the last two
weeks. But I am sure that
you will never believe the
fantastic, incredible, fright-
ening reasons why I could
not be with you. Even
now when I think of it I
can hardly believe it myself.


LAST week's Edition of
Tapia, Volume 7, No. 2,
carried the names of the
National Executive of
Tapia but omitted Sheilah
Solomon by mistake.
The full Executive at
present is as follows: Junior
Wiltshire, Lloyd Best,
Lloyd Taylor, Ivan Laughlin
Allan Harris, Beau Tewarie,
Arthur Atwell, Syl Lowhar,
Michael Harris, Billy
Montagu, Dalton O'Neil,
Angela Cropper, Dennis
Pantin, Hamlet Joseph,
Sheilah Solomon.


Calls Meeting
.TAPIA Secretary Lloyd
Best has called a'meeting
of our National Exeputive
for Monday January I.
Following a request from
four candidates, the meet-
ing has been scheduled for
the Port-of-Spain Centre,
22, Cipriani Boulevard.
On the A'genda will
be GThe 1977 Party
Budget Review of Party
Agencies and Enterprises
0 The General Assembly
with reference to the
.debate on Party Reform.
Chairman of the Exe-
cutive is Dr. Winthrop
Wiltshire who is expected
to open proceedings at
7.30 p.m. sharp.

Santa Flora

THE Area Revitalization
Movement (ARM) of Santa'
Flora will be holding a
big-time extravaganza over
the Carnival Weekend this
On the Carnival Friday,
focus is on the Lisa
Cinema. "Main attractions
there are the Stage Show,
the Calypso King Competi-
tion and the Youth Group
Queen Contest.
On the Saturday, the
scene shifts to Unique
Hall for the Ole Mas Com-
petition and the Dance (at
$2 per head).
-For the finale on Sun-
day, there is the Kiddies'
Carnival at Subnaik Park
(Children's Playground)
followed by a jam-session
at the Unique Hall. In
attendance will be Hi-,
Lights- Steel plus popular

Drip, drip, drip, drip...
That constant dripping is
all I hear in my head these
days. My experience began
on New Years night. I was
returning from a party at
some friends and was
walking along Tragarete
road when suddenly a
black limousine" pulled
alongside me, the window
rolled smoothly down, a
nasty looking gun poked
out. and a voice ordered
harshly from. inside, "Get
in, Fillip.
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
The dripping still con-
tinues. Friends what could
I do. I am no more a
coward than most people
but a loaded gun is a
powerful persuader. I got
in the car. I was promptly
seized, a blindfold forced
over my eyes and a tape
stretched across my mouth.
The car pulled off with a

roar and we drove for
what seemed to be hours.
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
I must have passed out
at some stage for what I
remember next is coming
to with a violent start,
followed by sheer fright
when I found that 1 could
not move. Not an inch. I
was spreadeagled on a table
of some sort, with my wrists
and ankles tied so firmly
that-already my circulation
was going bad. My head
was held immovably in
some sort of vice. And
then for the first time I
noticed the water on my
face. I screamed and
passed out again.
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
Each drip of water was
a step closer to madness.
Chinese torture. Friends
when I tell you that I have
stepped over the borders
of hell and returned you

must believe. For seven
days I lay there, immobile,
and the little drops of
water kept falling, on the
same spot over my nose-
bridge. Drop, after drop,
after drop, unceasing, un-
Drip, drip, drip, drip....
They wanted informa-
tion of course. Each day
at the same time, the same
fat, sweaty, evil-looking
man would come and ask
me one question. For six
days I refused to answer,
screaming, shouting, curs-
ing, growing more insane
with each passing minute,
each fierty drop.
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
By the seventh day my
head was splitting open.
It was as though all the
power and destructive
energy of a tidal wave had
been rolled into a small
ball and placed inside my

skull. I screamed and
screamed and screamed.
And when the man came
to ask his question I knew
that I would answer or be
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
He bent his ugly face
close to mine and asked
his question. "Which side
of the split are you on?" I
began to cry like a child
and the answer came
weakly from my swollen
lips, "I am with Derek

regular- columnist Fillip
has been ordered by his
doctor to take three weeks
complete rest. He will
therefore not be able to
make his regular contribu-
tion. In his place- for the
rext three weeks his sister,
Fillis, will be writing the


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QUITE apart from the politics of it, the
publication of Mr. C.L.R. James' little book
'The Life of Captain Cipriani. during the
.September of this year was an event of a
certain importance to Trinidad.
At present Trinidad, in common with
most of the other West Indian islands, is
attempting a local literature.
Mr. James, surely, is Trinidad's best
known author. His 'Life' is, unless I am mis-
taken, his first publication approaching book
Mr. James is now in England doing,
what? Writing. That we know.
If he has any other reason for being
there he has not broadcast it.
But even if there were another reason, no
matter how strong it were, Mr. James would
still be writing.
SHe has that famous complaint known as
the writing itch. He has been scratching it
these last ten years somewhat more success-
fully than the majority of other sufferers
from the same complaint.
Mr. James, undoubtedly, is ambitious
to be able to devote himself solely to his
writing. The essential is that he should be able to
support himself on the proceeds of his writing.
He has not, all these years, been blind to that
essential. He has all along sought to equip himself for
the career of a professional author.
He had the reputation, before he left Trinidad,
of being one of the best read men in the island.
He studied literature; he studied art; he studied
music with the aid of the gramophone.
And he wrote....
He must have early made up his mind that his
pen was to be equal to every call on it.
The story of Mr. James, writer in Trinidad, is
proof sufficient, that free lance journalism here is
very well as a pastime but disheartening as a money-
making business.

Divina Pastora

Mr. James was, in turn, sports writer, film
critic,_book-critic, controversial writer'on such a
subject as the racial inferiority of the negro, occasional
short story writer and once or twice editor of R.I.P.
Much of this was hurried newspaper work, of
course. Yet he found the time to write a short story
that was selected among the best short stories of
And hidden in the maze of his journalistic
output are one or two choice bits.
Still he had to earn his living by school-
mastering and such other jobs as he could obtain and
which fell in with his intellectual tendencies.
His life was a hard one, in this respect that he
was ambitious for success in one direction only. He
early gained local success in that direction; but he
discovered that local success was lamentably inade-
Here was a man who read omnivorously
because he had decided that omnivorous reading was
necessary for successful writing; who wrote on
everything and anything at a moment's notice
because that also was necessary for the realisation of
his ambition; and found after his determined sur-
mountal of almost every obstacle, that one remained
which appeared unsurmountable.. There was not,
apparently, enough money in the game as he played
it to warrant him abandoning all else for it.

IN our Edition of December 26, 1976, Volume
6. No. 52. Tapia published "The Case For West
Indian Literature", by C.V. Gocking, an article
unearthed from the The Royalian of 1932
This week we delve into the Treasure'
Chest to present a piece by Royalian Editor
Charles Archibald'on the early writing of C.LR.
Writers and literary critics of today who
wish to look back to these origins of the debate
on West Indian literature can look forward to
two further instalments in this series.


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And candidly it seems to me there is not. Mr.
James it is true was, up to the moment of leaving
Trinidad, the most interesting writer here. /
He showed himself a really capable journalist
in his little series of articles in a local sport journal on
the W.I. cricket team in Australia. They were excel-
lently done.
He would take the bare lists of the batting-
order and deduce the policy behind the rearrange-
ment from time to time of that order.
It was periodical writing at its most intelligent.
'There was also an article that he wrote in the
same paper.
It was merely on the fact that the Rev. C.S.
Doorly, at the time Acting Principal of Queen's Royal
College, opened the innings for the College in the
Bonanza Cup Cricket Competition of which he was
But it was most attractively written. And it was
based on exactly the sort of coincidence which
aspiring journalists are exhorted not to miss.
His contributions to the 'Beacon', to the first
numbers of that magazine, at least, were always
better than the rest of the contents.
And yet -
As far as I ari concerned, Mr. James most
serious artistic flaw is his frequent lack of sincerity in
It is as if his main concern is to please.
It is a concern not wrong in itself. But it can
be the cause of much wrong doing.


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On frequent, occasions, when reading Mr.
James I have felt that what he has set down is not
what he is absolutely convinced is the truth.
He will turn a phrase of attractive appearance.
Perhaps it also expresses his firm conviction. If so,
well and good. But if it does not exactly convey to
the readers his sentiments, and he find it impossible
to fit the truth of his sentiments into the sentence
construction'which has satisfied him, sometimes, I
may be wrong but so it appears to me, sometimes, it
seems he shrugs that truth aside.
There is no doubt he carefully cultivated a
raciness of style.
The most certain proof of his insincerity is the
way in which he will whitewash persons who form
his theme.
He is far too intelligent to believe that there are
any saints still on earth.
But he must eulogise and sing praises because
paeans have an attractive sound.
His article on that great Trinidadian, Mr. Maxwell
Phillip, onetime Solicitor-General is an example.
I would indeed, charge him, with aiming more
at pleasing than at conveying 'authentic tidings.'
"The value of the tidings brought by literature
is determined by their authenticity."
One must, in other words, write as one thinks
but not as one thinks will please.
Another quarrel I have with him is that he has
more than once slavishly copied a method which had
obviously pleased him and which he felt must please.
The concluding paragraph of a story he wrote,
three years back, is a good example of this:
"Bertha, Josephine, the fat Mamitz and the
rest were laughing so that they could hardly hold
themselves up. Irene could find neither spirit -nor
voice to reply. She trembled so that her hands shook.
The China bowl in which she was washing rice
slipped from her fingers and broke into half-a-dozen
pieces, wxile the rice streamed into the dirty water of
the canal."
Thi. I Ysm perfcc-y sv-e, is not ;r.: a s. ;I is

And while on the subject of his fluctuations,
there was one production of his published in the first
number of the 'Beacon' that was not of Mr. James,
was, indeed, of no mature writer but only of a little
school-boy with perhaps a fund of book-knowledge
somewhat richer than that usually possessed by
It was called 'The Problem of Knowledge' and
was an attempt at a sort of 'Obiter Dicta' essay.
SIt failed ghastlily.
Mr. James' pen pulled on footgear of unaccus-
tomed elegance for that journey, the usual corollary
of unaccustomed elegance in footgear being present,
a certain tightness.
It strode out boldly, confidently at the begin-
ning. The shoes then started to pinch. It began to
limp, it went lame, it hobbled to a broken-down
Not only was the essay, a failure; it displayed a
regrettable conceit of knowledge.
But Mr. James, I am afraid,-cannot be defended
from a large self-conceit.
His articles from Bloomsbury, published in a
local newspaper bubbled over.with it.
The general title to the series should have been
'Me and Bloomsbury' or 'Bloomsbury and Me'
whichever arrangement makes the 'Me' more empha-
Admittedly the hectic aesthetics of that quarter
of London went to his head.
His account of the lecture he heard Miss Edith
Sitwell deliver and of his personal triumph was in a
meek-mock-modest strain that was delightful.
I hope, though, no one was taken in.
The articles judged as a whole, doubtlessly
reduced instead of increased Mr. James' reputation.
He must not plead haste of composition in
extenuation. That is no excuse. If he had no time for
writing he should not have written. If it was really
necessary for him to write he should have found the
time for writing.
hi the arliiles.his celebrated racine's il,'".n.'r-

another man. I cannot put a name to that other man.
but I know it is not Mr, James because there is noth-
ing characteristic of him iin its manner bearing his
other writings in mind.
It is second-hand stuff. Second-hand stuff will
not do in literature.
And, here, I must confess that much of Mr.
James' first-hand work, creative that is, and principally
his short stories do not convince me.
I cannot lay claim to having read all his short
stories bit I believe I have read a good many.
'La Divina Pastora' the one that got among the
'Best stories of 1928' was unsatisfying in that it left
the reader incredulous of the happening it chronicled.
It was very well told but that was all. Hans
Andersen gives us fairy-tales and for the while of
reading them we believe in his other-world creatures
and events.
Not so with Mr. James.
He wrote one very good story which I have
read. 'The Star that would not Shifie'.
Those who have not read it can go to the
'Beacon' for June1931.
Their trouble will be repaid.
It is what must make anyone who wishes Mr.
James well, annoyed his fluctuations.
If he can write like that once why not always.
But he is strangely inconsistent.
Most of the other stories of his which I know
give little sign of real talent as far as the short story
kind is concerned.

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ated into a slipshod fashion of prose, with a few
tricks of expression to attract attention away from
the flaws.
Others of his chronic failings also seized this
opportunity of poking their heads out their master's
eye not being so keen upon them.
There was much bombast and loud talk, bom-
bast and loud talk which far from signifying nothing,
signified that Mr. James was not the wise man most
people had thought him.
All Mr. James' friends were apparently
geniuses. One girl could talk thirteen languages or
was it fifteen .Another had written a marvellous
short story and when it was read to Mr. James he
shouted with laughter and rolled on the floor in his
glee. Another had a very fine .baritone. Mr. James
was shaving when he began to sing and after the first
two notes his razor remained suspended in the air and
the lather quietly dried on one.side of his face. Yet a
fourth had made everything in his rooms from West
Indian sugar-cakes to a Chinese screen.
Most exhilarating my Bloomsbury days;
And after Mr. James was three or four weeks
in England, he gave his opinion of the English as a
race, with the same sublime confidence as he had
previously expatiated on the virtues and excused the
little failings of English womanhood, he knowing
necessarily only one section thereof.
This is one form of manifestation of his conceit,
another of which closely allied to it is the usual grand
promise of the titles he gives his productions.
He could stay in Barbados ten days, and then
write a couple of articles headlining them 'Barbados
and the Barbadians' or, so to speak, giving the reader
his confident word to tell all there is to know about
Barbedos and its inhabitants.
In consequence, being Mr. James, he was con-
strained when publishing a little book of a hundred
and seven pages complacently to call it a 'Life' and
not satisfied with that to explain that it was also an
account -of British Government in the West Indies.
His own weighty titles led Mr. James astray.
They would not have been out of place on the cover
of a tone. Mr. James, was clever enough to ward off
that delusion. All he allowed himself to believe was
that the 107 pages constituted a volume.
His concluding words to his readers were: "How
far Crown Colony was useful, its ineradicable defects,
the astonishing variety of governments tried in the
West Indies during the last hundred years, the differ-
ences from island to island, the only road to solution,
these and kindred subjects will be dealt with in a
succeeding volume".
That is a passage very revealing of much that
goes to make up Mr. James the writer.
The sentence immediately preceding it is even
more revealing. "The above (meaning his volume), "has
been a Pisgah sight." which I take, from the context,
to connote the secondary sense of that phrase, a
panoramic view.

Capt. Cipriani

Mr; James' 'above' may be, to him, a 'Pisgah
sight.' After all, parental love is blinder than the love
of the sexes or should be. But what that 'above'
certainly is, is a muddle.
Surely his main purposes in writing it was to
condemn Crown Colony Government, to urge the
need of representative Government and to reveal the
sad failings of West Indian social life.
If that were so, and the matter implies that
that was so, why did he not plan his book straight-
Had he gone about it plainly, his arguments
would have been far easier to follow and he would
have, thus, been better able to influence his readers
into his way of thinking.
Perhaps he thought that Captain Cipriani's
political career was a suitable peg on which to hang
much dirty linen for an airing.
This must not be taken as casting a reflection on
the Captain.
Indeed it is a compliment to Captain Cipriani
which he deserves that Mr. James should have selected
his career for his book.
Captain Cipriani, as all know, has for many
years now been devoting himself to an endeavour to
wash all the dirty linen of West Indian social and
political life:
However, Mr. James' book is disappointing
because his proclaimed purpose is not his real

As a biography it is a failure. Such eulogising as
Captain Cipriani receives is laughable. Its only effect
- a negative one is not to give the sense in the
book, and there is much in it, a chance of being
considered on its merits.
Beyond that the book's disjointedness lessens
its chances as a political tract.
Yet it has to its credit one achievement.
In part it is admirably outspoken on at least
one question which by its nature has frightened off
most commentators in the past.
In this direction it gives a valuable lead.
It has also a decided technical merit.
Mr. James' prose style will never be better.
The English of the book is good, stripped of
most superfluities a nice, tight English, the sort of
English required for controversy, the sort of English
only achieved by journalists of international fame.
Mr. James, indeed, has various of the attributes
of a good journalist. His short-comings as an author
comprise a disappointing counter-balance to these
To me, the root of all his literary evil is that his
ear often plays him false in deciding between what
is true-sounding in his writing and what ought to jar
upon his aesthetic sensibility.
Arguments in support of this view are scattered

about in what has gone before.
Again he seems to be curiously impatient when
engaged in composition, as if he does not sufficiently
ponder his subject aqd decide definitely what he
wants to say, but just goes ahead trusting to luck or,
if I wanted to be catty I would say, just goes ahead
with infinite faith in his own capabilities quite
assured that he will make it all right in the end. A
good example of this is, of course, his 'life'.
It is not for me .o advise him that his best
chance of success is 4fr him to concentrate on
periodical writing and it to waste his energy on
efforts at literature whibh he longs for the world to
acclaim as immortal. I
Unfortunately if he starts now to be a fulltime
journalist he will be making a very late start. He is
past thirty. A great editor once said that no one
beginning journalism after twenty could succeed in
What his future will be I guess at but will keep
that guess to myself.
He may produce something to stable the
world into applause.
He has promised us another volume. There will
be others after that, no doubt.
But I do not think:lie will produce something
to startle the world into applause.

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learnt from the P.M's Bud-
get speech, is one of the
major issues to emerge on
the national scene.
Politician more than
statesman always, he adds
that it is either "foreign
maintenance or public
demonstrations about no
Take it or leave it,
citizen. Foreigners to do
the job or public demonstra-
tions because we cannot
do the job ourselves.
What is the job that
this American company
will do?
Educational Innova-
tion Systems Inc. is to
Supply the equipment
for the workshop areas
and laboratories for the
Good, so the com-
pany is to provide labora-
tory and workshop equip-
- ment. And then,



to assist in the train-
ing of vocational teachers.
Does this mean showing the'
vocational teachers how to
use the equipment?
to- provide a Consul-
tancy Service over a three
year period to organize and
(a) the extensive main-
tenance function;
(b) the operation of the
schools in general.
Now behind the
screen of words, what is it
that Educational Innova-
tion Systems Inc. will
actually organize and
Personal and Training
Custodial and Security
Preventitive Mainten-
ance schedules for buildings
grounds, furniture and
Custodial materials
and supplies;
Maintenance equip-
ment, tools vehicles
Central office, repair
shop, warehouse.


'The Solution lies

in School Boards

No place for toothless

advisory councils

Are we to understand
then that Educational
Innovation Systems have
been hired here to train
people to maintain and
secure all buildings and
equipment associated with
the Comprehensive schools?
Even if it was neces-
sary to acquire the equip-
ment through them, why
are they being retained
here for three years?
Couldn't a few people
be retained to teach the
use of the equipment, plus
service and repair.
Do we need American
managers to organize the
efficient care-taking of our
And why does the
management have to be

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centralized for the 9 new
Does that mean fhat
little or no maintenance
will take place in other
schools? That we are now
setting up an elite system
of school plants?
The whole idea seems
Maintenance has become
a major problem only
because of a lack of co-
ordination between gov-
ernment departments.
The Ministry of Works
has always been responsible
for maintenance of gov-
ernment buildings. But
schools come under the
jurisdiction of the Ministry
of Education posing a
serious problem of inter-
minable communication.
The Ministry of Educa-'
tionc communicates with
the Ministry of Works only
after funds have _been
approved. The Ministry of
Works acts only after
receiving all relevant infor-
This to and fro between
Ministres can take two
full years by which time
the building in question
may well be tumbling
When the workmen do
finally arrive, they take
their own cool time to
embark on operations.
Nobody connected with
the school has the authority
to tell them anything; they



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Main Road

are the bona fide employees
of the Ministry of Works
Invariably months pass
and the funds are ex-
hausted while the repairs
are only in part complete.
The obvious solution is
to establish responsible
local management having
a direct interest in the wel-
fare and efficiency of the
school within the limits of
a wider national pro-
Such local management
could either build up its
own permanent mainten-
ance and security 'system
as the UWI have done. Or
it could employ the services
of private tradesmen and


Here is another example
of the need to promote
experimentation t h a t
would win flexibility as
circumstances dictate.
Admittedly, the initial
possibilities are legion for
the growth of bribery and
If this is a valid fear, the.
question then I becomes
whether, the, present Min-
istry of Works arrangements,
Share superior in that regard? :.
In any event, the only
solution to corruption is *
the provision of a frame-
work for responsible citi-
zen participation.
Any real chance of
success lies with a system
of independent local school
boards.' There is no place
for toothless advisory
councils, mere stooges of.
central power.




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to sponsor its "Sports
College", a two-year
cricket coaching pro-
gramme for the 13-.5 age
group was announced last
Clive Pantin, co-ordina-
Stor of the programme
deemed it advisable to
explain why the pro-
gramme was aimed not at
the "traditional" second-
ary schools but at the
more recent Junior Second-
ary schools.
His theory was that in
these traditional second-
ary schools the "obsession"
with the acquisition of
G.C.E. 'O iand 'A' level
certificates prevented stu-
dents from doing well in
Mr. Pantin, it should be..
noted, is Principal of
Fatima College whose
students did themselves
proud in the G.C.E. '0'
and 'A' level examinations,
picking up two additional
national scholarships in
Modern Studies and Mathe-
I In addition, in last
year's Colleges' Football
League's competitions the
College's teams won 'the

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lion's share of the trophies
at stake.
Mr. Pantin pointed out,
however, that there had
been some sociall in-
vblvement" in the decision
since the Junior Second-
aries tended to be regarded
as black sheep in the
national flock.
Corroboration of this
last statement came from
Bryan Davis, one of the
two coaches in the pro-
S"I am happy, he said,
to see the Junior Second-
ary Schools, being given
special consideration so
that greater recognition
can be given to the stu-
dents of these schools
among whom there is,
undoubtedly, considerable
The Parliamentary Secre-
tary for Sport was quick
to point out that the Gov-



THE coaching scheme will
include fourteen (14)
schools, the names of
which will be announced
in the near future.
Mr. -Clive Pantin, well
known personality in
many fields, has agreed to
administer the programme
on behalf of the Bank.
Two coaches, Bryan
Davis and Larry Gomes,
will conduct the sessions
at the schools between
February and June and
September and November.
In order for each school
to have twelve (12) two
(2) hour coaching sessions,
plans ,are for Davis to
conduct ninety-six (96)
sessions, and Gomes
seventy-two (72) this year.
With each school select-
Sing twenty-five (25) of
their best cricketers in the
13 15 age group, there
will be a participation of
350 boys, each of whom
will attend twelve two

Larry Gomes

hour sessions.
At the end of October,
Davis and Gomes will
select the 40 top players
and give them one month's
concentrated coaching.
From these forty, 13
boys will be chosen to
tour one of the islands at
the end of the year.

the days

emrnment certainly did not
subscribe to the view that
the Junior Secs. are
"second-class citizens": She
invited everyone to walk
in to any of these schools
and see for themselves the
quantity of sporting equip-
ment with which each had
been provided.
She emphasized that
the programme was ex-
tremely well received by
her Ministry.
It would allow National
Schools' C6ach Alvin Cor-
neal more time to devote
to the five Junior Secs.
not catered for by the
programme as well as all
the Senior Secondary
Already, she noted,

Corneal had drawn
fixtures for a competil
for these schools.
The P/S did not a,
that the $30,000.00
vested by the Bank i
lawn-tennis coaching
gramme two years
had been wasted.
She saw no reason
fear that the present
vestment would, fail
bring enduring benefit
the sport in the count
The Government wc
always do its part to
courage projects of
Lance Murray, speat
on behalf of the T.(
expressed general op
ism about the program
He called for a yc

coaching programme to
cater not only to the
schooled population but
also to those unfortunates
whose cricket was restrict-
ed to minor leagues and
Sunday morning competi-
If one accepted Mr.
Pantin's theory, he noted
half in jest, then such a
programme was more
likely to be a success.
It is difficult for me to
be as optimistic about the
programme as the organ-
izers who hope that it "will;
provide a good "nursery'
for Trinidad teams of the
near future.
If that is the real
objective, what need is
there to eliminate 310 of
the candidates expected to
up be vetted in the first phase
tion and then, after "one
month's concentrated
gree coaching", select a team
in- of 13 for a tour of one of
in a the islands at the end of
pro- the year?
ago Why- should what hap-
pens next year depend
n to largely on the success of
in- this year's programme?
Sto Why be so apologetic
t to about the inadequate pro-
itry. visions made for involving
would Tobago after the proud
en- boast that the programme
this caters for the whole coun-
try "from Diego Martin
king to San Fernando"?
.C., Or does "near future"
tim- mean simply next year


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LAST week, the heralds of King Carnival announced to
packed tents that the Carnival season had begun. Opening
nights alone at the Regal, Original Young Brigade and The
Revue have been witnessed by about four thousand
The Regal opening was beset by problems of one
kind or another: Earl Rodney and Frends is yet to be
moulded into the kind of band that supports calypsonians.
Not that the band
does not have the ability; through my Mind', a wide
but a calypso back-up is a range of commentaryon
simply excit- the ills of the country,
more brassy, simply excit- drew encores after each
ing and experienced band
that understands the verse.
Those who came to
calypsonian better than
odne an F d hear the latest exposition
Rodney and Frends do
ony n Frn o of high-level bacchanal
right now.
Of the twenty-four were somewhat disappoint-
singers on the Regal slate, ed by a mellowed Chalk-
some weeding out has .to dust whose 'To Lloyd
be done before the season with Love' okes fun at
gets underway. Old die- the formidable 'fat bum-
hards like Tiny Terror bum brigade' he claims
recurr to revive lost causes boost0 d the dying P.N.M.
like the rail system to into a winning position in
solve transport problems: the last General Elections.
the best part of his per- But if things were
formnance being a nostalgic slow at the Regal, the
if not dqft attempt at Original Young Brigade
extemporising. showed off its competence
So after the usual in the art of entertainment
jokes about ingenious and put on a satisfying
other-island emigrants and show to the crowds of
the reiteration that Trini- over two thousand who
dad is a para se (who crammed the S.W.W.T.U.
could doubt that?) Short- Hall on opening night.
pants remains the most Again this year, the
exciting discovery of the O.Y.B. left the opening of
season so far. the tent to the capable
His 'Things Going Princess B with 'Accent

College South

(Jan. 15th + 16th)
Naparima vs St. Thomas Aquinas

Zone Fixtures

Presentation vs lere

(Jan. 22nd & 23rd)
lore vs Napaxima St. Thomas Aquinas vs Presentation
(an 29th & 30th) .
presentation vs Naparima St. Thomas Aquinas vs Iere

(Feb. 5th & 6th)
St, Thomas Aquinas vs Naparima lere vs Presentation
Feb. 12th & 13th)
Naparima vs Iere Presentation vs St. Thomas Aquinas
(Feb. 19th & 20th)
'Naparima vs Presentato ~Q Iere vs St. Thomas Aquinas


Chalkdust: pokes fun
on Youth'. 'Princess B's
cool, clear-voiced style is
similar to that of the
Mighty Bomber, her father,
also at the O.Y.B.
This time, the conser-
vative Bomber and his
'Fortune Teller' has minds
working overtime to un-
ravel his spicy double
Strange, how ,the"
same crowd could appreci-
ate the suave Bomber and
the crass Crazy on the


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and the next after?
At any rate, I do not
expect the programme to
make any significant im-
pact on the national cric-
keting life. I do not think
the major thrust is in the
fight direction.
In a country where


At Tent

JL ^/.

same stage!
While transvestite Cro
Cro seems to be courting a
libel suit with his report
on homosexual goings on
in the Southland, and
calling names to boot, a.
scantily clad Allrounder
fails to amuse with his
beaten, bacchanal at home
But 'Shadowmania'
is here fqr some time-yet.
Not even Sparrow himself
could whip up the excite-
ment that greeted the
black-clad enigma whose
bass-line rhythms set
crowds' jumping since
Whether it is the
sadistic streak ('Ah go dig
out they gizzard and put
in a coconut shell') or the
bass-man beat, its my bet
that Shadow will have even
the judges jumping this year.

Apart from the tri-
bute to Hasely Crawford's
gold in Montreal, Sparrow
doesn't really have. any-
thing to chirp about this
'No rain for this'
Carnival' and Mr. Mamayo'
survived only because they
were supported by the
voice, presence and
handling of the Mighty
SNevertheless, Carnival
Woman' has a ilow sweet-
ness,. a J'Ouvert morning
Tuesday night magical
quality that makes him.
still a force to reckon.
Last Thursday, the
controversial C.D.C. Tent
headed by Duke, who has
quit the Regl, opened at
the NUGFW H llat Henry
-Esther LeGendre

Scheme Suffers
," ,

$100m. are budgeted for
sport, all 19 Junior Secon-
dary schools are serviced
by a single coach who, it
is now clear, is also to be
responsible as well for the
Senior Secondary schools.
The primary schools are
rather more fortunate in

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that at least two coacihei
are responsible for them.
In the traditional secon-
dary schools, coaching
depends to a large extent
on the composition and
goodwill of the staff as
well as the age and talents
of the Sportsmaster.
Obviously, then, the
pressing need is for some;
.permanent system of train-
ing: for potential coaches
so that the wealth of talent-
that passes through the
-nation's schools could be
adequately monitored,
developed and showcased.
by competent personnel.
SIn lieu of this, pro-
grammes such as this
Sports College will come
and go, water on a duck's
Larry Gomes' statement
about having "benefitted
from a Companyspon-
sored coaching programme"
is thus doubly instructive.
What set Wes Hall's
WITCO-sponsored coach-
ing programme apart from
all others was the absence
of the magic element: "it is .
.hoped that by the end of
the scheme, Mr. Hall...".
At least eight of the
thirteen people now. in-
Jamaica trying to win the
other half of the Shell
Shield for Trinidad and
Tobalo climbed to propi-
nence-via a coaching pro-
ngramme -called the Wesi
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THIS weekend the 1977 Colleges' League season gets under-
way. If all goes well, virtually the whole League programme
will have been completed by the time the T. C.C. League
competitions begin.
The League has stipulated that there are to be no
postponements for Carnival. There is also going to be play
on the weekends of the Shell Shield games vs Barbados

(January 29th February
(Jan. 21st Jan. 24th).
There will, however, be
a break for the Trinidad
vs Pakistan game on Feb.
26th to March 1st and of
course for the Test Match
on March 4th 9th.
The final round of the
League's League pro-
gramme will be further
delayed by a "friendly'
between a League Selec-
tion and a visiting English
team on March 13th.
The venue for this game
is as yet undecided.
As the T.C.C. season
does not begin until March
19th, it is expected that
this season the League will
have for almost all- its
games the services of the
members of the Umpires
This has not been the
case in previous years
where the two compe-
titions have been running
concurrently, since the
Association's first commit-
ment seems to be to the
T.C.C. which has a very
The Association's ser-
vices will be doubly wel-
comed as last year's. com-
Ipetition was plagued by
controversy, stemming
Mainly, it seems, from dis-

1st) and the Combined Islands

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satisfaction with the parti-
ality-opf coaches and other
team officials who were
forced to don the white
Indeed, one Principal
was said to have threatened
to take legal action either
to prevent the National
League final between Nap-
arima College and Q.R.C.
from being played off or
to have it declared null and
void in the event that it

Fortunately, nothing
came of the reported threat .
which had come when C.I.C.
failed to turn up for a
game against Q.R.C. thus
handing them the North
Zone championship on a
Their action was re-
portedly prompted by dis-
satisfaction with a decision
of the League's Disciplin-
ary Committee in part-


North Zone Fixtures

Round 1 (Jan. 15th and 16th)
Fatima vs Q.R.C.
Progressive vs T&T.I.C..
Round 2 (Jan. 22nd and 23rd)
Fatima vs T&T.E.C.
Q.R.C. vs Progressive

Round 3 (Jan. 29th and 30th)
Progressive vs Fatima
Q.R.C. vs T&T.E.C.
Round 4 (Feb. 5th and 6th)
Progressive vs Gov't Polytechnic
Q.R.C. vs Trinity
Round 5 (Feb. 12th and 13th)
Trinity vs Progressive
Q.R.C. vs C.I.C.

St. Mary's vs Gov't Polytcchnic
Trinity vs St Anthony's

St Anthony's vs St. Mary's
Trinity vs Gov't Polytechnic

St Anthony's vs Gov't Polytechnic
St. Mary's vs Trinity.

Fatima vs St. Anthony's
St. Mary's vs T&T.E.C.

Fatima vs Gov't Polytechnic
St. Anthony's vs T&T.E.C.

Round 6 (Feb. 19th and 20th)
St. Anthony's vs Q.R.C. C.LC vs Progressive
Fatima vs Trinity T.T.E.C. vs Gov't Polytechnic
Round 7 (Mar. 12th and 13th)
Q.R.C. vs Gov't Polytechnic Progressive vs St. Anthony's
CI.C. vs Fatima Trinity vs T&T.E.C.

icular and the conduct of
the Colleges' League in
Disgruntled as they were
at the end of last year's
season, however, neither
team has withdrawn from
the competition as one
might have been led to
And since it was decided
not to relegate last year's
losers, the Championship
Division now boasts 8
teams in the North and 4,
in the South.
All twelve of these along
with the Senior Division

winners will presumably
be competing for the title
of. National Intercol
Champions which Nap-
arima College now holds.
Fixtures for this com-
petition are still to be
drawn up.
Below, however, are the
fixtures for the League
Competition, North and
South. The first named
team plays at home. All
games begin at 12.30 p3.m
South Zone Fixtures
on page 10

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BARBADOS, by virtue of
their crushing away vic-
tory over Jamaica, must
now be well favoured to
win the Shell Shield for
It is true that of their
447 total, the partnership
between Greenidge (136)
and Murray (74) accounted
for almost 200 runs.
But one can expect
rather larger contributions
from the other batsmen
when they meet Guyana
in Bridgetown next week
And though skipper
Holford was mainly res-
ponsible for Jamaica's un-
impressive second innings
showing, the rest of the
bowling staff had already
acquitted itself commend-
ably in the Jamaican first
Barbados then are
doubtless very confident
about their chances.
Reports from Guyana
indicate that their team,



Beats Pon

MARION Jones, Wood-
brook author of Pan Beat,
has produced a second
novel J'Ouvert Morning.
The novel was released
last Wednesday by Colum-
bus Publishers and is now
available at bookstores in
Port-of-Spain and San
In this work Miss Jones,
now Mrs. Maurice O'Callag-
han, takes up her earlier
theme, the Trinidadian
middle class. J'Ouvert
Morning is offered as "a
moder-day epic spanning
the gap of three genera-
Pan Beat has been des-
cribed as a novel about
"the failure of the new
Trinidadian middle class of
the 1940's." It was pub-
lished by Columbus in
Miss Jones lives and
works in Paris where, at
UNESCO, she is respons-
ible for programmes on
racial discrimination and
discrimination against wo-
Her third book, not a
novel but an analysis of
Rhodesia entitled 'The:
Conquest Society, is to be
published next month by

Islands shaping to be main

like ours, is short of match
They will presumably be
quite content to avoid
losing outright as \their
batsmen- especially struggle
to find their form.
The Jamaicans too will
no doubt be seeking to
avoid another defeat
especially if the reported
injuries to Holding and
Williams are more than
Murray's cautious our
batsmen are underprepared
seems to be a better guide
to our proposed strategy
than manager Bryan Davis'


Grd o Gr-
ordon Greendge
Gordon Greenidge

optimistic we'll do well if
the winning team depends,
on talent. The major chal-
lenge for Holford's men
is likely to come from the
Combined Islands.
The reports are that
both batsmen and bowlers
are well prepared for their
first outing against Guyana
in Montserrat which began
on Thursday.
Jim Allen (who must
surely be, in contention
for a place on the West
Indies team vs Pakistan),
Michael Camacho, Victor

Eddy, Livingstone Sargeant
and Irving Shillingford all
had good scores in the last
trial while Elquemedo
Willett had figures of 6 for
Andy Roberts and
Vivian Richards are due to
join the team before the
-end of the series.
I expect the series to be
decided in April when
Barbados and the Combined
Islands oppose each other
at Kensington Oval.


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