Daily Archive for May 1st, 2006

The Fault, Dear Brutus…

By Michael De Gale

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
but in ourselves…”

–From Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

Maybe it was an oversight or even a temporary lapse in judgment that landed Mr. Panday in the penitentiary. Having once ascended the commanding heights of power, some may even argue that it was a feeling of invulnerability and the dizzying effects of power that intoxicated Mr. Panday, resulting in a lapse in judgment. Whatever the reason, the crux of the matter is that Mr. Panday is a citizen of T&T and is not above the law. Consequently, if he perpetrated the crime he must do the time. This does not detract from Mr. Pandays’ tremendous contributions as a Trade Union leader and his reputation as a political pit bull. That is already enshrined in the annals of West Indian political history and will forever be attributed to him. However, to give Mr. Panday a pass because of past performance, age or status is to make a joke of justice and set a negative precedence for a nation that is in the thaws of escalating crime and unprecedented violence. This most recent development, is yet another chapter in the saga of Basdeo Panday.
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