The brave men of the fire brigade of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force frequently come in for scathing criticism for their handling of fires around the country.
WORST WEEK EVER:
Dozens of poor and indigent people around the country literally had their hopes of having their homes repaired and upgraded go up in smoke last week, when building material, valued at EC$1.2 million, was burnt in a mysterious fire at the Public Works Department last Thursday morning.
Police say they suspect arson and now people are asking: Why and Who??
Was there any connection between that act and the firebombing of VINLEC just a few days before? What about those who in a cyber Room openly called for War and for the town to be burnt down? What are they saying now?
No stranger to the Worst Week accolade, MP for Central Kingstown St Clair Leacock gets dishonourable mention once again for the undeserved political hiding he gave former NDP Chair and Queenâs Counsel Parnell Campbell last week, calling him “unprincipled and unethicalâ for his involvement, on the Governmentâs side, in an application made in court by the NDPâs Ben Exeter.
What The Major seems to be blind to is that another Queenâs Counsel, a man who was once a high-ranking member of the SVG Labour Party and the ULP, himself appeared in court on behalf of Exeter in the same matter. No condemnation or puking there, by the Major.
If I had a question in SVG Parliament
Iâd ask the minister in charge of electoral matters to say once and for all, if by examining the counterfoil of a ballot paper, there is any way for one to tell who a person voted for, as had been claimed in a recent court matter.
When will Vincentian media practitioners include more investigative journalism in their repertoires? With most media houses reporting the same news on a weekly basis, it is high time that at least one of them stepped out from the confines of the flock, and started flexing that investigative muscle. With the media industry on a whole suffering a decline in viewership/sales and subscriptions, investigative journalism is one of the ways it can be boosted. Especially in the face of the ease of access to the Internet and social media, where ânewsâ is broken mere minutes (if not seconds) after anything happens. Bring us the important issues that are hardly spoken about/discussed; and bring us issues other than politics, crime and scandal!