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Hinds: T&T not a failed State

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Hinds: T&T not a failed State

Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds is in­sist­ing that T&T is not a failed State.

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Hinds was re­spond­ing to yes­ter­day’s front page Sun­day Guardian head­lined Our Law­less State—an ed­i­to­r­i­al

He said af­ter he read the con­tents “it was sad but it made me smile. And I re­alised, well it is an opin­ion.”

Hinds then re­spond­ed stat­ing that he did not think that T&T was a failed State, as the courts are still op­er­a­tional, school func­tioned as nor­mal and the me­dia were still free to ask the Gov­ern­ment ques­tions

He said,”If you want to know what is a failed State you need to go sev­en miles away from Venezuela.”

Speak­ing at his con­stituen­cy sports and fam­i­ly day in Laven­tille, Hinds asked if the peo­ple who had at­tend­ed the event seemed to be suf­fer­ing, hun­gry and wear­ing tat­tered clothes

“This is far from a failed State. And those who try to put a brand as a failed State on us they are do­ing this coun­try a se­ri­ous in­jus­tice. I re­ject it. Those who are call­ing it a failed State is do­ing us a grave in­jus­tice. And the ship of State is sail­ing beau­ti­ful­ly…smooth­ly on.”

The ed­i­to­r­i­al al­so called on Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley to again ad­dress the na­tion on the is­sue of crime

A few weeks ago, Hinds said Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young held a press con­fer­ence with di­vi­sion­al heads of se­cu­ri­ty to out­line some of their crime fight­ing mea­sures

“And when he (Young) was fin­ished I saw an ed­i­to­r­i­al in the same news­pa­pers that he brought no com­fort,” he said

Hinds said he too was chas­tised by the T&T Guardian af­ter he spoke about crime

“But now they want the Prime Min­is­ter to talk. But talk is not the so­lu­tion. This is about po­lice work which the com­mis­sion­er we ap­point­ed is do­ing.”

Hinds said the Gov­ern­ment has been deal­ing with the crime prob­lem as­sid­u­ous­ly. He warned crim­i­nals el­e­ments who have been caus­ing stress and grief to in­no­cent cit­i­zens that their days are num­bered and they will “get you.”