Opposition walkout from Parliament… KAMLA: GOVERNMENT CAN’T PROTECT US

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The Government has virtually collapsed, being unable to protect ordinary people in their daily lives.
This was stated by Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, on Friday at her office at Charles Street, Port-of- Spain, the day after the discovery of the body of murdered bank clerk, Shannon Banfield, 20.
Persad-Bissessar held a news conference an hour after she was ejected from Parliament by Speaker Bridgid Annisette- George. This came after Persad-Bissessar was denied a chance  for an urgent debate on crime.
Persad-Bissessar said Banfield’s death placed crime as the top issue for Parliament to debate, ahead of the foreign tax-evasion treaty known as FATCA which she wanted curtailed at 6 pm. 

She stated that the stark, brutal, brutish reality, is that the Government has collapsed by failing in its core duty to ensure the safety of citizens such as Banfield. “I can see no issue but dealing with crime,” Persad-Bissessar said. “We are receiving reports of others being brutally slaughtered. I’m not speaking of engaged in criminal activity but people carrying out their ordinary business as citizens,” she related. 

Persad-Bissessar justified her motion by mulling the role of an MP, who is also a mother, father, grandparent or sibling. “You see a twenty-year-old murdered, a young woman in the prime of her life…and it’s not important for discussion?!” Persad-Bissessar asked if the Speaker knew that the viral effect of Banfield’s death on social media?
She said the Government’s forecast of doom and gloom over any delays in the FATCA Bill had not happened, but that many people are dying violently. Persad-Bissessar said in its 15 month term, the Government had offered the House no legislation to “help the small man”. 

Urging a serious Government intervention on crime, Persad-Bissessar said, “We gave them numerous suggestions but not one has been dealt with.” Responding to the Government’s claims that Opposition MPs dislike FATCA because they have monies to hide, she declared that TT’s MP’s declare earnings to the Integrity Commission and not the United States tax office.
She added, “I have no money to hide anywhere.” Persad-Bissessar vowed to not let the matter rest but to raise it again on Monday in Parliament.
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