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?
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.