Friday, March 16, 2018

Dr. Rowley‘s Show Trial

Dr. Rowley’s cozy friendship with our Venezuelan neighbor and resident tyrant Nicolas Maduro is clearly rubbing off on him.  He’s adopted Maduro’s fondness for Conga line dancing, making rambling speeches and threatening political rivals with violence. It now appears that Dr. Rowley has also developed a taste for that favorite dish of the Maduro regime; public displays of ridiculous political propaganda. That’s because on Wednesday Dr. Rowley’s government held what it described as a “public education exercise” on the economics of the energy industry at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Except the public wasn’t invited, and people educated in economics and the energy industry weren’t allowed to speak.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A conversation with Minister McDonald

Last week Dr. Rowley shocked the nation when he reappointed Marlene McDonald to the Cabinet, making her new Minister of Public Administration and Minister in the Ministry of Communication. In keeping with his Governments firm commitment of ignoring inconvenient questions in the hope that they will go away, neither Dr. Rowley nor his new Communications Minister spoke to the media. So I decided to make up a completely fake interview with Minister McDonald instead. Here it is:

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shamfa Cudjoe’s guide to self sufficiency

Dear Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, regular columnist Darryn Boodan is off today, he’s gone to do a photoshoot for a stranger he met on Facebook. I am Tobago West MP and Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe. As you may be aware there are slight delays affecting travel between Trinidad and Tobago on account of bad weather and not having a ferry service. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Housing Community for Minister Biswas

Chapter 1. Eat ah food
Two years before the general election of 2020, Randal. M. Biswas, Minister of housing and urban development let out a big stupes. Not the kind of stupes that one makes when a poor woman tells you she’s living  in the hospital and needs a house. But rather the kind when ungrateful members of the public get vex because the government decided to build a 500 unit apartment tower block on agricultural land in St Joseph.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Government in Retreat

Ash Wednesday is the time the nation collectively sobers up after the revelry and excess indulged in over the carnival season. Some people will head to church for ashes. Others will get back to work. Many more will discover that you really need to be drunk to fully appreciate Soca or Chutney. For Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, Ash Wednesday was also the best time to hold a government retreat at the Diplomatic Centre. Reporters were not allowed inside the one day retreat, but sources have given the Express exclusive transcripts of the meetings which our legal department have confirmed is in no way real. But here it is anyway:

Friday, February 2, 2018

His name was Oscar Perez

“Venezuela, they don’t want us to turn ourselves in. They literally want to kill us, they just told us (so)…stay strong,” said Oscar Perez in one of the seven videos he posted to Instagram on January 15. Mr. Perez and his rebel group, who had been hiding out in a small house in the Caracas neighborhood of El Junqito were surrounded by police. After exchanging gunfire for nine hours, two policemen were killed; five rebels were captured while seven others lay dead; including Oscar Perez.  The next day, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol proclaimed that a “terrorist cell” had been “dismantled”. The millions who saw the whole episode play out live on social media however, felt they witnessed something else; an extrajudicial mass killing.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dr. Rowley responds to Ralph Maraj

Dear citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, regular columnist Darryn Boodan is off today, as he has an important business meeting with a money lender from Enterprise Village, who gives Carnival Loans. As a result the Trinidad Express has allowed me; your Prime Minister, to use this space to respond to a column by Ralph Maraj, entitled ‘Resign Rowley’. Now admittedly I don’t read the Express. It’s filled with too much depressing stories about crime and the failing economy. I get all my news from Minister Stuart Young, who told me that the public loves me so much my last address to the nation is going to win road march this year. That’s why I was shocked when I heard Ralph Maraj had accused me of being disconnected from reality and demanded I resign.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Carnival 2018: Behave nah chirren

They say that empty vessels make the most noise. And there is no vessel emptier than Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival. This is why fete promoters Red Ants are warning the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) that attempts to curb   noise levels of fetes during the Carnival season could spell the end of Carnival itself. After the EMA took issue with the decibel levels of Red Ants’s fete this week the promoters issued a statement saying “The strict application of decibel levels can effectively kill Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and the culture.” After all the greatest show on earth doesn’t have much to offer spectators these days, its only saving grace is that it can at least still rupture your eardrums.

Friday, January 12, 2018

An interview with Minister Edmund Dillon

Trinidad and Tobago has kicked off 2018 with a bang. 23 bangs to be exact. That’s how many people have been murdered so far in just the second week in January 2018. I arranged to speak with National Security Minister Edmund Dillon at his Port of Spain office to learn more about the Government’s plans to curb the escalating murder rate. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it on account of realizing I am too scared to leave my house. So here is a completely made up interview instead.

Why I should be President

The New Year has greeted me with the depressing realization that I did not accomplish any of the goals I set for myself last year.  I didn’t loose weight. I didn’t learn to speak Spanish. And most annoyingly I didn’t find out Priyanka Chopra’s home address. But I realized I may have set my goals too high to begin with. So this year I have decided to lower my ambitions and aspire to be the next President of Trinidad and Tobago.