“It’s not pleasant. This Government does not care.”
Those are the words of Naparima MP Rodney Charles, who alleged the Government does not care about crime victims, while speaking during a UNC media briefing on Wednesday.
Charles alleged that while Government ministers enjoyed protection by the security services, the public were left to fend for themselves amid a current crime onslaught.
Calculating that TT was on target for 700 murders this year, he alleged that Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds has run out of excuses and should be fired.
Charles challenged Dr Rowley to walk down Charlotte Street, Port of Spain at night without his security detail and challenged Hinds to walk in the Beetham Estate unescorted at day or night.
Charles said he had asked questions in Parliament about the state of fire service appliances but Hinds had made him feel his questions were crazy, even as a source within the service had told him half of the country’s fire tenders were out of service.
He said unlike the Government, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has a comprehensive crime plan.
Regarding the PM’s conference on Violence as a Public Health Issue next Monday at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Charles expected just “PR, gallerying, obfuscating, and kicking the (can) down the road.”
Charles hit, “Nothing is going to come out of it. He has no answers. He is clueless. He’ll give a long-winded speech but what are the deliverables of this speech? How will it reduce home invasions?
“He’ll say nothing of substance that will reduce crime.”