Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 15dys: Waists Will Roll!

Imagine we still on holiday in Trinidad, when we does work?????

So, last night I bringing ah pardna up to speed on the Cheryl Miller case because he was in transit for the last few days and unable to read the blog (me woulda shame).
And as I recounting the information as it unravelled from Thursday evening (which is where he miss out from) when Fuad Khan gave an interview to I95.5, I and all had to pause at the sheer marvell

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan

ousity (word have to make up) of this story.

You have a situation where people used their clout to bypass rules and regulations to ward a person in a mental institution and up to last Thursday, while recounting this evidence, the Minister of Health was reciting confidently that all proper procedure had been followed. Mind you, is through Khan that we found out that the call to St. Anns came from someone high up in his office. And I am assuming that since Fuad knew where the call came from, and had a report in his hand about the Cheryl Miller incident that he was gleefully dropping juicy, yet inconclusive bits of information from, that he knew under what section of the law that Miller had been detained. All of the info had to be there. And up until Friday, Khan saw absolutely nothing strange about Miller’s detention????? Nothing at all? Not even that the sub-section under which she was detained was beyond stretching our imagination?

Listen, not even VS Naipaul could make this absurdity up!

Is only when Khan realise that the Govt have egg all over its face (and that must have come in the aftermath of the revelations in court on Friday evening and the comments made by attorneys Dana Seetahal and Nyree Alfonso on the matter, which indicated that the State’s case was shaky at best) he decide that heads will roll. Not his exact words, but an approximation of it. And as I contemplated Khan’s comments in the Express, it occurred to me that maybe even the Minister of Feelings, Verna St Rose Greaves, had to have known under what legal terms Miller was detained, and the ministry officials in her office, the ministry officials in Health and the personnel at St. Ann’s……and none of them thought that their detention of Miller was strange????? THEY MAD?????????

I get up this morning to read that Miller will be getting private tests done to find out if the drugs she has been given have harmed her in any way; and that Khan has called a Council of the Ministerial Suspects. If you ask me, that meeting isn’t going to be about finding out who is at the bottom of this, because something tells me Khan already knows, and has known since Holy Thursday. This meeting may well be to strategise on how to cover their asses, and find a way to placate a very angry public.

Min of Gender Affairs and Senator, Verna St Rose Greaves

People in positions of authority here have gotten to accustomed to banding together to suppress, hush up and sweep away bad things, that I am convinced from Ministers (and is two involved) to Perm Sec to Deputy Perm Sec felt convinced that they could detain Miller, and not a word would be said about it…because them in charge!!!!

Right now the game that the Ministries, with the aid of the Psychiatrist’s Association playing, is one of character smearing….and one only needs to take a look on FB and the online media comments to see how many “sick”chiatrists we have in Trinidad. Thread after comment thread have people focussed on determining whether or not Miller is mad, as their way to justify the action taken against her….and this is despite all of the obvious and damning information that the state authorities breached protocol to lock up an individual. Cheryl Miller’s mental state is not  and never has been the issue on trial here, but rather how she was detained. But the state is playing a sick game of twisting its comments in the media to suggest and imply that “Cheryl aint too right in she head yuh know, so we had was to treat she this way…is for she own good…really”.

But I think Miller’s lawyers have smelled blood….if this thing goes to full trial with testimonies from all parties it is going to be an interesting time as we hear detail by detail exactly how people in positions of power go about using their knowledge and contacts to breach it. We bound to hear about phone calls….and weird comments like, “Well, it not on the law books, but is so we always doing it.” Cheryl Miller’s case has unwittingly opened an entire can of worms not just about abuse of authority in state-run institutions but what precisely goes on with mental health care in Trinidad. Madness has a serious stigma and taboo here….people don’t like to talk about it, or admit to it….they fraid people watch them funny. And more often than not we too happy for the authorities to remove crazy people from our line of sight and consciousness.

Despite the many calls from people (most of whom for some reason saw this as a partisan, political, support yuh party issue) to leave the matter alone and “all yuh hush, nah. How all yuh so sure the woman not mad and deserved to be in St. Ann’s”, I’m glad that Cheryl’s colleagues and indeed many other citizens did make a fuss about this, and voiced their displeasure and kept questioning the authorities. At the bottom of it, this has nothing to do with UNCOP vs PNM (although Fitzie and Faris presence hard to ignore) and everything to do with how we as citizens are treated by people in positions of power.

Too often in matters like this the state authorities does wine on us….and wine hard too. So, sorry Khan is not heads alone I want to see roll.
I am hoping, that given the details of this case, and Cheryl Miller’s battery of lawyers that she aint just get to wine back on the state, I want she tremble it and raise a leg too….because they damn well deserve it!

De Vice Cyah Done!

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8 thoughts on “Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 22mts, 15dys: Waists Will Roll!

  1. I fully endorse your views on this matter: “this is not a fete in here, this is madness!”
    Below are my layman’s opinions on the matter:
    I wish to strongly agree with SC Marcus-this cannot and should not be over!!! All questions/issues must be clarified legally, especially as there seemed to be the:
    1. Abduction or illegal detention of a citizen
    2. Deliberate abuse of power by senior public servants/administration
    3. Deliberate abuse of the Mental Health Act by senior public servants, who are familiar with the act, for the purpose of bullying, intimidating a junior public servant involved in a workplace issue
    4. Failure to follow proper protocols involved in the grievance procedure for complaints/conflict in the workplace
    5. Administration of drugs to a citizen allegedly without proper assessment of the medical condition of said person
    6. Allegedly refusing to give information to patient and next of kin re: medical condition, medication administered and side effects and by so doing seemingly violating the patient rights of the citizen
    7. Refusal/professional neglect to allow the citizen due process and to be heard in a matter that was a complaint
    8. Alleged abuse of office by senior public servants and possibly acting in collusion with other public officials to perpetuate a “myth” of mental illness so as to possibly illustrate to a junior public servant and others ‘who is boss in here’ or using such myth to justify illegal penal action such as suspension, demotion, firing, etc of said public servant.
    9. Biasness in the conduct of affairs at the Ministry of Gender vis-a vis staff from that Ministry and those who transferred in from the Ministry of Sports.
    10. Blatant attack and threat on workers’ and citizens’ constitutional rights in the DEMOCRATIC Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

    If it is concluded that she needs help, this certainly was not the procedure or manner by which to do so!!

    • listen….this thing reeking of Industrial Relations regulations being abused, along with the woman’s constitutional rights….I wouldn’t be sitting easy if I was the govt. You summed it up nicely, Paula.

  2. Oh meh lordy…tremble it yuh say eh…cock back and roll it, all kinda ting tuh ting ting…but given her quiet and private nature I pray by the Grace of GOD dat after all d ramajay and laqouray…she can find her peace and be certain dat her due justice is served

  3. While we are not surprised by Gender Affairs Minister Verna St. Rose-Greaves’s sanctioning of the high handed, brutal and oppressive treatment of Cheryl Miller at the hands of senior ministry officials under the pretext of it being done purely out of concern for the Lady, we must comment on the irony of her sanction as we are reminded of the local saying “MONKEY KYANT SEE DEY OWN TAIL”.

    It wasn’t too long ago, prior to her elevation to ministerial status, that Minister Verna St. Rose-Greaves was well known for engaging in behaviour decidedly more outrageous and bizarre than what Cheryl Miller has been accused of.. In those days, Minister St. Rose Greaves was well known to police and security officials who had to be summoned on more than one occasion to deal with her bizarre antics.

    Minister St. Rose-Greaves was no stranger to television viewers with images being broadcast nightly via national television of her parading up and down the city’s streets and pavements, obstructing when not creating long lines of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often barefooted, oddly dressed, her bald head wrapped in colorful clothing, chanting in unintelligible language, some might have called it ‘mumbo jumbo’, dancing and prancing wildly, swinging and ringing a huge bell, sprinkling water from a brass goblet, daring the police to arrest her, threatening them and others with ‘spirit lash’. Yet she was never committed to the mental asylum the way poor Cheryl Miller was committed for merely having a heated on the job verbal altercation over a legitimate work related issue that had been affecting her for sometime.

    We find it the height of irony that some one like Minister St. Rose-Greaves would so easily sanction if not actually authorize the forcible committal of Cheryl Miller to a mental asylum. Admittedly, Verna seems to be much calmer these days. Is she under some sort of medical treatment herself? Or was her elevation to ministerial status the panacea for her unorthodox behaviour? But we wonder, is she likely to erupt into outrageous, disruptive, bell ringing, mumbo jumbo chanting behaviour again if she perceives herself or others to be the victim(s) of some injustice, imagined or real?

    We are simply asking. We make neither assumption nor allegation. We are simply asking.

    The Honourable Minister should thank her lucky stars, however, that she in her time was spared having to work under a Permanent Secretary like Sanda Jones or a minister like herself, or even having to deal with similarly minded police officers when they had to be summoned to police her, as CRAPAUD WUDDA SMOKE SHE PIPE LONG TIME AGO and today she might very well have been the second Government Minister to have graduated from the St. Ann’s Mental Asylum.

    But apart from what many justifiably viewed as odd behaviour on Minister St. Rose-Greaves part, we are of the view that she is not an asset to this Government given her abolitionist convictions. We believe that she will prove to be a liability and major obstacle to the Government’s intended resumption of the Death Penalty, a critical component in the fight against crime. She has said as much already and has made no secret of her misguided sympathy for criminals and murderers, both adult and juvenile, but particularly juveniles who she publicly insists should not be physically punished no matter how outrageous and heinous their crimes

  4. While we are not surprised by Gender Affairs Minister Verna St. Rose-Greaves’s sanctioning of the high handed, brutal and oppressive treatment of Cheryl Miller at the hands of senior ministry officials under the pretext of it being done purely out of concern for the Lady, we must comment on the irony of her sanction as we are reminded of the local saying “MONKEY KYANT SEE DEY OWN TAIL”.

    It wasn’t too long ago, prior to her elevation to ministerial status, that Minister Verna St. Rose-Greaves was well known for engaging in behaviour decidedly more outrageous and bizarre than what Cheryl Miller has been accused of. In those days, Minister St. Rose Greaves was well known to police and security officials who had to be summoned on more than one occasion to deal with her bizarre antics.

    Minister St. Rose-Greaves was no stranger to television viewers with images being broadcast nightly via national television of her parading up and down the city’s streets and pavements, obstructing when not creating long lines of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often barefooted, oddly dressed, her bald head wrapped in colorful clothing, chanting in unintelligible language, some might have called it ‘mumbo jumbo’, dancing and prancing wildly, swinging and ringing a huge bell, sprinkling water from a brass goblet, daring the police to arrest her, threatening them and others with ‘spirit lash’. Yet she was never committed to the mental asylum the way poor Cheryl Miller was committed for merely having a heated on the job verbal altercation over a legitimate work related issue that had been affecting her for sometime.

    We find it the height of irony that some one like Minister St. Rose-Greaves would so easily sanction if not actually authorize the forcible committal of Cheryl Miller to a mental asylum. Admittedly, Verna seems to be much calmer these days. Is she under some sort of medical treatment herself? Or was her elevation to ministerial status the panacea for her unorthodox behaviour? But we wonder, is she likely to erupt into outrageous, disruptive, bell ringing, mumbo-jumbo chanting behaviour again if she perceives herself or others to be the victim(s) of some injustice, imagined or real?

    We are simply asking. We make neither assumption nor allegation. We are simply asking.

    The Honourable Minister should thank her lucky stars, however, that she in her time was spared having to work under a Permanent Secretary like Sanda Jones or a minister like herself, or even having to deal with similarly minded police officers when they had to be summoned to police her, as CRAPAUD WUDDA SMOKE SHE PIPE LONG TIME AGO and today she might very well have been the second Government Minister to have graduated from the St. Ann’s Mental Asylum.

    But apart from what many justifiably viewed as odd behaviour on Minister St. Rose-Greaves part, we are of the view that she is not an asset to this Government given her abolitionist convictions. We believe that she will prove to be a liability and major obstacle to the Government’s intended resumption of the Death Penalty, a critical component in the fight against crime. She has said as much already and has made no secret of her misguided sympathy for criminals and murderers, both adult and juvenile, but particularly juveniles who she publicly insists should not be physically punished no matter how outrageous and heinous their crimes

  5. what really grinds my gears is the disgusting collusion that went on between senior officials at min health and min of gender. so they could just poop all over a persons rights and nobody “cant tell them nutten” because they name PS and minister?? but of course they are going to make this about ms miller’s mental health issues an not what it is really about….

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