I therefore wish to commend His Excellency (Acting) for his forthright and honest statement on the Section 34 fiasco. He apologised for having allowed this "fundamentally flawed" legislation to be passed under his watch and said he felt a sense of "personal responsibility".
Mr Hamel Smith was the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the Select Committee that would have considered this law clause by clause. He is therefore correct to acknowledge his role and assume personal responsibility for what transpired under his watch.
In light of this admission, I must however ask whether Dr Rowley, or David Abdulah (who also voted for Section 34), would now be demanding Mr. Hamel-Smith's resignation from the Senate? For the Acting President has pointed a finger at the entire Parliament and this supports the Attorney General's contention that it was a collective parliamentary miscue as opposed to a grand conspiracy by the Government alone.
Let us therefore, in light of His Excellency's statement, accept that all our Parliamentarians must share the blame and put this sordid affair to one side and move on to the more critical issues such as the need to reduce crime, or improve health care services and our built infrastructure (especially motorways and drainage) and, most of all, public sector reform. Leslie Mouttet | St Lucien Road, Diego Martin, Trinidad