THE EDITOR: TT is facing a crime epidemic. Crime has spread from the known “hot zones” into traditionally peaceful, crime-free communities. Crime has not just become rampant but it has become increasingly violent and brutal. Criminals have no regard for race, social standing, age, gender or political affiliation.
Criminals kill with a seeming indifference to the value of life. I believe that as citizens we all have a right to feel safe, to not live in constant fear that some harm will come to us or our loved ones. We should not have to resign ourselves to a life of fear, adjusting our entire lifestyle around criminal elements. We need to stop playing political games and start focusing on taking our country back from the criminals and building a secure future for ourselves and our children.
This is why the Defence Bill should have the support of every member of Parliament and every single citizen regardless of political affiliation. There are certain national issues that must necessarily transcend political divisiveness. While there may be challenges to the administration of the Bill, this should not obscure the overall intent and purpose of the Bill and the positive benefits that can be achieved by establishing a transparent and legitimate process for collaborative efforts between the police and the army.
The Attorney General is right when he says we need to put our army to use. It is pointless to be prepared to defend our country from external threats of invasion when the real danger lies internally. Our citizens need protection now, not from some unknown outside threat that may never materialise but from actual dangers citizens face on a daily basis. It is clear that immediate measures must be taken to curb crime. While we can spend time arguing about the pros and the cons and the maybes and the what-ifs, the criminals are out there committing more and more heinous crimes with basically no fear of the law and no fear of reprisals. While we are fighting amongst ourselves, organised crime is growing.
The Government has attempted to ensure that necessary controls and safeguards are either built into the Bill or catered for in subsequent regulations and/or guidelines. As these concerns are being addressed, there should be no reason to prevent our support of this initiative in the fight against crime. The Defence Bill is an active show of strength by the Government which should have the support of any citizen who believes in a future for TT.