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LETTER OF THE DAY - Wary, weary of water pledges

Published:Wednesday | August 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:Within the past two weeks, we heard one government minister urging public restraint in water usage because the systems we should have implemented over the past 50 years of our Independence to survive one cycle of drought were never developed.

It claims to be the worst drought in more than 45 years, which is perhaps why we never thought it important to protect ourselves against a meteorological inevitability. I'm sure we'll hear the same announcement in 2059.

We heard another minister explain that because of lack of regard for our disabled friends and family members, and despite decades of lobbying by various minority group organisations, it was never a priority to equip our roads, buildings and public facilities with the necessary structures and designs to facilitate their handicap.

A few days ago, an agent at a telecommunications company explained to me that because their technicians never foresaw the need for full administrative control over their systems, they were unable to cancel, upgrade, modify or otherwise adjust a prepaid Internet package I inadvertently purchased via their mobile short code.

Day after day, I am reminded by situations such as these of how much our society suffers from limited foresight and poor investments. Hindsight is really perfect vision, but I'm not convinced that some of our government and business leaders can even see!

Based on the current state of affairs, it is obvious that they have not learned from their decades of mistakes, inertia and reactionary rather than proactive policies. Will we ever escape the siege?


Mandeville, Manchester