The Last Puff


January 30th, 2020

Three years ago the last puff of natural gas made its way through a rusted pipeline and into the last functioning generator to give the last feeble jolt of electricity to the depleted, debt-ridden nation. The dictator, who had squandered the future of the nation on huge concrete monstrosities, unsustainable transport systems and several other nonproductive idiocies, had long since fled the country in his shinny private jet along with his entourage of mindless devotees. They went to a better land and any land was now better than the destroyed and polluted land of this once beautiful country. The people, who for some bizarre reason, were once revered by the rest of the world as the highest per capita consumers of electricity, were left to fend for themselves without even a candle of hope. There was no more greenery as the dictator loathed the color as much as he loathed intellect. The multinationals, which by nature loved Banana Governments, jumped at the chance to plunder the nation and rid the country of not only its greenery but its future. The dictator passionately disliked intelligent people so he helped the crime sector to flourish beyond belief. The flourishing state-encouraged crime industry caused the brain drain to accelerate leaving the dictator unchallenged and the country mindless. Any form of opposition to his ideas was met with the full force of his loyal enforcers. Internationally, he claimed the people were free but little did they know they were only free to worship him. Access to the Internet was closely monitored, and the blogging of opposing ideas was made the most heinous crime in the land.

8 thoughts on “The Last Puff

  1. I can only say something like that when I am in a sad and angry mood. I think the feeling is called hopelessness.For me Hopelessness is still temporary but with the bouts becoming longer every day. Who knows where and when it will end. And after it ends, who would be left to enjoy it.

  2. And even sadder than the situation is the fact that; People (some of this population and others who don’t even live within the borders) have protested, written letters, stood in front moving construction machinery and to no avail. The selfishness of the people with the power to change things is overwhelming. Saltfish could not stink as badly as they do.

  3. …..and they think they smell sweet. You are right, political parties in Trinidad and Tobago are all about individual selfishness. To be honest, politics is no different to religion. They both defy logic and they both create fear to gain support.

  4. I love T&T, but sadly, this does look like possible sometime in the near future. Only thing it missing is ah “REUTERS – Port of Spain” next to it. Religion not as bad as all that. I mean yea, it have your zealots etc., you just have to remember you get bad eggs with all sorts. What really sour is the fact that our politicans making me believe Mark Twain a while aback, when he said “If given the choice between placing my life in the hands of a murderer or a politician, I would choose the murderer. At least I can trust him.”

  5. The religious zealots are unfortunately on the increase and so to has their zeal to be irrational increased. But I stray too much..

    My vision for Trinidad and Tobago in 2020 is not bright but I want to be hopeful. What this government is saying is that without gas and oil there is no hope for the country since every “development” in the country’s future is based on its availability.

    A recent article in the Economist paints a very gloomy future for giant oil companies like BP, and also by extension, gas-hopefuls like Trinidad and Tobago.

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