Monsignor Kenneth Spence has added his voice to burning debate over the hosting of a second carnival in Tobago. Minister of Art and Multiculturalism, Winston Gypsy Peters has indicated the government's interest in either creating a date for carnival in Tobago that is separate from that of Trinidad or holding a second carnival in October. However, Chief Secretary Orville London has been adamant that the Tobago House of Assembly would support no such plan.
Asked about his thoughts on the matter during the staging of the stages of the cross on Good Friday, Spence said his personal position is that one carnival is good enough. "I was born and raised in the midst of carnival. I am a Belmont boy, and for me, one carnival is sufficient. This is my personal opinion. One carnival is sufficient, and it also identifies us as one republic," he said.
He said one of the major issues in society that is of concern to him is the level of mistrust in the country. Spence said the national community needs to regain trust, to work together. He noted that for us to aspire and achieve today, trust must be restored to the society.
"There is a lot of mistrust at every level. Whether it is government, church or society. There is a huge number of people just not trusting each other and because of that, what ought to work does not work, because if you are working in an atmosphere of mistrust, how can things function," Monsignor Spence said.
Asked to comment on the rising cases of violence in our nation's schools, he said violence in schools, is a reflection of violence in our society.
"But what happens in schools, you cannot isolate from the rest of society. We are living in extremely violent times. How to begin to address this? We have to look towards Christ, because he had a violent end," Monsignor Spence said.
The way forward as a country he says, is to return to the values that have always worked in the past.
"The values of honesty, and ask any person, the elderly, hard work, respect, and the giving of oneself. The giving of an honest day's work for an honest day's pay," he emphasised.