Charles, Young in war of words over Cambridge Analytica

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 22:30

Na­pari­ma MP Rod­ney Charles and Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young yes­ter­day locked horns in a “no you” bat­tle over crime and Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca.

In a re­lease is­sued yes­ter­day, Charles dubbed the min­is­ter as “clue­less” and Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley as “in­com­pe­tent” in the fight against crime and ac­cused them of lever­ag­ing claims of UNC in­volve­ment in a Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca scan­dal to dis­tract the pub­lic from the cur­rent mur­der toll.

“With a mur­der rate head­ing for a record 550 by year’s end, PM Row­ley as head of the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil re­mains con­spic­u­ous­ly silent on crime, fo­cus­ing on dis­trac­tions like Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca, while crim­i­nals wreak hav­oc on our coun­try.”

“To­day’s mur­der rate is 471. Four more than the 467 record­ed for the same pe­ri­od last year. This means we are on track for 550 mur­ders for 2019—equal to the high­est ever record­ed fig­ure of 550 in 2008,” Charles’ re­lease read be­fore he trained his sights on the Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty.


“Young seems more in­ter­est­ed in fairy­tales, like Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca and email­gate, than the fact that cit­i­zens are lit­er­al­ly liv­ing in fear un­der his watch.”

He went on to promise cit­i­zens that such a fate would not be­fall them af­ter they are “elect­ed in 2020” as he said “the UNC will as­sume re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for the safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty of all cit­i­zens.”

But in a re­lease fol­low­ing Charles’, Young fired back. He be­lieves it is the oth­er way around. He ac­cused the Na­pari­ma MP of politi­cis­ing homi­cides as a dis­trac­tion from the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca scan­dal.

“The mem­bers of the UNC are des­per­ate to have the pop­u­la­tion ig­nore the clear and in­ter­na­tion­al tes­ti­mo­ny giv­en that they al­lowed per­sons ac­cess to our in­di­vid­ual spaces on our smart­phones, com­put­ers and tablets. They per­mit­ted peo­ple, with­out our per­mis­sion, to fol­low us, track us, in­vade our pri­vate in­ter­net ac­cess and com­mu­ni­ca­tions.”

“The lat­est at­tempt by Rod­ney Charles to politi­cise homi­cides which the TTPS and oth­er arms of law en­force­ment have been work­ing as­sid­u­ous­ly to ar­rest is an­oth­er act of des­per­a­tion,” he said.

He stood by the ef­forts of the var­i­ous law en­force­ment agen­cies, it­er­at­ing their in­ten­tion to con­tin­ue the fight against crime.

“The UNC’s at­tempts to ma­lign the men and women in law en­force­ment who have the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of tack­ling crime is re­ject­ed and I again, pub­licly put on record my full sup­port for the TTPS, TTDF and our In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices in their fight against crime. We, in Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty, will not be dis­tract­ed and we re­main fo­cused and com­mit­ted in per­form­ing our re­spec­tive roles in the fight against crim­i­nal­i­ty as op­posed to the em­brac­ing of crim­i­nals and en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal be­hav­iour,” he said.

 - Rishard Khan