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Trinidad Express / Lest there be any misunderstanding, I have chosen to reproduce the exact words as they appeared in a news report published in the Guardian last Wednesday. The report, in part, stated as follows: “Addressing persons at the launch of UNDP and UNICEF Joint Programme towards National Measurements of Multi-Dimensional Poverty in T&T at the Courtyard Marriott yesterday, permanent secretary, Social Development and Family Services, Jacinta Bailey-Sobers assured that Government was committed to addressing and ending poverty in all its forms and dimensions.” That was the report and, if it was accurate then, what transpired on that occasion was that a permanent secretary in a ministry saw no problem in speaking on behalf of the Government and in giving a commitment on behalf of the Government. All she did not say was that “her” Government was committed.

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