A confident Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday reassured the national community that the current economic downturn, gripping the world and Trinidad and Tobago, was temporary in nature, "merely a blip".
That was the opening paragraph to the leading story in the Trinidad Express. No matter where you go, it seems that politicians always get bitten by the optimistic bug - nothing will last forever. The crisis is the same.
The problem is that most of these "believers" forgot to tell the good news to the many a man who got laid off recently.