Crimes against cleanliness .
Businessmen-cops, the “lessons industry”Except for the comments on the Procurement Commission, I’m again wearily exploring that which has attracted repeated commentaries and analyses elsewhere .
The conversational encounter described hereunder is very much taken from my imagination .
Today I again side-step the usual, high-profile “issues of national significance” .
Frankly Speaking a few folks would most likely, berate me for daring to juxtapose the illustrious Jessica Huntley’s name in the same (literary) vicinity next to Priya Manickchand’s .
Frankly Speaking, it is no longer surprising to me that certain issues of national significance keep repeating themselves as the years roll by .
Pity that in Guyana – and the world – of today, the issues as reflected in my lead caption attract national attention to the extent that they impact on the quality of citizens’ lives in terms of security and comfort .
I’ll understand if some readers are saturated with this issue of Guyana’s now-entrenched narco-trans-shipment and trafficking status .
Those readers interested in this column would no recall that some six months (25 Fridays) ago, I penned a piece captioned ‘Inclusionary Democracy My Eye!’I discussed the intent of the much-touted Article 13 of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .
Today is preachy-sermon day .
Academic, Historian, Ideologue/Military Officer .
Again I avoid today what those more competent will address – the economy, the crises of all categories, crime, controversy and Syria .
I concede, I confess, I admit: it is, perhaps, the third time in eighteen years that I’ve employed today’s caption to explore, most briefly, a favourite provocative theme of mine .
At the very real risk of upsetting my friends at ACDA – the African Cultural and Development Association – and other Afrocentric activists – (they could let me know that it’s none of my business”) – I, never-the-less, repeat some of my strongly-held Emancipation-Month views .
With respect, I repeat my own view that the typical working-class citizen of this big beautiful, but blighted land makes little time to consider the role of the National Assembly and its chairpersons, described as speakers .
Senior–Citizen moralistic lamentations again? I suppose so .
A reflective Emancipation weekend to all .
I did my best to discover just who reviewed and “reformed” Mr Burnham’s 1980 Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .
Does not crime and punishment hold a permanent place in most societies?Prison, jail, penitentiary, correctional centre, detention centre .
“The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) team met with a group from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) in what will be interpreted as a growing recognition in the international community that the Opposition is in charge of the legislature .
If I’m accused of journalistic laziness today, I’ll plead guilty .
Escapist again? Guilty! As death by murder and mis-adventures stalk our newspapers’ front pages and as numerous commentators and columnists contend with our politics and governance in daily robust manner, I tire of such issues .
As a citizen of this sorry Republic, formerly somewhat “political” and still with a lively interest in its survival, I am given to wondering: of what significance is Guyana to the U .
Here I go again with my now annual lamentation and enquiry .
Quite frequently over the past decade, I have voiced, in print and on television, the habit of describing my Native Land Guyana, as “This Big, Beautiful, Blighted Land” .
The lead issue today resides in the fact that I notice this newspaper advertising its vacancies for “Reporters” and the various reports in the dailies this past Monday regarding the fatal shooting on Orange Walk in Georgetown .
“… on and after 26th May 1966 … her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the government of the territory which, immediately before that day, constitutes the colony of British Guiana which, on and after that day, is to be called Guyana” .
I was most definitely, committed to my more light-hearted, escapist mode in planning today’s brief offering .
Without even being asked, I repeat that it is not laziness which makes me repeat some views and themes .
It was on Sunday of this week, during a nine-hour blackout, that I persevered with the notes of this (type of) Frankly Speaking mini-lecture you’re reading here .
In five days’ time it will be the first of May – May Day, Workers Day, take your pick .
Oh dear me… It’s not only because Guyana’s four major newspapers now feature about a “hundred” columnists, analysts and commentators that makes me unsure, intimidated sometimes, of what new issue to confront .
I suppose that, sub-consciously, it is one of my pastimes: paying attention to the criticisms by individuals and groups against their former colleagues and organisations .
I suppose that my journalistic superiors and senior political columnists (and “satirists”) will point out that the concepts or issues indicated in my caption need no “versus” .
A Really Good Friday as Prophesied At my age and stage I have little enthusiasm to vilify, demonise and condemn senior public figures in our Big Beautiful Blight of a society .
Two columns ago I had indicated a more robust personal interest in the Constitution of our Co-operative Republic .
Regular readers and my editor will recognize this as one of my “lazy-day” offerings .