Months before the 2011 elections, I wrote a very short piece in this column which carried the same caption as the lead today .
Hello you electors/voters .
There will be those amongst the Guyanese population who will be indifferent towards the May General Elections .
I trust I’m not guilty, today, of editorial laziness, content-wise .
Since Sunday, after the PPP’s announcement identifying President Ramotar’s Prime Ministerial running mate, speculation has been vigorously rife on two fronts: Why and how was that quiet-spoken, charming professional chosen? And why – in Heaven’s name – did she accept such a high profile political offer?Not since Joe Hamilton’s 2011 defection from his PNC, whose anti-PPP street protests he led in 97/98, has such a campaign/political move caught me by impressive surprise .
-Are Banks allowed to be naughty?I spared myself a day or two before finally deciding that I would dare offer a reminder–comment to the populace, generally, and to African-descended Guyanese specifically that February is usually deemed African History Month .
- ISIS: A global threat?I suppose it’s no irony; just his many assignments and publications which resulted in Historian David Granger- currently the political Opposition Leader- producing a booklet on a summarized history of Guyana’s (earliest) Newspapers .
We’re 22 today!Let’s do a layman’s “analytical” breakdown of the elements, institutional assistance experts, expertise, environment and other personnel needed to deem a society, a country, a State, a narco- friendly place .
I loved – and still do like – our national Song of the Republic .
I’m hoping that I should be thankful for the young amongst us .
On this, our first day of the New Year, I should be concentrating on beginnings, not endings .
- And their funding comes from?I had touched upon my lead subject a few columns back, writing during a vacation abroad .
- Americans against Christmas?With a mere five days to the December twenty-fifth date chosen by some long-time Christian (?)Religious/Imperial Hierarchy as the day to celebrate the birth of God the son, here I go discussing Guyana’s Civil Society .
The Euro-American traditional Christmas-time music included a song called “Blue Christmas” .
When the late President Hoyte facilitated the return of a relatively free Press – the Stabroek News and the freeing up of the importation of newsprint – and the re-importation of flour and other banned or restricted consumer items, legacies of the rigid Burnham policies, most of the country could breathe again and demonstrated gratitude to Hugh Dessie .
Again, I leave the reasons for and consequences of the Prorogation; the visible manifestations of unprofessional ineptitude with respect to vital infrastructure and the issue of how our young ladies dress to the more knowledgeable, the more “analytical” .
Here comes one of my university-of-life/faculty-of-the-streets lecturettes today .
And snippets from the protestYou “regulars” know me .
Greetings to all friends .
Many would appreciate that I often endeavour to “try something a little different “when numerous other contributors zoom in on the socio–political, socio– economic or hot current issues of the day .
Welcome again to one of my “time-out” days when I promise – or attempt – to be most brief .
Hardly the socio-political analyst as others claim qualifications to be, I’ll limit this lead item to my personal remembrances, anecdotes and opinions – the latter deduced from both reasonable belief and speculation .
… For purposes of traffickingGreetings! Sure, my regulars will easily detect that I’m recycling thoughts on this issue today, even as my own record of these columns indicate that I essay comments along these lines at least once per year .
- Local government? Community management? How?Because of this weekend’s Trade Exposition and Fair – GuyExpo – and because I have been reading a few letters-to-editors describing the PPP and its ministers in rather harsh language, I’ve chosen to mention, with some emphasis one rather publicly-vibrant one: Mohamed Irfaan Ali .
Fenty Last Friday, Granger tooIn comparison to a majority of our local social scientists, historians, perhaps, political analysts and, of course, politicians, mine would be a minority viewpoint .
American teens, Muslim global presenceSome weeks I do tire over the choice of topics or issues .
This is one of those Fridays I wanted for my time-out brevity .
In the USA, where thousands of my countrymen reside, former Presidents are still addressed as “President .
I know that I have had cause to express my curious appreciation of those columnists and dedicated letter writers – based in Georgetown and overseas – who, virtually, daily, lambaste Bharrat Jagdeo, his heirs and wannabes, most relentlessly with a view to regime change .
I tire truly of the world’s and Guyana’s sordid goings-on .
If even regarded by some as ramblings or waffle, I return to my lead issues with pointed brevity .
I can claim to be no political scientist nor analyst .
Within a five–day period thousands of us interested enough were able to be treated to varied “explosions of sound” emanating from the PNC/APNU/Parliamentary Opposition Leader, retired Army Brigadier, David Granger .
- The Politics of the Seventh ParliamentIn these Op-Ed pieces one is given to (hopefully) well-thought out analyses and conclusions, strongly-held, truth-and-fact views, sometimes preachy “lectures” and heavily-referenced or endorsed dissertations .
Two most brief lecturettes today as senior years muse on values and virtues lost, providing origins and causes for our socio-national decline .
Your might detect, rather easily, that I tend to leave some of the more topical issues to those commentators eminently qualified to analyse and share opinions on the numerous matters of “national significance” .