Opinion

Guyana does not observe the eight sub-rules of the rule of law

Dear Editor, Mr Anil Mohabir Nandlall evades my request (‘Not the rule of law’ SN, March 22) for him to state his opinion as to whether Guyana observes Lord Bingham’s eight sub-rules of the rule of law and instead immodestly invites me to examine his legal career: (‘Not a response to letter on mischief caused by prescriptive title’ SN, March 25).

Arrogant diplomat

Dear Editor, In my opinion the standard of driving in Guyana has deteriorated over the years, but I was astonished to have a rude encounter with an arrogant man with a DPL number plate – one would have expected better.

Whose court of justice?

It would not be at all surprising if individuals and officials in various parts of the world with whom Caricom countries do business, are asking themselves this question about our region, concerning what they have been led to think is a regional institution, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

How could a ‘brains trust’ on collective responsibility not include women?

Dear Editor, I happened to stumble, late as usual, across the news that Caricom and the UWI supposedly  “planned” a conference on ‘Collective Responsibility for the 21st century.’ If they really “planned” it, as we must assume, then they must explain what they mean by ‘plan.’ How could reasonable people meet and plan such a conference and show such lack of responsibility.

Open letter sets out eight problems with the Norway-Guyana MOU

Dear Editor, I’d like to draw your attention to an open letter sent by members of Guyanese civil society to the Norwegian Minister of the Environment on 24 March 2011 and posted at: Eight problems with Norway’s REDD support to Guyana, http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/25/eight-problems-with-norways-redd-support-to-guyana-open-letter-to-erik-solheim/ This letter sets out eight major problems with the Norway-Guyana MOU, signed in November 2009, and urges the Norwegian government to ►support civil society to reduce the disabling secrecy and corruption which this relatively huge amount of money inevitably attracts; ►insist on and support a transparent and participative revision of the enablers, including independent advisers and civil society, in a process not dominated by the President or government agencies; ►insist that all material which is not commercially confidential but which is relevant to the operation of this MoU should be in the public domain with minimal redaction and no tampering.

The GRA Commissioner General’s promised enquiry

It would, perhaps, be precipitate to suggest, at this stage, that the hurdles that appear to be springing up following GRA Commissioner General Kurshid Sattaur’s publicly stated commitment to a full and transparent investigation into the Vega Azurit cocaine incident could end up derailing a major drug bust.

Quality of democracy

Dear Editor, I have just read that the incumbent ruling party in Canada, under Prime Minister Stephen Harper has “fallen after a no confidence vote passed in the country’s parliament,” and two observations came immediately to my mind.