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).
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.
Some of the problems are going around and around in cycles in Guyana, despite new administrations or governments. These problems may occur because of the tendency of our politicians to criticize, instead of to emulate; to find fault rather than the remedies necessary to drive the nation forward.
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).
Some years ago a study was conducted of traffic accidents in Latin America and the Caribbean. The data showed that, for instance, Brazil with one-third of the total population and vehicles, suffered one-third of the fatalities.
The public is anticipating with great interest the impending determination by the PPP of its presidential candidate. A controversy played out in the press and likely to arise surrounds the method of the vote – whether it should be by secret ballot or by open vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.