Passage attributed to me was not mine

Dear Editor,

Your reporting in yesterday’s page 15 of SN (‘New party not solution to country’s problems –Ramkarran’) quoted a passage from my Sunday column (‘A bleak prognosis?’) which it attributed to me but which was not mine and did not represent my views.

Your report states: “Ramkarran, who was a member of the PPP for nearly 50 years before resigning because he thought it was not doing enough to fight corruption, criticised both his former party and the governing coalition. ‘The (APNU+AFC) government is silently leaning the economy towards Burnham’s socialist control system, to co-operativism and poverty, where the sugar workers suffer and the private sector has no influence. The past government’s policies favoured drug lords, the criminally inclined and business crooks. While these two parties are in existence racism will never die in Guyana and the problems outlined above, and more, will never be resolved’, he said, while arguing that constitution reform offered the prospect of a positive change.”

The words from “The (APNU+AFC) government…” to the end of the paragraph were a quotation from a letter Mr Craig Sylvester had written to KN on Saturday last. I made that clear in my article and also made clear that I was criticizing Mr. Sylvester.

Yours faithfully,

Ralph Ramkarran

Editor’s note:

We apologise for the error.


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