I agree: Land for working-class Afros Hello friends, hello critics. My simple ageing mind wishes to simplify the advice implicit in my lead caption – non tribalist, observation, analysis, decision, hopefully a national objective decision regarding which political group you prefer in government beyond 2019.
-I’ve been telling you! Staying B.A.M.N The seven decades-long political behemoths to stalk this once-pristine Guyana land – as political parties – have begun, in earnest, their election strategies to retain or reclaim governmental dominion over us.
“This land is my land” I return briefly to the issue of choices before and whenever His Excellency “proclaims” the elections date.
-Romanticising the ghetto? Or empowering it? Hoping that the thoughts explored or expressed in the paragraphs immediately hereunder do not attract the displeasure of the more politically-minded.
-T.N.D.: pre-empting, preventing “internal” upheavals Decided to be a bit overtly political today.
Greetings friends. I had just decided to be escapist and light-hearted today when I recalled that last Friday I promised to touch on the now-sensitive issue of land management including allocations (transports, leases).
-The Chief Commander: Chronicle page 3 Hello. As a teacher in my by-gone twenties I had concluded, a little hastily, that our laws and system of justice, especially “criminal” justice, were tilted and lopsided in favour of the criminals.
I bore – or upset – many friends and readers whenever I repeat herein my limitations and feelings of being “out-of-my-depth” with respect to certain national issues.
-Front-page murders – all the pages If you were an adult (18-25 years) when Guyana gained its constitutional and governmental “independence” from Britain in May of 1966, you would be now in your seventies.
– American “asylum”, while thousands wait Three fit and sturdy fellows of average intelligence and Sunday-school background – and between the ages of twenty to twenty-four – were accepted into the Guyana Police Force (GPF) a few years ago.
-Potential riggers (Part 8) His Excellency, our Historian President has ensured that the arrival(s) of the first Portuguese and Chinese to our land be hailed and commemorated.
-Miss Chantoba Bright: Sport as National Development From early to mid-December, 2018, the Coalition was supremely confident in their numbers to easily scuttle Mr Jagdeo’s (No) Confidence Motion.
-Should “Skibby” Critchlow cry? I thank you all for allowing me this one-day break today.
-My rigging series resumed (Pt 7) Hey you-all! You know that I “know my place”.
-My own farewell funeral concert In countries – especially those which strive to be, or remain, democracies – which are governed by the rule of law, judges must be considered among the most vital officials of those societies.
Because I had had enough of Bharrat Jagdeo’s direct and covert rule and dominion over Guyana’s resources and destiny in 2015, I voted for the best of the bad lot – Granger/Nagamootoo in 2015.
“Mr Sobers” is attorney-at-law Leslie Anthony Sobers of whom I’m a great fan – which might soon seem an irony.
-A taxi-driver on Jagdeo’s `powerlust Leaving the obvious “issues of national significance” – poised to erupt (?) this week – I seek relief to ponder upon a question which impacts on the well-being of humankind.
Rigging potential under APNU (Part 6) Now force yourselves, concerned citizens. Assume or pretend that there was no No-Confidence Vote.
Electoral rigging – Under PPP? (Pt 5) Frankly Speaking, I would now hereby advise my fellow citizens, especially those resident here at all times, not to expect any significant earnings coming their way from our emerging oil and gas sector before, say 2022.
-Comrade Irfaan Vs His Excellency: Any contest? I’ve advised voters, especially those bright-eyed first-timers between eighteen and twenty-five, that even when they fashion their loyalty and vote for their favourite political tribe, their choice is essentially, “the best of the bad lot”.
Regarding Speaker Scotland, Mr Nadir Mindful of my self-imposed caution not to contribute to any inflammatory rhetoric in this sudden season of political constitutional controversy and open and covert election campaigning, I resort to creative speculation today.
Electoral engineering, before Polling Day (Pt 4) Partly because I regret not benefiting from the higher forms of tertiary education, I respect the analyses, the conclusions, the sentiments regarding this country’s politics by our experts.
The top two candidates: why Indo/Afro? Besides the expected goings-on at His Excellency’s Chairman’s GECOM, I swore that the PPP itself is not really ready for very early elections that may be available.
Cultural Empowerment these days You-all must admire His Excellency’s Most Matured, Fit-And-Proper Gecom Chairman long-retired Justice Patterson now has to superintend historic national elections whether they are a consequence of Dr Jagdeo’s No Confidence Motion or not.
Let’s debate: America’s immigrants Coming from where I came from – voting for the People’s National Congress (PNC); then participating in its elections campaigns (’80, ’85, ’92) – I will not here prevaricate or equivocate: I’m aware of allegations and realities of electoral rigging of polling and votes when Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte administered this land.
Under-development in health care, sport ’Tis the Season! To “form a party”! Baby Party, Legal Party, People’s Party.
Concerning attorney Nigel Hughes The coward in me – recognising when I’ll be “out-of-my-depth” – frequently advises that I stay away from contentious national issues which dozens of others eagerly address daily.
How to avoid being “Dead Meat” parties I hereby reminisce briefly about the 1980 to 1992 days when I was part of a small pivotal team contributing to sensitizing and educating (frontline) People’s National Congress (PNC) members about their roles during elections campaigns.
-Power and suffering at Christmas-Time Could it be my age? Or my self-imposed generational non-acceptance of lawlessness and disorder in the name of `Chrissmuss’, that makes me frequently crotchety during this month?
Dyslexia? Never give up! Man, the captions will easily indicate that I’m “all-over-the-place” in these paragraphs today.
– Guardedly thanking Comrade Chairperson Volda Just imagine me! I’m being briefly but heavily political today.
Have a “cautious” Christmas (Again, I leave Crime, Corruption, Cricket, Traffic Accidents, LGE and the Budget to others.) Instead, the recent City Hall Inquiry, the now-usual threat by the main Garbage Collectors to withdraw and the now-evident chaotic Vendor-Invasion, all combined to prompt the following heart-felt lament.
-Land, spaces and places – for Afro-Guyanese [So how are you all – my country men and women – coping with the relative bombardment daily?
-The Spirit to exist, to survive What’s with my lead issue today? Well, it’s my escapist persona kicking in.
I agree with Miss Mosa about (traditional) voter apathy relevant to Local Community Elections.
-Permanent Pavement People (PPP) I suspect these are my final comments for some time on this issue – the choice and presence of a chairman for our national elections body.
Regular fans of this twenty-five year old man-in-the-street column have long appreciated that I know when not to enter debates about complex issues tending to be above my head and intellectual level.
…But still an unlikely, military politician So you are some category of Guyanese – and over eighteen years.
Concerning the GNBA and NFMU No. It’ll be appropriate for me to “boast” that I was first to “advise” that the imminent Local Government Elections (LGE) would generate robust, even rancorous divisive contention for the rest of the year.
-When His Excellency retires – at 80… Sometimes “repetition-for-emphasis” – an old-school teaching technique – can be useful.
-do you care to vote in November? I suppose that every year I indulge – in muted exasperation – and acceptance?
Sexual misconduct: America and the Third World This humble column hereby lays claim to directing national attention – some two years ago – to the fact that the 2020 General Elections will attract some robust characteristics.
-Teachers, sugar-cakes – and “lessons” In sequential truth, I should begin with the misnomer “Amerindian”.
-When going on strike these days… Seeing the aged security guard sound asleep at her post the other night, then wondering about the reflexes of a very, very “matured” taxi driver provoked me to re-cycle the following thoughts, last repeated four years ago.
Dr Jagdeo’s LCDS, the Brigadier’s GSDS Perhaps I do bore some of my regulars by pledging that “this will be my most brief yet.” (See, I wasted one whole sentence above.) But because this social issue easily attracts many pages I shall try hard to be succinct.
-Rum, proverbs – and a priest As just one week of August is left for this year I return to reflections relevant to this month, evocative for virtually two generations ago.
His Excellency is staying on – with victorious Volda I held Mr. Paul Slowe in high regard as a professional police officer of fair play and integrity.
Being futile? Another attempt to be most brief today? Lead caption presents a repetitive lament.
– Afro-Business: Land? Manufacturing? Firstly, two personal contextual points: my avid interest in Guyana’s social history was really ignited by the late historian Vere T.