To all non-tribalist voters: Observe, decide…

`You get de laan? De Loan? Houses? Thank Charrandass!’

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.

Insider sneak peek: PNC, PPP campaign strategies

-Oh well, the (convicted) killers will live

-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.

His Excellency’s officers, democracy and oil

-Remaining right there – by any means necessary (BAMN)

-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.

Homes for all! Land for whom?

-who finances election campaigns? Why? How?

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).

What Carlee the career criminal knows

-Products from the Ministries of Public Mediocrity

-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.

The politics of oil: Melinda’s musings

-Buju and APNU – morality and legacy

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.

Fifty-three years after May 1966

-Personal reminiscences, national realities

-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.

Our “unbribable” commissioner, his rogue cops

- Will electoral defeat be accepted?

– 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.

What Charrandass caused…(34 or no 34)

-The “new” airport and other economic crimes

-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.

Our judges: Mortals, law, opinion, interpretation

-Humour: some stress-relief lady ministers

-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.

Many willingly served under Burnham, although…

-Now, reluctantly under Granger – conscience?

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.

Why poverty? Why suffering? Whose government?

-His Excellency: the Supreme Executive Authority

-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.

Vast sovereign wealth for 800,000 (only?)

Racial animosity here: Why? How?

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.

I’m feeling compromised: Granger’s governance beyond 2020

-Our Constitution,“their” CARICOM?

-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”.

PNC War Room? PPP Situation Room?

Justifying corruption, thievery

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.

No-no! Not political war-drum-(beats)-early

Government generosity: ask now!

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.

Mashramani election campaign moves

How certain election officials rig (Pt 3)

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.

Some key players: On rigging elections (Pt 2)

“Total national defence” – and non-violent defiance

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.

On rigging elections – past and present

The Vote: Perfecting constitutional eye-pass

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.

On giving power so suddenly…

“Not for sale? Can’t be bought?”

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.

On educating PNC Leaders and loyalists

Our Judiciary: Many cringe, as convicts smile

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.

Accommodating disorder for ‘The Season’

-Our poor constitution: Ignored, overlooked

-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?

Shouldn’t we grieve for Georgetown? I do

Mother 33, daughter 15

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.

Extra-terrestrial aliens wonder

…about the world, about Guyana

-Land, spaces and places – for Afro-Guyanese [So how are you all – my country men and women – coping with the relative bombardment daily?

His Excellency – not fit? Not proper?

-Jonestown’s 40th – personal notes

-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.

His Excellency’s chairman fumes

…As GECOM attracts sympathy, scrutiny

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.

All before the oil-and-gas jubilee elections

One million for little Sunil’s life?

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.

The poor growing old in Guyana

Our new C-O-P: First choice?

-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.

Why I never turned into a thief

Grandmother, God-and “licks”

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.

Going to school in August – Reminiscences…

-Who will attempt to rig elections? How?

-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.