Understanding the psyche of the PPP supporters
On Friday December 4, 2009 Guyanese woke up to the news blared across the two independent dailies that GuySuCo could not pay their workers their week’s wages that amounted to almost $290 million.
This is a watershed moment in Guyana’s history and should beyond the shadow of a doubt, cause the most ardent supporter of the Jagdeo led PPP so-called “workers party of the people” to sit up and take notice and ask what’s next?
Sugar and agricultural workers and their families have always been the back bone of the PPP’s support and have held special significance to the emotional support of the PPP.
Sugar workers burnt cane fields and downed their tools as a form of industrial action at the behest of GAWU/PPP to signify their importance at the time to Guyana’s economy and to get the attention of Burnham’s PNC government.
Seventeen tears after their beloved PPP has been in charge of the nation, all with their unconditional support, they’ve had to resort to a series of strikes, be told that LBI will soon shut its doors among other insults and now comes the grandest insult on top of injury, “de guvament packet bruk and can’t pay dem.”
Each PPP supporter from 12/4/09 going forward must honestly ask themselves if the return on their unconditional support was worth it. When “businessman” and contractors are the new favoured constituents, when blackout is still a common occurrence, when your demographic is now being tortured and killed at the hands of the PPP’s security forces with no redress, when ministers and government functionaries make up the wealthiest ten percent of the country and you’re still mired in poverty and live in fear of being the next crime victim was it worth it?
How much are all of the taxpayers-funded trips for the President costing each taxpayer and couldn’t some of those monies be better spent on the salaries of GuySuCo employees?
Forty-five years is more than sufficient time to realise whether it’s the other side or your side and your lot in life has not improved significantly. Isn’t it time for change? That Burnham banned flour and other food items is no longer an excuse to cling to; everyone suffered because flour not only made roti, it made bread and duff and dumpling too.
Antipathy toward those who do not look like you has gotten Guyana to where it is today and that’s why self serving politicians of all stripes will continue to exploit those fears.
Competence matters, accountability matters, being a taxpayer matters at more than just elections time; remember this date because they’re counting on your blind support the next election.
Vote your hope and not your fears, next time it may not just be one week’s salary.