The wealthy party boy in the suit among the protesters
There is an insurmountable dilemma the PPP has with its propaganda. For propaganda to penetrate, the facts have to be on the side of those driving the machine. Adolf Hitler became increasingly effective because the facts were on his side.
One is that in the Great Depression of 1929, although all countries were hard hit by it, Hitler argued that Germany’s poverty was due to the burden the West placed on it after it lost the First World War. Although it was horrible what he did with his propaganda on the Jews, it was a fact that some of the wealthiest sections of German society were Jews. If there was no division of Germany territory in 1919 and no wealthy German Jews, the world might not have seen Hitler.
In the US, Obama is vulnerable because the US is still to regain its economic robustness when Bill Clinton ruled and in the first few years of George W. Bush. Once the facts are on your side, you can present a distorted, manipulated picture to paint your opponent in a corner.
The British Labour Party was bound to lose, because Blair made a mess of things. The Conservative Party simply milked the corruption scandals under Blair.
In Guyana, a jaded, faded group of tired oligarchs are trying to save their power after twenty years of insane use of power. So what do they do? They descend to unimaginable levels of absurdity by coercing state employees to picket the two opposition parties and seeking to compose a theme of propaganda that looks like elephant dung and smells like cow dung. The composers are incompetent and the facts are graphically against them.
We start with the protester in the suit. He joined the state employees to denounce opposition budget cuts. But he cuts a pathetic figure when the facts about him are known and the protesters know about his facts. At that age to own a mansion, a swimming pool and untold other assets must make him uncomfortable among the demonstrators. The protesters know that they will never, in a million years working in Guyana, own what this protester acquired in a few short years.
It is comical for the PPP architects of propaganda to invent a theme of sympathy for NCN. No one reads the Chronicle; no one is influenced by it. Few look at NCN, no one is influenced by it. The Guyanese people know that if ten babies die in one day at the Georgetown Public Hospital, NCN for that day will feature tassa drumming by Reepu Daman Persaud as its lead item. There will be a news blackout on the babies because they died at a government hospital.
The Guyanese know that they will have to tune in to Prime News and Capitol News to hear about those babies.
The Guyanese people know that when ‘Killaman’ or Kwame or the Oginga Obumba or De Raat turn up buried inside a shocking controversy, there will be a news blackout on NCN. If the Guyanese people were contemptuous of NCN then, they became insanely hostile to it two months before the general elections last year.
Three private organizations were the major contestants in that election – PPP, APNU and AFC. But NCN, a state-owned company whose job is to report on State activities, showed obsession with one of those private organizations, the PPP.
Every newscast for the two months leading up to the day of the election, reported on the election campaign of the PPP. In 2011, NCN practiced paramountcy of the party that never reached such shocking heights under Burnham as the nation saw in the election campaign in 2011. It is not only that the subsidy for NCN should have been dissolved, but the entity itself.
Could any propaganda exercise to support NCN be successful in this country? Only the PPP thinks so.
Now we hear talk of a snap election. The hope of the tired oligarchs is that they will get votes by telling the Guyanese people that the opposition cut money for NCN among other things. Can this propaganda work? It cannot, once the man in the suit in the crowd is there for the opposition to lambaste.
So the election campaign is on again and there you have these attentive cane cutters in Berbice listening to Moses Nagamootoo, and Moses is talking about the party boy in the suit with his mansion, pool, pool house and God knows what else he has.
And Moses is talking about the OP consultant that has a monthly salary of $3 million. Let’s have the snap election, please!