It was better to look at Charles Bronson than Ashni Singh
I bought a hard-to-find-movie last week. I was enjoying it on Tuesday evening when I stopped the disc to look at the debate that was to feature Moses Nagamootoo, Glen Lall, Khemraj Ramjattan and Chris Ram versus Dr Roger Luncheon, Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington on NICIL (Ramjattan and Nagamootoo did not go). I regretted. I ceased watching the Valachi Papers with Charles Bronson to digest the nonsense I saw and heard coming from Brassington and Singh.
Luncheon didn’t speak on NICIL at all. After I saw his responses to Nigel Hughes’s cross examination in the Bharrat Jagdeo’s libel suit, I am convinced that his time as a politician and servant of the State is long, long over. It is my honest opinion that Roger Luncheon is an embarrassment to the Government of Guyana. Even Idi Amin in Uganda or Samuel Doe in Liberia would not have kept him in their respective Cabinets.
I am still to complete my viewing of the Valachi Papers. I didn’t return to it after the NCN debate was over. The film is about Joseph Valachi, the first informant the FBI got to talk against the mafia during mob rule in the thirties and forties in the US. I was at the most interesting part when I switched to the debate.
One of the mob bosses had to run away from the US to Italy because the FBI was closing in. He had to leave his girlfriend behind.
From Italy, he sent a message to Valachi to kill her because he heard she was having other lovers. When Valachi and his hit-man colleague burst into her bedroom, they found her with another lover alright only it was a female. Both men confessed that they wouldn’t know what to tell their boss. At that point I stopped the disc to see and hear sleepy Luncheon as Ralph Ramkarran referred to him in a recent column.
To listen to Roger Luncheon, Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington was a sickening experience. But I had to. How else would I have known what type of leaders we have and how they have crucified themselves on the bonfires of the asininities.
First, Luncheon. The topic was NICIL. Luncheon didn’t utter one word about NICIL. His entire contribution was on what he considered bad journalism by the Kaieteur News. After Tuesday’s debate, we expect Luncheon to get Chronicle to come out of the gutter since Luncheon has become an expert on professional journalism.
Brassington is a barefaced evader of answers. Twice Adam Harris asked him – if you said you only have US$3 million in NICIL, then where did NICIL get US$19 million from to invest in the proposed Marriott Hotel? Brassington kept insisting that he has integrity and does his work professionally. Of course it is my right to say, “I am not convinced Sir.”
Ashni Singh talked nonsense throughout the discussion. How can a trained graduate in financial studies talk so much nonsense? Singh justified the Government’s investment in the proposed Marriott Hotel by saying that the Barbadian Government built a hotel. This is not only stupid and foolish, it is academic miasma. Barbados is one of the world’s most known countries because it is one of the world’s most beautiful islands (have some of my siblings there) and is one of the world’s most patronized tourist sites.
Top names in acting and singing have homes there. Perhaps most of the big names in the entertainment industry have visited Barbados. A few years ago, Pavarotti performed in Barbados. Pavarotti died without knowing who or what is Guyana. And if he had heard how stink the capital city was, he would not have come even if Alan Stanford was paying him all the money in the world to sing.
Some educated person must tell Ashni Singh that it made economic sense for the Bajan Government to build a hotel. It is jumbie economics for the State to invest in a US$40 million hotel in Guyana. Nobody comes here except Guyanese expatriates at Christmas.
Ashni Singh still lives in the past as when Hitler ruled Germany. He said prior to 1992, Government’s books were hardly audited. Singh forgot that Forbes Burnham died a long time ago and 1992 was a long time ago. Singh got away with his foolishness when he said it was the same toll for a car to cross the Berbice ferry. That is untrue.
I taught at the Berbice campus and it was not $4000 for my RAV 4 to cross. God, yuh hear lies!