Send in the clowns!
Why can’t high-level employees who acquired their position because of loyalty to the PPP explain themselves without coming across as foolish people? There does not seem to be any top bureaucrat or party apparatchik that can face the public and offer a respectable and intellectually smart explanation for something the government has done. The statement turns out either to be comical, asinine or downright degrading.
Maybe Bharrat Jagdeo started it. Maybe Charles Ramson started it. President Jagdeo once uttered something that was appallingly stupid. When asked why he does not support secret balloting to select the PPP candidate for the presidential slot for the general elections, he said that when there is a secret vote, people are more inclined to offer inducements to others to buy their preference.
Mr. Jagdeo had it in the reverse fashion. It is when there is secret ballot your bribe may not work. The person will take your money and vote against you and you will never know. If you bribe them and the ballot is an open one then you will know if they betray you. How can any human being say that open voting is better than private use of the ballot?
The one that I will always remember and use in any book that I may write on politics is the mouthing-off by the then Attorney-General, Charles Ramson, to the media. At his press conference, Ramson told reporters that when he heard talk all over the place about a certain Minister who does illegal things, he thought it was him because he is a man given to doing illegal things.
That exclamation caused widespread laughter in Guyana when it was printed in the Stabroek News. Except for Guyana, no other country would produce an Attorney General who would utter such foolishness.
For me, the most comical PPP person in high office is the Director of Sports, Neil Kumar. What kind of culture Freedom House has that breeds these types? Mr. Kumar said last year that he will restrict use of the Colgrain Pool so as to preserve it.
Then three weeks ago, he told the media that it is easy to say that State-owned pools must be opened to the public but you just don’t use a pool like that. People must clean themselves before they access the facility.
Next is a certain PPP leader whose name I won’t print. He wrote letters under the fictitious signature, Oliver Sam. Stabroek News published its lack of success in determining who Sam was since the address he gave was false. Instead of let sleeping dogs lie, this PPP king foolishly became arrogant and proclaimed that Oliver Sam was a real person. How stupid! Why say so when you know he is fictional and won’t be able to produce him. It is people like these that are in charge of Guyana the past 20 years.
Next is Roger Luncheon. He made the court laugh with his loss of memory during his testimony in President Jagdeo’s libel case against me. When his answers were published in the two independent dailies, it made the entire country laugh. As Mr. Nigel Hughes kept rattling off the names of the beneficiaries of Government’s land sale, divestments and employment practices, Dr. Luncheon became a stuck record saying, “I can’t recall that Sir.”
Now Luncheon is at it again. He told the nation that NCN is a private company. Well if the State-owned television company is a private entity so is Queen’s College, the Bank of Guyana, the GDF, the National Park, the Ministry of Health, Regent Street, Water Street, the Botanic Gardens and of course, GuySuCo, GWI and GPL. Luncheon was just being his comical self.
NCN is the property of the Republic of Guyana, wholly owned by the State. We must not forget, the “goat-ain’t-bite-meh” gentleman, Clement Rohee. He told the nation that his DNA is ready to send him in the direction of the presidency. This is a funny gentleman that goats, plenty goats, bit a long time ago
Finally, there is Winston Brassington. He wants a debate with Khemraj Ramjattan over the operations of NICIL. NICIL has become a raging controversy in Guyana with millions of unanswered questions. In the middle of all of this, Brassington wants a debate instead of explaining to the Guyanese people all the transactions and dimensions of NICIL.
Brassington did get his debate last Tuesday night, but Ramjattan wasn’t there and Brassington made viewers laugh. He couldn’t answer a simple question from Adam Harris.