Ramotar six months after
It is expected. If it is not, then people don’t read me and they care not to speak to me about my commentary. But it is expected. And it happens. People ask me all the time why am I not writing about Donald Ramotar’s presidency. I am even accused of eschewing analysis of Ramotar because I am mindful that it may not be welcomed in Kaieteur News.
I will do what I have to do. We all have destinies whether shaped by God, the stars and or ourselves (or maybe a combination). When President Donald Ramotar begins to make news, starts to initiate policies, commence the governance of Guyana based on the ideas and vision of Donald Ramotar then he will occupy analytical space on this page.
For now, what can a commentator say about President Ramotar? My evaluation of his six-month stewardship has to be harsh and uncompromising.
Mr. Ramotar has not done anything to make you hope that he will be an innovative or even an effective leader. I know too much of philosophy and psychology to dismiss the greatness that is latent in people. But analysts do not go about praising leaders because one day they will be heroes.
How do we know they will be heroes so why avoid pungent criticism of their governance because one day greatness will shine? All would admit that is not the way scholarly writings are done.
Ramdin the West Indies wicket keeper may one day go on to break Lara’s record. A Guyanese may one day excel at one of tennis’ grand slams. A poor Italian boy may one day do a painting that critics will say is more complex than the Mona Lisa. There may be another Beatles under a new name that will take the world by storm in a more frenzied way. Another reggae artist is waiting somewhere in Kingston and he will one day eclipse Marley.
These are all possibilities that have no place in social analyses. When it comes to Ramdin, I doubt that. When it comes to tennis in Guyana, that may be in another thousand years.
When it comes to Ramotar I doubt he will be a Guyanese leader that will surpass the way Guyanese feel about Burnham, Jagan and Hoyte. My opinion which I would like to think is backed by my knowledge of Ramotar and his political evolution is that we will have a general election in 2016, there will be a new president and Mr. Ramotar will fade away like as an obscure president. He will not be seen as a terrible president but there will be no record to enable him to leave a legacy.
Do you know in life the two most pursued professions are law and medicine? Historically those two professions bestow status on the holder. It has not changed over the centuries. There are persons who want to be a lawyer or doctor because these occupations offer recognition. They will never be good doctors and fine lawyers but that is not what they are interested in. They just want to be a doctor or a lawyer.
I have seen lawyers in this country who are more unlearned and incompetent than housemaids I have known. I have seen doctors at the Georgetown Hospital who know nothing about medicine and are not interested in knowing.
It is the same with being the leader of your country. Humans just want to go down in history as being the leaders of their country. I mean nothing personal and what is about to be written below is not meant to be personally unfair to Mr. Ramotar. I don’t think he will make an effective president and I don’t believe Mr. Ramotar is working on being a great leader.
This is my opinion and as I said before it is based on my long, very long knowledge of Mr. Ramotar.
I do accept the competing theory that it is too early in his presidency to confront the Jagdeo bandwagon and the Jagdeo concretization of power. The holders of that approach may know more of Ramotar than I do therefore they are entitled to that polemic. But I beg to differ. I do not see Mr. Ramotar as possessing the necessary leadership qualities to drive him in a visionary direction in the coming two years.
I do not see Mr. Ramotar as being interested in wanting to depart from the game plan of Mr. Jagdeo. It may very well be that Mr. Ramotar is so smitten by Bharrat Jagdeo that he is content to live in his shadow until 2016.
Arising from my Sunday column, I met the Registrar and her deputy on Tuesday. They both agreed that when passage into the High Court from South Road is not possible because of water, the public can use the Charlotte Street entrance. They both declined to issue a press release to that effect saying that when the prevention occurs the public will be notified.