The Parrot hinted in its last squawk about Uncle Murray’s departure from his chair at the Place of CONgress. A little bird nestled in Palm Tree jungle in Sophia whistled to me that Uncle Murray was made to feel very uncomfortable in the chair, and had no choice but to do the decent thing — leave it next to Uncle Bob’s.
Before Uncle Murray sat in the chair, many others wanted the privilege to sit in it. Their efforts were futile, and the former Trade Minister was given the “honour” of being the occupant.
The task of sitting in the chair came with some “perks”— some assistance in the form of two Deputy Chair Sitters (DCS), better known as vice chairs. After Uncle Murray left the chair, Uncle Bob noted that the disaster…oops, sorry, the departure would not, in any way, affect the smooth running of the Place of CONgress. Well, the way the situation appears, things seem far from smooth.
Whilst Uncle Bob boasted of the DCS and their ability to fill Uncle Murray’s very big shoes that he wore while sitting on the chair, squawk is that there are some “rang lings” between the two as to who should actually sit in the vacant chair.
The same bird alluded to seeing one DCS taking home the chair for safe keeping. The explanation for the DCS’s action was the ease at which things leave Palm Tree jungle. Uncle Murray’s departure was cited as an example. Nothing was left to chance.
After that, Uncle Bob instructed that the chair be chained in his office, and that the key to the lock be in his possession. He further ordered that all entrances be manned and kept closed, so as to prevent anyone or thing from leaving. The next day, when he arrived, the gate was open and no one was in a “manning” position.
Angry that his order was not carried out, he demanded an explanation. What he heard caused him to slump in the chair he chained; there wasn’t any one left to man anything. He was reminded that Stanley, Eric, Jerome, Vincent, James, Sherwood, Andrew, Artie, and now Uncle Murray, have left. Even the Hard-ing lady lost faith and moved on, plus Rickford “dissing” he.
The list is even longer when others are taken into consideration. Uncle Bob was shocked; he didn’t realise that his camp had so many desertions. Only Hammie, Aubrey and Oscar are left.
In the latter’s case, he is up for grabs — at the Academy Awards in a few weeks. Hammie cannot afford to desert; the same li’l bird revealed that he might have been responsible for Uncle Murray’s departure from the chair. Apparently he desperately needs the position to “cement” his return, after being expelled by Uncle Desi; and more so, given that soon he may have to desert the chair at the Hall of the City. For him, any chair will do.
This has been met with opposition from Aubrey, who feels that it’s time for him to have the chair. This aspect has lengthened the list of chair “wanters” when the two DCS are added. Uncle Bob is confused; who should he put in the chair? A game of “musical chairs” might help.
On a serious note: how, in the wake of Uncle Murray’s resignation, can Uncle Bob speak of democracy and freedom of speech? Uncle Murray spoke on behalf of Palm Tree jungle in support of Guyana’s position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). He was the acting leader at the time; he’s an Economist and a former Trade Minister; his words have weight. Why was the position he articulated reversed by Uncle Bob and others?
So, Uncle Bob, from now on, democracy and freedom of expression cease to exist in your jungle. Ah, it’s nothing new; it was always like that. Any thought of using hire purchase for the chair Uncle Bob?
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