Let me say before this the essential points of this essay unfolds as a citizen and media worker of the Caribbean region, I have absolutely no regard and no respect for Guyana-born Barbadian resident, Rickey Singh.
It is my right to assert how I feel about another human being though my feeling should exclude vile descriptions, libelous adjectives and personal attacks. I will avoid such derogations now and in the future.
As we are on the subject of Barbados, I wish to extend my condolences to the family of Guyana’s Honorary Consul in that Caricom state, Norman Faria. Not much has been written about Faria since his death. I had little reason to regard him with civility because he published nasty attacks on me using the pen name John Reid. John Reid was the author of the pro-communist book, “Ten Days that shook the World,” about the 1918 Russian Revolution.
Faria was a communist in the league of Cheddi Jagan. This is not the time to assess the politics of Faria but his contradictions are quite common among today’s Caribbean communists. Faria adored the PPP and was a fanatical supporter of the Jagdeo and Castro presidencies. But he chose not to live or work in Guyana and Cuba for even a week. He loved capitalist Barbados.
By this time I would have hoped that the Barbadian Government would have expelled all those Guyanese that are illegal residents. There is no moral way you can justify an influx of illegal entrants from a large territory like Guyana into a tiny microstate like Barbados consisting of a mere 166 square miles.
These Guyanese should leave the people’s country and come home and vote for change, vote for new leaders that would make their country as stable as Barbados
Last year, when Prime Minister Thompson demanded that illegal residents in Barbados leave or face deportation, Sir Shridath Ramphal and Rickey Singh were among those who voiced indignation. One wonders why they would be angry at the deportation of Guyanese from Barbados who were not legally processed.
In retaliation, Prime Minister Thompson subtly remarked that both Ramphal and Singh were ungrateful because Barbados has been kind to them. Two years ago, Ramphal retired from active international life and bought a permanent house in Barbados.
Singh, of course, ran away from the PNC Government and was granted residency in the island. Here is a man who can find time to comment on the policies of the Bajan PM yet is a sordid apologist for fascism in Guyana. One can just imagine how PM Thompson feels about Singh and his double standards.
I am amazed that Singh does not come under more criticism from Bajan human rights groups.
Where are the voices of Ramphal and Singh on two frightening episodes in Guyana? First, it was unthinkable in modern politics anywhere in the world to hear a country’s Attorney General tell his nation that when he heard the public talking about a Minister’s illegal escapades he thought it was he being spoken about because he is given to such behaviour. This is what Senior Counsel Charles Ramson told the people of this land.
We do not have the kind of political decency in the halls of government that would have allowed for the ostracization of Ramson. But isn’t this an egregious statement in the Caricom region far worse than Thompson’s eviction notice?
Secondly, we have an advisor to President Jagdeo who has done something terrible that should bring immediate response from both Singh and Ramphal. Dr. Randy Persaud, contemptuous and cynical about the CSME in Caricom, has exclaimed that a Barbadian journalist and political analyst, Peter Wickham, has interfered in the internal affairs when his organization conducted a poll here in Guyana about people’s voting attitudes.
Here are his exact words, “CADRES (Wickham’s polling outfit) is interfering in the internal affairs of Guyana,” (SN, June 8, page 6). This came from the pen of a man who is a senior official of a Caricom Government. It is a most disgusting remark and should be condemned by the citizens of Caricom who each carry a common Caricom passport.
Like Ramson, Persaud is not going to be disciplined because of the poor quality of leadership we have in the corridors of power, but it is obligatory of Ramphal and Singh to demand that Jagdeo show some measure of political morality and apologize to the Caribbean people.
I doubt these two Bajan residents will do it. Sometimes I feel that the Barbadian Government should ask Ramphal to buy a house in his own country and send Singh packing.
Was Jagdeo honest when he made those promises?
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