Dec 09, 2011 Letters
The opportunity we have before us is not as simple as the numbers in Parliament. I believe that it is an opportunity for us to work towards the greater good. For me, the greater good means erasing the Westminster System of politics and governance, forever destroying the legalized dictatorial rule of an Executive President and legislatively giving the people of Guyana the democratic right to choose their regional government and parliamentary representatives.
As a young person, should these structural changes not come about soon, I will never again vote for any political party in this country because it seems that they are all the same, simply fooling the Guyanese public into believing that they have our best interest at heart.
We know that no meaningful change will come unless we change the structures that guide culture and practice of politics and governance.
If the PPP was truly interested in taking this country in another direction it would not have had to wait until it was forced to do so via a minority government. Additionally, when Mr. Ramotar was putting together his Cabinet, he would have demanded a multi-party cabinet. The writing is on the wall and the game the PPP is playing is clear for all to see.
Time and time again over the past few years, the PPP had the opportunity to make things right but they chose to selfishly take us down the same under-developed, corrupt and partisan road. They were not interested I compromise, shared decision-making neither building trust.
Now because they find themselves in a tricky situation of a minority government, they are reaching out the proverbial olive branch. Once again they are displaying arrogance, contempt and utter selfishness.
Look at the recently passed budgets, look at the Berbice Bridge scenario, what about the President’s lavish pension and the policies that directly targeted independent bodies like some trades unions, cane harvesters, the University of Guyana, Critchlow Labour College and both the Stabroek News and Kaieteur News.
We are all familiar with the saying that those who forget the past, whether conveniently or for selfish gain, are doomed to repeat it.
Should the opposition parties and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to a lesser extent, fail to realize this moment we have in our grip, should they fall victim to the conciliatory and sympathizing gestures of the PPP, I dare say that we will be further ridiculed in the eyes of our region and internationally.
In addition, I certainly believe that more and more Guyanese will be disillusioned and dissatisfied and we could see a movement of non-cooperation with the combined Opposition by the majority of the electorate in the run-up to and during the 2016 national and regional elections.
The calls for Occupy Guyana have already begun and although many persons are continuing with their daily lives, I believe that many persons not marching are silently in support of the movement for a better and more prosperous Guyana.
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