May 07, 2014 Letters
Peeping Tom’s article of May 4, titled, “A Price to Pay”, is a strident defence of the government’s opposition to the LEAD project, but it is also based on several false arguments.
(1) Does sovereignty reside only and exclusively with the executive branch of government? All constitutions including Guyana’s will tell you that the Legislative branch is also a part of the government. The claim to exclusive sovereign power in this case is a deliberate attempt to cast aside the shared power of parliament. And, we should not ignore the fact that in this strange and unique case the ruling party does not command the majority in parliament.
(2) For 28 long years Guyana was ruled by the PNC, which everyone knows, rigged elections to stay in power. Would Peeping Tom have made the same false arguments to defend the then PNC government’s so-called sovereignty power to keep out all foreign agencies’ help to restore free and fair elections? Of course not.
Let me state that most Guyanese know the real identity of Peeping Tom. I know him personally. And, he fought tooth and nail and as hard as anyone else for Free and Fair Elections in 1992. It was Peeping Tom who gave me the information of the Contact person in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office and whose office we lobbied for support for FFE.
Today Peeping Tom stands exposed as a stooge and a hired gun, and worse, Peeping Tom was never really interested in genuine democracy.
(3) LEAD project’s sole aim is to “deepen” democracy, so that a level playing field is created, without which you cannot have real democracy. When the ruling party’s coffers overflow with cash (thanks to too many sold government contracts) and the Opposition parties have so little or none, that is not a level playing field. When the government owns and controls media (Chronicle, radio, TV stations) and further controls and limits the Independent press (SN, KN) with its power to discriminatively parcel out advertising dollars, that is not a level playing field.
When Dr. Bobby Ramroop starts a quasi-government newspaper, a man who was never interested in the newspaper business, but did so after being favoured with a drug supply monopoly, the citizenry is able to figure out the deal. You made millions of windfall profits, no kickbacks please, that’s illegal, but please repay the favour with a quasi-government newspaper.
Peeping Tom actively and openly supported U.S. government’s “so-called interference” in 1990-92 to obtain Free and Fair Elections. Now in 2014, as U.S. government attempts to do exactly the same thing as in 1990-92, namely, to “deepen democracy”, Peeping Tom has the gall to call for the U.S. Ambassador to be declared persona non-grata. This is hypocrisy on a colossal scale.
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