One cannot help but be impressed by Mr Aubrey C. Norton’s letter of 27-10-14 in the SN titled “Mechanisms needed to prevent future governments from making us relive the authoritarianism of the past.”
For such a good fellow to be banished to Linden’s Gulag by the PNC top brass when all he seeks is Guyana’s return to “the rule of law” does not reflect well on Congress Place.
How deeply anchored on the other hand is Mr Norton’s credibility that he is better qualified to change, as he says, our “political culture. He exhorts us to “become involved in genuine dialogue … to compromise and find consensus in the interest of the entire body politic”. Is he better qualified to replace the current PNC leader or this airy damage control?
His dubious role in the 2012 Linden riots is rather still very fresh. It daggers – a Trojan Horse – to any objective other than his new advertisements.
Admirable is his exhortation to every Guyanese that “We have to learn to be constrained by law, accept checks and balances and be transparent and accountable”.
Admittedly for us “to be constrained by law, … and be transparent and accountable” smells very very delicious by its mouth watering wafting aroma.
Is it “Indian curry or the usual “all-in-one-black man-cookup”? Making curry is not the same as when we make it, you know. Where is your “gahram massala”? Help is available – anytime.
Unless Mr Norton has become born again, what explains this aromatic “cook up” turnaround? As a YSM member he was in full cheering support of Mr Forbes Burnham 1980 constitution. No matter how you twist or turn it, the constitution still remains the highest and supreme law of the land.
When Lindeners break the law are they entitled to exemption? Indeed Linden needs tremendously more than financial help to make a difference. Respect and adherence to law and order must be the norm not the exception in our “political culture.”
In fact when the Lethem to Georgetown road links Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean it would understandably link Linden. There must be an obvious choice by bypass, or direct thoroughfare. The choice to go directly to Berbice rather through Georgetown is paramount.
Travellers must not become endangered as occurred during the 2012 disturbances when three Lindeners unnecessarily lost their lives. It would be up to Lindeners to enhance their town’s image to attract stopovers by travellers.
In fact those who habitually sully Buxton’s reputation as a traffic chokepoint do that proud village no big favours.
Constantly scaring away potential investors is hardly astute. Mr Norton’s proposition for renewed dialogue is refreshing. But it is only the restart to the distant final solution by incremental compromises. Clearing up any personal complicity in Linden’s violence can tremendously enhance any sincerity towards reconciliation.
In any event, that PNC 1980 constitution which compartmentalized the Judiciary’s independence as Guyana’s supreme national adjudicatory pillar remains predominant. All Judicial decisions are absolutely binding and legal in Guyana. What was the intent of the framers of the 1980 constitution? To create chaos and confusion? Hardly tenable and completely without any credibility.
In any future elections that unbalanced political damnation which the power brokers inflicted and nurtured in our Guyana may find the PNC back at the helm of our democratic destiny.
In a democracy this is normal. But examined through the race lens must its architects and supporters relish in only one race rejoicing? The change of government in 1992 was welcomed by the entire Guyanese spectrum we all know..
Yet race continues to be nurtured as Guyana’s fundamental handicapping problem, for those who continue to empower it as their best slavish solution of its resolution.
How absurd is the logic which claims what is wrong with Guyana (race) can only be “corrected” with what is “wrong” (race) again, to make it “right”? In our democratic country such “correction”, historically targeted our despised “pagans”.
They have been traditionally regarded as the “wrong race” with strange religious beliefs, values, dress and cultural traditions constantly under attack to confirm to “the enlightened other”.
After nearly 50 years of independence have we moved past such race demarcations? Shouldn’t constant dialogue be the norm rather than the exception? Unless there is total race entitlement syndrome, conditioning it to be a one way street then nothing else matters at all.
If so, racial balancing of Guyana’s civil service and armed forces, totally dependent on public funding, unlike private enterprise, will remain neglected. Entitlement trounces balance.. The AFC’s key which was to make the difference still finds them locked up, so to Speaker.
The dialogue of compromise must shatter any perception that racial balancing of Guyana’s taxpayers funded public institutions will remain unchanged because the beneficiaries are always and automatically the “wrong race”, most guilty just because of their numbers, culture and economic thrift.
Black multifaceted magnificence, so obvious in our midst, cannot continue untapped when shackled by conditional dependency on others, their mediocrity or fears of their ethnic cleansing annihilation.
What then are the alternatives which best resolve the mutual existing fears? Dialogue and sound economic management for eventual Federalism certainly cannot make us worse. By democracy’s free and fair elections it can only be way to go. The PPP/C government will not be in power forever. That’s accepting realty.
Guyana’s curse is the imprisonment of living under an imposed abomination which views and accepts everything as most correct by a predominantly black PNC government. But it automatically become wrong when implemented by the same constitutional procedure when followed by their Indian countrymen supporting the PPP/C government.
Violating the country’s constitution and contempt of court is just a means to an end. MPs at no time are above or exempt from any country’s laws. The Honourable Speaker premeditatively first violated the country ‘s highest law and was aided and abetted by AFC/APNU MPs who are all equally guilty.
That depraved insanity which has elevated the Judiciary’s decision to be held in utter public contempt by MPS can only be resolve by the dialogue which Mr Norton advocates.
Mr Norton has begun by “say so” for Guyanese to “become involved in genuine dialogue … to compromise and find consensus in the interest of the entire body politic”.
What will demonstrate he is better qualified to replace the current PNC leader is what he does next, by initiating engagement with both the PPP/C government and the PNC from which he is a possible perpetual pariah.
Mr Norton could be the Governor of our dreams when he so decides that Federalism is the future of permanent equality for Guyanese. Isn’t Linden already his? Who is going to make the big step and initiate the recommended dialogue?
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