Aug 06, 2017 Letters
Bharrat Jagdeo, the current leader of the People’s Progressive Party is doing everything in his power to become president of Guyana again and in his desperate effort to get back into Government House he is bringing his party to the end of its political life.
Remember when he burst onto the scene back in the ‘90’s with all the ambition and promise that young politicians bring to electorates everywhere and the enthusiasm that he generated throughout the country and among Guyanese living outside the country for a chance to move our beloved country forward and in the right direction? Well he had that opportunity and what an opportunity it was! When you look at political opportunities that were squandered, his was, by any measure, the most colossal waste of political capital anywhere.
Elementary to politics is the art of keeping disillusionment from creeping into the psyche of the people and Jagdeo failed miserably at that. His fatal combination of elements included greed, his natural thirst for unlimited power, the influence that totalitarianism played in his formative political life (his Russian experience), his willingness to govern and operate extra-judicially, his underlying, anti-nationalistic belief that race politics could keep him in power because of local demographics, and many other deadly attributes that have no place in progressive politics.
He was suddenly and surprisingly confronted with the chaos that that combination brought and the dread that Guyanese everywhere began to feel. Hence their disillusionment with him and the PPP. Because of him, the PPP as a political party has lost its way, and that all began, much to Jagdeo’s credit, when the party not only sanctioned, but stood idly by and allowed Janet Jagan to become president of Guyana, an act for which the PPP might never be politically forgiven, and we all know why.
But that was all part of Jagdeo’s master plan and now the onus is left on his party to acknowledge that national blunder and at least atone or apologise to all Guyanese for that embarrassing, disrespectful moment in our history. The PPP must also explain to all Guyana how it (as a political party purporting to represent all Guyanese) could have sat around and allowed the monstrous Roger Khan, the lawless NICIL, the hydro fiasco at Amaila and the many other embarrassments that are all in the public record to be wrought upon this nation under the Jagdeo administration.
It is time for the People’s Progressive Party to do some serious stock-taking to determine whether it wants to get back on track or whether it can go on disappointing this country like it has done it the recent past. Jagdeo’s quest to regain control is the party’s only obstacle.
Guyanese are much smarter and a lot more well-informed than the old school of thought suggests, and we too want to feel proud of our political leaders. And whether the PPP believes it or not, we all love excellence, we all admire and are inspired by political and personal integrity. Spiteful politics, vindictiveness, race politics, bullyism, intimidation, corruption, greed, must now be frowned upon if there is any hope for the PPP to be of political significance again and, of course something has to be done about Jagdeo. He has become a real burden for the party to continue to struggle under.
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