I was speaking on the parapet outside Merriman Mall with Michael Carrington last Friday and as Carrington walked across the bridge to get into the mall, a person approached him, offering criticism of me. He spoke so loudly that I heard what he was saying to Carrington.
He was annoyed at my support for the legality and constitutionality of the no confidence vote. I repeat; the no confidence vote is constitutionally correct.
I don’t have a Facebook account but all the time, I get emails about what people say negatively on Facebook in connection with my columns. On Friday, I received a screen shot of Facebook condemnations of me and David Hinds by James Bond. Facebook was around when the PPP was in government but you cannot see any condemnatory comment, from James Bond, at least one, against what David and I wrote about the PPP.
The same Bond doesn’t like the position we have taken on the no confidence vote. David should be more aggrieved. He doesn’t deserve the criticism because after all, he has not unambiguously come out and said that he supports the no confidence motion. I, on the other hand, have. I have written twice in these columns that Charrandass told me he would vote for the motion. I have shared a close friendship with Charrandass over decades and he has always confided in me about political action in his life.
Last year he confided in me that he thinks the AFC has destroyed itself and the country should go to a new poll and thus if the opportunity of a no confidence vote should come up, he will side with it because he knows it will mark the end of the AFC. Days later, I told David Hinds that but asked for it to remain in confidence.
The night before the vote, I was with someone who is quite politically active and someone I have always trusted with my security. In one life-threatening situation during the bad days of the PPP’s rule, he came through for me. This is a trusted friend. I told him and him only, what I knew Charrandass would have done the night in parliament.
Let me be pellucid here. I have no close political or social or personal connection with anyone in the corridors of power so I did not see it as an obligation to inform them even in the most roundabout or indirect way that the no confidence will pass. I want to be harshly frank with readers and my friends.
When Charrandass spoke to me, I had no emotions or feelings running through me about the consequences of the no motion move. Feelings of what will happen to the AFC and APNU and what will happen in a next election did not pierce my mind.
I have reached a state politically where I feel successive governments since Independence have destroyed my country and that includes the PPP, PNC and AFC and that they need to go or be tamed through some new configuration of power.
I will not be startled by the Facebook chastisement of me in the coming days and weeks. I could imagine what they are saying on Facebook about those who fought the PPP but are now in support of the constitutionality of the no confidence vote.
They would know the energy these anti-PPP activists displayed to expose wrong-doing of the PPP. But in their thinking a no confidence vote will bring down their ethnic leaders that they want to see rule Guyana.
When Trump was elected, I can recall writing in these columns that the bigoted people that brought Trump to power are right here in Guyana. They have been here long before those Trump supporters became obsessed with having a White man as president over a Black American. In the US, Trump supporters like him because they want his type to run their country.
Long before Trump fans came on the American scene, tribalist Guyanese since the sixties, were literally obsessed with “we versus them.” One thought the 21st century and the global village that the internet created plus the superabundance of young people in this land, the “we versus them” psychosis would have died a natural death.
This tribally driven mind knows no boundary. The nefarious, corrupt rule of Jagdeo and Ramotar was successful because “they are our people.” Those against the no confidence motion will rant and rave against great anti-PPP fighters who support the constitutionality of the no confidence motion, because their people will lose power. It will never be about country and issues. Only race.
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