People are inboxing and calling with alarming frequency asking why I am not saying much on what is happening with our politics in Guyana. Elections are right around the corner and people primary in the diaspora want information from this source. The thing is, I may not be saying much at the moment but my ears remain close to the ground. My focus hasn’t shifted but my heart is heavy. Twenty plus years, I have been involved and thought I would have seen it all but increasingly there is the realisation that I may have seen nothing at all.
Where in this world any civilised people will accept as norm the drink driving culture that is contributing to the road accidents resulting in fatalities almost on a daily basis and the responsible authorities do not realise that they should be acting with the urgency required to bolster public trust in this regard. Such accidents bring great pain, shock and horror to families of victims. You would think that social media, our newspapers, radio and television would be screaming with scenes of a national clampdown the curse of drink driving. But no, and why? Because we have never embraced the culture of valuing human life. There is the boasting of how many new roads are being built and it is certainly been on front burner of the news because a very crucial election is brewing. You would think politicians should begin to start caring by now.
You see, there are things I want to say now but it would appear as if I am condemning the government and giving the opposition ammunition to gain grounds because that is how we think even to this day. You know Mr. Jagdeo was on radio recently and uttered that even those who were supporters of the government four years ago cannot wait for election in March 2020 to kick out this government. The Minister of Education recently issued an edict banning secondary schools’ Christmas parties. She should go a bit further and ban Christmas. She could be one of those Jagdeo was referring to when he said many cannot wait for elections to see the back of the Coalition. Who in their right mind will ban school Christmas party and do not believe that young people will not retaliate in banning the party that has deprived them of fun experiences that they will remember for the rest of their life?
I dislike Mr. Jagdeo but I believe a lot of things he said on radio. I know most of the ruling politicians in Guyana. Only two of them have ever uttered a word to me in the four plus years they have been in power. The majority of our local politicians do not speak to me or the ordinary people of Region 10.
We are our own worst enemy. Oh, and please do not expect a national clampdown down on drunk driving. The life of the ordinary means nothing to politicians unless they want your votes.
Norman K. Browne
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