Oct 16, 2020 Letters
I wish I could say otherwise, for what I share is painful in its many realities, the extent of its implications for this society. Still, for those very reasons, what I have to say must be said. We have no opposition in this country; absolutely none that is honorable enough to overcome existing challenges. The essence of Guyana’s opposition today is its glaring lack of substance, its feeble, uninspiring pro forma presence. Oil did that to it.
We have been blessed with the best of natural endowments; we have been cursed and condemned with the worst of leaders, bar none but a few. Straight and true, they are not. As obvious examples, I tender regulations dismantled, institutional sentinels demolished, and dirty money campaign financiers rewarded. It is the palpability of how politics transcend clean governance here; how campaign and inauguration promises are fulfilled. On all this, the opposition is merely about frail repartees; it is in lockstep with the government, inseparable from its burgeoning perversities.
The PNC opposition is never closer to the PPP government than with Guyana’s oil wealth. Collaboration (in the dirtiest sense of the word) is better, more rewarding, than the hard struggles embodied in confrontation. With oil and its parceling out, at high levels, the opposition has hit the jackpot. It has located the perfect insider dealer across the table on the government side. For a handsome percentage of the action, the opposition leadership has exposed itself, made itself weak, but is now loaded up with silver for its willingness to betray constituent and country. Oil has a history of doing that to men, especially pivotal leaders; just like the nectars of wine and women, and chemicals and gold. Oil is doing so again right here in this nakedly corrupt town, this den of thieves standing in stewardship over our oil mother lodes.
Editor, these are the parts that are not put in any political science textbooks, or political manifestoes, or civics classes. I associate my unsparing evaluations of the opposition with the early pains of democracy’s childbirth; it promises to be a long labor. These are among the things that I have gathered in this country to my profound regret. We are rich in talk and all the many shallow deceits and hypocrisies, and because of which we are so awfully poor in morals, ethics, integrity, principles, and honor. For emphasis, I had to use those many words representing an extravagance of redundancy. The effort is worthwhile.
What is revealed by the absences and pretenses by the opposition on the burning issues of the day confirms that we have nothing, and nothing to recommend us. We have none to stand for us, none to battle for us. The poorer in this society fool themselves in thinking that straws can be salvaged. Citizens have been here before in uninterrupted leadership treacheries, but never like this. Today, with oil as the opulent quicksilver catalyst, the PPP government and PNC opposition have bonded inseparably to deceive and defeat us. It is why I submit, why I insist that there is no opposition in Guyana today; not even a sliver of a shadow.
Unlike the reactions of a disillusioned partner, my rage is not that of the virago. It is of the coldly clinical, and cruelly so. Candor demands this. The way that I read this is that the opposition committed so much of everything at its disposal for electoral triumph that it has absolutely nothing left. It is a spent force, but with one telling element still robustly intact. When the selfish interests of its inner circle are involved, it knows when to listen, recognize a bargain alliance, negotiate and barter, and take the plunge. The splashes created by the opposition’s sellout of Guyanese on their oil gives a good shivering soaking.
Again, I make it official, what nobody dares to say. There is no opposition here. Whatever there once was has been subverted by crooked PPP leaders, who recognize their own kind across the aisle. There! I have now put everyone out their misery, especially poor expectant citizens.
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