>>>Encouraging events, disturbing developments<<<
Kaieteur News – This week I break from examining both the encouraging and disturbing and focus solely on events and developments that encouraged and delighted.
I start with Nigel Hinds’ resignation. Though I have already gone public over the stirring action of Guyanese, I find some space here to say some more. I am glad that this man, who was found a place as recognition for his electoral energies was able to manifest the courage to display publicly and powerfully his convictions. I wish that more Guyanese would do similarly, and not just on Success and squatting, but on those matters that mean something to them, which could enhance how we go about life – especially in official circles – in this society. We desperately need more of the idealistic and self-sacrificing; rather than so much of what is self-serving and feathering of ambitions. We remain hopelessly stuck where we are trapped. I hope that I can see more of the citizens now serving calling out errant politicians in candid terms, inclusive of those who put them where they are. What is self-protective must go; anything that helps to lift the poor governance standards of this country can only be beneficial, something to be welcomed. It could be as simple as a strong stance indicative of stronger heartfelt positions that make Guyana better.
I had written and spoken about the need for some details out the basics of COVID-19 cash distribution wending its way across the country. Thus, it was good to read in the mainstream media the “Public Advisory” on what to expect and how things would work for residents, families and tenants. This is a good start that I am sure is being repeated via other communication channels, and provides citizens with what they need to know, how they must prepare.
Staying with the COVID-19 pandemic, I move to China and where it is today with the virus. Its cases are controlled and relatively lesser; its medical professionals seem to have their arms round this existential threat; and the country’s economy is on the rebound. The situation in China compares favourably with the pressures and traumas and the feared second wave currently poised to pummel the West. Of course, some of the measures taken for granted in an authoritarian state, like China, cannot dare be enforced in Western societies. According to the October 18 edition of Business Insider, “China’s fast and comprehensive testing approach, lockdowns that ran their full course, and simple clear messaging helped it solve the problem.” In all three of those areas, “the US and Europe struggled to control their outbreaks” due to close to the opposite regimes prevailing. Citizens could not risk protesting in China or appealing to the Courts over believed ‘unconstitutional’ actions, since there is really no such thing. It was either comply or be compelled into submission. So, China is almost back to normal (good), while the US and Europe are still trying to get a grasp on its circumstances (poor).
Then, from the Leader of the Opposition, there finally came something solid and meaningful. It was when, while addressing the impasse with squatters at Success, he spoke out strongly against those squatters, not to be made “refugees in their own country.” I think that statement was timely and could only have been encouraging to those affected at Success. At least, it tells them that somebody with standing is in their corner and looking out for them. I think it would be helpful if the Opposition Leader would step forward and offer to serve as an intermediary between the government and the squatters. I think that material progress could be made. And I say this because what is present, points to meager reception for what the government has placed on the table. More can be done, and the Opposition Leader can assist.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this newspaper.)
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