Jan 19, 2021 Letters
It is becoming more and more obvious that the PPP powers have no use for local interest, local concerns, local insights, local counsel, and anything from locals that goes against the party leaders settled schools of thought. Though there is much that could be helpful, and willingly made available, the PPP is bent on going its own way and going alone with this oil treasure that has made it mad.
For certainty, there is a staggering amount of hubris and ignorance involved and on display, but there is more. There is a careful and quiet weeding out of those who either will see too much, learn too much, and know too much with what it is really doing with the nation’s oil, and how it is going about related matters; it marginalizes or gets rid of outright those who speak a contrarian language. For all intents, this oil has become a personal possession of PPP leaders to do with as they please, and to jettison all the guidance offered by concerned and patriotic Guyanese. It is: damn them, they talk too much. And to hell with them, they know nothing. And ignore them, for we know what we are doing, what we have in mind, how we wish to go about things, and we have no time for these so-called ‘experts.’ It should be noticed that I have deliberately enclosed experts in parentheses, for it is representative of the scornful and dismissive manner in which the PPP leaders (and we all should know which one) behold those who dare to say: this is being approached in the wrong manner; let us huddle and recalibrate and restart. But the PPP government will have none of it, as that will interfere with whatever sinister and secret dealings it has in its oil portfolio of tricks. “Runnins” is what streetwise Guyanese label such.
Interestingly, all the Guyanese who were so stirring, zealous, and knowledgeable about electoral democracy and the constitution and contributed to the rise and return of the PPP are now so dumb that they cannot even serve as doornails in the deliberations over this country’s oil wealth. I ask myself what is it that has to be protected, why is there this steely resistance over and over again, and where is the PPP really heading (and taking us along with it) on this oil of ours? In fact, it is not heading somewhere, but barreling and hurtling along with a set script and strategy that does not brook well for citizens of this society.
Party leaders are stubborn and sturdy, like well-mixed reinforced concrete, on disclosures and the release of underlying documents, be they for Payara or now Wales. This is the 21st century, it is not the Dark Ages of medieval Europe; or to put a Guyanese flavour to it, not when there were no light and no literacy. Guyana is not the old Soviet Union or the supposedly new Russia. Many people made a lot of noise for nineteen months and they were warmly embraced and encouraged by the PPP brass. Yet today, they are despised by the party for daring to open their mouths or raise their pens, and interfering with the oil festivities. If there is nothing to hide, then there should be nothing to fear. If there is the interest of Guyanese at heart, then every iota of correction, of assistance, of wisdom – all locally bred and generated – ought to be met with the most hospitable reception but it has not been so in the least.
And this is what condemns the PPP and its cunning leaders for immersing themselves in the deceptive and what is dangerous with this oil asset of the nation. If it can be given a pass for not having the totally criminal in mind and at work, then it cannot be spared the blanket of crookedness that shrouds it, and which entombs it in the untrustworthy. Leaders’ words, postures, and actions judge them and sentence them to the worst possible punishments in the minds of clear-thinking, conscientious, and ethical Guyanese. No amount of skillful PR or heavy-duty propaganda by party leaders is diminishing in any way their farces and follies practised with this oil, their highly suspicious behaviours.
The AG announced the other day something about constitutional reform, and the first thing I picked up was that it was saturated with politicians, which is who have injured us and are not capable of curing us. I think that, even though we have hardly started with this oil gift, we already need comprehensive oil reform in every aspect of political approaches and actions with this wealth. Blocking Guyanese thinking will eventually blow up in the face of the PPP. Locking Guyanese out is a road best not traveled. Feeling smart and invincible, because of present American sponsorship, can blowback in upheaving ways. It doesn’t have to be so; the PPP should be warned and guided accordingly.
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