May 14, 2021 Letters
It is time that Guyanese governments get tough. Since the PPP is the government in the driver’s seat, its leaders must drive. They have to drive over errant people.
As our history confirms, different Guyana governments at different times have enthusiastically beat up on locals crossing their paths. I think that same determination and energy must be employed to whip foreigners into shape. Certainly, we need investments, expertise and technology, but not like this, not at these prices. The Chinese have cannibalised us with the airport extension; the Russians have brutalised our people in different sectors; the Indians have economised at our expense; and now the British have vandalised our dignity. For its part, mighty Exxon has pauperised our people and demoralised our leaders. For those who forget, I urge recall of that insulting ultimatum by the Exxon’s Country Manager, which could not have been blunter: take us as we are, or we are out of here. In other words, the middle finger and a four-letter word for what bastardises our prospects.
It is time that this damn (confounded) nonsense stops. We cannot and must not allow one single foreigner to come here and insult us, mistreat our workers, degrade our officials, whether elected or selected. Just get rid of these swaggering, contemptuous foreigners. There was a time, when even diplomatic personnel were declared persona non grata (unfit and improper) and given marching orders. If that could have been the case for country-to-country representatives, then a sharper, swifter fate has to be the lot of those who fall afoul of our rules and regulations and then turn around and spit in our faces.
This was what the Superior Concrete Inc. people enacted, not once, but twice. People like these and entities such as these, have to be taught a lesson, with clear messages delivered. Not here! Not like this! No mas! I have had my fill of these outsiders coming here and pretending to be our friends, patronising us with their cheap corporate baubles, and paternalising our top leaders, and bottom of the ladder citizens. I do not think that they would be allowed to get away with such slave plantation behaviour in any other part of the world. Guyana is not America’s Old South. It is not a British possession. Or a Chinese satellite. Therefore, the harshest and strongest messages have to be sent to those who offend our standards and our dignity. We are not that touchy to be lurking for the tiniest of missteps. But we are nobody’s fool and nobody’s poodle that is available to be kicked around at will.
Hell, no! Let there be an end to these corporate atrocities, these buccaneering barbarities of foreigners, who come here to pillage and harbour a barely concealed and astonishing readiness to push us around willy-nilly and pulverise us to boot. I have had enough. PPP leaders in government should have had enough, if they have any self-respect. And so, too, should all Guyanese.
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