Calling A Spade A Spade – by James Munroe – commentary

Calling A Spade A Spade

by James Munroe

The  political situation in Guyana reminds one of the old saying: Dance ah battam luk ah tap.”

APNU and the AFC were dancing when the coalition won the May General elections by a narrow margin.

Not paying heed to the squeaky margin, the Coalition threw caution to the wind and began acting with its chest in the air and its head in the sand.

In just 5 months, its political fortune ‘s head is on the chopping block. The cause is the salary increase fornication. 

The PPP seized the obscene act with both hands.  Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced at a Press Conference on October 19 that the PPP rejected the increase and none of its members will take it. The PPP will challenge it in Parliament.

Not looking a gift horse in the mouth, the PPP has gone on a political thanksgiving. Whereas President Ramotar rejected Local Government elections and refused to sign the LGE Bills, the PPP made a complete volte face and is calling for it before 31 December 2015.

While the APNU/AFC coalition has been playing cops and robbers since May, the PPP has been visiting all the Regions, reorganizing and restructuring, creating new Party Groups and expanding its membership base. The crie de coeur is the salary increase, the proposal to shut down 2 sugar estates, rising level of crime rates, high unemployment, etc, etc.

The more things change is the more they remain the same.

Reports from the Regions suggest that the PPP will win the Local Government Elections when it is held. It appears that the same noose that APNU was building for the PPP is the same noose which will hang the Coalition.

Que sera sera.


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  • terencemartindale  On October 21, 2015 at 12:35 am

    When will Guyanese leave this political puppet-show behind and start thinking about the puppet-masters.Think about how much of Guyana Guyanese will own in the future. Think about the foreign bodies we are indebted to and why; think about why we are being played black vs indian since the days of the ppp,pnc split. Think about the pattern of global finance slowly stifling any kind of resistance to the greed and corruption it brings to everything it touches.Guyanese need to stop their local bickering and concentrate on making their land and themselves strong enough to face the onslaught of powerful countries and their corporations ready to pounce on the weak and vulnerable.

  • De castro  On October 21, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Both above writings interesting and insightful.
    Politicians will have to listen before deciding.
    Fortunately Guyana is a parliamentary democracy……still believe the 5 year
    time scale can be reduced to 4 years.
    One to assess
    Two to improve
    Three to impress excel
    Four to convince voters that they deserve a second term.

    A week month year is a loong time in politricks.😈

    Que Sera sera

  • Linda  On October 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

    It’s not surprising that the PPP would pounce on the salary increases implemented by the present government. But when the PPP was in power, the government found other ways to increase the income of its Ministers and those monies were not expenditures shown on the payroll. Check how some of these past government officials are living and tell me that it was based on their salaries. The government is busy right now investigating all the atrocities that took place over the last 22 years so it goes without saying that the PPP will take advantage of this to implant themselves firmly once again in the local areas in preparation for the proposed elections. I only hope that the Guyanese people are smart enough not to let them back in.

    • De castro  On October 22, 2015 at 5:05 am

      Share your sentiments but “doubt it”…..
      It’s takes more than 5 years to switch from ” illiteracy” to literacy.
      The political cl asses knows this and will “abuse” it….status quo !😈

      But in fairness to new kids on block…..early days.

      address the basics…..literacy numeracy for starters.😬

  • belladeclou9bella  On October 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Reblogged this on belladeclou9.

  • Gigi  On October 23, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    @Linda, so what you’re saying is that the Guyanese people should: ignore the atrocities being committed by PNC+AFC, ignore the failure to deliver on the promises made, buy into the decision of illegally hiring cronies and hangers-on and rewarding them with millions to dollars to audit select corporations and establish selective COIs to produce crooked evidence. I certainly hope the Guyanese people are smarter than you. Please join me in my support for a peaceful two state separation. We’ll be more than happy to let your side keep all the smart Guyanese.

  • Albert  On October 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    No one wrote the dollar figures involve to make their case. Why? Anyone with experience in administration know its a “goadie” job to turn around an institution or country like Guyana riddle with corruption. That’s how Romney made millions turning around problem businesses. Its very difficult to manage an establish but inefficient department/institution than a new one……..Its a lot harder to make major repairs to an old house than doing work on a new one.
    Guyana is a real problem case. I dont know the quality of the staff involved but to get the right people with the knowledge and experiece to solve its problems one would expect they would have to be paid resonable salaries. Otherwise who would want such jobs. Especially knowing Jagdeo is trying to get back in to screw things up again.

    I know from good sources of officials, police officers, govt clerks etc whose houses and assets could not have been purchase with a lifetime of salaries under the previous govt. No need for salary increases. They got money tax free from other sources….we all know which.

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