OPINION: “Shared governance it must be” – By GHK Lall

OPINION: “Shared governance it must be”

By GHK Lall

The pubic releases in the immediate aftermath of the political leadership talks last Wednesday represented a good beginning. The statements from the leaders of both parties were comforting and indicated awareness that de-escalation of the sharp rhetoric was necessary and appropriate. This can only be applauded.

Now the sobriety manifested in what appeared to have been a cordial atmosphere and reasoned exchanges needs to be continued. This sobriety must be accompanied by a continuing commitment towards the obligation to the peoples of this nation for mature sustained statesmanship. It has to be adhered to by both sides; it must cascade down to supporters, especially the more raucous and volatile ones, the ones given too easily to the inflammatory. Whatever the outcome of court hearings and decisions, there must be steadying influential voices on both sides calling for wisdom and calm; compelling recognition, respect for, and adherence to established processes.       

Whatever the dates decided upon for national elections, great care must be taken to assure that the atmosphere does not deteriorate to the turbulent, but remains smooth. Again, leaders must move, and move preemptively, to prevent ripples of dissent from spiraling into roars. Nobody hears when there is roaring from all angles. Mobs are too easily spawned; and social media is the perfect cover for such reckless incitement.

My position still stands and for the multiple and varied reasons previously advanced: shared governance it must be. And it must incorporate the two major parties. Today is a needed first in a long grueling way ahead. I think everybody with a brain in the head knows this. Separately, I will be among the first to say that the words of Wednesday were carefully phrased to the point of terseness. There was a concerted effort, I believe a genuine one, to find balance, to offer some soothing, as opposed what has not been in either air or space or trenches before. It was as though each word was weighed and measured first, then sifted through numerous finely meshed filters, so that not a single word or phrase was out of place; or would be subject to misinterpretation.  I extend congratulations to both leaders, to both groups.

The challenge is where to go from here and how to proceed gingerly to that place of less tension, lesser acrimony, and greater understanding. I trust that this is not the proverbial calm before the storm; or yet another false dawn. As a practical matter, I think that those in the know are aware that general elections cannot be held in 90 days, even with the best of intentions. Honorable intentions. They know why. They also know what are suitable alternative dates, and what ought to be collaborated upon in the interval to achieve continuity and the stability that comes with such. Of course, that interval of preparation and waiting cannot be-should not be-open-ended. It has to be definite and more near-term than longer.

All of this requires that leaders rise to the circumstances on the ground as they unfold, while managing the expectations of supporters, and schooling both themselves and those who believe in them. This calls for a lot of restraint; a tremendous degree of patience; and always keen consideration for the public at large, and the sensitivities and raw passions that surface near elections seasons. That process about decision date is here now, whether within reach, as in just now; or farther down the road, as in later this year.

I call upon our leaders, I appeal to them to be even more aware of the combustible and fragile nature of this society. Its thin infrastructure must also be taken into account. Surely what is ahead can be managed to everyone’s satisfaction in an orderly and structured manner; and as dictated by a practical chronological sequence that ensures a trusted and credible end result. At this point in the short history of this shaky nation, there are too many dreams percolating in the air for mistakes or miscalculations or misjudgments to be made. A wrong turn, any averting of the gaze (no matter how slight or momentary) is sure to transform those promising dreams into nightmares, and recurring ones at that. The greatest of care should be taken by all leaders (and contributors) that this nation does not get there at any time, by any means, or for any perverse objectives. The cost would be too much; definitely unbearable.

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  • The Last Brahmin  On January 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm


    I heard this a few days ago and made it this headline
    Its very applicable today with the poisons of all kin’
    The social network should be a place of sanity
    But all they crow, sow and preach is brutality
    Some are just out to make darn mischief and trouble
    With their smartphone drinking their double-double
    They should spend their time on other troubling issues
    Like the refugee problem, the homeless and child abuse
    I’m sure they are adept in their dog shit’s sniffing
    In a home needing airing and a good shampooing
    The word hatred
    Rhymes with dead
    Indeed it has brought so much woe
    From the beginning of the get go
    Hatred and envy
    Friends of greedy
    From the very beginning
    Of the days of reckoning
    When Kane slew Abel
    This I think was no fable
    Then Adam went and ate the forbidden fruit
    Since then man start eating leaves and root
    Some take away and some others demand
    Then they start to covet one another’s land
    There’s so much hate amongst men
    Who are so different from women
    If we had more women at the helm
    We would not have this problem
    But men deliberately do keep women
    From the top jobs only good for lichen
    Or so they think
    Cause they stink
    Or are they really very afraid
    She can be more than a maid
    And would be better
    Than their jet setter
    That she has better skill
    And have more of a will
    To negotiate for peace
    Really mark her crease
    Where peace is concern
    And not leave us to burn
     Look at the history of war
    At home and from very far
    Men’s choices suck in every clime
    They screwed everyone all the time

    War drove stubborn and very mulish
    Peace is something they don’t relish
    The men at the top have failed mankind
    They have to be a woman they can find
    To right the wrongs of the world
    And let sanity for once unfurled
    In this so-called modern world generation
    Only a few centuries ago of emancipation
    When the Pilgrims came and set up house over here
    In North America being kicked out from over there
    Giving them with the Indians their first Thanksgiving
    Then putting the blacks into slavery and the rest is history
    They who were white saw nothing wrong with black slavery
    Like the Indian slavery, they herded them into the reservation
    It was really Apartheid but then it was called Segregation

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