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A perfect storm – the radio broadcast licences – commentary

In the DiasporaBy Dr Arif Bulkan

Stabroek News – APRIL 15, 2013 · BY  · 
Dr. Arif Bulkan teaches constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies

The forced disclosure of the Prime Minister that on the eve of demitting office in November 2011, former President Jagdeo issued ten radio broadcast licences in his discretion, brings to mind the concept of a ‘perfect storm’. This refers to a natural phenomenon whereby a series of aggravating circumstances combine to produce one monster event. Jagdeo’s decision to issue those licences was a perfect storm of lawlessness, for it embodied simultaneously a series of unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful acts, all of which are integral aspects of PPP-style governance.

These include their intolerance of criticism, their serial disregard for the law, the nepotism that overshadows employment decisions and government spending, and a shameless policy of racial discrimination targeted at the country’s Afro-descendants. Issuing those licences must have been among the last of Jagdeo’s official acts, and it was wholly in keeping with a tenure that caused Nadira Jagan to lament, shortly after Jagdeo left office, that her parents must be turning in their graves.   Continue reading

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