THE FUTURE OF THE PNC

The spectacle displayed by the APNU+AFC in Parliament during last week signals the PNC’s return to the Opposition. Its loss of office in 1992 after 28 years was marked by ethnic violence, disruption of the National Assembly and vocal hostility therein to a PPP Government Minister of African Guyanese ancestry. As if history is repeating […]

NO NEW TAXES

The public is hardly interested in the details of budgetary explanations and analysis and for many like myself, I find going through figures to be sheer drudgery. But I could not help but feel a sense of elation at the conclusion of the budget speech by the Minister responsible for Finance. As was expected, and […]

WILL THE REAL RAPHAEL TROTMAN STAND UP?

The letter published by Mr. Raphael Trotman in yesterday’s newspapers is worth reading. If it does not shock you to your vitals, you are not living in Guyana or you have never heard of Mr. Trotman. Mr. Trotman has been in the public eye for decades and, since the formation of the AFC in 2005, […]

CURBING ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE

The PPP/C’s accepted defeat by 5,000 votes in 2015 and promptly departed from office, without a recount of votes in some challenged areas. It was generally believed that with a smooth political transition, the era of debilitating election controversies had come to an end and future results would be accepted, even if challenged in court, […]

POLITICAL LIFE AND AFTERLIFE IN THE THIRD WORLD

Political lifespan in the third world, unlike the developed world, accords generally with the person’s physical lifespan, if no intervening political, health or other event intervenes to terminate the political career. Most politicians hardly ever contemplate the tenuous nature of a political life. Once office is obtained, many believe that they are fixated for life. […]