LEAVING BEHIND – THE YEAR OF THE HALF PERSON

By this time, the year of the half person would have passed. It took three courts to finally resolve this jurisprudential conundrum. The argument advanced to overturn the no confidence vote of 33/32 against the Government on 21 December, 2018, was that while mathematically, half of 65 members of the National Assembly is 32½, the […]

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, […]

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. […]

LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND VICTIMOLOGY, WHICH IS A DEAD END

APNU will not succeed in its efforts to reverse the results of the recount; and shared governance will not be achieved by the light touch of a Madame Chancellor/President or on the rubble of burnt out ballot boxes. The most recent case in the Court of Appeal or any other case that may be later […]

SMALL PARTIES’ CONCERNS ARE A DISTINCT FEATURE OF THE COMING ELECTIONS

There has been much discussion about the number of small parties which have announced their intention to contest the elections due on March 2, 2020. The formation of small parties at election time is not unusual in Guyana. Prior to 2001, before the amendment of the laws to provide for constituencies, many small parties contested […]