…my turn to loot?
If the PPP wanted to write a script as to how the APNU/AFC coalition would self-destruct, they couldn’t have improved on what’s unfolding. First there was the Orwellian News Speak of renaming Ministries. We now have a “Social Cohesion” Ministry that fulfills its mandate by dragging foreign working girls out of Bartica all the way to Georgetown. The Minister “I is” Broomes claimed the 29 or so girls were trafficked. So you’d think they were the victims, no? NO! They were the ones Broomes charged to increase social cohesion.
Then there was the trampling on the Cummingsburg Accord to effectively banish the AFC big wigs to Siberia. Like in the Gulag! Quick now…what exactly has Ramjattan, appointed Minister of National Security done? Excepting, of course, extrapolating his own compulsion for all-night binges to impose a 2:am ban on serving alcohol. Would solve the crime wave, the man says!
And now comes the latest howler. Imagine promising these to your supporters, to now tell them 1) you can’t give them school vouchers to cover basic expenses; 2) you can’t bring down VAT “significantly”; 3) you can’t give the 50,000 public servants …of all stripes – a “significant raise”. But you now give yourself 100-200% raises??!!!
This Eyewitness would just like to hear the explanation. Your $50,000 per month policeman or clerk can’t get a $750 A MONTH raise (15%) but a minister is bumped up from $579,000 to $1MILLION??? That’s a $431,000 a month increase!! 74%!! Extreme actions call for extreme reactions and all your Eyewitness can say is “WTF???!!” This is madness!! So not only have these jokers created 4 Vice Presidencies who’re drawing over $1 million each…but they increase the number of Ministers from 20 to 27, and give everybody a raise?
Now let’s take a simple example from the fella getting the smallest percentage raise… Nagamootoo’s 13 per cent. This still amounts to $200,000 – four times the minimum wage – on top of his $1.5 million!!! Now why give Nagamootoo $200,000 when he’s already going to be living in the fancy house on Waterloo St that’s being air conditioned and termite-proofed ($80 million?), he draws $500,000 in vacation allowance and millions for entertainment. Don’t talk about guards, maids, gardeners and drivers!
And then multiply that by 27. 37 if you throw in all those high-powered advisors to the president. Reminds this Eyewitness of the beauteous Marie Antoinette, Queen of France 1790’s. Told that the rioting peasants can’t get bread to eat, she remarked without the slightest touch of Irony: “Well, let them eat cake!!”
She, of course, lost her head on the guillotine. A hint to Beneba mek Quashie tek notice.
So we have a “high powered” COI looking into the travails of sugar. We were assured that all these worthies are “sugar” men (not “sweet” men) who knew sugar “inside out”. Well their questions to Tate and Lyle earlier this week, reminded your Eyewitness of another “sugar man” interlocutor – Ian Mc Donald – and his faith in the European Sugar Protocol that was supposed to last “in perpetuity.
Ha!!! The Europeans broke that so fast it made Usain Bolt look like the fabled tortoise! They said that nothing lasts “forever” – even true love and “special relationships”. So these COI sugar mavens needed Tate and Lyle to tell them they had to bring down our production costs?? While the plan might’ve gone awry, wasn’t that what the Skeldon Factory supposed to do??
As as for Beet sugar, that was in the cards since the Napoleonic Wars as was later the U.S. HFCS – which Europeans call Isoglucose.
Let’s face it. They use us and then throw us away liked sucked oranges.
And we go back for more!