…in sheep’s clothing
If old Shakespeare’s to be believed, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but it seems that Granger would have us believe the PNC by any other name wouldn’t be as treacherous.
But this subterfuge didn’t begin with Granger. Hoyte, however, was a bit more coy with his “PNCR” and the Freudian “PNC-R1G”. Granger decided to go the whole hog by bringing in a few “paper parties” and baptising the PNC as APNU!
But now that he’s taken to quoting Obama, he should know the great man’s take on such cons: “You can put lipstick on a pig – but it’s still a pig!” The whole point of the renaming of the PNC, of course, is part of the frantic effort to “rebrand” the party in such a way that folks wouldn’t associate its past atrocities with the present incarnation.
Another tact by Granger towards the same end was to have his newfound soul mates Nagamootoo and Ramjattan plead with Guyanese that they have to “forget the past”. As with all good PR feints they don’t spell out exactly which parts of the “past” they want folks to “forget”. Cause you’re not supposed to repeat that which you want to bury. In this instance the PNC’s atrocities from the 60s to the 80s.
Ramjattan and Nagamootoo have their own reasons for wanting that that particular slice of history to be forgotten: they’d spent decades stridently lambasting the PNC for “rigging” “assassinations” and other thuggish behaviour. Wouldn’t do much for any shred of credibility still remaining, would it? Hypocritical opportunists!
But recently, new columnist (and old letter writer) Rakesh Rampertab’s brought out a concrete instance of the duplicity of Granger on this matter of the PNC name: Granger doesn’t want folks to forget ALL of the PNC’s past – just the sordid sections.
In a grandiloquent and otiose echo of his hero Burnham’s “Declaration of Sophia”, Granger came up with his own “Declaration of Vreed-en-Hoop” in which he exhorted the faithful to remember the “many accomplishments of the PNC in Government”.
So the “good” must be remembered but the “bad” forgotten?? Even when the “bad” such as rigging elections is practiced by the leader of the PNC Granger against his own people? Ask Aubrey Norton!
But even more chillingly, Granger declared explicitly: “The experiences of our history…have refined and revived our Party’s ideology.” And that’s precisely the point being made by those who point out you just can “forget history”.
Here, Granger’s assuring us that those “experiences of PNC’s history” – including rigging, murders, arson, assassinations, etc have “refined…PNC’s ideology”.
By whatever name it’s called.
…in wolf’s clothing
Say what you want about Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, they’ve never hidden their ambitions. That they just couldn’t because of “over vaulting” is neither here nor there. These fellas lust for power and make no bones about it.
It was so when they were in the PPP/C and Jagdeo eclipsed their presidential ambitions. It was was so when they pushed out Trotman from the AFC. And it was so when they abandoned their “dead meat” fears and bargained their assumed “11 pert cent” for the Presidential spot with APNU.
We all knew they didn’t get it – but Granger would have to be deaf, dumb, blind and dumb (like in daft!) to think they’ve given up on being President. Like Burnham who lost out to Jagan in 1955…Ramjattan and Nagamoottoo are just biding their time. And plotting and scheming.
When the split finally happened in 1957, Burnham revealed he’d been lining up allies like Latchmansingh as far back as 1952.
Yon Nagamootoo and Ramjattan have a mean and hungry look!! Beware May 11!!
There’s a new species of mosquito in Guyana. If bitten, it introduces a disease that makes you become a wastrel, avoid responsibilities and spew filth all the time.
The confusion reigning in the newly cobbled coalition-for-convenience – the PNC-led APNU/AFC – is exemplified by their policy of sugar in their Manifesto. Even before the Manifesto, we saw their leaders speaking in many tongues.
Granger was all for privatisation…he felt sugar workers were earning too much…etc, etc. Nagamootoo, sweating that his promised 11 per cent was evaporating like high wine from an open bottle (you have to use similes the fella can appreciate…and he sho’ does appreciate his high wine!) was all for trying to “save” the industry.
So in the Manifesto, we now have Granger (presumably) going along with not throwing sugar under the bus. But like the fella who’s forced to marry a gal he thought was a dog (what was that about the AFC’s nominee for Speaker??), you could see Granger’s heart isn’t really in it.
Conceding the need for mechanisation in the industry, the Manifesto claims that rather than change the cane-beds to accommodate this (as the PPP/C’s been doing) we should change the type of crops planted that are best suited to the old (Dutch) beds.
And this is SAVING the sugar industry? This is like a paraphrase of the old slapstick comedy: “Don’t raise the bridge – lower the river!!” So isn’t this like ABANDONING the sugar industry for the old PNC “diversification” strategy??
Remember black eye peas (not the band!), red beans and tilapia?? OK Granger. You were there when that strategy was launched…quick now…why did it fail?? And you won’t dispute that it did FAIL, would you? And will fail again.
But the kicker is their solution in the “short term”: produce ethanol rather than sugar! Makes you understand how far these wankers have their heads up their nether orifice! The elementary question would be “from where would you get the ethanol?” Sugar cane, no??
BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE FACTORIES DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SUGAR CANE!!! How the arse will you gain by “producing” ethanol rather than sugar if you don’t have the input material – cane?
And secondly, what do you gain “in the near term”, when the cane still has to be chopped, and pressed for the juice? The only step saved in the separation of the sugar crystals? And where and with what are we going to be producing the ethanol? We’ll need huge investments in distilleries? Who’s gonna supply the capital?
Looks like what all his old comrades in the PPP/C’s been saying about him is true; Nagamootoo doesn’t know his ass from his elbow. And doesn’t mind Granger telling him to push one into the other!
…on cultural diversity
The Manifesto promises that the goal of its members will be “to acknowledge, embrace and celebrate our ethnic diversity”. Well that sho’ does sound good, doesn’t it? So can we now expect Moses Nagamootoo – Prime Ministerial Candidate of the PNC-led APNU/AFC to “acknowledge, embrace and celebrate his ethnic identity”?
After all, you can’t have “diversity” celebrated if you have folks denying their heritage, can you? Especially top leaders!
Fact of the matter is the problem with the policy is precisely what has happened to fellas like Nagamootoo. When he was growing up whimsically in Whim, he was just like any little “Indian” boy.
But when he came to “town”, folks like Granger – who set the standards of what was “couth” and “uncouth” – convinced him he had to deny his ethnic heritage. That was uncouth! You better not say “watah”…make sure it’s “watuh”!!
This Eyewitness doesn’t expect Nagamootoo to shed the skin he’s grown…it’s not just old dogs and new tricks and all that. The fella’s now just full of self-hate!
…and false bravado
The PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition promised in their manifesto that “within 100 days” they’ll “liberalism the telecommunications and ICT sector”.
Did they tell this to GT&T?