October 21, 2014

Sterculinius…

…of Guyana

This Eyewitness is an avid reader of the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” feature in this paper. He learns something every day. Yesterday he learnt that the Romans, like most ancient peoples, had a god of animal sh*t. Really!! His name was Sterculinius.

Actually, he was the god of “manure” but since those ancient folks didn’t have ammonium sulphate and such like – he was really in charge of animal sh*t. If you wanted more horse manure, for instance, you just invoked Sterculinius!

And if you think about it, Sterculinius is alive and well in Guyana – just think of the person who spews more sh*t in Guyana than anyone else – the Muckraker” owner Mohan “Glenn” Lall, aka the Mook. He proved that people like to hear sh*t…why else do you think they pick up the Muckraker??

And the thing is, Lall, knows he’s full of sh*t. Look at the last PeepMan column – which he concocted with his house slave Adam Harris. The real PeepMan has more sense than to spout the sh*t there.

Can you imagine defending the Muckraker by invoking the standards of “professionalism”?? This isn’t just “bare faced” but because of the volume of sh*t spewed, it’s also “bare assed”. The Muckraker is about as unprofessional as you could possibly get. There isn’t a week that goes by that the Muckraker isn’t offering an apology for some faux pas or the other. Professionals give a sh*t about what they’re doing. The Muckraker dumps sh*t on what everyone else’s doing.

And one thing about sh*t – once it starts running, it’s hell no hell to stop the flow. When it flows from Sterculinius, it’s impossible to stop. The fella’s the GOD of the nasty stuff, isn’t he?? So listen to this sh*t as the Mook explains his massive wealth in his “dem boys seh”:

“I born in business and grow up in Stabroek Market”!!! Born in “business”?? Is this what they called Wakenaam then?? “Business”? This is a fella who couldn’t rub two cents together when he came barefoot to town?? Business??

The question is how’d he move from selling bora and shallots to owning billions?? The US Embassy’s political officer, in the ‘WikiLeaks’ cables on Guyana a few years ago, identified the Mook as a “backtracker, having links to the criminal underworld”. He also revealed that Lall regularly snitched on his “friends” in the business community.

The spewer of sh*t knew what he was talking about when he confessed, that “how he get he money is no secret!!”

…in Parliament

It could be that like Chickungunya and Ebola, this Sterculinius thing is catching. And it depends on how close contacts you maintain with the infected persons. Sh*t, after all, can only be spurted so far!!

Ever since Ralph Ramkarran quit the PPP/C because he couldn’t live up to the party’s strict policy on “criticism and self-criticism”, he’s been courting the Opposition. Of which, of course, Mook Lall’s a card carrying member. And lo and behold, Ramkarran began spouting a whole lotta sh*t!

He started to do it on his blog…called Conversation Tree. But the sh*t was so much, the poor tree promptly died? True story, check it out! Anyhow, not to worry when you have the Stabber and the Muckraker on the Dark Side. They BOTH began carrying Ramkarran’s sh*t.

Most recently, the crap that the Speaker can summon Parliament any time he pleases!! And prorogue it too??

Ramkarran might as well bring back Burnham as Trotman. Didn’t Rodney say everything Burnham, touched turned to sh*t??

…and the masses

Mook “Sterculinius” Lall, really needs to get his sh*t together. Here he’s trying to convince folks that he only evaded taxes because he wants to “save democracy”!! Jeez!!! There’s only so much sh*t people can take.

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Debacle…

… in cricket

Some say WI cricket reached its low point after our great run between 1975 and 1990 when we absolutely ruled the cricket roost. But this Eyewitness believes we finally have a defining moment that we’ll all look back on as to when we really hit rock-bottom. It’s October 17, 2014 when the WI team walked off the field in the middle of a tour of India.

The entire sorry episode illustrates the rot that’s overtaken WI cricket – and it’s not confined to the performance of the players on the field. Whether we like it or not, cricket’s a professional sport today. But those who control the sport in the Caribbean – the WICB and its territorial affiliates – insist on using their colonial “amateur” institutions and habits to run the game entirely for their own aggrandisement and benefit.

In this modern professional era, the players aren’t going to lower their eyes, doff their caps and say, “Yes, sah!!” to whatever the WICB says. Let’s take the latest straw that broke the players’ backs in India.

The WICB negotiations with the WIPA – supposedly representing the players’ interest – were never even accepted by the WIPA’s Board!! The agreement was signed by WICB President Dave Cameron and the head of the WIPA – Wavell Hinds. Back in mid-September.

The WIPA never had this agreement ratified by the players as a group. And with good reason. As Captain Bravo wrote, “The players will not accept any agreement it has had no input in, did not give its consent to and which would infringe on its rights.” The players only saw the new agreement when they’d already arrived in India – and they immediately expressed their disagreement to Hinds. Not surprisingly since their fees for Tests/ODIs and T20s were slashed by 65 per cent!!

In Bravo’s letter to Hinds, he also objected to the clause where the WIPA not only received three per cent of the players fees but an ADDITIONAL fee of US$500,000 IF the new fee structure remained in place. While many will say the players could’ve waited until the tour was over, it must be stated that they did offer a way out of the debacle: retain the old fee structure until they returned.

Very bluntly, the WICB wasn’t even willing to work with the WIPA – just with Wavell Hinds – to ram an unacceptable “agreement” down the players’ throats.

This will not do. Justice demands the players must be involved.

… on Parliament’s reconvening

Ralph Ramkarran twisted his ears, fell on his knees and “beg pardon” because he allowed the date for reconvening Parliament to remain at the discretion of the Government. Well, he actually did not just allow, it was his “omission”. But you could tell he’s ruing the day he didn’t do more to sandbag his erstwhile comrades while he had the chance.

Ramkarran also implicitly bitch-slapped Lalloo Ram when pointing out that – as your humble Eyewitness did yesterday – the Standing Order (SO) that Lalloo’d quoted only allows the Speaker to intercede IF the Government had fixed a date to end the adjournment. But being on the same side (the DARK SIDE!) of Lalloo nowadays, he didn’t mention the wanker’s puerile intervention.

So what did Ramkarran recommend in the end?? That Parliament should change the SO on adjournments so that it doesn’t say a recess ends until “a date to be fixed”. Which gives the Government power to decide. Well, heck!! Parliament can do what they want with the SOs – unless they conflict with the Constitution.

So in the meantime, Ramkarran invokes a Deus ex machina (where’s he’s the God in the machine (Constitution) to call on the Speaker to just fix a date! Envy is so corrosive!!

…on MP selection??

Lalloo Ram thinks new MPs must be “more competent, qualified and committed”. The poor, pathetic wannabe (anything with some status!) just disqualified himself on all three grounds!!

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Where ignorance is bliss…

…you’ll find Lalloo Ram

This Lalloo Ram fella just doesn’t know when to quit. It’s clear he has what Freud described as “masochistic tendencies” which in its extreme form can become a “death wish”. The wanker just opens himself to ridicule so often there can’t be any other explanation. He’s so desperate for some ass-whipping, it doesn’t matter that he’s seen as an “ass”. Like everyone in the S&M trade, it’s a compulsion.

So after being bitch-slapped for his accounting and legal pretensions, he presents himself for some more blows in the area of Parliamentary Procedures. It could be he’s become bassidy after all the pummelling. We know the brains of boxers literally spin around as they’re hit on one side of the face to the other. But we guess in the world of the masochist in pursuit of gaining some recognition, “no pain….no gain”!

Lalloo Ram dares to ask why the Clerk of the National Assembly doesn’t have the Speaker reconvene Parliament to allow his friends in the AFC to move their “no-confidence” motion. Ram, as the neophyte dabbler in Parliamentary Affairs he is (as in law) quotes (as if he’s a legal Columbus discovering Parliamentary Rules of Order) the very same order (8-2) that the Clerk had cited for his decision.

It’s obvious one of them’s wrong – and as the Clerk explained, it sure ain’t him. But what else is new? The masochist just wants to be bitch-slapped.

The quoted Rule states: “If, during an adjournment of the Assembly, it is represented to the Speaker by the Government, or the Speaker is of the opinion, that the public interest requires that the Assembly should meet on a day earlier than that to which it stands adjourned, the Speaker may give notice accordingly and the Assembly shall meet at the time stated in such notice.”

Like the neophyte he is (so eager he is to show off his “learning”) Lalloo misses the import of the caveat that the Speaker’s “discretion” in reconvening Parliament is contingent on the date to which “it stands adjourned”!!! And it’s the prerogative of the Government in power to set that date!!

Old parties like the PNC with institutional memories, know this and that’s why Granger had to concede the point. Even Ramjattan followed suit when he noted that Parliament is “reconvened by the Prime Minister”. And that why’s he begged Granger to “lobby” for him.

Poor masochistic Lalloo…Maybe he can now solicit some more bitch-slapping by defending Mook Lall for tax-cheating. Did you notice he wasn’t at court with the Mook’s riff-raff?

…don’t tell the PNC different

Minette Bacchus keeps pleading with Granger to change his tune with the PNC’s Linden supporters. Concerned PNCite Bacchus is deathly afraid if snap elections follow the no-confidence vote (whenever!!) the PNC could lose at least two seats in their “traditional” stronghold.

After all, they only snagged those folks from the AFC after the very persons Granger locked out of his meeting worked their butts off in 2011. But Minette forgets that Granger’s only following in the footsteps of his mentor – the founder leader Burnham. Not so incidentally, the same Burnham Minette defends so tenaciously.

When it came to Lindeners, Burnham believed in “tough love”. The same year, that the folks in the mining community named their town after him, Burnham nationalised the bauxite industry – including the workers’ pension! The newly named Lindeners went on strike. Burnham had the Police unleash dogs and water hoses on them and threw them in jail. See Kwayana’s “The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics”.

To Granger, just locking the gate on the Lindeners is being “kind”!!

…make wild allegations

Kwayana complains the PPP/C’s “exploiting” the Rodney CoI’s revelations. He claims no one did the same for Robert Gates’s testimony against the PPP/C? Did he fall asleep during Basil Williams’ histrionics??

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Baring of chests…

… (partially) by Kwayana

Eusi Kwayana is an old codger from back in the day. But it seems he still can raise the hackles of some in the country – and simultaneously, praise. Could be it’s because “back in the day”, he was quite a lightning rod – if not the chief cook and bottle washer – for the racial divisions we’re still fighting 50 years later. And suffering from.

In a letter published prominently in the Stabber a couple of weeks ago, he wrote about visiting the Doobay Dialysis Centre in Annandale, which adjoins the Sage’s native Buxton. He reminisced that back in July 1963, the visiting British Secretary of the Colony, Duncan Sandys had arranged for him to shake the hand of Doobay’s father – a rather famous Annandale Pandit – on the bridge between Buxton and Annandale.

As a seeming throwaway comment – but quite calculating, because it is designed to throw dust into the eyes of the present generation – Kwayana allowed that, “At the time, July 1963, I was in the bad books of both the PPP and the PNC and belonged to no organisation.” We’re supposed to conclude that the Sage of Buxton was “neutral”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Firstly, Kwayana was not a member of the PPP, because he’d abruptly quit that party after Burnham did. And why was Kwayana not a member of the PNC, which he’d help found and was its first General Secretary?? In the lead-up to the 1961 elections – after which the British had promised the winner would “lead Guyana to Independence” – the then Sidney King called Burnham a “traitor” for agreeing he’d accept independence under Jagan – if the latter won.

Even Burnham couldn’t stomach such blatant race hate and kicked Kwayana out of the PNC. Kwayana promptly proposed – along with his hatchet man from the New Nation, Nicholson – aka “Vigilance” – to partition Guyana into three parts. And as for Kwayana “belonging to no organisation”, is Kwayana now denying forming and running the African Society for Racial Equality with Nicholson then??

Fact of the matter is that the British by 1963 were working with the US to get rid of Jagan and the PPP Government. Kwayana was more than happy to work along with them since he and the British had the same goal – GET JAGAN!!!

That’s what the old codger (dodger?) didn’t say. We wonder why?

…by man of the cloth

A “man of the cloth” – a Bishop Ivan John – also bared his chest in the letters’ pages. But his comments were quite a tad less self-serving than the Sage of Buxton’s. From his comments, the Bishop is a self-made man, like Kwayana. But noting all the negativity that’s been bandied around in Guyana, he asked a simple question: Aren’t things in general better today than they were just a short while ago?? John was too kind to add… “under the PNC”.

And that’s a question that most of the enemies of the PPP don’t want to hear. Like Kwayana, their hatred of the PPP is so great that they’d rather cut a deal with the devil (again like Kwayana) to get rid of them. Doesn’t matter what the consequences will be for Guyana. Like with Kwayana, that’s just “collateral damage”.

And that’s why we picked up on Kwayana’s sanctimonious piece. Modern imitators like Ramjattan and Nagamootoo are totally consumed with power. And they’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to get back at their erstwhile comrades – who they blame for their impotence.

As for PNC/APNU? They’re simply following their Master’s script.

…and more

This newspaper carried an interview with the schoolgirls caught “in flagrante” in the viral sex video. What was most amazing was that there was no evident contrition – much less moral regret – for their act. Seems that their friends let THEM down and not the other way round.

Go figure!

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Sub-optimal…

…bilge

Henry Jeffrey seems bent on providing grist for this Eyewitness’ mill. The fella’s been given a lifeline by the Stabber from the obscurity to which he was consigned after failing at four separate Ministries of Government. (This must be some sort of record, no??)

Now you’d think he’d use the opportunity to show he’s not such the wanker he was made up to be – like giving away the Caribbean store to the Europeans during negotiations for the EPA. But all he’s done is prove Jagdeo should be given some sort of medal for putting up with him for so looooong!

In his latest polemic against the Government, “Sub-optional policing”, Jeffrey purports to look at our crime statistics. Which he claims should be “more longitudinal” to be “meaningful”. Well, if Jeffrey would take the time to collate the data issued annually, wouldn’t that be “longitudinal” enough for him?

But hold it!!! Isn’t that what he did when he looked at our murder rates from 2000 to 2012?? This Eyewitness has heard of lies, damned lies, and statistics. But Jeffrey has invented a whole new category – longitudinal statistical goddamned lies!!

Just look at what the fella – who insists he has a “doctorate” – did with the statistics. First, he avoided comparing us with other South American countries – even though he conceded that Brazil’s, Venezuela’s and Columbia’s crime rates are higher than ours!! Says we’re more “Caribbean”. But with South American drugs being funnelled through our borders because of the American pressure in Columbia – you’d think we’re comparable, no?? Well, “no” if you go by Jeffrey.

But even with the Caribbean comparison, he claims we had the fastest rise in number of murders since 2000. Yet Trinidad’s murder rate rose by almost THREE times and ours less than TWO TIMES! So he makes the “exception” for Trinidad!! Hey! If Jeffrey’s going to make exceptions in every category he creates, why the heck does he bother to “compare”?? The wanker just wants to appear “scientific” by throwing out “statistics”.

But the final straw was his “explanation” for the rise in murders here – without once mentioning Hoyte’s “slow fyaah, mo fyaah” strategy from 2001. Was it coincidence or serendipity that this was when the years of living dangerously in Guyana began?? So what happened in 20a02-2003 when the murder rate spiked to its highest ever?? Did it have anything to do with the bandits in Buxton??

Could it be that the guns brought in and handed out to child soldiers created a structural pattern of violence in Guyana??? Akin to what happened in Jamaica with the political creation of “garrisons”??

Enquiring minds want to know, Jeffrey!!

… Opposition coordination

Looks like the AFC and APNU have their signals crossed on the No-Confidence Motion. Here it is, the AFC’d declared with absolute confidence that Parliament was going to convene on October 16 – -and THEIR NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION WAS GOING TO BE DEBATED. They gloated about the Government weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth. But today’s the day – October 16. So where’s the motion?? Who’s gnashing their teeth??

The only “motion” we’re having today is the “belly-wuk” of Ramjattan and Nagamootoo!! Nasty!!! Now we’re hearing they “pressing” for October 22 or 24. We suspect they might be pressing some kind of plug into their nether orifice. Because it’s obvious that APNU and Granger have an agenda of their own, and they’re more than a little miffed that the AFC insists on upstaging them.

It’s clear that APNU will make it clear to the AFC troglodytes as to “who is man”. And it ain’t Nagamootoo, for sure!!

…charges

After the Chronicle made it clear from their Mc Doom article that Mook Lall of the Muckraker was not a fella to make threats lightly, shouldn’t the Police take his latest threats against the GRA Commish more seriously?? Or do they want to see another smoking gun??

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The hypocrisy…

…of the media circus

The Stabber came out with an Editorial that’s so unctuous, they made Uriah Heep look like a Drill Sergeant. Commenting on the media circus over the viral video of the school children making out in their school uniforms, they claimed they’d been “reminded of the weakness of the libertarian theory of the media”. Which, they said, was “often prone to ruinous recklessness…(and) can be risky in a society”.

How much more hypocritical can you get?? The Stabber’s been part of the vicious tag team with the Muckraker and the rest of the Opposition to rip apart the fabric of the society by advocating the Constitutional Order be abrogated.

These are the people who used the libertarian theory of the media to go after the Government so mercilessly, it’s a wonder guillotines have not been erected around Stabroek Market. And they’re now crying crocodile tears about some children letting their hormones get the better of them??

Fact of the matter is, you can’t just preach an expedient observance of the rules of the society. Children see the hypocrisy of the adults around them. Take the Stabber’s take on the alleged tax fraud committed by the owner of the Muckraker. They know Glenn Lall is blowing smoke up someone’s behind, with his cries about the GRA out to “ruin” him. Even if the tax guy was sharing out information of the media’s figures – he kept mum on the Muckrakers’, didn’t he?? What’s to ruin??

And just look at the media circus around Glenn Lall that the Stabber gave such extensive coverage. This “support” was so obviously orchestrated that it wasn’t even funny. But not a word. All the local suspects were present – Benschop, Lewis….But hold it!! Where was Kissoon?? Was he banished by his “Boss Man” after he pointed out the fella was too cheap to hire proofreaders?? But back to the moral hypocrisy of the Stabber.

What’s their proposal to correct the “weakness of the libertarian theory of the media”?? When the General Secretary of the PPP/C Clement Rohee suggested that there ought to be some kind of “media regulation” to keep the Muckraker and the Stabber from destroying the reputations of everyone they disagreed with, the Stabber hoped that this was “totalitarianism”.

So does the Stabber think that a responsible press will arise out of their whimper of “kids gone wild”?

The truth of the matter is that even in the Stabber’s “motherland” – jolly old England – they’ve had to impose media regulations to stanch the excesses represented by the hacking of phone calls by Murdoch. So is the Stabber going to call for the same after Glenn Lall’s hacking of GRA’s emails??

…on paedophilia

This Eyewitness is returning to the allegations of paedophilia made by the young man Welshman against Speaker Trotman. He’s doing so because he’s just appalled by the stance of the legal community and all the other “do gooders” out there – individuals and organisations. This Eyewitness cannot believe that the GHRA, for instance, can maintain such a deafening silence at this horror story that occurred right in their neighbourhood.

This is out and out hypocrisy. We’d expected the lawyerly top heavy AFC would rally around Trotman. After he’s a “founder leader” and if he goes down, they go down! This isn’t just hypocrisy; it’s survival by whatever means necessary. We also didn’t expect anything different from APNU. Didn’t Granger choose Trotman for the Speakership??

But what’s hurtful is that even those folks who cry out for the brutalised dogs in the streets have been silent on the cries of this young man. Just because the perpetrator of his pain is a “big one”.

***Don’t cry for Welshman, Guyana. Weep***.

…on Sarwan

Did you read the cri de coeur from Ramnaresh Sarwan? How could Guyanese allow this player to be used, abused and discarded by Cricket Guyana Inc??

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Go girl…

…but not in PNC

Last week, we commemorated “International Day of the Girl Child”…but it seems somebody forgot to tell David Granger, chief cook and bottle washer of the PNC. Or then again, he most likely just ignored it, since he’s not shown much regard for girls – or females on the whole for that matter – in the PNC. At least not those who show they have a mind of their own and won’t be anybody’s doormat.

Look at what’s going down at Linden. There’s this young woman Vanessa Kissoon who most people think just appeared after the Linden protests when she goaded Lindeners into the illegal blocking of the bridge to the interior. Good PNC material you’d think, no?? Good also for Granger who’d been accused (and still is) of being an invertebrate, right?? Well if you go by how Granger treated her subsequently, you’d be completely wrong.

And it wasn’t just Kissoon fighting off the Police at the bridge like a modern day Guyanese Horatio, she’d fervently defended ROH Corbin – Granger’s sponsor – back in the day. That is, in 2007 when Corbin had come under fire from the party’s faithful for…well…for not being CORBIN!!! Ever since he’d taken over from Hoyte, the PNCites had been holding their breaths waiting for the “real” Corbin to reveal himself. They’d become not only blue in the face…but quite apoplectic, if you don’t mind.

But there was Vanessa Kissoon, a slip of a girl then, defending Corbin down the line. And it had an effect…even though Corbin had to bow out and place his proxy Granger on the throne. The thing is, with fellas like Corbin (who’s still pulling Granger’s strings) they don’t really remember what you did for them – it’s not even “what did you do for me recently”. Their rule is: “know your place”. And for the girl-who-was-now-a-woman Vanessa, that place was where you’re the Leader’s footstool, who does as ordered.

No question asked. Especially with Granger who expected responses from subordinates when told to jump be limited to “How high, sir??!!” Especially when you are female. Kissoon’s mistake was not to fall in line with the females in the inner circle – Ammna Ally and Volda Lawrence. And most recently, Sandra Adams, who was brought back from New York and made “Coordinator” of Region 10 for the PNC.

Kissoon had the temerity to think because she was elected as the regional representative of Region 10, by the people of Region 10, she should have that job!!! And that she could support the likes of Aubrey Norton for leader.

Females can be so naive!!!

…from NY

Minette Bacchus, we’re informed, is the nom de plume of the wife of a rather prolix Guyanese leader and lives over in New York. But please don’t knock her for that. With her own frequent letters in the press defending the PNC, at least she’s following matters “back home”. And let’s face it – it’s become almost normal for spouses to be living apart when it comes to New York!

Anyhow, Minnette really skinned up Granger over his dissing of the aforementioned Lindeners – of which Vanessa Kissoon is one. She sarcastically allowed that “by academic certification Mr Granger is a historian” but does his cause no good by pissing off and dissing on Linders whose votes he’s gonna need a little way up the road.

But Ms Minette doesn’t seem to realise that Granger’s “cause” and the PNC’s “cause” might not be coincident. This Eyewitness had written at length on the elitist bias of Granger as opposed to the rank and file PNC members. Minette ought to also interrogate his gender bias.

…from Brazil

Even though third place Marina Silva endorsed Aecio Neves, we’re still backing incumbent Dilma Rousseff in the runoff/faceoff on Sunday. We do believe that girl power will triumph!!

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Elitist pretences…

… on death penalty

**S**o here we are again with the “elite” – who don’t just “think” they know better than the rest of us about the death penalty – they KNOW!! These are the same people who jump on soapboxes to declare they’re willing to shed their last drop of blood to defend democracy. But when the overwhelming majority of Guyanese (we won’t even talk about the Caribbean) say they favour the death penalty for intentional murders, these elitists always insist THEIR few voices must trump the majority!

Isn’t this what every dictator says – that they’re really acting for the GOOD of the people – and the people just don’t know what’s good for themselves. Which soon becomes “You better do what I say, if you know what’s good for you”? Now we’re sure these condescending ego-trippers will insist they’re “entitled to their opinions”. But that’s precisely the point, ain’t it?? Because of their wealth and power, they have the wherewithal to force their opinions down our throats.

This Melinda Janki person is a member of “the Justice Institute” – which gets public funding as well as foreign funding for pushing the foreign agenda: which is to abolish capital punishment, among other things. Then there’s the Amnesty International that has all that foreign funding – and ditto for SASOD and Red Thread. And then our good old, well-heeled ex-Speaker Ramkarran, working assiduously (insidiously?) to weasel his way to political correctness and the candidacy for the “Shared Governance” crowd, elbowed his way into the party.

These folks have immediate access to the all-important media – to articulate their whims and fancies. They are taken seriously. Not just the letter pages in which they parade their self-importance as “president of this” or “chairman of that”. But the news pages and the editorial pages. They contrast themselves, of course, to the great unwashed masses who’re at best “president of their cutlasses” or “chairman of their trowels”. What do these “know-nothings” know about anything?

But these stuffed shirts (and stuffed blouses) should know one thing. Ultimately, the law must reflect public morality – or the law will make itself into an ass. And this is not just the public morality on lifestyles or wearing mini-skirts. This one involves dealing with people who’ve taken a conscious decision to snuff out the life of a human being.

We could’ve said “a fellow human being”, but on making that decision, the individual taking the life removed himself from the ranks of humanity. To form the state, we – all of us – decided that only the STATE can take lives.

The death penalty must remain for intentional murder.

…on skeletons

That “time longer than twine” is shown to be so true with the revelations surfacing about Mook Lall. We can now see why he’s so arrogant about running roughshod over anyone and everyone. Because he’s proven when push comes to shove, politicians will do whatever it takes – including prostituting themselves and their “positions” – just to get into power.

Take PNC/APNU and all the “African-rights” activists who’re working hand in glove with Lall – and have given the Muckraker carte blanche to put quotes into their mouths. For years these folks have been carrying on about “vigilante killings of African youths”. They want justice – they say. Well, it’s now revealed that as far back as 1994, Mook Lall shot an African Guyanese youth in Mc Doom in cold blood.

He made himself judge, jury and executioner, because he said the kid was part of a gang who robbed him. He led the way. But we bet the PNC and the “rights groups” will keep their traps shut. Power is sweeter than justice.

…from Lalloo

Does this guy Lalloo “Suspenders” Ram have a life? Jeez!! Every day he comes up with a letter trying to show he’s “somebody”. Respect has to be earned, not demanded, wanker!!

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PNC disarray…

…in Linden

You don’t have to be a Marxist to accept that contradictions – whether in persons or organisations – end in conflict. Either with the said individuals “tripping”, the organisations “splitting” or rather rarely, the contradictions “resolving”. Just look at what’s happening in the PNC.

The contradiction manifesting this time is that while the members always accepted their organisation rigged elections – no apology’s going to ever be issued about that, baby!! – they never expected their own internal elections would be rigged! And certainly as blatantly as it was by David Granger. And to rub salt into their collective, the wanker wasn’t even a “regular” PNC!! All he’d done back in the day was to ensure that the ballots being “counted” – well, actually “substituted” – at Camp Ayangana didn’t end up giving his soldiers “writers’ cramp”.

And to periodically “condignly” remind ignorant citizens who thought soldiers shouldn’t hijack ballot boxes, a lesson or two. Anyhow, after being denied their right to vote for their party leader, the Lindeners beat a retreat back to their township. The gunshot fired by Granger’s bodyguard probably reminded them about the fate of those two Berbicians who’d been taught the lesson at 63 Village. Death is so final.

It was just the latest in a long string of humiliations for them. Wasn’t their representative Vanessa Kissoon banished to the back benches for daring to disagree with Granger! Then she wouldn’t even accept her demotion to the back benches like a good little girl!! Followed by the imposition of Granger’s hand-selected, hand-maiden to “organise” Linden.

Seems she came down to Linden with her boss Granger to organise Linden for the latter’s pet project of protesting for [Local Government Election] LGE AND DIDNT INVITE ANY OF THE CARD CARRYING PNC MEMBERS WHO’D APPOSED GRANGER AT THE LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS!!! Locked the gate on them! Threw out the ones who’d managed to sneak into the yard. And these are the people who’re accusing the PPP of not practicing “democracy”!! Oh Pharisees! Granger and his band of sycophants wouldn’t recognise democracy if it crept up and bit him on his behind!

But in the end, the Linden PNCites have nobody to blame but themselves. After they were kicked out of Congress Place, they swore that they were “still loyal PNC”. And now that they’ve been locked out of their own house in Linden, they again vowed “We’re PNC to the bone”.

They have to learn this lesson – nobody gives a damn about doormats. They just walk all over them!!

…on no-confidence

Well, October 10 came and went not with a bang, but a whimper. Well, dear reader, did you really expect anything to happen when the official end of the “Parliamentary Recess” came to an end? Like school recess, nothing happens in the first week.

But as we’ve been saying all along…nothing’s gonna happen even next week even though the AFC’s now moved their Armageddon Day to October 16. And the reason is – and your humble Eyewitness told you so!! – the PNC under Granger, can’t be seen as the AFC’s handmaiden.

That’s why Granger’s hitched his wagon to the LGE star and has been bobbing and weaving on the No-Confidence Motion. Yes…yes…yes…he did say last week he’s in support. What else did you expect him to say?? But his action speaks louder than words – and his actions have shown he ain’t gearing for any snap elections.

In fact, he’s now changed his words. Rather than the No-Confidence Motion being the first order of business, Granger’s now talking about “hauling” Ashni Singh to the Privileges Committee. Oh he who speaks/with a forked tongue!!

…with fifth columnist

PPP/C’s General Secretary Clement Rohee dubbed Carl Greenidge a “fifth columnist” in the PNC. Well inquiring minds want to know,” for whom?” Aubrey Norton batted for him as leader in 2011. Is he now returning the back scratching favour??

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Bitch-slapped…

…Ramjattan makes excuses

After even fellow travellers in the Opposition bitch-slapped him for something silly for not achieving much – if anything – during the last two years, Ramjattan’s still stuck at the excuses stage. Granger also denied his ineffectualness but this man – who the PPP/C gave a fat salary with staff and office with a budget as “Office of the Opposition Leader” – yet had the temerity to say he “lacked resources”!!

But we’ll let Granger rest for now – he’s still trying to extricate the knife from his back, stuck there by his erstwhile buddy, Laloo “Suspenders” Ram. But what’s Ramjattan’s excuse for not admitting he’s been an unmitigated disaster as a Parliamentarian?

Asked the question once again as to what he did to earn his Parliamentary salary and duty-free vehicles – two per parliamentary term – it was more excuses. (And after Glenn Lall’s revelations, we’re talking a cool $100 million in duties – which will be siphoned into Ramjattan’s pockets when he sells these vehicles. You don’t think he has all 40 vehicles he got duty-free since he was in Parliament from 1992, do you??)

Ramjattan’s excuse was a classic circumlocution of those who’re lying through their teeth: He “is constrained and deliberately made ineffective by the non-grant of facility of researchers and experts to help its members in the analysis of major areas of policy and finance among others”!!! What a load of crock!

Truth of the matter is that for over a decade there’s been four Sectoral Committees that can hire all the researchers on any area of governance!!! You’re talking about Natural Resources, Economic Services, Social Services and Foreign Relations committees. What other resource does Ramjattan want?? Rum?? Isn’t Ramjattan and his band of merry men and women on each of these Committees???

To add insult to injury, the four Committees are now dominated by the Opposition with their one seat majority in Parliament. Plus they have two of the Chairs at any given time.

But the sad truth is that Ramjattan and none of his other Opposition colleagues are interested in having access to research on governance or policy. All they want is to take cheap pot shots at the Government to score cheaper political points.

Then again, in Parliament, where the Sectoral Committees’ meetings are held, Ramjattan can’t scream his favourite expression: “Haul yuh ass!!”

…Nagamootoo lost at sea

Nagamootoo’s never really recovered from his departure from the PPP/C. He thought after he’d told the Ex-Co, “I done with you all!”, his old colleagues would’ve pleaded with him to remain. He thought wrong. They promptly wrote him to say they accepted his resignation!!! Ouch!!! Fact is, they’d been sick and tired of his constant bitching about how he ought to be leader. Bitch-slapping number one!!

It was okay to be ambitious…but to lie on the old man and say he’d anointed him, Nagamootoo, as his heir?? Jeez!! The old man didn’t operate like that. He was the firmest believer and practitioner of democracy.

His second bitch-slapping was when Granger out rightly told him he didn’t trust him to be Speaker. Trotman got his nod.

So here it was, when asked as to what he’ll “bring to the table” now that he’s been handpicked by Ramjattan as AFC’s leader, all the man from Whim could mutter was, “I dunno!!” But we guess the reporter should be grateful Nagamootoo didn’t let loose with HIS favourite expression: “Shut yuh so-and-so mouth!,”

…Suspenders man

Since he didn’t get anywhere with hounding the Auditor General – whose presence reminded him daily that it wasn’t just paper qualifications that got you ahead in accounting, the just graduated lawyer Laloo “Suspenders” Ram decided to hound his betters in the legal profession.

For which he was firmly bitchslapped. He didn’t know it’s the Chancellor, not the AG, who introduces Rules of Court for Judicial Review. Ouch!!!

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