The Opposition PNC/APNU has an awfully difficult time convincing the youths on the futuristic plans for this country. They have no manifesto to highlight anything of a developmental nature that can readily attract youthful confidence in them. All that I am getting so far is a cacophony of confused lies against the Government but
nothing substantial by way of development. This is why the youths are at a loss as to what these people are talking about. By the way you would have noticed that I recognized the Opposition as PNC because that is effectively what the Opposition is. There is no AFC, no third party to choose from, the next election is a straight race between the arch-enemy PNC and the PPP/C.
And who said anyone wants the PNC back in power? The answer is blowing in the wind. So from the outset this coalition is at a disadvantageous position. This is their problem, this is their living breathing nightmare.
The PNC is on record as the architect behind this nation’s destruction. They destroyed the economy. Do you know at one point during the 1980s Guyana was rated as below Haiti? According to the United Nations growth index for that period Guyana had dipped below Haiti and was rated as the least developed country in the Caribbean. This was a ghastly period for all Guyanese. It was a time when we were greeted with scorn at all ports of entry especially those close by home judging from the fact that we were seeking asylum in Caribbean neighbours as political and economic refugees. This was a disgraceful decade for us, we were like “cockroaches” seeking after leftovers. This the youths may not know, but there are very many more things they are knowledgeable of, tangible successes all around them made and done for the children of the future.
Take for example my nephew at age 20 visiting home again. Listen to his comment, “Wow! I think I am in New York”. His awestruck comment came about as we passed by on Regent and Camp Streets. My sarcastic answer to him was “all of these things came about as a result of the PPP/C’s backwardness”. And this is their dilemma, how can they explain away the massive developmental achievements of the PPP/C Government, and as a result convince the youths to vote for them. It is a herculean task that keeps the PNC thinking and rethinking their next move. Now, seeing they are backed up in a corner and losing ground they are desperately trying to get the youths attention and their vote. They are using the theory of the youngsters being ignorant of the atrocities they committed on this country and its peoples. They are hoping that with that ignorance of the youth – both the true meaning of the word “not knowing” or “unaware” and the Caribbean version of being “stupid” – they can somehow sneak up on them unsuspectingly to get their vote. Well I have news for them, the youth are not as naive, stupid or dumb as the PNC may think, they are aware of development, lots of it if you please. They are well aware of the developmental achievements of the present Government. They have been looking around and they have been asking questions such as who built that, and that, and which administration was responsible for those achievements. These are questions to which the Opposition has no answers. It is very easy to lie – that is a natural attribute of the Opposition – however, the question still remains could those lies convince the public.