I was in a conversation with an ardent supporter of APNU / PNCR and, by the way, that party wants to be a lively opposition just like the PPP / C when they were in Opposition.
Well, my response to that motion was that there is nothing wrong with that approach, the modern, progressive way is to get the Government of the day interested, in other words, to keep them straight and narrow. This is good for any country, especially for Guyana.
Then, in similar shades, I agree that an invitation should be welcomed from the same Government who would like to meet the Opposition with open arms. I’m talking about President Irfaan Ali convening a meeting of former presidents as a sign of goodwill and progressive approach.
That the Government and the Opposition must be locked together in serious dialogue together for the benefit of this nation. It would be the most enlightening thing ever to have graded the halls of this great country. And yet, I say that this should be welcomed with open arms.
Now, Mr Granger turned down that invitation, I don’t know if he was intimidated or whatever was hanging on, but the point is that he missed out on a golden opportunity to prove himself worthy of being part of the developmental thrust for this. nation. The Government, for its part, has left the door open for Mr Granger’s future engagement, for him to come on board the ship and make his contribution to nation building.
However, so far, the PNC’s actions are old-fashioned and worrisome, because Mr Granger preferred to sit him out in the wings and behave very babyish at best, if not openly stupid in others. I’m talking about him looking here and looking there to exploit any opportunity available to provoke turmoil, this doesn’t make a strong Opposition, it may only try to alienate meaningful people from the party. That Burnhamite naked aggression that has infected that party has certainly ruined them. That kind of backpack will not work in the modern world.
So, I’m saying it’s enough to get annoyed with the PPP / C – that’s Granger’s right – but that doesn’t give him any right to be annoyed with the people of this country. Our motto speaks of peace, progress and inclusivity.
Finally, in the new spill of Guyanese politics, there should be no one left out of the roundtable discussions on developmental things for our country. Government, Opposition ideas, views and projections must be included. The strong dogmatic attitude of pure party politics must be dispelled, as we sail in the inclusive zone of nation building.