The PNC’s actions are outdated and worrisome
I was in a conversation with an ardent supporter of APNU / PNCR and of the nuances of what that party wants to be a vibrant 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; it is the modern, progressive way of capturing the attention of the government of the day, in other words, keeping them straight and narrow. This is good for any country, especially for Guyana.
Then, in similar tones, I agree that an invitation should be welcomed from the same government that would like to meet the opposition with open arms. I’m talking about President Irfaan Ali convening a meeting of former presidents as a gesture of goodwill and a progressive approach, that the government and the opposition must be locked together in earnest dialogue with each other for the benefit of the this nation. It would be the most enlightening thing ever to have graded the halls of this great country. Again, I say that this should be welcomed with open arms.
Now, that Mr Granger has declined the invitation, I don’t know if he was intimidated or whatever was hanged, 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 join 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 act very infantile at best, if not openly stupid. I’m talking about him looking here and looking there to take advantage of any opportunity available to stir up trouble. This does not mean strong opposition, and may only seek to alienate meaningful people from the party. That naked aggressive Burnhamite behavior that has so infected the party has surely ruined them. That kind of backpack will not work in a modern world.
I say 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, the views of government and opposition ideas 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.