Gov’t has done poorly, fairly, and...
harbours special visions; alas, the extended political, social, and environmental body parts are suffused with barely contained poisons that speak of historic excesses hard to purge. Breath and sweat, words and deeds blend seamlessly in a nonchalantly recklessly prejudiced society: this is what it is! This is how it stays! Hard and immovable; nurtured and embraced to the detriment of all. Silky speeches and luminous postures aside, this is the Guyanese Way. Government likes. Opposition likes. The people like.
In media affairs, government loses the daily propaganda battles, and the generalized unrelenting propaganda war. Not even a contender. It does not seem unduly perturbed. Volume, cosmetics, and reality are mainly carved out, influenced, and controlled by non-state actors and powers. Its few hard won successes are given short shrift, overwhelmed by force of circumstances, defeated by avalanches of the negative. Changes, incremental and occasional, are lost in the shuffle, and suffer from an absence of light and unpardonable official neglect. While the handful of positives disappear before the actions of the many hands that dip into the treasury to lift what does not belong. This, too, is an inheritance from the good times era, when the only colour was money; and so too was the politics. Thus, a country is rendered prostrate; indeed, lifeless.
When all things are considered, it becomes obvious that this government has done poorly, fairly, and sometimes, commendably. There is too little of the last, and too much of the former. The record of three and a half years is neither flattering nor encouraging. There are bright spots, though, if there is time and interest to look close enough. The failure to capitalize and emphasize of what has been different and better only adds to the list of what could be, what should be. Yours faithfully, GHK Lall