Our state owned newspaper the Chronicle has been drifting
in a sea of ignorance for long enough.
On the 28th of November 2002 the Chronicle
published nine letters ostensibly from members of the public.
One of these letters attacked me and was captioned Learn
Tony Learn, so I have decided to crucify the entire Chronicle newspaper for it.
I have decided to call this commentary learn Chronicle learn.
Now Ladies and Gentlemen to perform a crucifixion you
have to establish that the entity to be crucified has broken the law.
So lets start there, in the high court of Justice in
Trinidad case number 4782 of 1982 in the matter of Mr. Surujattan Ramchan and
the Trinidad and Tobago Television Company limited and the Attorney General of
Trinidad and Tobago, Ramchand, on behalf of the opposition parties in
parliament, sued the state owned Trinidad and Tobago Television station for
operating that STATE owned entity in a biased and unconstitutional manner because,
he complained, that the then government in power the PNM was operating the TTT
as if it was owned by the party in power and not by the state. We won't go into
the entire case, I will leave that to the legal eagles, but at the end of this
case it was established within the legal jurisprudence of Trinidad, that state
owned media does not mean party or government in power owned media.
So the judgment was that if the party or government in
power for example has 20 seats and the opposition has 18 seats then the opposition
should get 18 minutes when the government in power gets 20 minutes. The same
principle holds good for state owned newspapers, if the PPP holds 34 seats in
the parliament and gets 34 lines of coverage in the Chronicle, then the
opposition in this country which holds 31 seats in the parliament must get 31
lines of coverage. The opposition parties and other ethnic groups have every
right to expect that they will have access to the state owned media in
proportion to the allocation of their seats in the parliament. It is a
legitimate expectation and the Trinidad case in 1982 establishes this for all
So the chronicle is guilty of denying the opposition
their legal right to have their side of any matter aired in the state owned
newspaper and by denying them that expectation the Chronicle is breaking the
So I now sentence them to be crucified.
How far has this obnoxious rag fallen into the abyss of
ignorance and stupidity? Well let us examine the letters that they published in
their issue of 28th November 2002. There were nine letters in that newspaper
on that date, these letters were supposed to come from a cross section of our
people's views. Ladies and gentlemen YOU determine if it was representative of
Letter number one is from one Ramesh Singh telling us
that the civil servants have received more under this government than any
previous government, it is a letter riddled with inaccuracies, rhetoric and contortions
that only the great Houdini can match.
Letter number 2 is telling us that Lorrie Alexander has a
twisted mind. Good for you Lorrie if the Chronicle considers that you have a
twisted mind, given their track record, take a bow.
Letter number three is from someone called Leslie Bonne he
tells us that we must choose wisely with regards to tourism and that someone
called Ms Dennison is attacking him for his grammar, I surmise that Leslie
wrote a letter on our tourism industry but the letter he wrote was riddled with
bad grammar and Dennison with some degree of mischief and irony told him so.
His reply to her was that since she is so knowledgeable in
Grammar then she should offer solutions to the Educational system. This
masterpiece of illogic I will leave to these two people, but we do not have a
tourist industry in this country and we never will, the people who have
invested in this industry are, all to all intents and purposes, bankrupt. Our
tourist industry is visualized as Eco tourism and is concentrated on the Linden
highway and the Essequibo, anyone who has tried to get past the Parika vendors
on Saturday and Sunday blocking up the highway going to the resorts in the
Essequibo, and has to traverse that atrocity they call a road between Parika
and Rod en Rust will immediately realize that, crime aside, the Ministry of Tourism
is a waste of time. The resorts on the highway have bankrupted their owners
before 2001, Emerald Towers for example.
Letter number four tells us that the Kaiteur news fills
in for the New Nation, let me understand this, Mr. Davindra Sooklall, you are
saying that the law is not being violated when the Chronicle publishes the
nonsense you are writing and anyone who holds a different view is anti
government and pro PNC as if it is some sort of crime? Surely you cannot be
serious. Surely you believe in freedom of association which is guaranteed by
this country's constitution.
Letter number five tells us that like Brook Benton's song,
"its just a matter of time" it is authored by one Anne Ragubir, well Anne I
don't know if the PPP will ever attract one serious investment in this country
that will benefit the Guyanese people, but I sincerely hope that we do not end
up with another GP&L. however as you say it's just a matter of time, let's
wait for the British company to take over our water system and let's see what new
madness we will have to tolerate next.
Letter number six is the offending learn Tony Learn one, the
huge pile of diatribe contained in this letter by the "the historian" would
give Mr. Gajraj indigestion, after telling us all sorts of nonsense about 1799
and that the Berbice and the Suriname counties were both British and what the
arrangements were between them, the wars they had, the times the counties
changed hands etc. he then concedes that this aspect of the border dispute can
easily be resolved at the international court, since there are international
rules that apply with respect to joint boundary rivers, well fool, why
prejudice any meaningful case we may have at the International Court by going
to the Surinamese, cup in hand, begging for a handout on behalf of the Corentyne
fishermen in 1997. It was a dangerous precedent, a masterpiece of diplomatic
stupidity and so is your letter. And I said that Mr. Cement Rohee committed
this faux pas not Mr. Insanally.
Letter number seven tells us that the PPP/C is doing a
better job, this funnily enough is the one letter that I agree with, yes indeed
they are doing a better job of ruining this nation than the PNC ever did.
Letter number eight is the usual garbage written by John Da
silva who told us in 1999 that ESBI was offering us a good deal, thereby
calling into question his complete lack of capacity to deal with the realities
of the world and sees nothing further than the end of his nose, it is hardly a
proper advertisement for his family's business which makes spectacles. Did you
fall into the lens grinding machine at Modern Optical John? I do believe that you
did, since you are continuously making a spectacle of yourself. I access you as
credibility zero, ability none and content nonexistent.
Letter number nine tells us that Stanley Ming serves as
an eye opener; the author of this letter Albert David tells us is that Stanley
Ming is making a profit as a merchant by being aligned to the PNC rather then
being aligned to the PPP who are in power. Where do you live Albert? in Swaziland,
Timbuktu, Mars perhaps? Ming has lost big time by being against the PPP and
if you do not realize that, "open your eyes wider". Of course there is no
Albert David or Davindra Sooklall or Bonner, much less a Leslie Bonner listed
in the 2002-3 telephone book, who exactly do you think that you are fooling Editor?
You are receiving letters from phantoms? Maybe they are members of this alleged
These are the nine letters in the Chronicle of 28 November 2002. All castigating the opposition and anyone who support them, all half
truths and lies, most of them propaganda perpetrated by authors who cannot be
verified, where are the views of the 48% of the Guyanese that own this
newspaper? Understand why we have so many problems in this country now Editor? You
are denying 48% of the owners of that newspaper any say whatsoever in it.
The editorial in this issue is even funnier, it tells us
that mini busses are blowing their horns outside of the Law Courts and
disturbing the procedures of that august body, how very profound and searching
a matter this is, however let us play this shallow, ridiculous game, the last time
I checked Editor, it was this government that made that spot an area for
minibuses but it is still illegal for anyone to honk their horns there, the law
says so, but if the Traffic Chief and the police cannot do their jobs. Go to
the Phantom gang you are getting letters from and who have cleaned up the
terrorists for the police and the army and ask them to shoot any mini bus
driver that dares to blow his horn there, but they must use a silencer.
Ladies and gentlemen I must cast some blame on the
opposition they must go to the courts and demand time, in all state owned media
GBC, GTV and the Chronicle, in keeping with their parliamentary allocation, it
is more important and necessary and productive than all the marching. And most
importantly it is their legal right to ask for it and it can solve many of the
problems of their supporters.