There is some misunderstanding about what a third force,
or a political party holding the balance of power, would be in the Guyana context.
Some of our viewers don't understand it at all, whilst
others visualize it as a completely new political force, which will win an
election in this country install a new President and Ministers, and magically
the disastrous results of the 50 year old impasse between the PPP and the PNC
will disappear and all will be well. I am Sorry to have to tell you this, but
it will not happen that way.
The leader of the opposition is now on record as saying
that there is no place in Guyana for a third force, but he is wrong not
only is there place for a third force, it's presence is essential even
Tonight I want to share with you my thoughts of what a
third force will be, what its stated function must be, and how it
The parliament as it is currently constituted has 65
seats there is no reason to change this now i.e. to redefine the constituencies,
the elections are too close in 2006 so we can't tamper with it even if we
wanted to. So we have to go with what we have now but we MUST have a new
list the current one is riddled with irregularities, that exercise should be
Of the 65 seats presently occupied in parliament the PPP
has 34 seats the PNC and the other opposition parties have a combined 31 seats.
I will not go into the matter of the UF crossing the floor but I imagine that
Nadir's political career outside the PPP is over and he should use his efforts
to find a market for the 2 million pounds of peanuts in region 9 instead of
victimizing those people for voting for GAP instead of him and the UF.
Come on Nadir you are Minister of Trade and Tourism, we
don't have any tourist except in your mind, so 50 percent of your portfolio is
a sham, have a little decency for once and do something about this trade
problem the people in region 9 have with their peanuts.
This third force must have as its stated mandate, the
obligation to bring the PPP and the PNC to the table to force meaningful
discussion and meaningful participation in the decision making process i.e. everyone
must have a say in what goes on and the third force will be there to make sure
that it happens.
This means that this third force must be fair and
impartial and render decisions on every issue put to do it fairly and
impartially and be fearless to tell the PPP or the PNC to go to hell if either
is making an unreasonable request or demand.
Stated this way, this is probably not the best way to win
friends in the PPP or the PNC but this third force must not care about the
feelings of the PNC or the PPP, if this third force perceives that the PPP is
doing something wrong then it must say so, if it perceives that the PNC [hoping
to be supported by this third force] comes up with some outrageous proposal
then the third force must vote with the PPP to strike it down. All of this
assumes that without the third force no one political system controls a
majority of the seats in the Parliament and that the vote of the third force
will be necessary to pass anything through the national assembly.
But why do we have to come to this? the answer is really
simple the PPP have brain washed the indo Guyanese into believing that this
racial division thing is the only way that this country can function, and that the
PNC will only destroy the country as they did in the past, interfere with their
women, rob and beat them and so on.
Look around you ladies and gentlemen and especially you
my Indo Guyanese brothers, are you better off now than you were in 1992, do you
see a future in this country for yourselves or your children, if the answer is
no and I am sure that it is, then it is time for a change, the PPP have done
more damage to the economy of this country in the 13 years they have been in
power than the PNC did in 28 years. But the accumulation of the two has been
catastrophic. Except for the period 1989 to 1993-4 under Hoyte's Economic
The failure was not only the PNC tampering with
elections, the problem was that the ideology of socialism of both Forbes
Burnham and Cheddie Jagan hurt us as a nation during the Burnham years and it has
hurt us during these last 12 Jagan/PPP years. To this day there are still
people of substantial position in the PPP, people at the very core of that
political dinosaur who are Marxists but they are hypocrites, as have been all
Marxists, they take care of themselves driving brand new Prados whilst the rest
of us are driving around in second hand cars from Japan. A new car of any
significance can cost you 15 to 20 million dollars; that's what your ministers
are driving, two three vehicles each, while the rest of us their intellectual and
functional superiors are driving second hand junk.
Nothing has changed, pricing a new car out of the reach
of us Guyanese, is the same as banning it from entry to the country, there is
no reason why the duties on cars should be what is, it only creates the inability
of the normal Guyanese to drive a new trouble free car rather than that
nonsense from Japan which carries no significant warranty and costs as much as
4 million dollars, no school teacher, no police officer, no army officer, no
civil or public servant will ever be able to afford to buy a new car in this
country unless they are thieving and I don't care what color you are, you will
be driving cars that are unfit for Japanese roads if you can afford even that or
you will be sitting in a mini bus.
This government is completely hopeless, I heard Ramon
Gaskin telling the public the other evening that selling NBIC to Republic Bank
has resulted in a reduction of the cooperate taxes of that entity by 50%, that
to this day Omai after exporting thee  million ounces of our gold has never
made a profit nor have thay paid taxes in Guyana, now we are making a deal with
this same company to run our bauxite company at Linden!
We have more expatriate people here managing or owning
our national entities water, sugar, telecoms, mining and rice than before
independence, quite a few of these high salaried people do not pay taxes in
Guyana and a lot of them who own the entities they are operating here are
charging huge and unsubstantiated management fees to their overseas principals
and these fees do not attract taxes, so significant amounts from our national
budget goes to paying people who do not pay taxes in Guyana, this leaves the
poor civil servants and public servants to pay the taxes in this country and
have to drive second hand cars and buy substandard furniture and goods which
cost an arm and a leg because of our onerous duties and consumption taxes placing
quality goods out of reach of the pocket of Guyanese, the result is that we
have achieved the distinction of forcing Guyanese of any talent and competence
to leave the country. And I agree with them what is going on here is obscene
I don't know how, if at all, this can be fixed
now, what I do know is that every time I think that we have gotten to the
bottom of the barrel it just gets deeper.
In 12 years the PNC has not learned to be a proper
opposition and the PPP has not learned to be a proper government, that is the
honest truth ladies and gentlemen, in the Parliament of over 130 questions and
motions put to it over the past year or so, 100 questions and motions came from
Ms. Sheila Holder alone; 9 of which have not been answered for over 8
months but only 30 that is three zero questions and motions came from the
other 30 members of the opposition, now everyone knows that I am sympathetic to
the afro Guyanese cause in this country, but what the hell are your leaders
That is why you need a third force, this third force must
be prepared to work with either group that wins an election but at least one
arm of government the legislature will not be in the hands the executive of the
party in power and that is the key to stopping all of the lawlessness and
inequity in this country.