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 crucial.
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 geographical requirement at this time is to have 65
seats in our Parliament, 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
the seats even if we wanted to do so, the PNC should stop calling for this
change. We have to go with what we have now but we MUST have a new list
the current one is outdated, that exercise should be happening NOW! Mr.
Ramoutar is stalling, the PNC is right, the database is riddled with
irregularities! If we had a group with the constitutional power in parliament
we would vote this way, no we do not need to redefine the geographical boundaries,
but yes we do need a new database. That is what a third or center force
would do, my friend Mr. Ravi Dev likes the idea of calling it a center or
balancing force rather than a third force, whatever you call it that is what it
will do, force dialog and compromise.
Of the 65 seats in the parliament at present, the PPP have
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.
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 by both
sides 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 it fairly and impartially
and be fearless enough 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 party controls a majority
of the seats in the Parliament i.e. 33 seats 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 all Marxists have
been, 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.
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% and
that to this day after exporting three  million ounces of our gold Omai has
never made a profit nor have they paid cooperate taxes in Guyana, now we are
making a deal with this same company to run our bauxite company at Linden! We
want privatization yes but it must bring some benefit to our people or we don't
We have more expatriates 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 these companies which 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 carry the tax load in
this country and have to drive second hand cars and buy substandard but
expensive goods 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 of the WPA 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 their
That is why we need a third force, this third force must
be prepared to oppose any laws that are not equitable and therefore at least
one arm of our government, the Legislature will not be under the control
of the Executive i.e. the Ministers and the President will finally be
accountable to the Parliament for the first time since independence and with
the stated agenda of releasing the Judicial system from the control of the
Executive since there are still Judges in this country who rule perversely on
important matters before them in fear of incurring the wrath of the Executive.
That is the key to stopping all of the lawlessness and
inequity that exists in this country.