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CHANGE WE MUST – the people’s clamour for good governance must be heeded

Editorial –

An article under the above caption written by Lincoln Lewis in the Guyana Chronicle is adapted for this editorial. There is not a word in it we would not concur. This article cuts to the bone! “Nearly everything that is, where evil and just badness seem good”. There is much lack of goodness, and more badness in the air!

POLITICS is about people and people’s development. However, they are scores of citizens, while they have participated in casting their ballots for the elections of representatives to Parliament and selecting a Government of their choice, can be heard saying that politics is a dirty game.

It is not that politics is bad but we live in an era where politics attract hypocrites who in the end are elected to perform duties on behalf of the people.

As one examines the debates in the Assembly, it is obvious that the experiences the society encountered over a considerable period were deliberately thought out and implemented to hurt the people.

The robust and strident approaches by the Opposition to hold the Government accountable cannot be overlooked. Thus the question needs to be asked and answered: “Isn’t it this Opposition, recently in Government, which had embraced wanton violations, such as State-sponsored execution of citizens, colluding with foreign employers to transgress workers’ rights, aiding and abetting the plundering of our natural resources?

This nation is mindful that whenever one offers him/herself to serve the people and is elected to public office, s/he has a responsibility to the citizens to operate within the parameters of the laws, time-honoured principles, international conventions and charters. While some politicians may think they are law unto themselves, the citizens know and desire different.

It is not politics that is bad; it is the people who are elected to political office. We live in a society where persons are elected to office and believe that the citizens are their servants and they are the masters. Compounding this is that persons are not psychologically prepared to accept that this is a country governed by the principle of representative democracy, which in itself requires a level of accountability. Ignoring this fundamental principle is to ignore that the citizens have evaluated and appraised the performance of the previous Government, found it wanting, and fired its members.

It ought to be said that evaluation and appraisal are a day-to-day process. As such, all elected officials need to take note, since the people have chosen to put those who had represented the Government to sit in the Opposition benches where they rightly belong. For those who replaced them they ought to take note that the power to determine where you sit in the National Assembly is vested in the people.

Make no mistake, what this society is clamouring for is political leadership that is prepared to respect the people, respond to their needs and desires, and deliver within the Constitution and laws of this land, buttressed by civil conduct. For instance, citizens ought not to have to wait for weeks and months before having the sought attention of their elected representatives, accorded basic courtesy of an acknowledgement to their correspondence. Such are fundamental civilities that ought to be secured and guaranteed from day one.

Both Government and Opposition will be called upon to justify their conduct on every statement, position and action taken. One cannot condemn something when in Opposition and when elected to Government engage in the same thing condemned. Neither will the Opposition be taken seriously when they condemn the Government for things they themselves perpetrated to the detriment of the people, when they were in office.

This society deserves a clean break from the past. Those who have committed acts injurious to the nation must be brought to justice and face the courts in like manner as the ordinary people. Those who are today placed in privileged positions if they engage in injurious acts they must also be brought to justice. Politics is about people and people’s development. The laws apply to every citizen, regardless of station in life. Change we must. We believe it is the will of the people and together we shall will the way.

It is not politics that is bad; it is some of the people who are elected to political office. We live in a society where persons are elected to office and believe that the citizens are their servants and they are the masters.

Make no mistake, there is a call for political leadership (not just one man) that is prepared to respect the people, all the people, respond to their needs and desires, honestly and fairly, and deliver within the Constitution and laws of this land, buttressed by civil conduct.

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Editorial –

An article under the above caption written by Lincoln Lewis in the Guyana Chronicle is adapted for this editorial. There is not a word in it we would not concur. This article cuts to the bone! “Nearly everything that is, where evil and just badness seem good”. There is much lack of goodness, and more badness in the air!

POLITICS is about people and people’s development. However, they are scores of citizens, while they have participated in casting their ballots for the elections of representatives to Parliament and selecting a Government of their choice, can be heard saying that politics is a dirty game.

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It is not that politics is bad but we live in an era where politics attract hypocrites who in the end are elected to perform duties on behalf of the people.

As one examines the debates in the Assembly, it is obvious that the experiences the society encountered over a considerable period were deliberately thought out and implemented to hurt the people.

The robust and strident approaches by the Opposition to hold the Government accountable cannot be overlooked. Thus the question needs to be asked and answered: “Isn’t it this Opposition, recently in Government, which had embraced wanton violations, such as State-sponsored execution of citizens, colluding with foreign employers to transgress workers’ rights, aiding and abetting the plundering of our natural resources?

This nation is mindful that whenever one offers him/herself to serve the people and is elected to public office, s/he has a responsibility to the citizens to operate within the parameters of the laws, time-honoured principles, international conventions and charters. While some politicians may think they are law unto themselves, the citizens know and desire different.

It is not politics that is bad; it is the people who are elected to political office. We live in a society where persons are elected to office and believe that the citizens are their servants and they are the masters. Compounding this is that persons are not psychologically prepared to accept that this is a country governed by the principle of representative democracy, which in itself requires a level of accountability. Ignoring this fundamental principle is to ignore that the citizens have evaluated and appraised the performance of the previous Government, found it wanting, and fired its members.

It ought to be said that evaluation and appraisal are a day-to-day process. As such, all elected officials need to take note, since the people have chosen to put those who had represented the Government to sit in the Opposition benches where they rightly belong. For those who replaced them they ought to take note that the power to determine where you sit in the National Assembly is vested in the people.

Make no mistake, what this society is clamouring for is political leadership that is prepared to respect the people, respond to their needs and desires, and deliver within the Constitution and laws of this land, buttressed by civil conduct. For instance, citizens ought not to have to wait for weeks and months before having the sought attention of their elected representatives, accorded basic courtesy of an acknowledgement to their correspondence. Such are fundamental civilities that ought to be secured and guaranteed from day one.

Both Government and Opposition will be called upon to justify their conduct on every statement, position and action taken. One cannot condemn something when in Opposition and when elected to Government engage in the same thing condemned. Neither will the Opposition be taken seriously when they condemn the Government for things they themselves perpetrated to the detriment of the people, when they were in office.

This society deserves a clean break from the past. Those who have committed acts injurious to the nation must be brought to justice and face the courts in like manner as the ordinary people. Those who are today placed in privileged positions if they engage in injurious acts they must also be brought to justice. Politics is about people and people’s development. The laws apply to every citizen, regardless of station in life. Change we must. We believe it is the will of the people and together we shall will the way.

It is not politics that is bad; it is some of the people who are elected to political office. We live in a society where persons are elected to office and believe that the citizens are their servants and they are the masters.

Make no mistake, there is a call for political leadership (not just one man) that is prepared to respect the people, all the people, respond to their needs and desires, honestly and fairly, and deliver within the Constitution and laws of this land, buttressed by civil conduct.