By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Social Commentator, Ruel Johnson does not believe that the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government can win the next general and regional elections with a majority.
Johnson, an award winning Guyanese Author, who is also known for being a harsh critic of the government, referred to the administration’s incompetence in public office during his appearance on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM today, Sunday December 13, with guest, Radha Motielall, a media practitioner.
He told the Host of the Programme, Chris Chapwanya that the PPP needs to build a time machine if they are to win the next elections, which is slated for 2015.
“For the PPP to win elections with a majority, they need to hire some scientists and build a time machine…because they’ve lost opportunities, there’s been a great deal of decimation of support based on a lot of things that cannot be remedied; incompetence in public office, a great deal of things you cannot fix. The most the PPP could aim for right now is a hard nose practical approach to getting a functional plurality…the PPP will get, very likely a plurality as they have now but it’s going to be a reduced plurality,” Johnson opined.
He believes that the PPP is aware of this, thus why they are constantly attacking the Opposition Party – the Alliance For Change (AFC).
“That’s why the focus has been on attacking the AFC which has the greatest chance of reducing their [PPP] plurality further.”
If this happens, Johnson believes it will force some PPP members to look at the issue of constitutional reform.
“What that does essentially is to hopefully force the few people who might still be sensible in the PPP to say you know what, it is time we look seriously at constitutional reform.”
Meanwhile, Motielall, in giving a layman’s perspective explained that 95 percent of persons she has spoken with do not care which Party is in government.
“They don’t care who is the Minister of what; they don’t care about the economical growth and the constitutional reforms and all of that, they want to be able to live in peace, to be living in a clean environment. A lot of people say what the PPP did is suicidal is that while you have so many accusations and scandals plaguing the Party, they expect to at least hear in one or two instances, somebody’s said if you’re not fired, at least step aside for a minute, let’s look at it. Come to the people and say, we’re looking at it. Don’t come to the people and say it’s the Opposition’s fault or people are just attacking us. It’s like having your head stuck in the sand,” Motielall said.
Given the Opposition’s majority in Parliament, Motielall pointed out that there has not been a genuine effort from both sides [government and Opposition] to “really work together.”
President Donald Ramotar prorogued Guyana’s Parliament on November 10 in an effort to stave off a No – Confidence Motion brought against his government by the AFC.
His calls for dialogue with the Opposition fell on deaf ears and he has since decided to announce a date for elections in early 2015.