Norman Browne, a Guyanese in England, writes missive captioned, “Something is really wrong with us as a people and nation” in which he compared Guyana governmental responsibility and behavior with that in the former mother country ridiculing Guyanese leaders arguing that they would not accept responsibility for their transgressions and indiscretions.
Since the white man left, gave Guyana independence in 1966, morality, good governance, transparency, and accountability have been steadily declining. Correspondingly, crime has been increasing and so has migration because foreign shores are greener. I can’t forget the views of my parents and so many elder people who expressed a view that “things were much better under the white man”. They plead for the return of the white man to govern them. Not surprisingly, more Guyanese, Black, brown, yellow, and other colors, live in white countries than in Guyana.
On Browne’s view that “opposition MPs were unjustly suspended by the Speaker”, I don’t think the Speaker suspended them. As I understand parliamentary rules, a parliamentary privilege committee investigates complaints of breaches of parliamentary behavior and decorum and makes recommendations for sanctions. The committee is self governing and is allowed for in the rules on the functioning of parliament. There ought to some kind of sanction for misbehavior. The committee makes a recommendation and it is up to speaker to determine the punishment. Perhaps the punishment is excessive, but I don’t think they lose pay and have not been prevented from representing their constituents.