The PNC keeps changing its tactics
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February 3, 2004

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Dear Editor,

I refer to the Bacchus affair and the PNCR's prolonged politicisation of the entire issue.

This party seems to be dictated to by the wind. The Home Affairs demonstrations seem to have yielded no favourable returns, so, off Corbin and the band, comprised mostly of old ladies, went to the Office of the President.

They then got whiff about the prejudicial action of the Canadian authorities. Off they went to the Canadian High Commission to show appreciation for the Canadians' solidarity with the PNCR's recent actions.

I therefore ask the first question. Did the Canadian Government, through its High Commission in Georgetown in some way or another, secretly express solidarity with the PNCR and its band of professional protestors?

I ask too. Who stole the diplomatic suit of the British High Commission that prompted him to come out and make such statements? Also, what Mr Hiscock said about what the Government of Guyana should or should not do, is this not interference in Guyana's internal affairs? If not, then what is?

Mr Hiscock seemed to have discarded his diplomatic suit and forgotten his role here. I would hate to think that anyone would suggest that this gentleman is not entitled to his own opinion on this or any other matter. But I am certain diplomacy would dictate that he carefully and better choose in which forum to say what.

I am certain he would be aware, especially in the context of Guyana and its "Wild West" media, and its blatant disregard for ethics, truth and even decency, public figures like himself would find that they are on the misquoted end of the stick in some sections of the media.

I however return to the Leader of the Opposition and his recent comments. Should I take his comments about the Government being under siege seriously? We all know what happens when the PNCR stages a siege.

I shudder to think that this learned Attorney-at-Law could interpret comments about media malpractice as a threat to democracy. Even if those comments are made by the President.

I am sure the Queen of England or some members of Her Majesty's staff must have had reason over the years, to comment or even lament BBC reports.

No one in this Government is attempting to control what the press says, neither is the Press Association attempting to ensure that their charges operate professionally. So much for the media, we all know by now what they give, who they are, and what they represent.

Last but by no means least, Corbin in a letter to President Bharrat Jagdeo, claimed to have intelligence and/or information about the existence of death squads.

As a lawyer, I would like to hope that the PNCR leader is aware of the repercussions of withholding evidence integral to the maintenance of national security.

To date George Bacchus or no one else has made an official statement to any arm of this state.

Yours faithfully,

N Narine