Will the PPP win in 2015?

In the land of the blind, one-eye man is king…

From now until May 11, some of us will contemplate the answer to this question with much fear, hope or a combination of both.

Will the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)win? Or will they lose?

Before I answer this, I believe it is worth clarifying where I stand: I am the Bharrat who stands in the middle. It is true that I am not pro-Government. Unfortunately, this statement seems to be synonymous with “I am anti-Government” or “I am pro-Opposition”. I am none of these things. I, Bharrat, am pro-Guyanese.

Those on my left believe that – given the degree of exposure suffered by the PPP – the ruling party will fall. However, a condition which seems necessary for this is a coalition between the two main opposing parties. These people are not necessarily fearful of another PPP win but they intensely hope and, in some cases, believe that the ruling party will lose.

On my right, there are those who trust that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) have sufficiently ruined their own images. If they could not capitalize on a hung Parliament then how will they make a coalition work? This is the question I hear the people on my right asking no one in particular with some hope in their voices. These people hope intensely for a PPP win and are very fearful of any other outcome. Fear makes people unstable; it makes them suffer.

During my months of bad health and worse silence, I listened intently to those around me. Many older Guyanese are still choking on rice flour bake and roti and the choking syndrome has been inherited, unwillingly for the most part, by their descendants.

Only tonight I was told that the “National Mood” is indicative of a PPP loss. However, I believe that what shows itself as a National Mood are things that we are able to see or feel in some way; things that have been let or leaked into the open. But what about those things which are carefully guarded? And never voiced?

It is all too easy to see the ocean’s surface but we must dive beneath the waves and become intimately acquainted with those powerful undercurrents that carry truth.

As it is now, I believe there is a higher chance of a PPP win than of a PPP fall.

In this worry of win and lose, all I can think of is whether the outcome, whatever it may be, will be best for our people; our Guyanese brothers and sisters. There are few men and women among politicians whom I perhaps can bring myself to trust but they are certainly not enough for a Cabinet and do not all come from the same camp.

While I do understand the fear that weighs on the hearts of men and women who could be my mother and father or my Nani and Nana, I sincerely hope that they can bring themselves to fight the fear.

We must recognize that politicians rise to power with our blessing and upon our shoulders. We, the people, give them power and we most certainly can strip them of it. This year can perhaps be the year Guyanese win if we learn to use our own powers; if we learn to put politicians in their place.

Without Wax,

Bharrat.

4 thoughts on “Will the PPP win in 2015?

  1. From the outside I don’t see any undercurrent that would signal a tidal change. Something that JOLTS the people like BANAM and flour. Until then like climate change the system will continue to gradually submerge.

  2. My friend Sara it is only fear that would make the PPP win against a coalition of the AFC and APNU. You speak of the AFC and APNU ruining their image based on what happened in Parliament. It is the PPP that finally finished off its image. The PPP just completely refused to govern with an understanding that they no longer had complete control of all the arms of governance. This refusal to accept reality was finally demonstrated when they shut down Parliament rather than face the no-confidence vote.
    We have to get beyond fear and seize the future that awaits Guyana if we get to a point of inclusive governance which starts with getting the PPP out of the Presidency.

    1. Yes, I spoke of the joint Opposition ruining their image. I was repeating the sentiments of PPP supporters I’ve observed around me. Perception and perspective determine reality. While, some of us have witnessed the PPP ruining its own image, others are certain that it was something else that they saw. In our history as a nation we have shared the West Indian trait of deluding ourselves. While we see, it should not be taken for granted that others have seen.

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