Hubris squared…

first_img…from TrotmanFollowing the Budget presentation by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, your Eyewitness assumed the Government would deploy its big guns into a damage control mode. That’s what governments in democracies do when the masses get restive at their actions, nuh? At least that’s what most of them do after Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette literally lost their heads back in the (pre-democratic) day!Well, it looks like someone either lost the plot in Guyana or intends to reinstall an absolute monarchy here! (Remember Burnham?) And that “someone’s” no other than Rafael Trotman who’d vowed when he joined the PNC under Desmond Hoyte to, “oppose, expose and depose” the PPP. And more recently revealed he made a pact in the Bahamas with David Granger before the last elections to do the same. It wasn’t made clear as to whether he’d informed his erstwhile AFC comrades of his last move.Anyhow, here it was Trotman speaking to the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) who’d spoken out vehemently about a number of measures in Jordan’s budget that would affect them negatively. And Trotman had the temerity to ask them, “What are we going to do? Complain about VAT on water and electricity and do nothing, or complain and get busy?” That’s right…businessmen exercise their constitutionally protected right to comment on the Government’s budget and they’re accused of “complaining”!!That is, they were basically ‘griping’, “kvetching”, “bitching” and “moaning” uselessly!!! So citizens raising concerns about governmental actions, they’re just wasting their time and they should get on with following what are obviously the latter’s “edicts”. In fact they should consider themselves lucky they had something to complain about!! Trotman shared this perspective via what he claimed to be an old Indian proverb: “I have no shoes and complained until I met a man who had no feet”.So what Trotman’s saying to the business class – who’re supposed to be stoking the ‘engine of growth’ for the country – is “you better consider yourself lucky you’re not Haiti”!! Gotta be Haiti since they’re the only country worse off than us – in this hemisphere. If he was thinking of a wider field, maybe he meant the Congo? Just think of this hubris…especially when he and his Government should thank Jagdeo for bailing us out.But hold it!! Could it be that Trotman made his pact with Pezzie in Nassau because he just wanted to fight for us “from within”?? By telling the businesspeople not to complain but to “get busy”, was he repeating his exhortation to the Lindeners back in 2012 when the PPP wanted to charge a (small) fee for electricity?Storm the barricades of parliament, GCCI?!!!?…on not giving a damnNow, dear reader, there’s gotta be a reason why this PNC-led Government’s so arrogant. It’s not like their first stint at the wheel when the US backstopped their rigging, is it? Then, it just didn’t matter what the people thought – much less the Opposition.Is the hubris there because when the Budget Debate starts tomorrow, they know their one-seat majority will allow them to do whatever they want, regardless of how much the PPP screams? That might be – but don’t they fear their constituency, currently being battered by their budget, mightn’t be there for them in 2020? Not that your Eyewitness thinks they’ll vote PPP – but maybe they’ll stay home?Some say it’s déjà vu all over again. The US again have some skin in the game with the Exxon play. So their visa policy kinda makes our elections “outcome determinative”.Especially when Exxon’s CEO’s being considered as a possible Secretary of State!!…and (not so) wild about HarryEducation Minister Rupert Roopnaraine, who learnt to speak “posh” up at Cambridge, suffered a “syncope” and had to be rushed to GHPC. This, the dictionary informs us, is “a loss of a sound from within a word”.He said, “Oh Lawd” when he met Prince Harry and fainted from embarrassment.last_img read more

Injuries could derail Real’s pursuit of Barcelona

first_imgIt’s a problem which has left “los blancos” the main victims of what the Spanish press have dubbed the “FIFA virus”.Despite the draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou two weeks ago, Madrid still have an eight-point gap to make up on their Catalan rivals, a task made even more difficult by the loss of so many key defenders.Right-backs Alvaro Arbeloa, injured in Spain’s 1-1 draw with France, and Fabio Coentrao are unavailable for a number of weeks while left-back Marcelo is expected to be out for three months after breaking his foot in a Brazil training session.Midfielder Sami Khedira and forwards Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain picked up knocks with their national sides and all could be rested ahead of an important Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund next Wednesday.Mourinho will have to be creative to fill the full-back berths.Michael Essien has experience on the right while Sergio Ramos could also be used there with Raphael Varane or Raul Albiol coming into the centre of defence.Even using Varane is in doubt after the youngster picked up a muscle injury while playing for the French Under-21 side.Youngster Nacho Fernandez could make his first start of the season at left-back.Leaders Barcelona have few worries as they go to Deportivo La Coruna on the same evening, looking to make it four wins from four on the road.One player unaffected by the international break was midfielder Andres Iniesta.“I didn’t play the full 90 minutes of the two matches with Spain so I’m in good shape, my (groin) injury is forgotten and we all hope to be fit for the Depor game which will be complicated especially after the break,” he said.“There’s a long way to go, all sides go out to win games, particularly Madrid who are the current champions and they will want to win the title again so we can’t take the points for granted,” he said.“Also we have to concede that at the moment Atletico Madrid are our closest rivals.”On Sunday, Atletico face a tough away game at Real Sociedad who have won their three home games to date this season.Atletico are level with points with Barca at the top and eight ahead of city rivals Real.But their Turkish midfielder Arda Turan is another victim of the international break and will miss Sunday’s game along with Diego Costa who has a troubled knee.Raul Garcia is the likely replacement for Turan while Atletico will look to the rich goalscoring form of Gustavo Falcao to continue a run of nine straight victories in all competitions since the opening day 1-1 draw at Levante.SaturdayMalaga v Valladolid (1400 GMT), Real Madrid v Celta (1600 GMT), Valencia v Athletic Bilbao (1800 GMT), Deportivo v Barcelona (2000 GMT)SundayGetafe v Levante (1000 GMT), Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano (1400 GMT), Granada v Zaragoza (1600 GMT), Osasuna v Betis (1750 GMT), Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid (1930 GMT)MondaySevilla v Mallorca (1930 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, October 19 – Real Madrid are battling an injury crisis ahead of their home clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday as World Cup duty threatens the team’s La Liga pursuit of bitter rivals Barcelona.Madrid coach Jose Mourinho faces the loss of up to seven of the 19 players who went off on international duty after the vital 2-2 draw with Barcelona in their last league game.last_img read more