Shaming Guyanese and trying to make the entire world a “fool’s paradise”

Dear Editor,
Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, actor, and socialist activist, his best-known work is widely considered to be “The Executioner’s Song,” the 1979 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and, “Armies of the Night” for non-fiction. When we think about a mole, the word connotes various concoctions from a variety of contorts, concurring as a consequence of content, condition, collaboration and collusion and, we can correlate this communication in correspondence to the capital states and the corporate world where communism and capitalism convene and converge to converse. Chemistry defines a mole (spelt mol, 1 mol = 6.02214076 x 10^23 particles), as a standard unit that measures large quantities of tiny entities such as atoms, molecules, or other specified particles. In Physiology, we learn that a mole is a common type of skin growth and it appears as a small, dark brown spot, caused by clusters of pigmented cells. This small protuberance on the human body can be cancerous. Astrology also associates a mole with fortune-telling of one’s destiny and luck. A mole on a female dictates one thing and on a male signifies something else, while its location bears another meaning. The dictionary describes a mole as a small burrowing insectivorous mammal with dark velvety fur, a long muzzle and very small eyes. Sports accommodate a mole as an arcade game in which, a player uses a small mallet to hit robotic toy moles that pop up randomly in holes laid out across the surface of the machine. Kids love this game, it sounds somewhat demeaning and violent but perhaps played for the activity of testing and challenging one’s skill at reaction and speed. A parent’s judgement craves for indulgence.
On the flip side of the coin, in the world of security, espionage, confidentiality and secret intelligence, a mole is a spy, agent, operator, plant, infiltrator or spook who achieves over a long period an important position within the security defences of a country, company, organisation, party or society. Danger, fear, excitement, suspense, thrills, risks, chances and adventures immediately challenge the world of imagination to conjure 007 at work in “The Spy Who Loves Me.” But even the defiant James failed to make his appearance in his latest opening and was kept at bay because of the dangerous and very powerful and influential COVID-19 who continues to spread its tentacles in every nook and cranny, in every corner in the world, high society or not. 007 is often seen conducting operation as a coverage to concerts with various consorts in order to weed and seek information leading to the wheeling and dealing of moles being protected by a hierarchy, planted and concealed in disguise and working as a double agent. “The Mole,” was once an American game show that was aired on TV.
Recently, Guyana, being under siege and commanded by a caretaker confidante, cooperating with a cabal of callous and cruel inhuman creatures, has found itself being subjective to a number of illegal and illegitimate decisions, actions, projects, agreements, contracts and yes, placements. Since the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion in 2018, the de facto APNU/AFC Government and President should have restricted its modus operandi within the confines of a caretaker status only and desist from capital expenditures, new projects not budgeted, creation of new entities, signing of contracts, disposal of State properties, promotion and/or biased demotion, hiring and/or prejudiced firing of executives etc. But, of course, we have experienced the exact opposite with the blessings of Mr “G” and he has confronted with contradictions the norms of standard procedure, rules and regulations with his unscrupulous behaviour in words, deeds and actions. The Auditor General, the Tax Commissioner, the Customs and Excise Chief and why not, the ethics and ERC Boards will also have their work cut out and their hands filled with the overwhelming aggravation of dishonesty and corruption. For the moment, one will be tempted to override the Commish and the Chief of Staff for other, not, obvious reasons.
The plot thickens and the condition is ripe (fit and prapa) for Bond (no, not counsel) to make his grand appearance and detect and identify any moles before there is a uniform mixture, or unobtrusive, or harmonious, or disappearance of such deceptive, mischievous, colluding and dangerous particles. Norman Kingsley Mailer wrote, “The smoke blended easily into the odour of the other fumes.” Now, why do we immediately flip our minds in aspersions and raise eyebrows over the appointments of 44 members to State Boards after elections and what the distinguished and honourable attorney posited that these appointments were “wholly illegal?” Is this the work of our dirty minds? Maybe, “It’s tradition” ask Dave, if not, then, speculation! As Guyanese, we have to be quick not only with our feet (run Low) and hands (2 per cent contract) but also with our heads (math, boy math). “Naughty, naughty” Mr “G,” so pensive with a slick smile and forked tongue! It’s the flow for info, from confo to retro that will bestow them to glow when they crow and strike a low blow with their show so we cannot grow. Hello, don’t be slow, didn’t you get the memo? “Slow fiya, mo fiya” a mantra, so, “We ain’t goin anyway!” A stack of cards, packed like sardines, head over heels with infiltration and no, “Yu crazy or what?” this ain’t no discrimination. You’re sure right, it’s incrimination for reprimandation!
Since 2015, we have seen the force of a second battalion, created outside the compound of the barracks, payback time for being loyal and sincere to “the cause.” Watchful, ready and cautious to protect, praise and proclaim the premonition that will prevent any “new protégé,” this powerful party of “ex-factor force,” is always on the alert to distort the comfort of any support that profiles any incite to retort. It is time to increase reinforcement and spread the wings so that control of power is manifested directly or indirectly and anything whispered behind the door will become an open secret. Daily, more and more new information is providing the inside story of devious transactions. Surfacing slowly but surely is the real and untold story that unfolds a plot so sinister that premeditated a careful and meticulous plan of sheer devious ingenuity that even Alistair McLean may be challenged for fictional creativity! From the oil contracts to the sugar estates, from the mining industry to the rice industry, from the forestry industry to the hotel industry, from the airport to the new “state-of-the-art hospital,” from the sale of water lands to the back lands and from the GECOM selection to the rigging election, all spin a web that emasculates the indignity of shaming the people of Guyana and trying to make the entire world a “fool’s paradise.” But fear, not Guyana, someone is watching our backs as we go to sleep with one eye open. Watch out not only for COVID-19.

Jai Lall