The thinking behind the Proroguing of Guyana’s Parliament: What drives the PPP?
Dr. David Hinds
Calls by Dr. Rupert Roopnarine and Ms.Lurlene Nestor, members of the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), for boycott of the Guyana Times and the State media and businesses that aid the PPP’s authoritarian rule respectively have drawn swift and sustaining vitriol from the PPP, its sympathizers , Guyana Times and the State media.
Why this outcry from the PPP and its friends over two routine non-violent calls to action from opposition figures? Boycotts are standard fare in the politics of protest all over the world. It has been used in Guyana by all parties, including the PPP. Most of the time it is an ineffective tool of mobilization; it serves more as a threat against opponents. So why is the PPP making a big deal over these two calls? The answer lies in an understanding of two levels of PPP’ thinking—the sub text behind what appears as normal politics. Continue reading