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Party time once more

Miami, Estados Unidos, Venezuela, Caracas
Party time once more

“Dem promoters

All of dem had silver tongue

Dey made you feel

Their fete was de best around

With promises of utopia and song

All because of party time… party time”

(“Party Time Again” by Bally)

Well, de bell eh ring yet. But is party time.

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In 1986, calypsonian Bally produced a gem of a parody on the elections of that year. Examine the lyrics of the entire song and its poignant commentary on our two-party ‘Representative’ Westminster system is apparent.

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Fast-forward to 2019 and the parties that exercise a monopoly on our electoral and political processes have already launched their campaigns for two elections due in the next 16 months – local and general

The ads and media broadcasts of political campaign meetings disguised as Monday Night Forum or The Path to Progress, depending on which benches they occupy in the Parliament, are in full swing. Mass mobilisations or waves of activism as they have been labelled are incessant

Just as in Bally’s party time, like in the real “silly season” of overt electioneering, crowds are bussed in, “loudspeakers operating at full blast”, “with promises of utopia and song”, flags waving and red or yellow T-shirts galore. The cost of the ready-made crowds and media broadcasts already run into large numbers of thousands, funded by whom, and how much, we will never know

Such is the picture of our “major party” monopoly seasonally timed according to five-year electoral cycles to determine “who time now” to control de chezry

It’s our turn to eat, is the outcome as aptly described in the title of Michela Wong’s book on corruption and dysfunctional and destructive ethnicity

In 1986, driven by the widespread discontent among the body politic with the state of political corruption, yet constrained by two-party-ism, party time “With DJs George and Robbie in front de band” was in full swing

Since then, the revolving door of control of political office and the country’s spending has regularly rotated either red or yellow in office, or in power as they prefer to perceive it

Is 2019-2020 just another episode of the same ole, same old?

Apart from the fact that this party time is longer than usual – a full two years of campaigning – is there anything new this round?

The discontent with the corruption continues though the present party-in-power presents a façade of anti-corruption while refusing to implement Procurement Law ostensibly designed to curb “waste and misspending” and engaging in procurement by Cabinet-edict and prime ministerial salesmanship

Economic crisis is with us, as it was in 1986, this time with self-prescribed “bitter medicine” and not that directed by the multilateral lending agencies – IMF and World Bank

But, the pains of adjustment are as difficult to bear with future prospects disheartening

Unlike 1986, though, when the ‘tax Wizard’ “…mix up four construct into one real bad” – the NAR four-party coalition and unlike 2010 with the PP, the appearance of a two-party race appears unlikely

With remarkable regularity, like the lead-up to Carnival, there are new ‘band’ launches almost weekly now

There are re-launched parties, youth parties, parties in waiting timing their next moves, even parties labelled Fronts (like a united front) or online parties and those rolling out their office networks across the landscape

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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN In addition, several independent candidates, some returning and some new, are preparing to “jump high, jump up low” with the new multi-candidate collectives and the two “major parties”

The EBC is being kept busy registering new symbols of these new entities

Apart from the persistent discontent with corruption, these new entrants into the political party time are sensing that there is a growing discontent with the very two-party monopoly in politics and governance

The usefulness or relevance of the system of party politics advocated by Williams and cemented in the course of electoral party times between 1956 and 1961 is coming into question in this 57th year since Independence and 50th year since the 1970 Revolution

The experience of regular changes of party-in-power with no perceptible effective solution to long-standing problems for our society from the provision of the most basic needs and the emergence of new anxieties like uncontrollable murderous criminality (a by-product of deep-rooted social decay) contributes to this questioning of the very electoral and political systems

The emergence of new challenges occasioned by developments outside our borders and a most difficult situation in our economic mainstay hydrocarbon sector and elusive diversification all add to the uncertainty and questioning

No wonder some of these “emerging” players in the party time think this is it, the monopoly will collapse, and we shall have our time in the sun, an opportunity to snatch the reins of power from both sets of long-controlling hands

Will this party time, resembling those of the pre-1956 era with loose coalitions of independent politicians calling themselves parties and many independent candidates, spell a return to that construct and the end of two-party monopoly

Or will, the multiplicity of DJs in this party time, simply facilitate a new consolidation of the status quo, with the multitude of symbols on the ballot ensuring that the present party-in-power gets an easy passage and their party scores and “for de nex’ five years we control de treasury”

This is an interesting time indeed

What is certain, no one can simply sit on the side-lines and just look on at the “bacchanal” that is party time