Empty promises: Granger-Nagamootoo Drive

first_imgDear Editor,“It’s déjà vu all over again.” Baseball legend Yogi Berra’s creative mangled quote applies perfectly to President Granger’s speech commemorating Independence Day 2019, which promised the future to “youth” and that of the leader of the AFC, Moses Nagamootoo’s recent promise to “think” about the possibility of free tertiary education if re-elected.A politician making an empty promise is certainly not new, however, the sheer audacity of this pair boggles the mind! We have seen this before, in 2015 David Granger, then leader of the opposition, addressed youth organisations and promised “that under an APNU Administration, all graduates of the University of Guyana would be assured employment within twelve months of graduating” (Kaieteur News, 2015-01-29) but once elected Granger arrogantly suggested in 2018 “You must be ashamed if you do not have work” and “Government services could not employ an unlimited number of persons” Granger and his Administration never addressed job creation policies, instead Granger suggested self-help and cook-up and plantain frying as avenues of upward mobility. Unfortunately, Moses Nagamootoo has made no statements of note either way and his only contribution has been to diminish the prestige of the Office he holds.Editor, I do not need to point out that jobs were not created for every University graduate, the thousands who have graduated since 2015 know all about that. What angers me is the thought that “youths” are somehow ignorant of the facts and can be easily duped.The PPP, led by General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, has been working long hours crafting plans and policies for presentation to the electorate. There will be promises to tertiary students, the difference will be the meticulous and detailed plan including prudent fiscal budgetary allocation to back the promise. Jagdeo has indeed made the claim that the AFC leader has “stolen” the ideas. Jagdeo need not worry, stealing or parroting a good intention is not enough, you have to be able to plan and execute the intention into a reality and in this, the Granger Administration has proven to be woefully inept.The road to hell is paved with good intentions and empty promises. I am now sure that it is called Granger-Nagamootoo Drive.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Transfer mistakes! Five players Man United let go who are thriving away from Van Gaal

first_imgA glance at the Premier League table would suggest Manchester United’s season is on track.But all is not well at Old Trafford. A disharmony in the squad, coupled with a hugely disappointing premature exit from the Champions League at the group stages has left Louis van Gaal teetering on the brink.Struck by a series of debilitating injuries, particularly in defence, it is alarming how restricted Van Gaal’s options are currently. At Bournemouth on Saturday, he was forced to field Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at full back while Anthony Martial is still just 19 and shouldering most of the goalscoring burden.It raises some serious questions about the Dutchman’s transfer policy. Several established stars have been shown the Old Trafford exit in the last two summers because they didn’t fit into Van Gaal’s philosophy. Many of them are now enjoying much happier times away from Manchester.So which ones have moved on to brighter pastures? talkSPORT takes a look…Will Van Gaal live to rue any of these sales? 6 4. Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) – Kagawa initially left United in the same week Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrived and has reignited his career at Dortmund again since. This season, in particular, the Japanese international has become a key cog in Dortmund’s insatiable attacking unit alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus. He certainly wouldn’t swap his current situation for the sorry state of affairs at Old Trafford right now. 6 2. Patrice Evra (Juventus) – Evra’s transfer u-turn in summer 2014, not long after Van Gaal arrived, signalled a breakdown in trust between player and manager. The arrival of Luke Shaw in late June indicated the beginning of the end of Evra’s Red Devils career but he has hardly looked back. The Frenchman became an integral part of Juventus’s double winning side in Italy last season, while only Barcelona’s brilliance in the Champions League final denied him a third trophy in his debut campaign. 3. Angel di Maria (PSG) – Possibly the most high profile recruit England has welcomed to its shores in the last five years struggled immensely with Van Gaal’s stoic, stifling approach. When United decided to cut their losses on Di Maria in the summer many felt the club would live to regret the move. Seven goals and ten assists in 13 games for PSG would suggest they do, particularly with creativity lacking so glaringly in the current Red Devils side. 1. Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – 15 goals in his 12 games, including a quick-fire hat-trick at the weekend, is an astonishing return for ‘Chicharito’. United fans feel hugely aggrieved about his departure, particularly for as little as the reported £7.3m, as their attacking department is looking severely strained as Wayne Rooney’s struggles continue. The Mexican’s knack of being in the right place at the right time would surely have taken some of the responsibility off Anthony Martial? 6 6 5. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Zaha was billed as English football’s next big thing when United swooped for his signature in January 2013 but his Red Devils career never got off the ground. It seemed his career needed a step back to make any progress forward and a return to Palace last summer has restored his confidence. He has now forged a devilish partnership with Yannick Bolasie on the Eagles’ flanks, terrorising Premier League defenders on a weekly basis. 6 6 Click the yellow arrow to see the five stars who have flourished away from Louis van Gaal last_img read more