If those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it, those who conveniently forget or pimp history for self-serving purposes are condemned to irrelevance and being made into a running joke.
During the debate on the sale of a majority stake of BTC to Cable and Wireless, the Opposition PLP and various leaders of unions representing telecommunications workers joined forces to promote a specious reading of history, which will not look kindly on their studied amnesia and purposeful forgetfulness.
One union leader brazenly, shamelessly and wrongly compared the current debate to the struggle for majority rule, adding insult by suggesting that we are now engaged in a racial battle. More on that laughable assertion later.
Meanwhile, the formerly progressive and liberal Opposition has reinforced its reactionary, regressive and illiberal bona fides even as it pretended to be greatly concerned about “the workers” and the “national interest”.
There was something amusing if not outlandishly hypocritical as one listened to Opposition members critique the Government’s plans to privatize BTC, especially as much of the critique was broadcast via a communications landscape liberalized by successive Ingraham administrations.