Some people want to forget – or pretend to forget – that politics in Guyana is not just ‘war by other means”. Ever so often it descends into the “real means” with guns and bombs and killings and maimings. That is where the budget debate in 1963 ended up and so many other budget debates in the last decade. We have not forgotten the Buxton “Freedom Fighters” have we? The claims of discrimination and ‘marginalisation’ in budgetary spending certainly fired them up. The AFC was just in Linden telling the people the government treats them like a “step child”. And the provocations for war continue.