Recorded at the St. John The Baptist Anglican church Barbados. Friday November 7th 2014. We apologise for the quality of the audio which improves at 24:08.
In October 2013 this Democratic Labour Party administration made public, by way of a Ministerial Statement, the details of the two memoranda of Understanding signed with Sandals Resorts International for the development of two Sandals properties in Barbados. There is no one that would argue that the signing of those MOUs have helped to rescue and bring new life to Barbados’ tourims product. We eagerly await the reopening of the Sandals Casuarina during the coming winter tourist season.
The idea of that MOU stuck in the craw of the Barbados Labour Party. For 14 years they were unable to convince Sandals to develop the Paradise Property in Barbados. The DLP administration was able to get Sandals to develop not one but two properties in Barbados. To say that the BLP did not like the idea of these MOUs is a major understatement. They found every fault possible and accused the government of selling out to sandals.
The members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association also placed pressure on the government to fulfil their promise to make similar concessions offered to Sandals available to other hoteliers. Today, this Democratic Labour Party administration can say that they have delivered on their promise.
With the passage of the amendment to the Tourism Development Act, which was recently passed by the House of Assembly and the Senate, the way has now been cleared for Hoteliers in Barbados to access major concessions. These concessions, it is hoped, would allow hoteliers to transform and upgrade their properties, improve their ratings, service delivery and position the Barbados Tourism product to reclaim its market share in the world travel market. These concessions if used wisely can go along way to stimulate growth in the Barbados Economy.
The premise behind offering the concessions was to classify the tourism industry as an export industry where taxes are placed on the output and not the inputs for the industry. This is a tremendous sacrifice for an economy which has a revenue challenge resulting in a high fiscal deficit. However, this sacrifice is viewed as being necessary given the foreign exchange earning potential of the tourism industry and its ability to drive employment and stimulate economic activity.
To ensure these concessions redound to the economic gain of Barbados, this DLP administration has taken the process a step further. Through the Ministry Commerce, MOUs were signed between the BHTA and the Barbados Manufactures Association as well as the Barbados Agricultural Society to ensure that Barbadian farmers and manufactures are given an opportunity to share in the economic pie. This will provide tremendous opportunity for growth in the manufacturing sector and in the agricultural sector in Barbados. Providing increased avenues for entrepreneurship and employment generation. At the same time, allowing Barbados to save foreign exchange by utilizing goods and services produced locally; while increasing the export potential of locally produced products.
Much has been given to the hotel sector in Barbados by way of a mini-stimulus. If they follow through and deliver they can help the Barbados economy to bounce back to record sustainable economic growth from 2015 onward. To whom much has been given, much is expected! These concessions can bring about a major transformation in the hotel sector in Barbados once the hoteliers take up the opportunity and upgrade their properties. If they develop a business culture to support and purchase Barbadian manufactured products it will also lend to increased economic activity in the country.
It is fitting to end this week’s column with a word of advice from our departed party stalwart, Tennyson Beckles, who will be laid to rest today:
“Barbados cannot get out of the present predicament unless it starts producing internationally competitive products. We cannot continue consuming more of other people’s products than what we are producing.” (Tennyson Beckles, Business Monday, October 13th, 2014).
Tennyson Beckles, retired Economist, Democratic Labour Party stalwart, former Senator. May he rest in peace.
Still I Rise
“ Yet still I rise. Never to give up. Never to give in against all odds.”
These words taken from the popular gospel song by Yolanda Adams, set the back drop for our examination of Barbadians as a people, a nation and society. The DLP administration came to service on January 15th 2008 promising change and hope.
The promise of better administration and management of the scarce financial resources was at the forefront of this promise. Shortly after taking office, the world economy went into what could only be described as a free fall, yet the administration was able to secure our foreign reserves so that businesses in Barbados could continue to operate and we continued to meet our foreign obligations. The naysayers said the international business sector was dead, yet we have attracted new foreign business to these shores and have even made gains in foreign direct investment.
Those who would wish to see the government fail so they can ride in like white knights, shouted from the roof tops that tourism was failing and claimed that the industry was about to collapse on itself. In actuality however, we have witnessed the arrival of the international resort, Sandals in Barbados and not one but two properties. The long abandoned Sam Lord’s Castle will now be rescued and restored under an international brand name creating hundreds of jobs and enhancing the spending power of the Barbadian people. These projects will also attract millions in much needed foreign exchange to further boost the foreign reserves.
The DLP promised to diversify the economy and that plan is well on the way with the enacting of legislation to foster the development of the green economy. Barbados is poised to be the leader in renewable energy not only in the region buy across the Caribbean. The forward thinking DLP administration understood that it couldn’t sit idly by while energy costs sky rocketed and continued to increase the cost of business and living over the short to long term. It therefore sought to be proactive and developed a sustainable solution. In spite of the push back from the opposition, the people’s government pressed on.
To further generate revenues from alternative sources in Barbados the cultural industries bill was passed. This ground breaking piece of legislation will breathe new life into the cultural industry as it provides much needed funds and access to concession that will allow for the creation and exportation of Barbadian creativity. This legislation also received push back.
We can only venture to guess that our opponents wished that they had passed such legislation when they had a chance, with their only recent contribution to the promotion of Barbadian culture being the hosting of a series of fetes during the last election campaign.
Education remains at the fore front of government policy, with the Minister of Education announcing the building of one new secondary and the rebuilding of four primary schools. It can be clearly seen that while faced with the greatest economic crisis to ever face this nation, the administration continues to manage the country’s scarce financial resources in the best interest of its citizens.
In 2008 the government received overwhelming support for its stance on the development of a national youth policy and this was enacted to further empower the nation’s youth. The youth policy is a far reaching document that guides the development of the nation’s youth and links various governmental agencies together to work in the interest of developing the nation’s youth. Since the youth policy was passed, the National Youth Parliament was created, which serves as a platform where young people from all walks of life can express their views on topical issues of today. The Youth Policy also speaks to the creation of National Youth Services, which will serve as an outlet to encourage all young people to offer some form of community service to further develop the country they call home.
Barbados has been in transition and can only become stronger as it navigates these difficult waters. What we must take comfort in is that we have competent and capable leaders who only have the best interest of the nation at heart. On the 4th anniversary of the death of our former Prime Minister the late David Thompson, let us reflect on this statement from his final address to the nation and his wish for us as a people.
“That we use adversity to refocus our energies on what’s best for Barbados and that we wrap our actions and our utterances in the national flag and the furtherance of this great nation we call home. That’s my challenge to you. Unite and love.”
In the interest of the people of Barbados, this Democratic Labour Party administration will remain committed to our goals of restructuring the economy of Barbados. We will also continue to govern by doing what is in the best interest of the people of Barbados. As we go about the process of restructuring the economy and carry out the measures in the fiscal consolidation programme, some of the medication which we have to take may be bitter but in the end it is for a good cause.
The 19-month fiscal consolidation program was introduced in August 2013, thirteen months ago. Towards the end of the presentation by the Minister of Finance, he rallied Barbadians to support the measures recognising that they would redound to the benefit of the nation. He stated, “It is crafted to protect the things we hold dear and create new platforms for future success. It will not be easy nor will it be painless, but it will be worth it in the end. For the pain we bare now, will be the gain we secure in the future.”
In dealing with the Global Economic recession from 2008, this DLP administration insisted that we must maintain the social safety-net. When we look at what we have done during the time, this administration has managed to sheild Barbadian from the full blow of the economic downturn.
An examination of unemployment figures across the Caribbean would reveal that Barbados had fared better than others during this recession. With the exception of Trinidad whose unemployment rate stood at 5.9% at the end of 2013 all the other territories had unemployment rates above 13%: Jamaica – 16.3%, The Bahamas – 16.2%, St. Lucia – 20%, Grenada – 33.5%. At the end of 2013 the unemployment rate for Barbados stood at 11.4%. As a result of the decision by the Government of Barbados to reduce the size of the Public Sector in an effort to reduce the expenditure of the Government, the unemployment rate has increased to 13.2% in 2014. Government’s efforts to maintain the social safety nets have helped to keep Barbadians gainfully employed through most of the economic crisis.
The introduction of the 20% payment of tuition fees by the students of the University of the West Indies was another of the fiscal consolidation measures introduced to reduce the expenditure of the Government. This was done in an effort to put government’s funding to UWI on a more sustainable level.
The Consolidation Tax and the Solid Waste Tax were introduced as part of the Government’s revenue earning measures to help to reduce the fiscal deficit. We all know the level of debate and the marches which took place especially with regard to the Municipal Solid Waste Tax. However, these measures were deem necessary to put the economy of Barbados on a better footing.
Government has also done all that it could to stimulate the private sector and revive the tourism Industry. The consessions which were offered to Sandals we heavily criticised and chastised by the opposition and some sectors of the private sector. However, we can see today the benefit of allowing the Sandals brand to set up in Barbados. Many eager Barbadians will be anxiously hoping to be employed at the new property when it is reopened in January 2015. We are sure the Jobfair scheduled for October will be well attended.
We remain committed to developing a green economy in Barbados and that is beginning to thrieve. It is all part of this administration’s efforts to restructure the economy of Barbados.
For many of us it appears that the Government is doing what is necessary to restructure the economy and deal with the economic challenges facing Barbados. Even the IMF in their most recent assessment in June 2014 recognised that the Government of Barbados had a programme in place to deal with the economic challenges, recognising that the government had implemented most of their announced budgetary measures and urged them to do any necessary adjustments to meet the targets.
In the Article IV consultation in January 2014 the IMF gave a green light to the fiscal measures, indicating that if they were fully implemented they should stabilize the debt levels by 2016.
From the last Central Bank report in June 2014 the reserves have stabilized. The fiscal consolidation programme yielded an estimated 51 million in the first quarter of the fiscal year. With 6 months remaining in the 19 month fiscal consolidation programme allow the measures to work. Government has come through the darkest part of the economic recession with a home grown remedy which is far more palatable than any IMF induced programme. We will see the fruits of our hard work and determination soon!
Prudent UWI Correction
It is the duty and the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the resources of the country are spent in the most prudent manner. In a situation where the resources are already under pressure, government has to take the tough decision to ensure the viability of the service being offered. The area of education has been one of the areas where Government has taken the decision that an intervention was necessary to halt a runaway budget before it collasped the entire educational system.
In the presentation made to the DLP’s Annual Conference, Prime Minister Stuart articulate what has been the DLP’s longstanding policy as it relates to UWI education:
“One area in which the stridency was very evident was that related to the contribution by student to the cost of their education at the University.
This measure, in which government still continues to meet 80% of the cost, was described variously as a declaration of war on the poor, a cutting back of the opportunities available for persons to access university education, a repudiation of Errol Barrow’s legacy, and an attempt to undermine the viability of the university itself…
The response of the Democratic Labour Party in government to this particular challenge has a history which needs to be told.
As long ago as October 1980 the DLP in Opposition had been reflecting on what its policies should look like on its eventual return to government. Through its Academy of Politics, the Party hosted a series of lectures under the theme “Social Problems We Face”. One of those lectures was delivered by Dr. Leonard Shorey who spoke on the subject: “Perspectives on Education in Barbados” Amongst the views clearly expressed in that lecture, Dr. Shorey insisted that to avoid the proliferation of imbalances produced by the tertiary education system, a future government of Barbados should link funding for students to national priorities and manpower needs.
Five years later when the Party was celebrating its 30th Anniversary, it produced an 84 page publication bearing the title “30 Years and Onward” which highlighted both its achievements for the first 30 years of its existence and what it proposed to do on its return to office. At page 60 of that publication it stated as follows: “A DLP Government will work more closely with the UWI so as to determine where priorities lie and to determine how many places will be funded in each faculty, based on plans and manpower projections.” I might add that the foreword to that 84 page publication was written by Errol W. Barrow. The Party has never contemplated funding university education for all students indefinitely.
It has always contemplated some students assuming responsibility for their education at some stage. For that reason it passed the Student Revolving Fund Act in 1976 to facilitate student loans. Present policy is in keeping with that commitment and also with the Barrow legacy.”
Over time it will be seen that the decisions taken by the government to right size the budget of the University of the West Indies will work out to the benefit of the students and the people of Barbados. What could would the University be to the country if it had been allowed to continue on its trajectory with an unsustainable financial model? It would have led to the collapse of the educational system in Barbados.
This measures also brings into focus the importance of the University to meet the demands of the students and the workplace by focusing more on quality as oppose to through-put. A university education was never intended to be a factory production line where the focus is on the number of units produced. A university education should be tailored-made and hand crafted. Creating specialty pieces which meets the needs of the end-user and which over all benefits the environment where it has been deposited.
The focus of the University of the West Indies should be on creating programmes where students exiting the campus are equipped with the skills and knowledge which are in demand in the workforce; placing them at a competitive edge locally, regionally and internationally.
Finally, it must be noted that UWI cannot be the single largest beneficiary of the resources of the Government. It is time that greater emphasis is placed on the other institutions such as: the Barbados Community College, The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, The Secondary Schools and the Primary Schools as well as other technical and vocational training centres so that they too can assist in the development of our workforce to exceptional world class standards.
A true legacy
Every time a leader is called to govern a jurisdiction, many look upon that leader and ask: what will be his/her legacy?
The very same leaders do ask themselves what legacy they will leave when their tenure comes to an end. Do these entities, both the leaders and the people that are being led, understand the true meaning of a legacy? If so, what is their perspective of a legacy?
Many of us believe that a leader should leave something that is tangible in nature in order to be considered a legacy. Moreover, this ideology of a legacy has been drilled into our heads by influential people and by highly certified professionals, who constantly refer to the tangible legacies of former leaders such as Errol Barrow. However, even though these legacies have their positives in assisting the people socially and somewhat economically, such legacies tend to make the people heavily reliant on them and, over time, heavily dependent on those who are maintaining these tangible legacies.
There are leaders who become so caught up of being revered among those former leaders that they forgo the needs of the country and implement their tangible legacies without properly considering the social and economic consequences. An example of this can be drawn from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) during 1994 to 2008, where the former administration’s leader wanted to be known as the one who has placed a university graduate in every household. Although that endeavour is ideal to both political parties in Barbados, to pursue such tangible legacy has to take into mind where and how the funding will be obtained and the necessity of having a UWI graduate in every bajan home. Unfortunately, unlike Mr. Barrow and Mr. Sandiford that set up revenue earning mechanism to finance their tangible legacies or built such legacies which would contribute to government’s revenue income, the Owen Arthur led administration resorted to excessive borrowing. They abolished policies which made the acceptable number of Barbadian students to the University of the West Indies (UWI) directly proportional to the amount of money that the Barbados’ government can afford to pay; and by encouraging UWI Cave Hill Campus to make unnecessary expansions. These measures, over time, resulted in the outstanding arrears by government to UWI as well as an increase in the cost of operations at UWI.
Luckily for Barbados, there is the Democratic Labour party (DLP) that is renowned as having leaders who neither seek to be famous nor seek to implement tangible legacies (willy-nilly) to please the masses. But rather implement non-tangible legacies that will empower and enlighten Barbadians, and also implement tangible legacies that are needed and that are feasible.
Reference can be made from 2008 to 2010, where the late Prime Minister David Thompson established non-tangible legacies such as the Constituency Council to empower our communities, as well as the introduction of courses for Minivans and ZR operators at the Barbados Community College (BCC) so that these operators would become more costumer friendly. Tangible legacies such as free bus ride for school children in uniform to deter students from the notorious minivan culture and to encourage students of the poor to go to school.
In addition, many ask what legacies will the present Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart leave, focusing solely on the tangible side of it. If one looks carefully, this present leader is not concerned on leaving tangible legacies, but rather those that are non-tangible. Specifically, the leader is constructing a legacy of being a humble, collegial leader, and a strong leader who is focused on doing what is necessary for the good of his people and his country. Moreover, the leader is building a legacy of making his people to become true craftsmen of their fate in terms of entrepreneurship, whether they hold a university degree or not.
Thatcherism is a terminology that is used to refer to the tough, though necessary changes that Britain’s first female PM, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, made to maintain the UK’s economy. The word is used internationally to refer to similar policies that Mrs Thatcher had implemented. Similarly, in time to come, the Barbadian terminology, “Stuartism”, shall be a non-tangible legacy of Mr. Stuart, which shall refer to as creating a country that is socially balanced, economically viable, environmentally sound and characterised by good, honest governance.
Now, is that a legacy worth leaving?
The Way Forward
The importance of Education to Barbados and its people and economy has been recognised by the Democrat Labour Party (DLP) through Barbados’ history of governance. In addition to the positive impact on the economy, the value to society from the income of educated persons is much higher than costs incurred while they are being educated, confirming that net returns are positive. In Barbados, education has proven to be a means of avoiding poverty and creating upward mobility, both at the individual level and at the national level. Through its cumulative ability to assist in the delivery of a higher quality of goods and services it raises the country’s standard of living. The importance of education is therefore unassailable. The questionable issues often are: what should be delivered? How should it be delivered? And who should fund its delivery?
Nursery & Primary Level
Since 2008, the DLP Administration has enhanced both the social and physical infrastructure for the 21st century of education in Barbados. This Stuart led government carried out 75 assessments on primary and nursery schools across the island. It was found that due to 14 years of neglect, the schools were in an unhealthy state. The DLP therefore began to rectify this situation during the past 6 years. This was done through the following measures: the construction of the Blackman Gollop, St. Ambrose Primary School and the Maria Holder Nursery School; the completion of Reynold Weekes Primary School; and the establishment of the Thelma Berry Nursery School; among others. All of these have been done in making primary and nursery education more productive and assessable during the worst economic crisis that this country has ever faced since independence. This DLP government should therefore be commended for still having the educational development of this country and its people as a top priority, albeit with scarce resources.
Secondary & Post-Secondary Level
Minister Jones fully endorsed the DLP conviction that education is the greatest liberating force in human life, and therefore recognises the importance of secondary and tertiary education. As a result, this government has implemented polices and projects such as: the construction of an Information Technology wing at Harrison College; a new 14-classroom annex at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP); the completion of the Language Centre at the Barbados Community College (BCC); the establishment of the Barbados Human Resource Development Strategy; to name a few. Most recently, the BCC has announced plans to upgrade some programmes to the bachelor degree level. Moreover, both the BCC and the SJPP are making it easier for students to work and study.
Meanwhile, it has been a year since government had announced that it will no longer pay the full tuition cost of students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), starting from this year. This came with much back and forth debate. This measure, which the Minister of Finance took in the last budget, was measurable and was not merely to impose unnecessary hardship. This move came as a part of restructuring our economy as we face this economic crisis. Nevertheless, the fact remains, that some students would not be able to afford these fees. As a result, the government under the competent leadership of Prime Minister Stuart, like a caring government would, heard the concerns of the people by making 3000 bursaries available to UWI students. For this, the entire Cabinet should be commended for continuing to look out for the masses of this country, especially the young people of Barbados.
At the moment, the DLP administration has the massive responsibility of safely navigating our country through the most challenging period of the country’s history. It faces a difficult decision on whether to make cuts within the educational sector or continue to fund it entirely, which is evidently unsustainable! In spite of such a challenge, this competent and success driven administration has not given up, and has remained focused on the task at hand. As the start of a new school year approaches, thanks to this competent government, all primary and secondary schools will be reopen on time and children will continue to travel on Transport Board buses free of cost. As it relates SJPP, BCC and UWI, Barbadian students will continue to pursue their tertiary education. Sadly, there are some people in this country who seek not to contemplate solutions to the problems that are facing the country, but rather to cry down governments’ polices and to put their political agendas before the interest of their country. Nevertheless, the Government stays focused in exploring new ways to facilitate and finance the high cost of education.
Last weekend the DLP successfully concluded the 59th Annual conference. Following is an extract from the speech delivered by party President and Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C., M.P.:
The truth is that the time has come for us to confront certain not always pleasant realities in Barbados. A little history can help us here.
The Democratic Labour Party was formed just ten (10) years after the issuing of the Moyne Commission Report into the disturbances of the 1930’s. That Report was made public in July, 1945, sixty-nine (69) years ago.
The most cursory or casual reading of that Report will disclose that whether you were talking about health or education or housing or public transport, or facilities for the aged, or nutrition for children or adults, or access to water, or protection for workers, or a proper network of roads, or availability of work, or a respectable level of wages or any other social amenity, very little had changed in Barbados between 1838 when slavery ended and 1937-1938 when the disturbances happened, that is over a hundred year period.
It took the efforts of newly formed political parties and trade unions to reverse and correct many of those social and economic short comings. The formation of the DLP 59 years ago has to be seen in that context. The response of the DLP in particular to the depressing story contained in the Moyne Commission Report was: The provision of free secondary education; school meals for children at primary schools; equalisation of pay for men and women at the workplace; a national insurance scheme; modern and revolutionary succession legislation to protect the rights of single women in their relationships; severance pay for workers; easy access to university education; modern housing; easier access to water and waterborne facilities; a guaranteed work week in the agricultural sector; modernisation of the economy and the development of the tourism sector; construction of a number of secondary schools to increase the number of places available to our young people; the establishment of a community college; a hotel school and a polytechnic to broaden opportunity for our young and not so young; amongst many other initiatives.
These initiatives were undertaken generally at a time when men and women were casual labourers since they worked by chance. During the sugar cane crop season, they worked with the plantation or the sugar factory. Out of crop, they either worked farms at the plantation for very modest wages, worked occasionally as artisans or maids or did not work at all.
It is for people in this precarious situation and for their children that the state in Barbados assumed full responsibility in those times.
In the concluding sentences of his 1971 Budget Speech, Prime Minister Errol Barrow said, in part, as follows:
The decade of reconstruction has been successfully negotiated. It has not been easy. The society which we have inherited bears within it many social and economic contradictions which material advantages such as we have secured cannot alone eradicate. Those of us in public life ought to concentrate on the upliftment of our people who still have such a long way to travel rather than devoting our efforts to the personal destruction of those whom we envy. Some of us will have to mark time to allow those who have been kept back to catch up with us.”
The question that confronts the DLP in its 59th year of existence and Barbados in its 48th year of independence is this. In 2014, does the state in Barbados owe the same duty to the graduates of secondary and tertiary institutions, living in modern housing with water borne facilities, driving one or other of the 113,000 motor cars on our roads, and in generally steady white collar or blue collar employment as it owed to the man or woman wending his or her way to the cane fields or the farm with broad-rimmed hat, crocus-bag tied around the waist and a hoe or fork across the shoulder having just left a modest chattel house without running water and often on rented land?
If the duty of the state is viewed as the same in relation to both categories, the next question is – can the State afford it?
Those two questions could have been framed differently, that is can the State in the year 2014 and beyond, pursue its social democratic agenda in the same way in which it pursued it in the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s, ‘90’s and in the first decade of the 21st century?
Having empowered the majority of our men and women through education and expanded opportunity, are we still under a duty to treat them as though they were not empowered?
VACANCY – LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
A few weeks ago in the article titled ‘Its Friday Mia!’, her bluff was called regarding the change of strategy from attacking The Minister of Finance to the Prime Minister. As usual, nothing happened.
In that article as well it was predicted that there will eventually be a political obituary entitled ‘The Self Destruction of Mia Mottley’. The Freundel Stuart administration in protecting Barbadians from the self aggrandizing megalomaniac BLP members have created many a political duppy and Ms. Mottley seems adamant that she wants to join this group. The irony is that like Ceaser, she has to fear that by the Ides of March she too might become politically irrelevant.
Regarding leadership, Mia has failed dramatically. As the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, she, after being part of the planning committee, has decided to ‘boycott’ the 375th anniversary of the Parliament of Barbados, which is one of the oldest Parliaments in the entire Commonwealth. Imagine the embarrassing implications this has for the Barbados Labour Party, that their leader would boycott a grand international occasion that involves the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Prince Edward that helps the image of the country just to try to divert attention unto herself and claim she is doing it for Barbadians. So the question is, does anyone care if she goes?
Persons have seen the value of recognizing the 375th anniversary and have even encouraged Bridgetown to have attractions and good store prices as well as encourage cruise ship passengers to come and see a momentous occasion as we highlight heritage tourism, but of course it would shed a positive light on the Government instead of herself, so she puts her foot in her mouth, once again. We imagine that Leader of Opposition Business Kerrie Symmonds and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur would be there though, showing their face for imminent appointment of a new opposition leader. Of course, she could always be two faced as usual and show up after reading the article.
The situation is so dire that the rank and file of the Barbados Labour Party have started to show dissent in many ways, far from a united front, far from having a leader at all.
Information has been going around from credible sources that after claiming that the unions are not doing enough to represent the workers of Barbados, she is going around behind the scenes trying to get their support to talk at her ‘People’s Assemblies’ which the nation and the BLP supporters are growing tired of. Her advisors are sitting back and laughing with glee as she sharpens her own knife to be plunged in the back of her political career. Her desperation is apparent. Will she ever learn?
It is clear that due to the recession the BLP see and opportunity and everyone is trying to break for themselves. Their representatives have praised our policies, including the soon to be established Revenue Authority. Seeing the eventuality of the vacancy, they have once again began to pick sides.
It is reported that when she goes to meetings she can only get her minions to follow her, in particular a political neophyte, a political duppy from the south and one referred to as a ‘dilapidated chattel house’ by her predecessor, who might be auditioning for the role once again.
Indeed she, it is reported, has been asking persons to speak on information that they should not have as it has yet to be laid before Parliament. Imagine the dangerous implications this could have on persons.
The time is running out. Her situation is dire. It has been her last chance to prove herself and she has been failing miserably and like crabs in a bucket, it will not be long before the crabs in the bucket begin to claw and pull her down as they rise.
We wonder if she was ever exorcised of the demons Owen had referred to. He certainly doesn’t seem to think so with his recent ‘Not me and Mia’ comment. Gilded and arrogant he is perhaps sticking around to have a second coming as he desperately wants to be Errol Barrow, a man whose stature he cannot even begin to compare to, much less copy.
In light of the imminent end, we urge Barbadians to wrap themselves in the flag in these difficult times. We are Barbadian first and foremost. The constant attempts to create tension and agitation to force a result will not work as at the end of the day the power belongs to God, not man. It is not the will of the people, whether DLP, BLP or neutral to have an election at this time. Only that of the power hungry Mia, who will be looking for a new role in her political life as there is an imminent opening for the Vacancy of Leader of the Opposition approaching.