Overcoming Goliath

Three things come to mind as I read the current views which John Public believes Prime Minister Stuart should do or could do, should have done or could have done: why and when yesteryear folk made soup, a thesis statement which Prime Minister Stuart shared with a New York audience early in 2012, and the story of how David overcame Goliath.

Soup, I am told, was made more often towards the end of the week (or month) when cupboards were bare. At that time, those things that were left over, or found in the cupboards were made into a one pot meal that was stretched with water. In essence those folk effectively used what they had and could control.

Interestingly, the Prime Minister used the same principle and argued that given the nature and voracity of the external financial world — things we can’t control, he had chosen to effectively and efficiently organise those things which he could control, which, appears to be the seem view held by the Governor of the Central Bank with regards to the protection of the Barbados dollar.

So if it this principle makes sense, why is the Prime Minister so heavily criticised for fighting the election battle on his terms?

Somewhat perplexed and confused I turned to I Samuel 17, for guidance. As the story is told, recall that the battle lines were drawn, the shouting and sparring had begun, and the outcome had been predicted. Indeed David’s father dressed him in battle armour similar to that of the enemy. However, David chose to fight the war on his terms and with the tools he could control. It only took one shot to the eye to break the spirit of Goliath.

Ultimately, David didn’t follow his brothers or the crowd. He acquired his leadership skills by taking care of the things he could control — sheep, stones, sling shots. When the big occasion came, David’s actions enrolled others as the enemy fled.

The taste of the soup may change but the model will endure as we sell our soup to the rest of the world.

— Walter Edey

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