Boring Mr. PM
We could look for a softer way to put this, but in the end what would be the point? So let’s just say it: Quite frankly, Mr. Prime Minister, this game you are playing has become quite boring.
While the Barbados Labour Party has been raising a ruckus for several months now about the general elections, and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been responding by teasing them with his multiple combinations of Latin and classic quotes, often with a Biblical injunction thrown in for good measure, in the process creating some political intrigue, the whole thing has become like really old soup — cold and stale.
All this talk about “soon”, “ready yourselves”, “I had the date since last year” — and only God knows how many variations there have been of these messages — have become a turn off. Call the date or just shut up! By now there can’t be a Barbadian alive anywhere on this planet who does not know that the date is the Prime Minister’s to call — and no one else.
We get it. When you are ready you will call it! Move on to issues that people are really interested in!
But while we are at it, we need to make one more point. On more than one occasion Democratic Labour Party spokespersons have been making the comparison between Barrack Obama and Freundel Stuart, the Democratic Labour Party and the Democratic Party and between the United States presidential election and the general elections in Barbados.
Just yesterday Prime Minister Stuart again made the comparison, beaming as he spoke to party supporters at Fitts Village: “Even as Obama prevailed, we are going to prevail in Barbados in a few weeks time.” The Prime Minister has a duty to rally his troops and to pump them up for the battle, but we suggest that he makes more realistic comparisons.
Using the “apples with apples” analogy might suggest that a comparison with our neighbours might be more appropriate. With the exception of crime at one end of the scale and a thriving economy at the other end, Barbados might be better compared to Trinidad and Tobago, where the Kamla Persad-Bissessar Government just got whitewashed in the Tobago House of Assembly elections, not winning a single seat. We would not be so brash as to suggest such is likely here, but the Prime Minister ought to recognise that electors are people who can see, hear and read.
While we are at it, here’s a word for the BLP: Last Friday night’s mass meeting in Heroes Square was absolutely boring and without focus. It was undoubtedly their worst platform in months — and if as we did, voters viewed it was the unofficial start of their campaign, they did not score many points.
The BLP would be wise not to let their confidence get the better of them; the elections are not over as some of the party’s supporters seem to have concluded.
The Prime Minister has promised the Bees a fight, and if last Friday night was any indication of how they will defend or counter attack, we are in for one long campaign — metaphorically speaking, of course.
WE TAKE IT BACK, ALMOST!
In last Wednesday’s Editorial we published the photo of a police constable whose display of bad manners at a murder scene left much to be desired. We identified him as a member of the Special Services Union.
Based on a subsequent conversation with Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin, we are now aware that the constable is not a member of the SSU, but the force’s Marine Unit.
We therefore apologise to members of the SSU, who the commissioner described as an elite unit of the force which is held to a very high standard of conduct, for attributing this unacceptable display of bad manners to the Press, to them.
But while we apologise for the error, we will not back away from our position that the force must appropriately sensitise its members to minimise these unprovoked attacks. The mere presence of the press at some crime scene should not be enough to upset trained lawmen.
As we said to the commissioner last week before publishing our Editorial, we will continue to support the police, we will meet our civic obligations, we will go out of our way to facilitate officers because it is in our best interest to protect our country — but that does not include giving comfort to the uncouth!