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Electorate caught between ‘devil and deep blue sea’, says Agard

Independent Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard has poured cold water on suggestion by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that morality is going to play a major role in determining the outcome of the next general elections.

Sinckler made the suggestion at a political meeting of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) last weekend at which he warned of negative political forces gathering in the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that were seeking to destroy Barbados’ Christian way of life.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

However, from where she now sits, Agard, who was expelled from the BLP last year, believes that neither Government nor the Opposition is in a position to preach on the issue of morality.

In fact, she warned of “systemic immorality”, while stating that “the electorate of Barbados is between the devil and deep blue sea”.

“Both parties have suggested a focus on integrity without actually enacting integrity legislation to serve the people’s interest,” Agard pointed out.

“The reality is that there is a dance where the pretenders to the throne always profile those in authority as being dishonest and lacking in integrity, lacking in morals. However, having assumed power, the same protesters then find themselves guilty or charged with the same offences,” she said, adding that “one only has to peruse the Auditor General’s report of several years to witness the recurrence of fiscal impropriety of successive administrations”.

The first-time parliamentarian, who was elected on a BLP ticket back in 2013, but has since fallen out of favour with the party, highlighted “misappropriation of public purse, failure to implement campaign and manifesto promises, failure to implement laws that truly liberate the people, such as freedom of information and integrity legislation”, among issues that have been left languishing by both the BLP and DLP.

“What Barbados needs critically is an improvement in its governance system such that any new administration cannot or should not repeat the failings and infelicities of the administration they replace,” she added.

8 Responses to Electorate caught between ‘devil and deep blue sea’, says Agard

  1. Hal Austin November 2, 2016 at 3:35 am

    It is not the BLP threatening our Christian way of life, but the New Barbadians. Stay focused

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  2. Tony Webster November 2, 2016 at 4:23 am

    @Hal: Yes indeed. The New Normal: it’s here, and it ain’t going anywhere soon. It all starts- and ends- in The Home. We get, as the old saw goes…exactly the kind of government, which we deserve.

    Nowadays and hereabouts…this even extends to those brave folks who start up a church on their own, just sudden-so, and in two shakes of a rattler’s tail…they are being referred to on the airwaves, as a Bishop…or even an Apostle…and some even have the title of Senator attached to thier name…clearly oblivious to the Good Book’s injunction agaainst serving God and Mamon simultaneously. Hmmm…as there is a reason for everything, I ought to bear in mind that a registered Church is relieved of the burden of taxation. The last days Hal…they becon.

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  3. Alex Alleyne November 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    “Just the Yard fowls” are the ones between the devil and the deep blue sea. The Church in Barbados is not like the Church in the USA. Not one Preacher can say that he/she can put forward One or a Thousand voters from his/her Church towards one political party.

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  4. Mac November 2, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Alex are you Crazy.?

    The church has more influence on its members than any other organization in Barbados.
    ” DE Pasta say vote B/DLP so I gine vote B/DLP” .
    Some of these people see the words of the pastor or bishop as the word of God

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  5. Ann Thomas November 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Oh the bitter taste of sour grapes.

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  6. Alex Alleyne November 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

    @ Mac, “ONLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE COLLECTION PLATE”.
    Over and out.

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  7. jrsmith November 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    @ , Alex, A, hail ,hail, i have a friend in the (UK) who is almost 70 , his pastor fixed him up with a fifty year old what ever the pastors say they do..
    As for collection plate , in the (UK) you must fill out a form showing the pastor how much u earn , the church gets 10% of your wages and they dont use collection plates , the hundreds and hundreds of black fancy churches tuck in everywhere ,uses buckets for collections..

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  8. Mac November 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Alex you kidding.?

    Members seek the advice of their pastors/bishops/apostles on all matters.
    These self proclaimed pastors.bishops.and apostles have more control over their congregations than our leader over his cabinet.

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