Bajans left behind

Archbishop of the West Indies and Anglican Bishop Dr John Holder has lamented that even though Barbados has made significant progress in the last half a century, many Barbadians have still been left behind.

And he has pointed to the unemployed, as well as citizens without running water in their homes as among those to whom priority much be given as Barbados goes past its 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Delivering the sermon at yesterday’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Service of Thanksgiving at Kensington Oval, the Bishop spoke of Barbados’ outstanding achievements since Independence, but warned that all Barbadians had not benefited and there was much more to be done for full inclusion.

“There are those among us who seem not to be able to experience their fair share of the fruits of national development. We cannot overlook and ignore them. Their welfare must be very high on our national agenda,” he said.

“We must continue in earnest to address our present challenges, whether it is the delivery of adequate supplies of water, or access to jobs, or the collection of refuse, or simply a lack of confidence that is necessary to push us to another level of national development. We must adequately address the problems we are facing in our country and press forward to better times.”

The Archbishop appeared to direct some of his remarks at those Barbadians who said they had no reason to rejoice at the time of the nation’s Golden Jubilee.

Stating that by any standard, Barbados has done remarkably well, he said: “On our 50th Anniversary of Independence, we have a lot to celebrate. To conclude that there is nothing to celebrate at this time is to ignore the steps forward this country has taken, and the success it has received during the past 50 years.”

He warned Barbadians not to “sit back on our achievements. There is far too much work to be done”.

“What we are facing are Barbadian problems, and we dare not label them otherwise,” Holder said.

He said while some drivers of the nation’s problems “are beyond our shores and control . . . they have landed in our laps and we have to address them”.

In an appeal to the political leaders for cooperation in the thrust towards national development, he said “those whom we have put in charge of our affairs, of our country, must be held to the highest level of responsibility in dealing with the problems we are facing”.

However, he added, “if we devolve into small inward-looking interest groups and classes and parties and point fingers, then we will not be able to engage in the problem-solving process as efficiently and effectively as we should.”

8 Responses to Bajans left behind

  1. Loretta Griffith November 29, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I thought the sermon was most appropriate. Those whom we place in charge of our destiny should not only be held responsible but accountable.
    Barbados has made tremendous strides. My feeling is at fifty, we should not have most of our roads in such a deplorable state. For me this is regressing instead of progressing.
    Mind you, I am not blaming only DLP but the BLP is just as culpable. If my memory serves me correctly, the last major road works were done in 1994 (during the Sandiford period). Why do we wait until things have deteriorated then to fix? Any future government should be proactive and not reactive. There is something name priority.
    There has been a lot of squandermania and we are now paying the price.
    I am of the view and will continue to be, no one should get rich on the backs of taxpayers. It is unfair to all of us.
    Why should some live ostentatiously especially on the backs of taxpayers and others barely surviving.
    The ARCHBISHOP ‘s sermon was most APPROPRIATE.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

      All of our development to which we were proud of has at its core one of the two political parties to shower praise upon. Therefore, if we are at this stage in our development on a downward spiral, then we have one out of the two political parties to blame for that. Elected leaders have decided Barbados fate as well as its fortunes. Those elected want us to believe that Bajans are to be blamed and not really them.

  2. Ralph Talma November 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

    1. Well done Lady, you hit the nail on the head.
    2. Happy celebrations to all and let us look forward with hope to the future.

  3. Helicopter(8P) November 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Well said Bishop Rev. Dr Holder we need to stay focused on our domestic problems primary and let the integration agenda fall into place over a period of time by God’s will.

  4. Hal Austin November 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Is this the beginning of an Anglican social gospel? Bring it on.

  5. Meakai November 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    A sermon without reference to God, by a bonafide Bishop to boot, is just another speech, neither here nor there. In one ear and out the next.

  6. Jennifer November 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    @Meakai – That is normal and natural to these preachers.

  7. Marcia Clarke November 30, 2016 at 1:41 am

    This is the time to celebrate our Independence!!


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