Don’t blame technology!

The Prime Minister has now determined that technology is partially to blame for declining standards.

Many of the issues we now confront began to surface in the mid-seventies. When the gangs first appeared, they were dismissed as “wayward youth”; after we ignored the agriculture sector for nearly 40 years, we were then advised to make kitchen gardens.

When the cracks started to manifest themselves in the school system, we opened so-called “centers” with little or no format or known purpose.

When it was obvious that the drug culture was taking root and a drastic, well planned approach was needed, the then top law enforcement officer announced his hands were tied. This led to a mammoth Crop Over hit by the Red Plastic Bag.

Problems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we blame nurses; problems at the school plant, we blame teachers and problems with garbage disposal, we blame sanitation workers. Of course, all the problems related to productivity are blamed on the workers. We never critique the corporate culture that is set by management.

We complain daily about our youth but ignore those who are gallantly setting up businesses, involved in the arts and are trying their best to find themselves in a society that offers little or no assistance to our young entrepreneurs. What we are failing to admit is the woeful lack of any visionary national policy and our perpetual belief that we can complain and hope for the return of a Barbados that is really gone forever. We look around and are convinced that all the changes in the entire world are temporary. We believe that one of these mornings, we will wake up and be put in a time capsule that will land us in an idyllic Barbados with quaint little villages, where the poor are expected only to be: poor, peaceful and polite.

It is not technology, it is a deepening poverty that can no longer be ignored; it is a stagnant political culture inherent in our two major political parties and an education system that, to all intents and purposes, can longer produce the kind of citizen needed to carry us for another 50 years.

Mr Prime Minister, technology is not the problem.  We can throw all the computers, cell phones and other gadgets in the Careenage. Such an act will not solve any of our problems. It is not that simple, Sir.

William Skinner

7 Responses to Don’t blame technology!

  1. BaJan boy August 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Declining standards are a lack of money that the Prime Minister and his cronies have deprived Barbados of for the past 9 years…

  2. Ras Small
    Ras Small August 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Stating the obvious as per usual and no tangible solutions for implementation.
    More talk, more rhetoric.

  3. Santini More
    Santini More August 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I am with you on that.

  4. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins August 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Will you all please leave my prime minister alone and allow him to sleep peacefully for the next two years.
    Perchance whilst in deep slumber he might make utterance’s akin to the plans of a leader.

  5. jrsmith August 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    You cannot blame bajans for the failed sugar cane industry , the calico issue, any many others the (Audit General’s ) report, this said Priminister told many from the tourist industry the politicians achievement of ridding Barbados of its agriculture influence . The only thing which might save Barbados’s economy is agriculture and a brand new birth of politicians not like this present false ass lot.

  6. Haydee Bailey
    Haydee Bailey August 26, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Barbados this is 2016 we even have a black man in the white house wake up too the world

  7. Dr. Adrian Daisley August 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I agree partially with The Prime Minister but I would add my thoughts here. Many young people in my opinion need programmes that feature skills training that can be used in real life. Many leaders are too busy sometimes to nurture the gifts and talents of our youth, youth must have clearly defined goals and need to see demonstrated leadership to follow.


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