It’s our fault, says Brathwaite

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite is accusing politicians on both sides of the divide of promoting a sense of backwardness by failing to instill pride in the country’s youth.

“It really concerns me, because in many ways we the politicians in this country have taken our people back by not giving them that sense of pride, of ownership, that you have to take ownership of where you want to go,” Brathwaite told a group of mainly elderly people gathered at the Gall Hill playing field in St John on Saturday to celebrate Errol Barrow Day.

“Both political parties are at fault in this regard,” he said.

The Minister of Home Affairs recalled the period immediately preceding and following Independence when householders and children engaged in domestic animal husbandry or farming to raise money for expenses such as schooling for the young ones.

However, he said, those days appear to be gone with the emergence of a more mendicant society.

“We’ve reached the stage where doing these thing to ensure you could look after yourself or your family are either frowned upon, or that we cannot do it anymore, but Government and the minister and the parliamentary representative must provide these things that we did with pride.”

He said with the country having recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee, this was an opportune time to help bridge the gap between the older and current generations for the good of the youth, who are tomorrow’s leaders, and the country as a whole.

“These are who we need to spend more time and energy moving about and persuading them that Barbados is indeed and should continue to be the number one country in the world.

“We have to work harder to convince or young people to ensure that this present generation, and the generation to come understands the importance of what happened in 1966, and the struggles pre-1966, the struggles post, 1966, and live the reality of it,” Brathwaite said.

6 Responses to It’s our fault, says Brathwaite

  1. Hal Austin January 24, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Mr Brathwaite is being disingenuous. Planning restrictions have prevented homeowners in the new development s from keeping domestic animals, as was the tradition.
    As a senior member of the government he could press to reverse this. Stop blaming others.
    Another example of his double speak is the proposal that juvenile offenders would not go to Dodds, but to a new institution.
    But if you call it Dodds, Heaven or a Holy Grail, they will still be kept in custody.
    What we want is that the majority of young offenders should not be held in custody, but be offered rehabilitation in the community.

  2. BaJan boy January 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

    You can only instill what you got and Adriel Brathwaite should shut cause he just in got nothing poor soul..An embarresment fo an Attorney General. Don’t know why he speaks either..

  3. Johnathan January 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Strange he accept responsibility for something only because he want to haul in the opposition.. Stupseeeeee.

  4. seagul January 24, 2017 at 8:25 am

    At least he is highlighting where we are in the eyes of the financial world today–BEGGARS. Our value systems have changed and part of the change has to do with the importation of culture. In this class-based Barbados society, the disenfranchised and marginalized resort to the commission of crime. What else can we expect from this (mendicant–begging) society that they have created–business men, politicians the whole lot…

  5. jrsmith January 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I was always shot down by many people, when I am always saying , ( blame our politicians for everything which is wrong in Barbados)..
    Politicians are effectively bringing Barbados to its knees, to be insulted , to be laugh at , a society which is so divided they should cast a vote for who is them and who is us, thats the new, new party….
    We have lost our culture , we are loosing our way of life which is being filled with a load of low life people,selling drugs and carrying guns building a lawless society…
    We this little (ISLAND BARBADOS ),use to punch above its weight , we still have a level to start from which doesn’t exist in many parts of the so call free world.
    What we need is, honestest to goodness people who we all can trust to manage (BARBADOS LTD).. our island is there for the taking but not by bajans…… WE WANT TO MAKE BARBADOS GREAT AGAIN …………………

  6. Jennifer January 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    YET AGAIN BLAME THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. BLAME THE MINISTER OVER THE SYSTEM TOO. We lost our culture hundreds of years ago. ALL of our CURRENT culture is imported, from wukking up in the road to stupid European money burning holidays, just like everything else. WHEN THE EDUCATORS SIT LAZY AND DO NOT LOOK INTO THE HISTORY AND THEN SAY THERE IS NO HISTORY OTHER THAN BEING A SLAVE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT. Servitude right through, from the politicians down. ONCE THE HEAD BAD THE WHOLE BODY BAD.


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