If change is needed, demand it!

“No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It’s because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand – demand – demand change”.   Joe Biden – Former Vice President of the United States.

To say these are fascinating times in Barbados would be a gross understatement. It’s downright intriguing, grievous and outrageous all at same time.

Be it the high drama that played out in the law courts emanating from Church Village, between the Government’s lead economic adviser and his boss; the flying charges and countercharges between political foes; or an absent Prime Minister even as the economy totters, would make for one of the enthralling episodes of the American political television series, Scandal, which has hooked Barbadians.

Only, in this case, there is no Olivia Pope to fix the unfolding crisis.

Barbados is a country saddled with problems and, quite frankly, it’s becoming more evident that John Public may have to lead the change so badly needed.

Virtually everyone in this country – the vendor, student, housewife, civil servant, entrepreneur, and executive – is bending under the strain, and the cries for answers are falling on deaf ears.

What is worse is that the Freundel Stuart administration, in its wisdom or lack thereof, has failed to reassure the people.

And for a government that campaigned on a platform of good governance, accountability and transparency, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration has sadly bungled.

What we have been forced to grapple with in the current circumstances is a ministerial team attempting to carry on as though it is business as usual, simply waiting until the storm blows over.

Yet, if we are to believe the warnings of experts at home and abroad, the hovering economic storm is going nowhere anytime soon and the impact could be catastrophic.

On Wednesday, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party vented its outrage at the country’s state of affairs, rallying Barbadians to join their march of disgust at the DLP administration.

“We call upon all civic minded Barbadians to join with us in sending a message to Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet that their style of governance is not cute.

“. . . Barbados cannot bear the weight of the indifference and the incompetence of Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet for another 12 months,” BLP leader Mia Mottley declared.

Twenty-four hours later, the previously silent DLP roared back, with General Secretary George Pilgrim accusing the Mottley-led side of ulterior motives.

“The first thing the Opposition will do should they return to office will not be to focus on economy or foreign reserves – they want the keys to the Treasury, not the economy,” he charged, suggesting there is something in the Treasury.

And so the political boxing match continues. Barbadians are really tired.

We hold no quarters for the Opposition BLP and stay clear of endorsing the planned march. The fact is, Barbadians are well capable of deciding if they have had enough of the DLP and whether a peaceful protest, well within their constitutional rights, sends a clear message that they demand and deserve better. Barbadians want change, they must help to bring it about—by speaking out!

Still, this is no comfort for ‘the government in waiting’. The BLP would do well to note that John Public is anticipating its comprehensive, realistic, far reaching plan that will set Barbados on the right track and move this country to the next stage of its development.

Surely, it must be clear by now to the DLP, the BLP and the political groupings now joining the fray, that Barbadians are fed up with the style of governance on offer.

This country needs governance – no matter by which party – that is open, accountable, responsible and collaborative. Barbadians don’t want to be hoodwinked. We want to be informed and be part of the solution.

This means a shakeup at all levels.

But for now, we start with the party in power. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart needs to get down to serious discussions with the Opposition, other social partners, academics and experts to craft a new, doable economic rescue plan and a governance framework.

It is only with real, meaningful action that this country will be able to avoid falling off the precipice of economic disaster.

7 Responses to If change is needed, demand it!

  1. L King February 24, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Too right for it deeply saddens me on how this once prideful island that took great stance so as not to allow outsiders to come in buy up and have such a great influence on the islanders destiny has over the past 9 years sold out and disregards the requests cries and petitions coming from the average citizen.

    Its got to the point whereby I may not return back to the island but then I think I should so as to make and influence positive change for my beloved Barbadians and the land of my ancestors. Oh my if only the former Thompson could see what his fellow political countrymen have done. What a disgrace.

    Barbadians should diversify into other areas of production and commercialisation and as I said on another post the government hasn’t even considered encouraging the children of Barbadian heritage who were born out the island to invest in their parents homeland: There are a lot who would be very willing to invest positively on the island via new business creation etc.

    Bajans wake up and come out of your talking slumber and demand change by being proactive for talk is cheap.

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  2. Jennifer February 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

    There will be NO shake up at all levels or any level as a matter of fact. Not under this sun. My people has become comfortable in oppression having that Novocain injected into them, where they will continue to suffer peacefully, being fully grafted into the SHEEP fold. And when you talk of the nonsense the same people will pull you down back into the barrel instead of seeing the message. We have become DOLLY THE SHEEP of every nation on this earth except our own.

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  3. Jennifer February 24, 2017 at 7:03 am

    We keep talking about foreigners coming in and NOT talking about the ones who HAD and still HAVE us in oppression and that is the GREAT MISTAKE. Because u have a job there is no problem. When you get the rid of the current dead wood there is more waiting to be installed. Same thing all day every day.

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba February 24, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN THAT SLAVE HOUSE IN PHOTO FALL FLAT FLAT TO THE GROUND EVEN BY ONE OF THE NATURAL FORCES KNOWN TO MAN….THESE SLAVES THAT RUNNING THIS COUNTRY STILL LICKING HENRY HAWLEY ASS AN FEET, DESPITE HE DIED HUNDRED OF YEARS AGO…

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  5. L King February 24, 2017 at 9:47 am

    @ Jennifer as you’ve got that attitude you might as well go to bed and ask the Lord not to give u ANYTHING. That attitude is a feel sorry for me attitude: It WILL drown and block out all life in you and it seems as if it has and anyone else with that mindset. But there IS an answer to the sickness of the mind: Go and buy the book about Harriet Tu man: wow what a woman she was and born a slave!

    I done talk with you as you’re either bilateral or you need to stop smoking the weed.

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    • Jennifer February 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      U are the type who will go to church every sunday and proclaim to be a christian and will NEVER investigate its origins. Sheep to the slaughter.

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  6. Jennifer February 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    keep it that way. Now you go and buy the books from Hebrewism in West Africa, From babylon to timbuktu, into egypt again with ships, the two babylons, the book of jasher and you will see what i see. I am a REALIST and you are DEAD asleep and stuck on stupid. Unless you have an understanding of your identity you will always be at the bottom of the table. Majority people with minority or no wealth, and i don’t mean fifty thousand in the bank. REAL wealth. Don’t u mention Ms Tubman you people are far, far, far from her state of mind and loving your bottom state. I don’t eat corn beef nor do I drink rum.

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