Economic downturn behind rising deviance, says BLP reps

Two Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) political representatives believe the current economic circumstances are partly to blame for the worrying upsurge in deviant behaviour and are calling for more help to be given to Barbadian youth.

St James North representative Edmund Hinkson and St Peter candidate Colin Jordan made their opinions known while jointly hosting a family fun day at the Warleigh/All Saints playing field yesterday.

While acknowledging that not all young people were getting involved in deviant behaviour, Jordan said, “we can’t close our eyes to it. But as political leaders we have a responsibility when we see deviance and we recognize it is out of a breakdown in the family structure and community system, we have a responsibility not to beat up on young people [but] to provide environments where young people can find meaningful engagements in terms of activity.”

BLP parliamentarian Edmund Hinkson (left) and candidate Colin Jordan.

Hinkson said, “if there is an economic downturn, naturally – and we’re not condoning it – we are going to see an increase in criminal activity”.

“If there is a situation where young people feel they don’t have opportunities to advance in terms of education, employment they are going to find deviant ways to express their human self . . . . We in the Barbados Labour Party certainly feel that we have to give families, communities, young people an opportunity”.

The Opposition’s shadow minister for education zeroed in on the inability of some poor parents to afford to send their children to university which he blamed on the 2014 decision by the Freundel Stuart administration to stop meeting the full costs of tertiary education for Barbadian students studying there.

“In our constituencies a lot of young people were not able to go to university because of the imposition of fees, or dropped out of university, or might have been at Barbados Community College, graduated and didn’t go on to the University of the West Indies because of fees.”

Contending that Government was yet to provide realistic alternatives, he repeated a commitment made by BLP leader Mia Mottley to reverse the DLP’s decision if elected in the next election, due by June next year.

“We will be removing the tuition fees that were imposed extremely erroneously and unfairly, for the last three years on Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies,” Hinkson stressed.

Contending that grants and bursaries “which were voted on in Parliament have largely been a failure” he said, “we believe that young people provide the future. We have to make an investment in them”.

6 Responses to Economic downturn behind rising deviance, says BLP reps

  1. Sheron Inniss December 4, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Champagne taste and mauby pocket don’t mix. The 2 of u need to get real.

  2. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    With certain alterations, Government can pay tuition fees
    You should never mess with Education in Barbados.
    There are certain people who oppose even having UWI here.
    Unfortunately some of these petsons are 70 plus and advisors to the DLP

    There were slaves who even opposed freedom

  3. Stuart Gourley
    Stuart Gourley December 5, 2017 at 12:16 am

    A mans gotta eat.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 5, 2017 at 4:05 am

    “When a man head bad , he whole body bad”.

  5. Greengiant December 5, 2017 at 7:12 am

    If we check the crime statistics between 1994 and 2013 we will see there is no significant change in crime patterns, or statistics. These politicians will say anything to increase political mileage, but the reality is we need to restructure our tax systems, to generate business, and improve revenue intake if we expect to reduce dept, and service the social needs of our people.

    The government has to facilitate job creation within the private sector, as government cannot be the employer of the numbers it currently employs going forward. The politicians need to acknowledge that so the young people will understand. Only with reduced employment levels in government will our civil servants value their jobs and deliver quality services.

  6. archy perch December 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Yah learning fast Colin, learning real fast. Your christian principles have taken a back seat I see.
    It must me the environment.


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