BU is disappointed that despite the Barbados economy being gripped in a protracted depressed global economy, the national political debate continues to be about privatization, and of late, the poorakey behaviour unleashed in parliament last week.
BU joins with ordinary Barbadians to suggest worthy topics deserving of national debate:
How do we increase productivity in all sectors?
Making our governance framework more robust
How to more aggressively rollout the renewable solution (including waste to energy)
Amending the education system to align with national priorities
Source funding to build out a framework to drive the cultural and sports industries (national lotteries)
How do we incent consumers to buy hybrids – install renewable energy sources etc, etc, etc.
To debate any of the topics mentioned lends currency to the label that Barbadians are an educated people. And that we are attuned and aligned to what the key strategic priorities are at this juncture in our history. Forget the flowery nation building articles which have started to populate the local press. It is time to get real!
Many agree that there is no significant philosophical divide between twiddledee and twiddledum. BU concedes however that on the issue of building out a Renewable Energy (RE) program, kudos must be given to the government. It is a life changing strategy which has deep implication for how our little country will sustain an appealing standard of living moving forward. As we approach our 46th year of Independence BU views government’s strategy to diversify energy needs as critical.
Can they be more efficient in the implementation of RE? Yes!
The Opposition Party promises to continue its policy to subsidize fuel is myopic in our view. In the same way a parent sometimes has to make unpopular decisions affecting the household, the same can be attributed to government.
BU endorses government’s strategy of greening the economy.