Last weekend Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart admitted, again, that the St. John Polyclinic will be completed by November 2015. Stuart and his government has given several completion dates for the project. Why is it so difficult to build a project plan to identify a realistic completion date which takes into consideration available resources of government and competing priorities.
Here is a government in 2015 unable to advise its citizens when an uncomplicated structure will be completed and made operational. What confidence can citizens have in a government unable to execute simple projects.
The revised completion date of the St. John Polyclinic should force Barbadians to ask the question – do you trust the prime minister? The definition of trust by most definitions is a ‘firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone …’ There is sufficient evidence to question why Barbadians should trust Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart.
Prime Minister Stuart promised Barbadians leading into the last general election he was not going to change the tuition arrangement at tertiary level – see attached. When the DLP won the government he reversed the decision – see attached. BU challenges the willingness of the prime minister to lie to Barbadians without fear of being held accountable.
Last weekend the prime minister finally addressed the Cahill Energy waste to energy scam. He sat in the House and listened to leader of the opposition level serious accusations supported by documents and said nothing. He said nothing when Claire Cowan the CEO of Cahill Energy hosted a town hall meeting at Sherbourne (LESC) and implicated the government in the rollout of a waste to energy plant at Vaucluse. He said nothing when the Future Trust held a well attended town hall meeting at the Lester Vaughn School. After several months of the country gripped by the Cahill scam debate he utters the obvious – No Cahill without my Ok. He said nothing knowing that four of his ministers signed an MOU, Implementation Agreement and Power Purchase Agreement with a shell company by the name of Cahill Energy.
Again leading into the last general election the DLP was reluctant to commit to the position of sending home public sector employees and the idea of privatization. BU recalls an emotional rant by minister Lowe defending the Beautification Program. BU also recalls former general secretary Dennis Clarke of the NUPW supported by minster of Finance Chris Sinckler responding to Caswell Franklyn’s claim the government had planned to send home 10,000 workers. One issue which continues to poke the credibly of prime minister Stuart is the inability of government to have the NCC matter heard by the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT). A tearful Denis Lowe and the prime minister promised NCC workers over a year ago at the LESC they would be treated fairly. Even if the ERT rules on the NCC case before yearend the prime minister has taken a big hit in our view.
What about the promise by the prime minister he would address the issue of voting regularities he witnessed on polling day?
After seven years of a DLP government and a promise of building a society not only an economy where are we? An economy suffocated by debt and lack of growth and social maladies.