George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.
There was a time not too long ago if asked about the possibility of high gun and drug related crime and corruption occurring in private and public office in Barbados, most Barbadians would have said not a chance. […]Although the landscape of Barbados is not yet comparable to neighbouring islands, there is no doubt the quality of life Barbadians have become accustomed has deteriorated.
BU, as we have done several times, can list many institutions not functioning efficiently to support a high social and economic quality of life. The time has come to mobilize and leverage the power of an educated people. It is evident the political class is struggling to direct a new path. As a people we have abrogated our rights as citizens to said political class. We label ourselves as educated and yet we fail to recognize the consequence of disengaging from the system of government.
There is the old cliché, “what gets measured gets done”. Whether at the personal or organizational level, we must set clear goals and execute effectively and efficiently on tactics to achieve the desired the results. We allow political parties in the election cycle to load manifestos with pie in the sky promises. We allow our expectations of political parties to be defined by them. In our hearts – even the die hard supporters – we are resigned many of the promises will never be realised as originally proposed in our lifetime. We are selling ourselves short.
We need parliamentary reform to give immediacy to the voice of the people. We have allowed members of parliament who comfortably reside in the political class to hijack how our country should be governed. The design is for them to serve us, instead we have allowed them to reverse roles.
A downside to being an educated society i.e. book learning definition, is that we now armed with the knowledge to defend all positions. The definition what is right or wrong can be robustly challenged. The diminution of Bajan values as a result of surrendering our values and borders to marauding regionalists, globalists – some say hegemonists – means we have had to become like them.
And so it will be.
The following article could easily be addressing challenges in Barbados. This is Ghana.
The Judiciary is a sacrosanct organ of state and one of the fundamental support pillars of every democratic society. An independent, well-functioning and efficient judiciary is an essential requirement for the consistent, fair and impartial administration of justice.
In all matters brought before it, the judiciary is expected to handle them impartially, on the basis of facts and in accordance with the law, without any restrictions, improper influences, inducements, pressures, threats or interferences, direct or indirect, from any quarter or for any reason.