Submitted by Anthony Davis
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today warned that Barbados was exposed now more than ever to threats of international terrorism, while stating that Government was prepared to meet local Muslims and Rastafarians halfway on the controversial requirement that female members remove their headdress when talking official photographs … So seriously is he taking the threat of terrorism, that Brathwaite that Barbados may very well have to divert some of its funding for social services, such as health and education, to national security – Barbados TODAY, dated January 4, 2016
This seems to be really silly season, because statements coming from some members of this “people-centred Government” are becoming more and more preposterous daily.
Neither the Ministry of Health nor the Ministry of Education is receiving the funding it is supposed to get, now you come with the bright idea of “diverting” some of their funds to national security.
They are already stretched to their limits, with the QEH, and the clinics always being short of something, and schools asking former students to help where they can with the provision of some kind of assistance for students, with the upkeep of the plant, and the refurbishment of desks.
My take on that is that you and your colleagues should give up some more of what the taxpayers are paying you, seeing that you give away the taxes they give you.
You seem to think that those who depend on the QEH, and the various clinics, and those who are seeking a better education for their scions than they had, are the ones to be milked every time you need money. You should have put the $700 million you gave to Cahill Energy to better use!
We are not paying taxes only so that you can fritter them away and then come to fleece us for more. I would suggest that you go to page 3 of Barbados TODAY dated January 5, 2016, and read the report under the headline “Audit reveals worrying results at Psychiatric”. Read it carefully, and then come back and tell us that the health sector has enough funds for some to be diverted to national security!
In education, you have deprived the scions of the poor, the needy and the vulnerable of a UWI education, and also of a BCC education by hiking the fees so that they cannot pay them. What more do you think you can cut from the funds for health and education? You should know what funding they are getting, because you are a member of Cabinet, and sit in on all of the decisions being made. I don’t know where the funding should come from, but it should surely not come from any of the social services or education.