Submitted by Beresford
The DLP don’t play when it comes to politics.
A new sinister play of party paramountcy, of DLP first and foremost above all else including country, and survival at all costs, sprung like an X-men monster as the central feature of the Government.
All talk of a new approach immediately dissipated on assuming power in a rash of self-serving moves and projects, from questionable and unlawful appointments of cronies to the awarding of contracts to the favoured few to the spinning of economic data and financial projections to create a false impression of security while exposing the country to a non-stop battering from self-inflicted wounds.
With the death of Thompson and Ministers running amok, the self-serving politics of the DLP just mushroomed. The many sent home with years of service against recent hires, the attempts to hire friends and family at places including the NCC, Transport Board and Central Bank, the awarding of contracts to much higher bids without any particular justification, David Thompson football are all evidence of the DLP tactical playbook.
Even so, hope was held out that the DLP would find a dose of true nationalism from somewhere and in Barbados’ celebration of its 50th year of Independence, forge a truly all-inclusive approach embracing political parties and institutions.
Why would anyone think the DLP would act otherwise than the facts of the past eight years? If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck – it is a duck.
In true DLP fashion, while Freundel managed to spout about a country as one, the Government has proceeded on a year-long celebration that is nothing more than a PR exercise in all things DLP and nothing and no one else. As if the DLP alone is responsible for the achievements of the country over 50 years of Independence.
The farce of national celebrations has been evident in everything from the hilarious sending out of invitations to Opposition members for the grand launch, which somehow could not find their intended recipients in time to the Government putting forth a programme that is nothing other than a propaganda exercise for the DLP.
Four or five nights of a screening of a movie on Errol Barrow? Paraphernalia that only highlights DLP achievements, some though dubious?
Where are the people, the institutions, the businesses that have worked together to build Barbados?
Why has it been left to various organisations to now, having been ignored in what was supposed to be a national approach, to put forward their own contributions to Barbados? The perfect opportunity for a national approach has been reduced to another tribal fight for relevant contributors to be a part of the process so that 50 years from now it would not appear to a new generation that only the DLP was at the development of Barbados. Which is clearly the intention.
Well, no. In fact, many will argue that the DLP has really not contributed that much to post-Independent Barbados. That contribution diminished sharply since 2008 and with the current Stuart incarnation is becoming less and less daily to the point of irrelevancy.
Politically, the BLP has been entrusted with the hopes of Barbadians for 24 of the 50 years of Government since 1966 – and those years have been spectacular.
Compared with DLP periods, particularly the latter Barrow years from 1973 – 76, those of the privileged pump and army of occupation; the Sandiford years of 1991-94, those of the 8 per cent cut and Government implosion; and those since 2008, of an entirely new, unrecognisable leadership and an inexhaustible list of questionable moves marked by an economy in shambles, crumbling social services and decay all over – compared with these, the BLP is stunningly arrayed.
Infrastructure projects that transcend generations – airport, seaport, highway networks, Bridgetown regeneration. Social programmes that transform generations – Plantation Tenantries Act, the work of the UDC and RDC, establishment of Women’s Bureau to advance women’s rights and the demarginalisation of children born out of wedlock. The maintenance of foundation programmes, particular health and education, through the network of polyclinics and expansion of education facilities including UWI that has touched generations. Until now. Economic management that has provided opportunities for generations – move to financial services, development of services sector focussed on tourism, 14 years of unprecedented growth that produced such investments as the new Sandy Lane, Hilton and Port St. Charles. Visionary leadership, universally hailed, typified by Tom Adams and Owen Arthur, such that Barbados was described as “punching above its weight”, that inspired and will continue to inspire generations.
It is a tragedy of paucity of vision and belief in only survival that the DLP cannot find the charity to celebrate 50 years of Independence as a unification exercise, highlighting the achievements of all rather than seeking to diminish the BLP’s stellar role in Barbados’ development.
The BLP will, however, not allow that to materialise. The unfortunate circumstances of DLP politics leave us no choice to reassert our decisive role in helping to shape Barbados.
It is shameful that taxpayers have to foot a more than $5 million bill for the DLP to sashay over citizens for a year especially in circumstances of excruciating suffering, broken promises, lost hope and the destructing of the twin pillars of health care and free education to university level by the Government.
This time, though, the DLP is fooling no one.
HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2016
An Admission of Failure!
The Barbados Labour Party, (BLP), will present perspectives of Government Estimates, to be debated in the House of Assembly next week, under this topic on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at BLP headquarters, Roebuck Street.
Ryan Straughn, former President of the Barbados Economics Society, (BES), Economist Dr. Clyde Mascoll and Political Leader of the BLP, Mia Mottley will dissect the Estimates to show that, once again, the Government is way off base in its financial reporting and projections.
The forum, which begins at 5 PM, will be chaired by Member of Parliament for the City, Jeffrey Bostic.