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Regaining Barbados pride

Published: 
Monday, May 14, 2018

It was Barbados National Hero, His Excellency Errol Walton Barrow, who in his first address at the United Nations stressed that Barbados would be “friends of all and satellites of none.”

It was that independence that has been a mark of Barbados for decades and won the admiration and respect of their neighbouring countries.

However, in recent years, the economic challenges the country faced changed that image of the efficient and admirable Barbados. The overall impression being that Barbados has lost its shine and is floundering.

The upcoming general election, carded for May 24th, raises serious questions about the future of Barbados and in particular, the choices voters must make.

Will they stay with the incumbent Democratic Labour Party led by Freundel Stuart or turn to the leadership of Mia Mottley and her Barbados Labour Party? Or will the new fledgling parties upset the form of the main parties?

The future of Barbados is of interest to the rest of the Caribbean community since we are interconnected, and the welfare of one is the welfare of all the states.

Trinidad and Tobago business interests have substantial investments in Barbados and can only wish the best outcomes for the country.

The decades-long family relationships also generate heightened concern about the future.

We can only hope that Bajan voters face the reality that whichever party wins at the polls, the future will require some tough choices to repair the damage to the country’s reputation and regain its pride of place.

Yes Minister Imbertwhat

What does it profit the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to hurl abuse at commentators whom he regards as having political interests?

Why does he find it necessary to attack them using the cover of Parliament where they are not able to respond?

Why does he appear to be thin-skinned and consider any analysis that does not fit with his as inferior?

Why does he have to take to social media to attempt to discredit the commentators’ contribution to the national debate?

Why does he have to show that he did study economics as recent as 2015?

His recent outbursts do confirm that he is not happy with the critiques of his management of the finance portfolio, but these attacks are well beneath him.

Would the minister be happier to hear from those who always agree with him?

As a good mas player would say, you can’t play mas and fraid powder.

Congratulations to this country’s newest ambassador, Stephen Seedansingh Jr, whose first assignment is to welcome Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to Beijing today.

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