DEM’s: Who Failed Barbados – Pledged a “Pathway to Progress,” But Subject Barbados to Economic Ruin

“And this is the man who has now become a god, and I’m a wretched creature who must bow down if Caesar so much as carelessly nods my way. In Spain, Caesar had a fever, and it made him shake. It’s true, this so-called “god“- he shook. His cowardly lips turned white, and the same eye whose gaze terrifies the world lost its gleam. I heard him groan – yes, I did – and the same tongue that ordered the Romans to obey him and transcribe his speeches in their books cried, “Give me some water, Titinius,” like a sick girl. It astounds me that such a weak man could beat the whole world and carry the trophy of victory alone.” – William Shakespeare’s Cassius

Bitter disappointment! A heart breaking let-down! Savage betrayal and the type the world would have thought, only Lady Macbeth capable of! This is not a 'Science Fiction Movie' I am describing but the DLP and what Barbadians and the world hate most about politics! You are at liberty to call it "a symbol of shocking betrayal" but many now believe it may in-fact, be: 'the devil in disguise.' Not satisfied that it has caused enough pain and human suffering as a result of its lies; deception and cold betrayal, "this intolerable; dishonest and insane DLP-Government" now administers 'the kiss of economic ruin' to thousands. The critical point to remember: "trust the DLP and there will be severe and devastating consequences." If you thought it had changed since 1991 - then you would have made a very serious and costly error!

Bitter disappointment! A heart breaking let-down! Savage betrayal and the type the world would have thought, only Lady Macbeth capable of! This is not a ‘Science Fiction Movie‘ I am describing but the DLP and what Barbadians and the world hate most about politics! You’re at liberty to call it “a symbol of shocking betrayal” but many now believe they could be: ‘the devil in disguise.’ Not satisfied they’ve caused enough pain and human suffering as a result of lies, deception and cold betrayal; “this intolerable; dishonest and insane DLP-Government” now administers ‘the kiss of economic ruin‘ to thousands. The critical point to remember: “trust the DLP and there will be severe and devastating consequences.” If you thought it had changed since 1991 – then you would have made a very serious and costly error!

What gives the DLP the right to feel it justified to use ‘economic savagery and inhumane sanctions’ against the people who are not responsible for manufacturing this ‘perilous DLP fiscal crisis?’ And yet, if you ask ANY member of this weak-DLP-Government when will Barbados come-out of this crippling recession or escape the grasp of this perilous fiscal crisis – there is a 100% chance the answer you get, will be yet another horrible lie. And instead of being booed – out of Barbados, these people are being allowed to waste more time; loiter unnecessarily, and commit this country to a further 19-months of austerity, while subjecting an undisclosed number of thousands engaged with the Public Service, to a 100% pay cut, indefinitely!

Thomas Sowell said: "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." Kerry Symmond's point for a recall of government (as part of a new politics for Barbados) is therefore well-reasoned!

Thomas Sowell said: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” (in jacketKerry Symmond‘s point for a recall of government (as part of a new politics for Barbados) is therefore well-reasoned!

This is a time for “serious people;” “serious politics” and “serious policies!” But even in this perilous crisis and even while people are hurting, the DLP is playing childish games and they feel it is a laughing matter and something to grin at. How else could you explain the Prime Minister describing his incompetent Cabinet (some of whom the electorate recently, rightly rejected at the Polls) but all of whom caused Barbados to be downgraded to ‘junk‘ and the economy to shrink, while pushing the country towards economic ruin – as “eminent person,” even thought the word: “eminent” is associated with distinguished and outstanding achievement?

The discussion that needs to take place in every house; at every church; sport-club, in every barber and rum shop, at every gym and hair dressing salon and where ever else people gather - has long passed comment on anything this irrelevant and failed-DLP-Government or a David Estwick has to say! They were bluffing before and they are now making-up-stuff as they go or perhaps - as they receive communication and amended-instructions, from the dark-side!

The discussion that needs to take place in every house; at every church; sport-club, in every barber and rum shop, at every gym and hair dressing salon and where ever else people gather – has long passed comment on anything this irrelevant and failed-DLP-Government or a David Estwick has to say! They were bluffing before and they are now making-up-stuff as they go or perhaps – as they receive communication and amended-instructions, from the dark-side!

Leading-up to the February 2013 general election, the DLP may have met with a man who is rumoured to be able to ‘raise the dead.’ And while it is now clear that their intention was not to disturb Thompson – they may only have wanted to facilitate communication from the ‘underworld.‘ After-all, the cell phone, as with technology – has its limits! The reality is: ‘the DLP is doing its best‘ but that’s the problem! It cannot cope and its best is way below what is required to see Barbados through to brighter days. How could this oppressive-Government, possibly feel – that by ruining the lives of thousands by callously firing them – it is putting them on the “pathway to progress?”

For some time now, I have been sounding the alarm that the DLP is bad for Barbados and needs to be reeled-in, before it did any further damage! Unfortunately, in what can only be described as “criminal negligence” (especially having promised a pathway to progress‘) this failed-DLP-government has triggered a process, which will cause thousands to slide into economic ruin. There is no ladder of opportunity with this ‘dead-end‘ Government! And yet, as part of the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDG‘s) member nations of the UN (including Barbados) agreed to implement policies geared towards halving the level of poverty in their respective country, by 2015. It is unfortunate that the DLP’s flawed; in-humane and oppressive policies, will (without doubt) achieve ‘the complete opposite.

If you don’t trust this unproductive DLP-Government to tell the truth about what you can see [layoffs], how then can you ever rely on it to be honest about what you do not know: the true state of the economy and, exactly how close is Barbados to devaluation and to becoming a failed society? Barbadians therefore need to protect their ears and guards their minds, whenever the DLP speaks. This failed-DLP-Government has already signalled that it is not shy to tell horrible lies or to ruthlessly destroy families and even people who it promised a serving of the fatted calf.

The DLP may have been a duly elected Government but ONLY "up to the point" when it was discovered that it lied to the country; betrayed the trust placed in it by the electorate; weakened Barbados among its competitors; has been a poor steward of the country's affairs; failed to take evasive action and instead, gave the country false hope. Barbados now finds itself trapped and saddled with a Government, it no longer wants and is not in its interest to keep! Given the fall-out from causing such human suffering and anguish, expect damage-control and self-preservation-gimmicks and perhaps even more DLP Ministers to try to distance themselves from having anything to do with "their own" carefully crafted; oppressive, anti-Barbadian policies and savage layoff plan. You must, however, remind yourself that any Ministers now causing tremendous disquiet - were all in the Cabinet then but were extremely "silent" leading up to and even long after the February 2013 general election, when the entire DLP was "united" in telling the country, that the economy "stable!"

The DLP may have been a duly elected Government but ONLYup to the point” when it was discovered that it lied to the country; betrayed the trust placed in it by the electorate; weakened Barbados among its competitors; has been a poor steward of the country’s affairs; failed to take evasive action and instead, gave the country false hope. Barbados now finds itself trapped and saddled with a Government, it no longer wants and is not in its interest to keep! Given the fall-out from causing such human suffering and anguish, expect damage-control and self-preservation-gimmicks and perhaps even more DLP Ministers to try to distance themselves from having anything to do with “their own” carefully crafted; oppressive, anti-Barbadian policies and savage layoff plan. You must, however, remind yourself that any Ministers now causing tremendous disquiet – were all in the Cabinet then but were extremely “silent” leading up to and even long after the February 2013 general election, when the entire DLP was “united” in telling the country, that the economy “stable!

Nothing this failed DLP-Government has to say can be of any interest or of any importance to suffering Barbadians and even the Media should boycott their Press Conferences – except and unless – being called to announce their collective resignation. With so many hurting, how can an irrelevant DLP be expected to set agenda? This is a perfect example of the gold going to the less deserving contestant!

Having created this horrible mess – instead of letting the electorate know the truth – “these same DLP Ministers” ‘un-patriotically‘ opted to surrender Barbados sovereignty and report instead, to an entity in Washington, while failing to account to Barbadians -as the law requires – and as they promised and are now required to do, under the Constituency Council Act. The DLP would still have lost the moral authority to govern, “even” if it knew what to do or what it was doing. The DLP will hardly admit it but it is now clear for all to see that the state Barbados is in – has less to do with the global environment and more to with the bad decisions, poor judgment and the flawed; in-humane and oppressive policies, it has been introducing, since 2008!

As trademark distraction, there are now spreading the horrible rumour about themselves that they are "eminent persons" and yet, with the country looking for proof - they are throwing their hands in the air in desperation and are signalling frantically to the IMF for rescue! All this, within less than a year of telling the electorate that the country is "stable" and they had a "plan" and needed more time. As part of its legacy, the DLP can therefore be credited for having caused the country to be downgraded to junk! And for also causing the economy to shrink! It is now firing an undisclosed number of thousands! In fact, this DLP has so lost its way and has so weakened the power and image of Barbados that this country is now unattractive to investors and tourists.

As trademark distraction, there are now spreading the horrible rumour about themselves that they are “eminent persons” and yet, with the country looking for proof – they are throwing their hands in the air in desperation and are signalling frantically to the IMF for rescue! All this, within less than a year of telling the electorate that the country is “stable” and they had a “plan” and needed more time. As part of its legacy, the DLP can therefore be credited for having caused the country to be downgraded to junk! And for also causing the economy to shrink! It is now firing an undisclosed number of thousands! In fact, this DLP has so lost its way and has so weakened the power and image of Barbados that this country is now unattractive to investors and tourists.

Frankly, “the DLP is totally irrelevant to a modern Barbados.” For many, “the DLP is a nagging public nuisance” and “something to be avoided now and into the foreseeable future.” Whenever it speaks these days, it is being met with justified yawns of boredom. Trusting the DLP and believing what it says, is unpatriotic and can also be traumatic for anyone making such a serious error!

Barbados needs a new modern economy, a new politics, a capable; energetic leader who knows the way forward and who cares about the thing that are important to ordinary people and a Government the people can ‘ALSO‘ trust. Our country needs a new beginning! It is why Mia Mottley and “Team Barbados Labour Party,” are a breath of fresh air. Barbadians ‘trust‘ Mia Mottley! The country sees her as its best hope for a better and brighter tomorrow and therefore good news and something to “cheer” about!

Henderson N. Bovell is a former Chair of the National Assistance Board; Mr Bovell is also a noted social commentator and contributor to Radio Call-In programmes

Henderson N. Bovell is a former Chair of the National Assistance Board; Mr Bovell is also a noted social commentator and contributor to Radio Call-In programmes

In contrast, the alarm was sounded; warnings issued but few listened. Given the damage already done -Barbadians are wishing they had ran from the DLP. They are now beginning to realise the extent to which “the architects of the fatted calf doctrine” were prepared to go (and went) to win an election and are terrified to imagine – what the DLP is likely and prepared to do, to defend what they obviously feel, is now theirs to keep!

“It is always a frightening experience when something is burning and yet – to give light, especially in prolong darkness – something must keep-on burning! We who must ‘shine or protect the flame,’ are likely to become a target for a desperate enemy and must therefore condition ourselves to endure discomfort with patience and humility. Never losing sight of our mission and purpose, we must persevere and never let the forces of darkness; bad and evil scare or overwhelm us, else the symbol of hope will be unprotected!” – Henderson N Bovell

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