Letter to the Editor – Comparative Analysis of St Philip West under two regimes: By Neville Clarke {DEVIL’S ADVOCATE #10}

Usually youth is for freedom and reform, maturity for judicious compromise and old age for stability and repose.” Sir Winston Churchill.

Usually reserved for Anonymous rants, Neville Clarke is a long-standing Barbadian journalists who has worked with dead-tree media extensively, he uses Bajan Reporter as a vehicle to express himself freely as his views have gained some resistance - Neville's concerned over his perceived stagnation of a favourite part of Barbados for himself

Usually reserved for Anonymous rants, Neville Clarke is a long-standing Barbadian journalists who has worked with dead-tree media extensively, he uses Bajan Reporter as a vehicle to express himself freely as his views have gained some resistance - Neville's concerned over his perceived stagnation of a favourite part of Barbados for himself. NB; Neville's views are not necessarily those of Bajan Reporter's. We simply believe in everyone having a right to access public fora.

It is now generally accepted by a wide cross section of the Barbadian public that the Democratic Labour Party’s Youth Manifesto for the 2008 general election was a cynical attempt to exploit the innate idealism of youth and their commitment to social and economic reform.

This writer is disinclined to believe that the DLP, a highly respected political institution in Barbados, subscribes to the political philosophy of an early 20th Century cynic who is reported to have said: “Politics has come to mean nothing but organised fraud, the activity of the high up.”

Sociologists have also recognised that societies pass through the phases identified by the late Sir Winston Churchill: youthful exuberance during the early developmental phase or “take off stage” and later stagnation, repose and even decay. To explain this phenomenon they have coined the term the circulation elites when the ruling elites rest on their laurels and enjoy the spoils of office.

Constituents of the St Philip West constituency have seen this phenomenon being played out there with a marked diminution of enthusiasm being shown by the current representative as it relates to the improvement of the quality of life in that rural constituency.

BLP Candidate - St Philip West: Roger Smith

BLP Candidate - St Philip West: Roger Smith

On the other hand, this writer has noted with some interest, the youthful exuberance of the Barbados Labour Party candidate for the constituency, Roger Smith, as it relates to the enhancement of life in the constituency. Smith’s age slots him into the phase of freedom and reform identified by the late British Prime Minister. Since his nomination some months ago, the St Philip West constituency has been transformed into a hive of activity. Through the print media, this writer has noticed that Smith has started clean-up drives across the constituency; sponsored several sporting activities; made a contribution to the Haiti Relief Initiative and more recently assisted Nikita Wade in attending a Global Youth Leadership Conference in Washington DC and New York.

The juxtaposition of Smith’s exploits with those of the incumbent clearly identifies the phases of man’s life and the accuracy of the sociological term, the circulation of elites. Dr David Estwick has clearly reached the phase of stability and repose and should be replaced by the youthful Smith who is at the stage of freedom, idealism and reform. It would not be unkind of me if I cite Oliver Cromwell’s speech to the Long Parliament which aptly describes the relative cessation of activism which creeps into a person’s life with the advancement of life and extended periods in political office.

Cromwell is reported to have said on that occasion: “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”

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