The Democratic Labour Party: A Government Barbadians do not trust and cannot afford, Social Commentator Henderson Bovell’s viewpoint
When you think about impossible and pointless exercises- – hope of ever finding a: ‘yellow-and-red-bob-tail-monkey’ in St. Thomas or believing that the DLP would discontinue holding fetes with taxpayers’ money – predicting that the DLP will get it right, as regards the management of the economy, ranks right up there.
Last year, the economy again struggled with the DLP in the driver’s seat. But the DLP knows all too well about running the Barbados economy into the ground: that after all – was a key factor in the IMF taking up residence at Government headquarters, between 1991 and 1994 – much to the anguish of Barbadians.
And the fear of it happening again – is the reason why the DLP now insists that the global financial crisis is to blame for its dangerous mismanagement of the Barbados economy. The real question is: how much longer will Barbadians believe or even tolerate that crap.
Meanwhile, the good days of Barbadians being able to pay their bill and fill their gas tank, have long ended and there is now a real chance that things will get a lot worse, as long as the present Government remains in office. The DLP will soon create history when it becomes the first Government ever – to cause the price of gasoline to reach $3.00 per litre. Last year (2010) was much worst (for many) than the two years before, which were really bad. And so – instead of a ‘pathway to progress’ this country has been place on the ‘highway to poverty’ by the DLP. The reason: the DLP’s policies and decisions are making Barbadians poor.
Barbados (under DLP rule) is neither a magnet for investment nor a destination of choice for the world’s travelers. The reality is: nobody is investing in Barbados’ future – not even the DLP, which cannot even pay its day-to-day bills. In fact, at the time when the DLP is blaming the global financial crisis for the mess, it (the DLP) has manufactured locally – about 110 countries in the world, including Guyana (faced with the same global financial crisis) recorded serious growth.
It has never been the experience of the DLP to manage the Barbados economy without the assistance of the IMF. With the economy in crisis and the DLP not having a clue – 2011 will be, yet another year of ‘time-wasting’ for this Government and another year of unnecessary pain for Barbadians, except those serving on Constituency Councils.
In any country, a Government is entitled to make a mistake but what would be the exception for most Governments, has become the norm for the DLP. As a result, the DLP now has this country in a dangerous choke-hold and Barbadians are desperately gasping for breath to stay alive.
By the time the DLP realise that it is a Government Barbadians do not trust and cannot afford, it will be to too late for too many. Imagine! A Government that said it will not “cheat,” “steal,” or “LIE” – now blaming the global financial crisis for its countless blunders. Despite borrowing a $165 million loan to pay for the ABC Highway, the DLP said it was increasing road tax specifically for that very purpose and yet – it blames the global crisis for making it borrow the loan and increase road taxes, for the same purpose.
No one expects that having been asked to pay a 60% increase in water rates, that the taps would be dry or there would be so many water outages, especially when the DLP told the country that ‘the 60% DLP Tax’ – would allow it to replace water mains. But the DLP alleges that the global crisis made it: increase water rates; hold fetes at Illaro Court; send home the staff at the UDC and, keep the BLP off CBC TV.