When Reckless Mismanagement is confused with being NISE, there is a Crisis
The people of Barbados are asking questions and are trying to hold their Government accountable, but it would appear that speaking at the National Initiative for Service Excellence’s annual general meeting (as reported in Barbados Today of June 22nd 2011) the Prime Minister seem to have offered what can only be described as an unprovoked defense, when he said: “I refuse to be drawn into theatrical posturing to satisfy the desires of officious bystanders who have grown accustomed to excessively punitive responses to those who express a contrary opinion.”
Barbadians are not looking for love or affection! As I understand it, all Barbadians want is for the Government they elected, to management the country well and, for it to reduce the cost of living, as promised. How then could Barbadians be asking too much? This Government has already instructed the people to stop “bellyaching” and to: “lower their expectation.” But, are the people really asking too much? How are Barbadians not being NISE, especially when the DLP promised ‘good governance’ and to let the people know what it is doing on their behalf? It certainly is not doing that! But, doesn’t the Prime Minister words above, sound familiar? They should!
Here is what David Thompson said in his 1994 budget: “Barbadians do not want any more advice gratuitously given by those who will not themselves lend a hand. There is an abundance of armchair gurus who have the answers to every problem, but when asked to put their shoulder to the wheel and hands to the plough, they retreat. At least the international institutions, when we agree with them, will provide resources.” What it is about DLP Prime Ministers that they get so ‘touchous?’
It would appear that the present Prime Minister went on to say: “I can visualise a Barbados that is not only prosperous, but also just and peaceful, a society in which the clearly identified, inter-connected, core values of respect, courtesy, honesty, integrity, responsibility, tolerance and creativity prevail….”That is what we mean when we say that Barbados is not only an economy, but also a society, in which people interact in a peaceful, respectful and civilised manner.”
It is at this point that former Leader of the Opposition – The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., must feel a sense of pride. Not because the values the PM spoke about are capture on page 20 of the ‘National Strategic Plan of Barbados 2006-2025’ for which Miss Mottley played a major role, but it is Miss Mottley who has already spoken about the need for a new politics of development; a new kinder and more gentle politics and one that is far less tribal and divisive.
But how is the DLP deliberately “Niser” than the norm in Barbados politics? Has any other Government promised public servants duty free car but did not deliver? How could a global financial crisis cause the DLP to hold a FETE down Martins Bay or have a Cabinet of the same size as President Obama of the United States? Did the global financial crisis cause the DLP to literally “give away” huge acreage of Barbados’ land to a developer; write of $19 million to one entity and give another that was said to be “sound” and “well managed,” $10 million? However, having foregone millions in revenue the same NISE DLP – now threaten to freeze public sector wages, again?
How is a global financial crisis preventing the DLP from giving those 500 house lots at $5.00 per sq ft every year for the next five years (starting 2008) as promised? How is the DLP deliberately “Niser” than the norm in Barbados politics when the NHC no longer provides accommodation for poor people, as a priority? How is the DLP deliberately “Niser” than the norm in Barbados politics when the people are paying more taxes today than at any other time in the history of this country but with absolutely nothing to show for their sacrifice? How is the DLP deliberately “Niser” than the norm in Barbados politics when you are paying so much in road tax, but are still ‘dropping-in’ potholes daily?
So the DLP inflicts severe and unnecessary economic pain on Barbadians; then causes the people to pay more for medication or pain relief (Drug Service) but alleges that it is being NISE! All I can say is: when reckless mismanagement is confused with being NISE, there is a crisis!