Ruling Democratic Labour Party Must Really Think Bajans All Fah: Crazy People!
With the DLP-economy still encountering a serious fiscal crisis – the months of July and August, 2011 will come to be regarded as the best of times and the worst of times by Barbadians. I will deal with the worst of times today! I therefore think the following words sum-it-up quite nicely: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” — The Mad Hatter” – Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass)
Crime and ‘the fear of crime,’ has the country under-siege!
In July, it was being alleged that: “crime down” and that crime is: “under control!” But with incidences of crime and the fear of crime on the increase – some immediately asked the question: “crime down” or: “under cover.” No one is gloating but, isn’t this the same Government that alleged that it was good at fixing social issues? The situation has become so threatening to the stability and good order within our society that by last Friday, (see DLP Column August 5th) the Government was singing a different tune and seems to have recognised that it needed to do, quickly – what it ought to have done from the start.
That is, instead of giving the impression that it has all the answers – call on the society for assistance and information. Isn’t that what is called: “progressive partnership and good governance?”
Who is the Chief Justice?
It was also in July that our Prime Minister told the country that by the first week of August 2011, Barbadians will know who the new Chief Justice will be. Unfortunately, this has turned-out to be a “DLP-false-alarm” and yet another in an apparent never-ending-series of DLP broken promises. Barbadians expect that of all people – a Prime Minister would keep his promise. It is now the second week of August and yet: “absolutely ‘no’ announcement” of who the Chief Justice is.”
Time over-run or cost overrun also?
Then the unthinkable happened! For close to four years now, the DLP was building a simple roundabout at Coral Ridge and also doing some road-work at Boarded Hall, which it said – would have been completed by the end of July. We are now hearing the lame excuse that because of ‘excavation difficulties’ – that work will now be complete at the end of August. Time overrun or cost overrun, also? But, hasn’t this work taken way too long in the first place? Has anyone noticed, what looks like: ‘preparation for a swimming pool in the middle of the roundabout at Coral Ridge, if you are heading in the direction of Edey Village?’
While the silly and lame excuse about ‘excavation difficulties’ (on land, mind you) is being advanced in Barbados, China has built the world’s longest cross-sea bridge with length of 36.48 kilometers or some 23 miles and110-foot (35-meter)-wide and in far less time than it is taking the DLP to build a simple roundabout at Coral Ridge and Boarded Hall. Picture a bridge across the sea at a distance of, from the end of St. Lucy to three kilometers pass St. Philip and – all in the sea, people!!!
And our DLP-Government alleges that it is good at fixing social problems!!!! I must agree with the Mad Hatter!!! “Do they think we all fah: “crazy people?!?”