Submitted by Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Supporter
It’s very commendable that one of the editors of one of the leading print media in Barbados has taken up the challenge of voicing the concerns of the public who according to the article seems to be in contact with so many Barbadians. It is quite pleasing that freedom of the press does allow for these persons to write without any fear of losing their jobs.
The article posed a number of questions to our Minister of Finance and bore the signature CRUEL. It is quite Sad and Naughty that Known Associates of the Opposition would seek to damage the editorial integrity of their employers by publishing week after week articles that seek to undermine the very fabric that makes it possible for all to coexist. But, nevertheless it is quite refreshing that “those citizens who, as independent individuals have no entity to speak for them” have found one in their champion CRUEL.
However, it is quite Sad And Naughty that Known Associates of the Opposition continue to practice intellectual dishonesty by not reminding Barbadians that “ the current Administration faces a more severe crisis than any other in the history of independent Barbados.” …”it is the most devastating since the Great Depression of the 1930s when a quarter of the United States work force was idle”. It is quite Sad And Naughty that Known Associates of the Opposition expect , the high fuel cost and soaring food prices are all within the remit of this administration to control.
We acknowledge that we can influence policy to effect or temper consumption but when the great United States has to “inject over a trillion dollars in major financial institutions” that were thought “too big to fail”. Where does this leave our policy makers with options when in times of plenty a bigger effort should have been made to restructure the Barbados economy. Former Opposition Leader and Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance always made that point while sitting as a member of the Democratic Labour Party. Our response through the Medium Term Fiscal Strategy has been acknowledged by international credit rating agencies and International lending Institutions as one that is working. We saw on June 17 comments from Standards and Poors which supported our growth strategy.
Former Central Bank Governor Sir Courtney Blackman associated himself with the efforts of the Tourism strategy to increase promotional spending in Canada. Despite the economic down turn, we stand committed to safeguarding the jobs in both the private and public sector. The tone has been set by our former Prime Minister the Hon David Thompson and continued by the current Prime Minister and Party Leader Freundel Stuart.
We continue to push the agenda in Tourism which paid dividends in the first quarter. We have seen the award of the new Marina that will transform life for all Barbadians and those doing business in the city. Capital works have not been halted and schools are being built.
It is quite Sad And Naughty that Known Associates of the Opposition have chosen to turn a blind eye to developments that matter to Barbados and people. Prof Frank Alleyne spent from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm on VOB and supported the direction this DLP Gov’t has taken to steer Barbados thru these times. And not one mention was placed in the Nation reporting on anything he said, only because it was positive and uplifting, he did not say what the Nation would have wanted to portrait in their Gloom and Doom that they wallow in.