The Huff and Puff Is Affecting Me and Other Bajans! Let Us Deal With Some Facts – Part 1

George C. Brathwaite

There comes a time when we must stand up to the challenges and fight. We need to show when enough is enough, speak boldly about our expectations, and act accordingly in order to remedy the situations. As far as I am concerned, this is the advice that can be best offered to Barbadians from all walks of life, inclusive of the Prime Minister of Barbados, and the many unemployed mothers and fathers that cry out for immediate help in the midst of our beloved Barbados. The current socio-economic climate indicates two puzzling themes, one seemingly daunting, and the other begging for a little hope to hold on to as rough times become even more difficult.

On the one hand, the Prime Minister of Barbados is repeatedly saying that “we [the DLP and its props] have faced challenges over the last four years. We came into government at a very difficult time – the most difficult time in the last 100 years – and the situation is now even more perilous.” Members of his Cabinet have said the same thing in various ways inclusive of ‘blowing hot air’ over the ‘bad hand’ that the DLP is supposed to have inherited from a BLP administration. According to Christopher Sinckler, there is some underlying penchant by the BLP that exhibits itself in a “hunger for office to waste another fourteen years” and to “squander opportunity after opportunity.” Is this a similar deception by the DLP that preceded the January 2008 general elections in Barbados? Many Barbadians have determined that the burgeoning quest of ‘time for a change’ was nothing more than a plan hatched in the orchestra George Street to gain the seat of political power in Barbados but without serious consideration for the citizens of the country given the ridiculous nature of outlandish promises thrown to an electorate eager for even better socioeconomic circumstances.

On the other hand, many persons in Barbados are now saying that they “are worse off” since the departure of the BLP in 2008. They are screaming each day about the “soaring prices in the supermarkets, that bottle gas is going up beyond the capacity to pay, the cost of living is going through the roof, and the little money one is getting if you still have a job, comes in and goes out with the high charges placed on water and electric bills.” In other words, what is being said by the people and by Prime Minister Stuart are discordant with each other. One position citing the international recession may have some merit, but its constant repetition by the executive leader of the country is not a solution, nor are attempts to hush criticisms of the DLP’s flailing regime representative of a pacifier for soothing the discomforts being endured by suffering Bajans during these harsh times.

In Barbados, many people from all walks of life, and the private companies and businesses still need to keep their heads above the water. These frustrated groups are bawling at the current administration hoping to grab its attention long enough so that the distracted, if not deafened, DLP-headed government would hear their combined plight that things have reached a stage in Barbados where and when enough is enough.

In that regard, an old lady reminded me to go back to this year’s budget presentation, and I would realise the emptiness that coming from those persons who are supposed to be managing the country, and those boasting of Barbados being a steady ship guided by a pilot whose phase of operation has long surpassed those phases for which a majority of Barbadians unfortunately find themselves.

The current self-adulatory Minister of Finance, strictly judging by his demeanour in and outside of Parliament, is charged with the economic affairs of this country Barbados. Indeed, one is awestruck by Christopher Sinckler telling Barbadians that the Stuart-led DLP administration is creating “a platform that prioritizes economic stability and growth, social advancement and security, and human, cultural and psychological development” for the people of Barbados. Nice sounding words and overall the statement reflects an ideal that calls for a sea change in the population’s attitude and it necessitates expansive resources. Yet, are not these things difficult to achieve even in the best of social and economic times?

It is regrettable therefore, that Chris Sinckler would proceed to make the very inopportune – rather than deliberately deceptive statement – assuring that “it is to these lofty but imminently achievable objectives that this Democratic Labour Party administration commits itself.” Barbadians have to be resolute and ask whether Mr. Sinckler and all those who supported the budgetary proposals are residing in Barbados or some far away planet. How can these things be achieved imminently, meaning short-term and about to happen, when the first order of the day was to devise an ineffective Medium Term Fiscal Strategy that since had to be revised due to inherent failures, and that did not and could not achieve the ‘grand’ things it set out to do?

to be continued…

0 thoughts on “The Huff and Puff Is Affecting Me and Other Bajans! Let Us Deal With Some Facts – Part 1

  1. people all over the world are saying the same thing things are bad barbados is not immune to world events this govt when compared to others has done a good job in sustaining this economy and trying to provide a good social safety net for the most hurt by these economic challenges everybody is not going to be happy but in good times under the BLP we had poverty and people hurting as well . get real GB all the political rhetoric the BLP and yourself propagates only serves one purpose and that is for the corrupt govt of OSA to get their hands on the treasury again . the BLP has no solutions for the problems barbados is facing except to SELL BARBADOS to the highest bidder and MIA in her budget has made all kinds of ridiculous promises to bajans as if money grows on trees,

  2. Tired of these partisan comments and criticisms.
    We all went to school. Many of us scored 55% at one point and were in top 10 of the class and then scored the same 55% in another test and may have placed at the bottom of the class. Must compare apple with apples
    The entire global economy is under the same economic pressures at the time regardless of whether the Bees or Dees were in power (we are all doing the same test). So where has Barbados placed in relation to our peers under the respective Governments under the economic climate of the time ?

    It is my understanding that Barbados consistently placed at the top of the class when OSA was leading and now are placing at the bottom of the class under the Dees. Forget all the other fancy figures. We all the know the economic climate is different so I dont expect the scores to be the same; BUT WE ARE NOW DOING WORSE WHEN COMPARED TO OUR PEERS.

    Understand that and know then that the Dees, Stinclair, Froondel and pornville have all failed. Time to go back to what we knew worked. We got loose change the last time. I voting Bees again

  3. . just look around in our hemisphere of all the newly elected goverments and tell if their economies have gotten any better grenada is about to see one of its leading hotels closed. this giovernment is on the right path using renewable energy as an inititive to help jump start and restructure the economy trying to teach barbadiansthe benefits derived by becoming entrepreneurs it is all about restructing which means change and change can be painful at times but in the end all benefits not only a few .

  4. you see you bajans have built huge hotels that in the real world could never be full.they are many of these hotels.none will ever be full.
    bajans also have this thing about they are better than people in the rest of the world chip on their shoulder because you got a hand full of beautiful beaches.
    well other places have much better beaches and much lower priced hotel rooms.your politicians instead of down grading from a Mercedes to to Toyota
    have spent the money and stolen the loans and pocketed it in offshore banks for them selves. in other words the government of barbados does not prioritize on its citizens it prioritizes on how much of a big shot they can make them selves look like.sorry to say[ typical negro behavior].
    they may start off caring for the poor masses but end up sipping champagne with the rich and famous of the west coast.making under the table deals to benefit them selves and their families but not the bajan public.
    they have to fend for them selves it seems.
    one for all and all for one has gone out the it’s may the best man win ,dog eat dog.on such a tiny island there is no where to run from such
    Hitler type government.
    does that give you a idea?
    if a revolution of some sort or boycott of these evil spirits does not happen
    it will go on till the dollar is devalued and those huge hotels and big insurance buildings and banks will come down back to earth.
    bajans want to live like a rich country as far as standards of living but is instead
    comprised of outright price gouging and thievery.
    wen we all stand united and say no we are not paying that price we will get some where.
    who will step up???????????
    without fear of being shot??????
    you are certainly right enough is enough.
    we live on a tiny island that used to be a paradise but because of overpopulation
    is now a total festering sore.ready to pop open and relieve the puss.
    you can not have barbados made like USA it is a tiny dot.
    live with in your means and geographical size.

  5. By the way, George. Congratulations on your PhD. Looking forward to having a good read.
    About the stagnating Barbados economy, of course this government has made a worse mess of a bad situation. But we must escape discussions social and economic policy in Barbados in terms of party politics, and move towards ideas and policies.
    I know you have got some powerful ideas which should be discussed publicly. This is what the country is crying out for, a mature debate.

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