Submitted by BLP Supporter
The recent debate public forum style, on Saturday at Springer Memorial School, amplifies what we most feared. Barbados is at a cross roads. “The outcome of the next general elections will decide our fate. We will either continue nonchalantly or dare to make difficult decisions“…
Barbados of past, has shown the international community through its sustained economic prudence and masterful sound principles in governance, that it was once worthy of the name Gem of the Caribbean. This economic prowess which was conjured, was matched only by larger Caribbean countries the likes of oil rich, Trinidad and Tobago, and bauxite laden Jamaica and Guyana.
Likewise were its leaders, who played the most important part of steering the ship through rough and uncharted waters, always fighting to find dry harbour and never abandoning ship nor crew. We were fortunate to have had the foresight and guidance of many great men and celebrated astute leadership.
Prime Ministers were looked up to for advice and direction in times of chaos. One could rest assured with the country in the hands of such men, that there would always be a solution to a problem, and that decisions would be made for the benefit of all and not for the indulgence of a greedy few. The country was always put FIRST. There was no need for Integrity Legislation nor commissions of school inquiries, as with things today.
Oh how much things have changed. We were accustomed to protection from the ‘adverse’ with their stealthy and sordid plans, many times to disadvantage, for own fortunes and egos. With our leaders then, we could always rest assured, that they would be right on hand to deal with the rapacious, restoring peace and order to the country and all.
Certain recent developments have shown we have taken the wrong path with scant regard for our laws, by offenders to suit ‘their own ends‘. It is most unfortunate when people in high echelons (who should know better) are culpable. Rather than going forward with high expectations, we are now in a state of regress, entertaining obvious transgressions and without remorse. Barbados is at a cross roads. From here on as once put forward,..“ we either sink or swim. “ Time only will tell. Harsh decisions are before us, some that cannot be put off without fixing head on or side-stepped