Submitted by Douglas
Dear David please permit me some space on your site to make a few comments with regard to something that I feel strongly about.
I recently listened to the debate about the funding of the QEH and I heard the Minister of Health announced the arrival very shortly of new ambulances coming from The United Arab Emirates which I thought was wonderful. These ambulances are gifts to the people of Barbados by the government and people of The United Arab Emirates. Sadly while listening to the reply from Opposition MP Symmonds, I must say it is not often that I pay attention to Symmonds because I have long held the view that he has no spine and he stands for nothing and will fall for anything, be that as I may, I subjected myself to his presentation which in my view was despicable coming from someone who has been around politics awhile and therefore should know better.
Good judgement is not one of his strong points if we are to judge his actions two days before elections in January of 2008 when he found it possible to take money from a Doctor Boolani to regularise an immigration matter that he did not fulfil and he never returned the money. The copy of the Affidavit is attached as proof that he received funds and of his vicious and brutal attack on his wife for which she had to seek the protection of the Courts of Barbados.
The smoke camouflage of Symmonds sitting around a table speaking about a ruling the Speaker of the House made pales in comparison to his own comments, and the press conference he called was more to flick the focus away from his insensitive, immature, ill advised and ill thought out comments about those of the Muslim faith when he referred to the shipment of ambulances coming in from the United Arab Emirates as nothing more than a Box Cart that yuh does use to to transport dead goats at Ramadan. It was a statement of gross disrespect and insensitive to many Muslims in Barbados and around the world. Let me use this opportunity to warn Symmonds that Barbados has welcomed with open arms Muslims, Hindus, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal, we have welcomed all and embraced all and no BLP politician or DLP or ABC or XYZ political party should attempt to make Muslims or any other feel like a hated people or second class citizen in our caring society.
As much as Symmonds may want to make outlandish and attention seeking comments in his march to remove Mottley as the leader of the Opposition, and even if he has the support of many Barbadians including Arthur and the majority of his peers, no one is willing to support his stance on creating a racial and religious divided Barbados. We live together as one big happy family Symmonds and that includes those of the Muslim faith.