Is Our Parliamentary System Right for Barbados?
Reading about all the new entrants to the political arena, I am delighted that so many patriotic persons are seeing fit to get involved but equally concerned about the impact multiple parties will have on ‘splitting the vote’ – giving the incumbent party a better chance of regaining the government and with it, the right to continue undeservedly, the social policies that have finally been proven to be largely detrimental in the long term. A strong opposing coalition would be preferable.
TEAM – Together Each Achieves More.
I have a theory about the candidates who run for election to represent the people of geographical constituencies. If we feel it necessary to continue practicing the Westminster system, these individuals should be servant leaders; with a heart, not necessarily professionals qualified to manage critical economic sectors. They should accept remuneration in line with the duties performed and not appoint themselves to lofty ministerial posts. The minimum number of managerial posts should be filled according to merit, with accountability and voter transparency being paramount in the selection process. This may be aided by civic organizations, the church and citizens voting digitally online.
We must at least reformat the governance model with new software, if not immediately replacing the hardware.