The Grenville Phillips Column – Choosing the Right Boyfriend
As we approach the inevitable General Election, voters have a most important decision to make. Who will they select to manage their affairs for the next 5 years? During this time, political parties will try to entice voters to vote for them.
There are currently 3 political parties with over 20 Candidates. The Democratic Labour Party (DLP), the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), and Solutions Barbados (SB). The BLP and DLP are skilled at wooing voters, who, for this article shall be called Lady Barbados. They are the equivalent of boyfriends whom she has had in the past. Solutions Barbados is a new suitor. How can he convince Lady Barbados that he truly cares for her?
Her experience with Boyfriend DLP has not been exciting. He goes out with her but insists that she pay for everything. The items are not the most expensive, so she pays for them. He has made it clear that if she selects him as her boyfriend, he will never pay for anything. She will always have to pay for herself, him and his friends, because he does not work.
Her experience with Boyfriend BLP is a lot more exciting. He takes her on expensive trips and lavishes her with expensive gifts. She feels so lucky to have him. Then he presents her with a bill for all of the items. She is shocked to learn that he had added her name to his credit card making her responsible for all of his purchases. He tells her that she must pay the entire debt. He also makes it clear that if she selects him, he will keep her in unsustainable debt by doing the same thing – but she will enjoy the gifts.
Lady Barbados is so disappointed and hurt by the actions of present Boyfriend DLP that she is considering returning to Boyfriend BLP. Then she meets Solutions Barbados and he immediately shows her how she can pay off her debts without much difficulty. He also works with her to start a new business and generate another revenue stream. He then helps her renegotiate her employment contract with her employer to protect her future earnings.
Solutions Barbados knows that she has been hurt by previous boyfriends, and is attentive to the cautious manner that she now approaches monetary issues. So he prepares detailed financial plans for their future together and encourages her to get professional analysts to examine them and advise her accordingly. He does this because he truly cares or her.
Lady Barbados considers her options and realizes that she no longer remembers the harm done to her by Boyfriend BLP – time has healed the wounds. Now, she only remembers the expensive trips and gifts, and longs for that experience after being burdened so long with cheap and lazy Boyfriend DLP.
Solutions Barbados tries to warn her about the previous irresponsible ways and reckless debt promises of Boyfriend BLP. However, she gets angry. Why must I talk negatively about Boyfriend BLP? Why can’t I just woo her without spoiling her dreams of an expensive lifestyle – the fine wines, tender sirloin, exquisite deserts, expensive jewellery, and Paris by night?
I try to convince her that our planned future will allow her to purchase any of those things herself. But I am losing her. I try to bring her back to reality, but she is lost in her dream world.
She is certain that no-good Boyfriend DLP has to go. But the recollection of the good times overpowers her. She can smell the food, taste the wine, and feel the excitement of opening a present that she knows will be wonderfully delightful – oblivious to the fact that she will be forced to pay for it all. If she makes the tragic decision to return to Boyfriend BLP, she will never know the stable future that she just, in a moment, gave up.
Choose wisely Lady Barbados.