Barbados a Country in Abeyance
It is generally accepted in the few months leading into a general election, the lack of significant decision-making of the incumbent government becomes an accepted characteristic. So much so there is the frequent reference to the term ‘lameduck’ to brand a period of political abeyance.
Today is a historic day in Barbados. For the first time in the country’s history a Prime Minister has decided to take the country into a period where the Parliament has been dissolved and yet the country waits for Prime Minister Stuart to ring the bell. Of course the DLP surrogates will state the obvious, that is, Stuart is operating within the boundary of the law.
The decision by Stuart to encroach on the 90 day period the Constitution of Barbados provides is hardly the point. Yes a Cabinet will be in place to administer government albeit without the oversight of parliament which is integral to the governance framework we practice. The decision to keep the country anchored in abeyance surely cannot be in the national interest. Point being there is hardly any significant progress the government can make if assessed using the economic measurement of cost benefit. It does not matter how many policies, law, discussions are had by a lameduck Cabinet, the country has shut down. We have become a country in waiting. There is no confidence to drive innovation, creativity, no esprit.
To add to the economic fatigue Barbadians have had to endure for the past several years, the resultant deterioration in the standard living and decimation of the middleclass, a once proud Bajan psyche has suffered another big bruise with the spilling of sewage on the South Coast stretch frequented by tourist and locals. We have lost our shine!
There is no need for BU to be prolix on this matter except to say Barbadians everywhere are hoping that good sense prevails during this protracted period of abeyance and the reputation of being a stable political nation is uninterrupted despite the best effort by PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART and his CABINET.