A Grenville Phillips Column – Hurricane Force Winds
Solutions Barbados congratulates Ms Mottley and all other BLP candidates for their resounding victory. The people of Barbados have given Ms Mottley and the BLP a clear mandate by a wide majority, and Solutions Barbados respects the will of the people.
We were all privileged to witness a wind of change of Category 5 hurricane proportions. It registered the public’s utter rejection of the DLP administration. The wind’s magnitude was so overwhelming that it removed all but the DLP’s most secured leaves. The approximately 26% swing away from the DLP revealed the true base of that and all other parties, except the final beneficiary.
Clearly, the public did not want to risk having the DLP re-elected, and decided to select the alternative party that it knew better. The BLP must be congratulated for strategically positioning itself downwind of the catastrophe to be the most likely beneficiary of the public’s disgust.
This BLP administration will face unprecedented economic challenges over this new 5-year term. While we were offering the only non-austerity solution and the BLP an austerity-based one, this choice appeared less important to voters than ensuring that the DLP were voted out. However, once the jubilation has ended, all of us must face the stark reality that we are actually on the brink of economic ruin.
Everyone, including the supporters of all political parties, must give of their best during this BLP administration. We must be more efficient, productive, and innovative. Since most elected BLP candidates are new, they will inevitably make mistakes, and we should extend grace to them as they learn. Since we all live here, it is in all of our interests to see that Barbados’ economy does not fail.
The BLP administration can be assured that Solutions Barbados will offer the BLP administration our best unsolicited advice, something that I have been doing with all political administrations for the past 2 decades. We will offer workable solutions and assist with their implementation wherever we can. The BLP can rest assured that we will not be engaging in any partisan criticism of their stewardship between elections, since it is in all of our interests that they succeed.
Is there a silver lining for Solutions Barbados? We think that there is. Most Solutions Barbados candidates were publicly revealed less than one year ago, and two of them were revealed to the public on Nomination Day. Yet, we were able to secure approximately 4,000 votes because of our policies. While this is comparatively small, it is significantly higher than just friends and family. To have kept approximately 4,000 leaves on a tree during a Category 5 hurricane is a silver lining.