Where is the “Pathway to Progress” the DLP promised in its 2008 Manifesto and how could it be transforming our society to meet the needs of Barbadians, as it alleged it would do, in that same Manifesto?
When I heard those DLP allegations, I too felt it was: “mission impossible.” Despite the distraction now and to come – the facts remain that this DLP administration promised to reduce the cost of living but has not?
Day-after-day Barbadians are waking up to the scary news of yet another brazen day-light-robbery or even depressing news that more of our relatives, friends and neighbours have been placed on the bread-line. Didn’t the DLP say that it was good at fixing social problems? Then why can’t it fix the mess at the QEH? Does this country has a government at work or one that is on holiday?
One week we are told that a DLP Cabinet has taken a decision to build a new hospital the next week a different Minister tells us that the same Cabinet has agreed to refurbish the QEH. One week the DLP Government tells us that school children are banned from traveling on mini-buses or ZR’s – the next week the same Government say that school children can travel on Mini-buses and ZR’s. Why all this confusion and doublespeak – don’t these people know what they are doing?
It is generally accepted that the DLP is best know for salary cuts and placing people on the bread-line. Therefore, given the rate that Barbadians are again finding themselves on the bread-line, especially since this DLP rule began – my question is: where is the DLP’s job loss prevention plan?
Isn’t it unfair that while everyone else in this country now stands a good chance of losing his/her job because of the poor judgment; bad decision and flawed polices of the DLP – its Ministers want to keep theirs, even though it is clear that they do not know what they are doing or what to do?
The DLP is so lost that in its 2008 Manifesto, it even promised to do things that were already in place. In fact, many of the policies the DLP said it would bring – were suited to a 1960 Barbados. The point is, if the DLP took 14 years but still could not come up with credible policies in its 2008 Manifesto – how now with a fiscal crisis on the current account it manufactured and at a time when urgent action is needed – we are being ask to swallow the nonsense that the DLP could immediately conceptualise progressive polices to reverse the damage it is causing or even policies to take Barbados forward? Again I say – “mission impossible.”
The country is being asked to overlook the fact that even though the DLP does not know what it is doing, it could do in a month, what it lacked the capacity to do in the 14 years it was in Opposition? Little wonder than just back from holiday and in the middle of what it said is the worst crisis in the history of mankind – the DLP has shut down Parliament and gone on holiday again, until October 19th.
I say to the DLP, since your plan seems to be to inflict more pain on Barbadians in your promised budget and given your threat of a wage freeze and to increase the rate of VAT and other taxes – do not stir yourself, continue on your holiday. Because your presence in power and Parliament has been nothing more than unnecessary pain and stress for Barbadians.