Submitted by the People’s Democratic Congress (PDC)
The idea that there will be “A New Beginning with Mia – A Chance for Barbados” is such a ludicrous flagrant idea to the PDC that it is not even worth considering on a piece of cheap, dirty foolscap paper. Now, let us a little show, commenters and visitors to BU why this is so.
In her address to the Barbados Chamber of Commerce And Industry recently, Ms. Mia Mottley did talk, et al, about the Government and the People having to find “new models to fuel our future development” and did talk about this DLP Government continuing “to cling to old models of development that assumes that the its only levers of action are to TAX and SPEND”.
As well, Ms Mottley spoke about the privatization of certain government controlled assets like that Airport, Seaport, Transport Board, BNOC, so that the process of so-called economic enfranchisement can be engaged – what a dangerous wretched fallacy though.
First, however, Ms Mottley must be told in no uncertain terms that – far from being disposed of under some false notion of economic enfranchisement, where a future PDC Government is concerned, these types of government assets/businesses are the ones that will NOT ONLY be kept and reformed for national strategic political social reasons, BUT will ALSO be some of the ones out of those many THAT WILL become or will be wholly owned by a new state partnership entity – that will be owned by those who are presently employed by the government or that are paid by the government – and that will have – as one of its principal purposes – the purpose of helping the government and people of Barbados generate more income.
So, where is the vision of this BLP leader? this new beginning that is being uttered by some BLP yardfowls? Where is this beginning, Ms. Mottley must be asked, when she herself already imagines continuing with old style privatization models that have failed before to generate sustainable levels of income generation for the country?
Mottley must also be asked, where have the old style privatization methods worked in all or most spheres, in cases where Owen Arthur and she did privatize the Barbados National Bank, The Insurance Corporation of Barbados, to the benefit of the workers in those companies – who are still terribly exploited by these companies??
Worse yet, it is downright silly for her to suggest that – with the idea of the NIS owning portions of shares in the Barbados airport, seaport that would be privatized under her ideas, this would mean some kind of guarantee of legal part-ownership BY THE PEOPLE in whatever kinds of ownership structures that will evolve under her lousy dream schemes!!
The fact of the matter is that SINCE ALL OF THE PROPERTY THAT THE GOVERNMENT POSSESSES IS VESTED IN THE BRITISH CROWN, the fact of the matter too is that – wholly legally – the people DO NOT own any properties that government really and truly purports to possess on their own behalf in this country, and so, therefore, this means that right now our Barbadian people are in NO POSITION to control or exercise control over them, and or control over any income flows into or out of them, even though they have to BASICALLY underwrite them through evil wicked TAXATION.
Therefore, any so-called economic enfranchisement process that sees any private or government agency wholly owning and wholly controlling, or part-owning and part-controlling commercial entities in Barbados – without the members of these private and government enterprises actually legally individually owning and controlling whole portions of all of these entities that are to be privatized, or that are already in private hands, is A JOKE SHAM ENFRANCHISEMENT PROCESS.
The fact that there is nothing such a economic enfranchisement – it is a contradiction – given that economics also means the crown, elite and the government constantly getting far more (assets/resources, stolen income) for less/little of the same put in – and given that enfranchisement means greater rights and means to anyone-sector to access more (assets/resources/income); means that instead of economic enfranchisement for the crown, elite and the government, there is really only political enfranchisement left for the masses and middle classes of this country – which itself speaks to the changing or putting in place or removing of laws, rules and regulations to great effect to greater RIGHTS or NEW RIGHTS that will make sure that greater wealth and income flows go to the – most productive people of our country – the broad masses and middle classes of this country – who continue to get proportionately little of this national wealth and income generation in this country – and away from the the least productive people in this country – the elite and the government.
That is why we in the PDC continue to say that a future PDC Government shall – within a reasonable time of its establishment - make sure that legislation is swiftly enacted that makes sure that Barbados moves from being a constitutional monarchy to becoming a republic, and that legislation is enacted certifies that ALL multi-member corporate business entities in Barbados shall become PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS, and that all foreign enterprises that will – at the time of the existence of a PDC Government – be operating in Barbados, shall do so in partnership with local partnership enterprises.
And moreso that is why too a future PDC Government shall make sure that legislation is passed that certifies that ALL PROPERTY THAT IS NOW VESTED IN THE CROWN OR ON THE BEHALF OF IT VIA SUBSIDIARY INSTITUTIONS shall become VESTED – on Barbados becoming a republic, IN THE NEW STATE MANAGEMENT ENTITY that will be owned philosophically, legally and otherwise by those who are now described as present-by workers or by those who are now paid weekly monthly by the state.
So, it is a pity that Mottley did NOT speak in such ways to those things but spoke rather conservatively!!! For, where in any part of her speech did she speak to the fact that any serious political enfranchisement process related to wealth and income redistribution among the social income categories in this country cannot be undergone without Barbados moving from a constitutional monarchical system of government to a republican system of government??
Or speak to the fact that of giving, or that the giving greater OR NEW RIGHTS of ownership/control of wealth and income to individuals of the broad masses and middle classes, cannot be properly engaged unless and at the same time the elite and the government are disadvantaged and disenfranchised, property-wise, income-wise etc. and in the interest of greater political enfranchisement of our broad masses and middle classes?? HUH!!!??
So where is this new beginning that Ms. Mottley is seeking to create?? Where?? Where are these new developmental models that she spoke about in her address to those persons who were present at the Barbados Chamber Of Commerce And Industry gathering??
Moreover, that is why even with the establishment of Credit Union Cooperatives in Barbados, there has been no real sense of ownership and control being derived to the members who are purported to be the owners of them.
For, even though these members in many ways do make sure that with the incomes that are saved, that with the homes and vehicles and other properties that are bought maintained on the basis of the amount of individual savings, that they are able to achieve the latter, and that therefore are able to achieve some measure of upward social mobility, the truth is that they still cannot satisfy the criteria of having achieved greater political enfranchisement in this country, simply because they don’t have as yet political freedom and liberation from the evils, wrongs and scourges of TAXATION, INTEREST RATES, REPAYMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL PRODUCTIVE LOANS, MORTGAGES, PRODUCTIVE DEBT, MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE, etc.
Finally, in the above regards and in our going through the written copy of her speech at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce event on BU, it is very clear that – given our very logical arguments - Ms. Mottley has made a fundamental colossal error in confusing the furtherance of the privatization process with the advancement of political enfranchisement process in Barbados.
So, where is the vision from her?? For, where there is no vision, the people of Barbados shall surely perish, and without a chance for their betterment.
VOTE PDC NEXT ELECTIONS!!!