New ideas, fresh faces needed for politics in 21st century
IT IS NOT DIFFICULT to come to an agreement that both of the major political parties are responsible for the current state of Barbados’ economy.
Between 1954 when ministerial governance was established and the present, a period of 63 years has expired during which no other political parties other than the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) held the reins of power.
Given this historical fact, one would have thought that on the eve of another general election, radio talk-show hosts would have been excited about the entry of new parties into the political hustings.
But “no”. On almost every occasion that mention is made of any so-called third parties, specific talk-show moderators can be heard spewing derisive comments and implying they are a waste of time and predicting candidates will lose their deposits.
Former parliamentarian David Gill has publicly expressed his disgust via the print media about a radio talk-show host interacting with a caller in such a manner.
On 13 occasions over a period of 63 years, Barbadians have voted alternatively between the BLP and the DLP to run the affairs of the country.
Would it be unreasonable or unnecessary to see new faces and have fresh ideas to take the country further into the 21st century, rather than have what can be described as “the same cold soup warmed over”?
Just thinking. – MICHAEL RAY