New ideas, fresh faces needed for pol­i­tics in 21st cen­tury

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Comment -

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

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