Visions of 2018
As 2017 draws to a close, we reached out to our readers to ask what they wanted for Barbados in 2018. From the variety of answers, a couple common themes emerged. Bajans are concerned about gun violence, the state of the island’s roads and the beleaguered
There were many calls for the island to improve in these areas. Perhaps with an eye to the 2018 general elections, there were also several readers who called for less taxation and a change in Government.
Here is some of what they had to say.
Carte Blanche: End of gun violence. Make it very prosperous for everyone on the island and [I’d like] more tourism to overflow in abundance so money is flowing for everyone in the island to help lift the economy up to greater heights.
Resse Brathwaite: That young people like myself can find some employment.
Rachael Louise Ross: [My wish is] for the Government to finally stop being so archaic by believing that the way to drive local industry is to heavily tax foreign imports. It’s 2018 – we should be able to order things from Amazon like every other country in the world without a disgusting duty rate. Barbados is not a manufacturing hub and never will be, it should start focusing on tourism, something which it can make money from!
Devon Sealy Zico: A new Government, [for] Mia Mottey to become first woman Prime Minister, end the gun crime, stop school children fighting, [a] new bus service, no more tax and creating new jobs too.
Pat Edwards: That we would stumble on something great that would create a revenue stream allowing us to pay our bills – perhaps discovery of oil; that investors will become interested in investing here again and that more Barbadians would serve God including whoever would rule over us for the next five years.
Cheryl Henry: [I’d like to see] more self-love. That would reduce the gun crime, etcetera.
Rosebud Taitt: Less taxes, new Government, water at the pipes and proper roads.
Gail Agard Wallace: Paved roads without potholes, no [sewage] on the streets, and proper garbage pick-up for the people there.
Denise Morris: A complete change of Government from the head to the tail.
Dee Marshall: My wish is to see the economy back on track, less taxes so poor people can live and not just survive.
Everton Barrow: Change those ministers that [have] run this sweet Barbados down the drain. We need better Government leaders to lead this country. It’s only about themselves and getting their salaries every month and not addressing the country. You people in Barbados get up and stand up for your rights – speak out people.
Cave Tanya: More jobs, less crime and come together as a team.
Luh Luh Clarkie: [My wish is for] an electorate that is “unbossed” and cannot be bought for 30 pieces of silver. “What we are noticing more and more is that there is a disrespectful element in the society, who do not respond to authority, and feel that when they come to the clinic if they are not seen within what they feel is acceptable time, they get abusive to staff and very threatening to staff. That needs to stop! – Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George on beefing up security at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic.
“When we sing about joy, peace and goodwill over Christmas, think about the many persons in the world who will not be enjoying them at this time. Think of those trapped in places of conflict . . . Think of the millions of refugees in the world, many of whom have no place to call home . . . And in this season of peace, do not let us ignore the violence in the world. Let us reflect on our own actions and see if we are contributing to the level of violence someone is experiencing at this time.” – Anglican Bishop Dr John Holder at Midnight Mass.
“Naturally after Christmas, with parties in general, you would always have an increase [in garbage]. Christmas is that time of year. The SSA is very much in control of the situation and will be responding accordingly.” – Sanitation Service Authority public relations officer Carl Padmore reacting to the complaints about the lack of garbage collection over the Christmas break.
“You just can’t spend money you don’t have. I do not think, that even with the late rush, it will in any way make up for the loss of sales earlier in the month, or for the year for our members . . . We are all expecting 2017 to be a significantly down year, even worse than 2016. The question remains, now, with the forecast for 2018, if it will be another tough year. Retailers and distributors are being extremely anxious as we close out 2017.” – President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Eddy Abed on spending for the Christmas period.