We often spend so much of our time complaining that we pay little attention to doing.
We complain about the economy. We complain about governments. We complain about the church. We complain about our educational system. We complain about our environment. We complain about our jobs. We basically consume ourselves with negativity.
But sometimes it would be prudent, as Barbadians, to pause, look at what we have and what we have achieved and compare our lot to that of others. We should consider whether we have reached this juncture in our history through a surfeit of complaints.
Of course, this is not to suggest that where problems crop up in our society from time to time that we should remain mute. But griping about situations, great or small, is seldom accompanied by suggestions for solutions to those ills. We infrequently see complainers or those immersed in inertia save the day.
We recall some years before the advent of the world economic crisis that a consortium which included Jada Builders, Rotherley Construction, Rayside Construction, C.O. Williams Construction, Williams Industries, FirstCaribbean Internatonal Bank and Barbados National Bank, made a bid for the construction of the prison at Dodds, St. Philip. They eventually lost that bid to the foreign entity, VECO. That BOLT arrangement would have been a sound, win-win investment for the consortium.
We juxtapose that scenario with images of Professor Avinash Persaud scurrying here, there and everywhere seeking investors to get the stalled Four Seasons project up and running again. To date we have heard of no local consortium willing to take that financial plunge into Four Seasons. Of course, this is a harsh economic environment with different financial permutations involved compared to Dodds’ virtual built-in guarantees.
We point no accusatorial finger against the companies mentioned and place no obligations at their doors. We mention them because it is a matter of public record. The greater point we make is that an improved economic environment and the stimulation that we seek will not materialise unless there is some degree of domestic investment risk.
There will be no economic improvement generated by columnists, apologists, nihilists, profit stockpilers, boys stapled to the blocks or by those who make complaining an art-form.
During the hurricane season, and sometimes out of it, we get complaints from communities about flooding.