The widow of the late Prime Minister David Thompson today registered disappointment that one of his ideals does not appear to be gaining traction.
Speaking just days ahead of the fourth anniversary of his death, Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson said the former leader believed in socializing and building communities.
However, she told those attending the service at the Unity Wesleyan Church at Edge Cliff, St John that this did not appear to be happening.
“Today I can say that I have witnessed the impact of the decline in that connectedness. I was there to see the
project he was constructing. I was intimately involved as a doer. From the chair that I now occupy, I have come to appreciate even deeper, his ideals for a stronger community. By community, I’m not just referring to a geographically defined locale by I speak about an ideology that should help drive our future endeavours,” the widow said.
“This country must never find itself just existing with individuals living within a small space but losing the essence of community. I’ve said this before that the advent of technology has brought us together by ensuring that we actually spend less time being together. But technology is not the lone perpetrator in all of this.”
As she concluded her short speech, Thompson issued some advice to Barbadians, and the ruling Democratic Labour Party in particular.
“. . . Let us continue to ensure that we seek to build those strong ties among ourselves and seek to extend our community. With this objective in mind, I know the dream of my late husband has hope.”
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was absent from the service, reportedly due to another commitment.
Some of the MP’s present included John Boyce, Denis Kellman, Richard Sealy, Ronald Jones and James Paul.
A number of people were awarded for their contributions to Barbados.