A leading political scientist is blaming the “erroneous and non-creative” policies of the Freundel Stuart administration for the heightened industrial action that has been evident in the country of late.
Dr George Belle used even stronger language in saying that these policies had been disguised by “clever political rhetoric, propaganda and manipulation”.
“Eventually these things don’t work anymore,” Belle said. “And if the policies are bad, you would have . . . to adjust, correct or suffer the consequences of them. So once your policies were initiated in error, then the errors would eventually compound and they create further error.”
As a result, the political scientist said there was the perception in society that everything was falling apart. He contended that Barbados had now reached the point where a government that had been very clever at political manipulation and propaganda was now getting the backlash.
Belle’s comments, in a Barbados TODAY interview, came against the backdrop of a crippling strike last week at the state-run Transport Board, a near one-week work-stoppage by waste movers and haulers, and planned industrial action next week by guards employed by Customs & Excise Department.
The political scientist argued that the policies he described could not be hidden from the people of Barbados for all time “because people eventually experience what the error is”.
“They eventually can feel for themselves what the error of the policy is and on the basis of that actual experience, they then will react; and they react by protest, they react by resistance and they react with dissatisfaction and that is what now you are seeing in the country at varying levels and across varying sectors.”
Belle bemoaned the lack of a consensus in Barbados to pressure the Government into calling early elections, saying it was not coping with the challenges facing the country.
“Call the elections and let the people decide whether they will maintain a government that seems to be a challenge to them, or whether they would change the Government,” he suggested.
However, he pointed out that even within the Opposition Barbados Labour Party there was no consensus on the issue
of pressing for early elections.
“As a result, the Government would therefore live out its term in office because of the fact that we cannot build consensus and say that the Government should go,” Belle stated.