Independent Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard has poured cold water on suggestion by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that morality is going to play a major role in determining the outcome of the next general elections.
Sinckler made the suggestion at a political meeting of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) last weekend at which he warned of negative political forces gathering in the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that were seeking to destroy Barbados’ Christian way of life.
However, from where she now sits, Agard, who was expelled from the BLP last year, believes that neither Government nor the Opposition is in a position to preach on the issue of morality.
In fact, she warned of “systemic immorality”, while stating that “the electorate of Barbados is between the devil and deep blue sea”.
“Both parties have suggested a focus on integrity without actually enacting integrity legislation to serve the people’s interest,” Agard pointed out.
“The reality is that there is a dance where the pretenders to the throne always profile those in authority as being dishonest and lacking in integrity, lacking in morals. However, having assumed power, the same protesters then find themselves guilty or charged with the same offences,” she said, adding that “one only has to peruse the Auditor General’s report of several years to witness the recurrence of fiscal impropriety of successive administrations”.
The first-time parliamentarian, who was elected on a BLP ticket back in 2013, but has since fallen out of favour with the party, highlighted “misappropriation of public purse, failure to implement campaign and manifesto promises, failure to implement laws that truly liberate the people, such as freedom of information and integrity legislation”, among issues that have been left languishing by both the BLP and DLP.
“What Barbados needs critically is an improvement in its governance system such that any new administration cannot or should not repeat the failings and infelicities of the administration they replace,” she added.