Solutions Barbados currently has 20 candidates. They are the most diverse and experienced set of individuals to ever offer themselves as candidates in Barbados’ general election. We are 13 men and seven women with 20 different careers. Most of us have over 20 years of professional experience, and all of us acknowledge God’s guidance in our lives.
Experience is very important, because everyone in business understands that they can only improve by learning from their mistakes, and the most consequential mistakes are normally made early in their careers. While managing a business is not the same as managing a Government department, there are many similarities. However, the most relevant experience in managing a national economy is managing a household with a home mortgage.
Regardless of the external environment, each member of the family has daily needs which must be attended to, the house needs to be maintained, and monthly expenses need to be paid. All of the household’s monthly expenses must be paid out of the money earned that month. If the monthly earnings are insufficient, then either more money must be earned, or expenses must be prioritized and the least important trimmed, or a combination of both.
Sometimes the family decides to purchase an item that requires a loan. Depending on the item, the loan may be a short or long-term loan. The loan repayments must then be added to the monthly expenses. If parents only pay the interest on the debt, then they are irresponsibly leaving the debt to their children to pay. If the parents take on too many loans, then they may not afford to repay the debt. It is reckless to simply ignore the household’s economic problems.
Our experienced politicians have generally managed Barbados’ economy like irresponsible and reckless teenagers who just qualified for credit cards. They have essentially bought too many things on credit that they could not afford, maxed out the credit card, and now do not have enough money to make the monthly payments. When confronted with their dire situation, they blame their parents, claiming that they somehow benefitted from their purchases. So they have resorted to secretly selling their parents’ belongings. They are so desperate that they are even planning to sell the Hilton Hotel. This would be comedic if it were not so close to the truth. It is finally time for us to admit that our children are irresponsible and not ready to handle the family credit card, despite their proud and confident boastings.Barbados, you are the parents. We are offering ourselves to serve you, to minister to you, to correct this economic mess that our children have gotten us into. We are asking you to consider us to represent you and your interests for the next five years. Our candidates who have selected constituencies follow.
Grenville Phillips II, structural engineer (with 25 years of experience), to represent the people of St George North. Andrew Banfield, computer software specialist (25 years), St George South. Robert Toussaint, manufacturer (25 years), St Michael North-East. Lana Toussaint, accounts (26 years), St Michael West. Angela Edey, beautician (33 years), St Michael West-Central. Betty Howell, home manager (30 years), St Michael East. Leighton Greenidge, electrical contractor (18 years), St Philip North. Ronald Lorde, businessman (25 years), St Philip South. Julie Chaldbaud, photographer (20 years), Christ Church South. Kenneth Lewis, joiner (29 years), Christ Church West-Central. Irvin Belgrave, public administrative officer (30 years), Christ Church West. Scott Weatherhead, Chief Executive Officer (25 years), Christ Church East-Central. Annie Weatherhead, general manager (20 years), Christ Church East. Andre Griffith, computer specialist (13 years), St James North. Daniel Chaldbaud, contractor, St James Central. Cherone Martindale, administrator (19 years), St John. Cherie Pounder, water resources scientist (ten years), St Andrew. Rev John Carter, businessman/teacher (40 years), St Lucy.
Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached at [email protected]