For those who have experienced several election cycles, it is tiring to hear career politicians alarming us that every General Election is critical to Barbados’ future. It is now a standard claim that is used by all political parties to encourage people to vote. However, the aftermath is the same.
After the election results are announced and the jubilation had ended, the politicians normally gather around the trough. They are surrounded by their political supporters who hope for spillage when the politicians feed while the rest of us begin to realise that nothing would really change.
Since our independence 52 years ago, we have had only two political administrations, the BLP and the DLP. They both made promises to properly manage Barbados’ economy, and we believed them. However, all they have done is to bring us to the brink of economic ruin. They have both brought us to where Jamaica and Guyana were before their currency was devalued – out of all good options.
With Barbados’ national debt exceeding 150 per cent of GDP, which is significantly higher than the 40 per cent GDP debt upper limit that the IMF warned us not to cross, we can expect the devaluation of our dollar. Since we have no local banks, we can expect everyone who is paying a mortgage, and is not earning foreign currency, to lose their house within three years. We can expect most of the middle class to be reduced to poverty. That is only some of the austerity that they are promising us.
For the first time since our Independence, all politicians in Barbados appear to be telling the truth. If we have the misfortune of electing any other party than Solutions Barbados, Barbadians will receive the severe austerity that they are promising.
After bringing us to the edge of the cliff of economic ruin, they are now promising to push us over. They promise us that if they are elected, then we will be forced to take their bitter medicine and harsh austerity. They blame us for living above our means, when it is they who have borrowed above our ability to pay. Why do we have to pay for their gross mismanagement?
Well, they can keep their bitter medicine for themselves. In a Solutions Barbados administration, the only persons who will have to take bitter medicine are corrupt individuals, because they alone deserve this correction. However, there is prosperity for everyone else.
Solutions Barbados is a group of Innovators who tend to improve whatever responsibilities they are given to manage. They have an average of 20 years of managing through innovation and are offering to use their experience to the benefit of all Barbadians.
(Grenville Phillips II is the president of Walbrent College who has trained over 1,000 late-learners across the Caribbean region. He is also the founder of Solutions Barbados and can be reached atNextParty246@gmail.com)