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by Hyacinth R. Greenidge
I listened to moderator David Ellis earlier this week on his station’s call-in programme. And I agree with every word he said.
He accused some Government ministers of treating Bajans with “utter contempt and disrespect”.
We are in the middle of the biggest crisis the country has faced in recent history. Yet, key Government ministers have gone awol.
Eleven people have died so far for the year, nine of which fall in the category of the elderly. The Government-run Geriatric Hospital has reported cases of the deadly COVID-19 disease. Vulnerable, elderly people are at highest risk. Many live alone. Many need extra care. Many cannot afford the basics.
But as of up to the time I have penned this submission I am yet to hear from the Minister of Elderly Affairs and Social Empowerment Cynthia Forde. Why is this?
Last year when there was the potential outbreak at the National Assistance Board Forde could be heard. But for some reason now we cannot hear the Minister even if only to offer condolences to the families.
During the same call-in programme an elderly resident of St Thomas said he had tirelessly tried to reach his MP Forde. He recounted that the eventual response was a text message of two words. He lamented that he didn’t feel reassured or comforted by the response. What sad times we are in.
These are the same people who every five years find themselves loitering at the doorsteps of their constituents seeking their support.
These are the same people who last November were all bedecked in red and swarming St George North to secure their colleague’s victory and promising everything other than to build a sea for parishioners.
The elderly in this country are dying, some are suffering, some need assistance. Where is the Minister? Where is the MP for St Thomas? Where is Cynthia Forde. Is she in political quarantine?
Mr Ellis mentioned Colin Jordan too. This is a trying time for workers. Places closing because of positive cases and some folks laid off for the two week lockdown, but not a word from Jordan. Where is the Minister? Where is the MP for St Peter? Where is Colin Jordan? Is he like the biblical Adam, hiding?
From economist to the average Joe has been asking about the true state of economic affairs in this country. A word from the Central Bank Governor is not enough. We need to hear from the policymakers… We need to hear from the Minister in the Ministry of Finance…
This country belongs to all of us so we deserve to know what is going on. Where is the Minister? Where is the MP for Christ Church East Central? Where is Ryan Straughn?
If I didn’t know better, I would think a gag order has been placed on them or they were in self-imposed exile. There are
29 MPs. They should be in their respective constituencies seeing about the needs of the people who elected them as this
Why must I be subjected to the long-winded and boring speeches made by former minister Liz Thompson when they are elected politicians, who are now ministers responsible for key sectors who are not reporting to the country?
Government’s energy has been spent on trying to control the narrative; being selective in their use of words “National Pause” instead of a lockdown; telling the public what they should focus on; telling the media what questions they should ask; instead it should be spent on getting Minister’s to work for their pay. These politicians were elected by the people … Lest we forget.