If the BLP should win
By ALVIN CUMMINS | Sun, June 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM()
The recent CADRES Poll shows that a greater percentage of those responding to the questionnaires (I wonder how many questionnaires were sent out and which percentage responded) indicate that they prefer the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at this time to run the country. Although there is still almost a year to go before the next general election is constitutionally due, some people seem to think this is a foregone conclusion.
Anyhow, based on information I have received, it is not coincidental that a number of rich foreigners (not Barbadian-born and not Egyptian Jews) have been murmuring against the present Government, and planning to contribute large sums of money to the cause of removing it.
Why? One must be suspicious when the Medes and Persians conspire together in a common cause.
I am predicting now that in the event (however unlikely) that the BLP regains the Government, its agenda will follow a specific path, with the following items receiving priority attention, not necessarily
in the order listed.
Item 1. To stimulate the economy, the policy (rejected though it was by the population before) of selling land (agricultural with a view) to the highest bidders – some of the aforementioned rich foreigners who are waiting to buy up this country – will be reintroduced and pursued more vigorously.
Item 2. Concessions granted to these so-called investors, under the Special Development Areas Act, will be increased.
Item 3. In order to satisfy a group of discontented right wing conservatives, falling into the same categories mentioned above, who feel constrained by present immigration controls that determine the length of time they can spend in the island, pressure will be put on the Immigration Department to modify these restrictions to satisfy these complainants.
Item 4. To satisfy those who are calling for greater fiscal constraint there will be a move to reduce the Government’s support for free tertiary education. Even though this will be a regressive and destructive move, the excuse that will be given will be the need to maintain fiscal control.
In addition there will be an attack on the health care system and a call for greater health insurance, with insurance companies given incentives.
Item 5. In order a satisfy the ire of CLICO Executive Flexible Premium Annuities risk takers, whose gambles did not pay off, they will try to raise money through the selling of bonds guaranteed by Government, or taking it out of National Insurance Scheme, calling it an investment, the amount these claimants wish to recover. CLICO is a private company, owned by another private entity (CL Financial; foreign-owned and controlled) and whose investment instruments have nothing to do with Government and for which the Government is not responsible.
Item 6. Continuation of the Democratic Labour Party policies wrapped in a different coloured tissue paper, to give an appearance that it is a “star diamond” rather than a “singing angel”, but whenever it is finished it is still the same kite. Maybe with a shorter tail so that it can “snake” more, and have in “more bull”, but it will still be more of the same.
There are other items that will be revealed from time to time.
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