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Always ready to forgive

SEAN ST CLAIR FIELDS,

Added 17 November 2017

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Barbadians are a particularly forgiving people.

It is clear that we epitomise the noble ideals of patience and tolerance when one considers what some of our politicians say and do sometimes. I guess that we are always ready to forgive each other because we recognise and accept that we too are imperfect.

“Man gee he a chance” is often said when transgressors show remorse. But when they do not, we can sometimes inflict particularly harsh punishment. My contributions of late have been focused on governance, some of processes, some of self. According to Joko Widodo, “the most important thing in governance is management”.

I wish to take this opportunity to advise all those vying to hold public office that effectively managing their responses to what has been said or what has occurred is one of the litmus tests by which they will be measured. There have been many calls from concerned citizens for conversations with substance and not those that are sordid as we draw closer to general elections. And while some are already established in their descent towards the gutter, I encourage all Barbadians to disregard these blighted utterances. I for one look forward to nobility, professionalism and civility during the upcoming election campaign.

the great philosopher Socrates was renowned for his ability to highlight when a man’s morning and evening words didn’t match, and I suspect that we will be bombarded with all manner of allegations during the election campaign. Notwithstanding the trepidation some may feel when they hid and bought land under the assumption that they would not be seen forking it, and while the occasional red herring will be floated, the politician who shows restraint, the politician who refuses to respond in kind, the politician who sticks to the issues that they perceive will affect our future prosperity is to my mind the type of leader that will take us high when others desire to take us low.

I plan to choose leaders who will take us on the high road. what about you?

– SEAN ST CLAIR FIELDS

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