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OPPOSITION LEADER MIA MOTTLEY is right in calling for and mobilising a march against the administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, but she has not gone far enough in identifying the primary goal of the march.
It is not enough to stage a march to express “disgust” at the Government. The political, economic, psychological and social situations in Barbados have gone far beyond a mere expression of disgust. Barbadians need – as a matter of the utmost urgency – to be relieved from the stultifying grasp of a rotten governmental administration that has lost all political legitimacy and that is taking the country down to a disaster of epic proportions.
The only remedy – the only demand – that makes sense at this late stage is one for the staging of a new general election – now!
Our nation urgently needs to be released from the utterly dysfunctional and clueless Freundel Stuart administration, and a new national political leadership needs to be put in place. The central demand and slogan of the Opposition Leader’s march should therefore be: Elections Now!
No sane or responsible Barbadian can any longer have any lingering doubt that our nation is in grave peril. Like the notorious Roman Emperor Nero, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has abdicated his leadership responsibilities and has chosen to “fiddle” with his Democratic Labour Party cohorts in New York City while his country burns.
In a mind-boggling interview in New York with the NATION last weekend, the Prime Minister of our country asserted that he had no idea as to whether his Government had lost confidence in Dr DeLisle Worrell, the [then] Governor of the Central Bank.
He also claimed to be unaware that his Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler had brought any “proceedings” against Dr Worrell. Mr Stuart’s precise words were: “I have not made myself privy to all that has been happening because I am not aware that proceedings were brought by the minister of finance against the governor . . . . It is my understanding that proceedings were brought by the governor.”
These are the words and reactions of a political leader who has lost contact with reality, and who has therefore lost any right to continue to hold on to the reins of Government. It is time for Mr Stuart and his administration to go.
– DAVID COMISSIONG