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Boyce looks to elders to lead


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Boyce looks to elders to lead

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Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, John Boyce, in a seemingly veiled reference to the political problems currently dogging the country, yesterday encouraged the “elder statesmen” to continue to project themselves as leadership examples.
The Member of Parliament for Christ Church South and Minister of Health was at the time leading off belated tributes paid by members of the House to Evelyn Rawle Lashley, father of St Philip North MP Michael Lashley, who died four years ago.
Boyce declared he was “happy to be a colleague of the honourable member for St Philip North, especially at this challenging time in Barbados’ history when we face such difficult problems which are part of a worldwide package of challenges which every day seem to unfold into bigger and bigger catastrophes”.
Citing the current political turmoil in the Ukraine,  he said that country was “teetering on the brink” of a possible war, with leaders being “toppled by public demonstrations”, as Ukraine citizens resorted to “the kind of controversies, pain and hurt that we steadfastly want to seek to avoid in Barbados.”
   “I think from time to time it is good when the elder statesmen in our company come out and make these kind of positions very clear – that this battle, this struggle must be importantly and maturely led with careful thought and careful attention to detail, recognising the pain which our people may be going through, and creating importantly, that social safety net which can help to cushion that reality.”
Lashley’s family looked on from the public gallery as their patriarch was described as an A-class carpenter who left his “hammer print” all across the parish of St Philip. Boyce said he possessed a skill that was now scarce in this era of automation.
In his tribute, Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds spoke of his friendship and professional relationship with Lashley, fostered while they were law students and he attributed the success of the latter in large part to the influence of a father who was “exceptionally proud” of his son’s achievements.
That a man who was born into humble circumstances in an ordinary Barbadian village setting had by dint of hard work been able to raise six children to successful stages of adulthood was a remarkable feat commended by Symmonds.
“The commitment to self-employment is a part of this problem that we have in Barbados” the St James Central MP said, adding “the absence of commitment to self-employment has caused many people to be in a situation where they depend too heavily on either the Government or somebody else to employ them and carry them through life.”
Symmonds said there was a time when self-employment sustained families and he expressed regret that “we as politicians sometimes forget it when we are talking to our constituents”. (GC)

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