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A dictatorial democracy


GREGORY PHILLIPS

A dictatorial democracy

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IN THE FACE of strong opposition by the official Barbados Parliamentary opposition and even stronger opposition from the general public, as evidenced by the numerous letters and articles in the Press and discussions on the call-in radio programmes, the Government pursues its programmes and policies without consultation with, or even notice to the electorate prior to the implementation of any of its intended projects.

It is as though as soon as Cabinet decides on a matter it becomes a fait accompli and the electorate who put these members of parliament in their offices suddenly no longer matter. In fact when opposition to a decision is voiced, it is considered anti-government and is dealt with In the harshest of manner.

Has the public been made aware of the purpose to which the building at Enmore, now under construction will be put?

Why haven’t we been told of the progress on the cane sugar project at Andrews Factory and it’s cost to date.

Do we know how many millions of dollars have been spent in feasibility studies on the proposed Cruise Terminal at the Bridgetown Harbour and if this project will ever get off the ground?

Housing

Why has the government spent millions of dollars on housing stock and not sold or leased the vast majority of these houses at Coverley, Lancaster, Church Village The Grotto and other areas to the people for whom they were intended. Surely it is too early to use this as an electioneering plan. Or is it?

We the electorate need to know the answers to these questions, and must remind the politicians that we put them there and have the power to remove them.

Recent criticism on the proposed Cahill gasification waste-to-energy plant drew such an aggressive comment from the Minister of Energy, that one would think there is more at stake in the matter than meets the eye. Surely the comments are valid and must be taken seriously when one considers that the health of the country is at risk.

In fact, the experts have said that the toxins emitted in the atmosphere by such a plant would pose a danger not only to this generation but to generations yet unborn. There are several unanswered questions for which the public deserves an answer.

At a time when the Zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases are prevalent, we should be especially conscious of the fragile nature of our environment and seek to reduce the litter in our public places and institutions – schools included.

It is amazing, however, that in spite of town hall meetings held at a Christ Church constituency branch office of the current Member of Parliament when senior representatives from the police force, the Environmental Department, and the Ministry of Transport were present and after subsequent correspondence on the matter, the operation of the largest garbage truck in Barbados continues, with an increasing number of vehicles, in a highly desirable residential area, in front of the residence of the head of the European Commission with flag in full flight to boot. What does this say about our concern about the environment?

GREGORY PHILLIPS

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