• Today
    July 03

  • 06:00 AM

Mottley's call for national dialogue

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 16 March 2011

BARBADOS needs to take fresh guard, says Mia Mottley, Member of Parliament for St Michael North East. And she is saying that the game ahead should not be influenced by any partisan strategy but one that has the national interest at heart. Mottley, in an impassioned plea said that she felt “almost pained” that her colleagues came into the House of Assembly to do and say the same thing every year.  She was speaking during the 2011- 2012 Estimates in the House of Assembly yesterday. She said Barbados could no longer rely on significant import duties because  they would be declining as time went by. “I almost feel pained that we come back and do the same thing over and over. “If it takes 11 years between the choice of site of St David’s Primary school when I was Minister of Education in 2000 and now for that school to be built, something is wrong.” She said there were many people who were full of ideas who could not get into the system and “also too much defence of the status quo almost if we are embalmers of government”. She challenged her colleagues to ask themselves “when will we accept responsibility for ensuring the legacy that we would leave to future generations in the same way that those who led before us guaranteed us that right of opportunity to be here today?”. She again appealed to the Government “to establish a framework for a national dialogue” . Mottley said politicians were the ones afraid to put out there anything that would lead to the dislocation of any particular group. “But the bold reality is that if we don’t adjust and restructure we are all going to go down the slippery slopes. I don’t know when, but I know for sure we will go. And I believe the Prime Minister has a unique opportunity, one cast on his shoulders by history but one which he has the courage to confront fully,” said Mottley. (JS)


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Should Barbados be reopening the borders to commercial airlines as announced by the Prime Minister?