Our system of Government requires politicians to compete for our votes every general election, for the responsibility of managing Barbados’ economy. However, rather than it being mainly a competition of management proposals, our politicians tended to compete by trying to out-promise their opponents. In the past, we seemed not to realise that their promises would be paid by them burdening us with higher taxes and our children with greater national debt.
It has taken 50 years for Barbadians to finally interpret what our politicians have been promising. When they promised to give us more than what their opponents promised, what they were actually telling us was that they promised to sink us deeper in debt than the debt level promised by their opponents.
Now that our national debt has grown too large for our generation to pay off, Barbadians have finally woken up to the reality that our children will be forced to pay for the promises that our politicians have made. We have finally reached the point where both voter and politician know that we cannot afford any more unfunded promises. Thankfully, the Barbadian voter can no longer be fooled by any politician trying to recklessly out-promise another. Therefore, the next general election should finally be a competition of how best to manage Barbados’ economy, instead of how many “free” things a politician can recklessly promise.
This is an entirely new experience for Barbadians. We have grown so accustomed to general election candidates being paraded early, while the policies are kept secret until after the general election has been called. This gives the voters very little time to critically read and challenge the politicians’ intentions for us, and the cost of their promises to our children. Given the crucial importance of the next general election to Barbados’ future, we published our proposed solutions to Barbados’ problems over 18 months ago for voters’ critical review. Thank you to all who commented and helped us to improve the ideas. Our published solutions generally do not require additional taxes or debt. They typically require better management of Government services.
We now have 15 responsible employers (not merchants) experienced in good management practises to contest the next general election. If the remaining 15 responsible employers do not respond to our public invitation to be candidates by the end of this month, then we will widen our candidate selection criteria to include any responsible persons with any type of management experience.
Hold on Barbados. Help is still on the way.