Now that the Schools, and Colleges, and other training institutions are closing their doors for another long vacation – and the Festivities that traditionally take place at this time every year in our Tri-Island State are getting in motion – we are faced with situations in vital areas, way beyond anything we have ever experienced before, and very, very few signs of how we can overcome them.
Whichever Party or Leader our people may choose to follow or support – in the challenging times ahead for the remainder of this year, and even more importantly, for the crucial final year of those now in control of the nation’s affairs, as opposed to those waiting in the wings to take over – the choice of the majority of voters on “D-Day” will speak volumes as to where we will be heading and how are we planning to get there.
But that vital day could be well over a full year from next month – whereas in the meantime, and between those many months of fighting to survive, and making the economic ends meet each other while waiting for the opportunity to choose whoever – the political and economic situations that are very clearly now in serious crisis, could become intolerable, over-bearing, and beyond the ability of many to make it.
Only the Great Supernatural and Almighty Creator and controllers of all wisdom, have that knowledge in advance – and us lesser mortals have to struggle and wait on the passage of time to see where we are going in the near or distant future.
As one looks around the country – whether in the local market places, or the regular village or high street shops, where the daily business activities of the various parishes take place from time to time – it is very clear to see, that things are no way like they used to be over a year and a half ago.
The stocks of foods and beverages are all there for sale – but the places are almost empty, because the expected buyers do not have the means to make the purchases.
And unlike the good old days, where the local shops or market vendors would allow some levels of credit – for payment next week or next pay day – because of the very high unemployment situation, and the breakdown in local farmers production and earnings capacity, that level of local trading have dried up to a large extent.
So that if one takes the time to stand around, and look at the goings and comings in any local supermarket or regular corner shop, the traffic of customers would be very revealing.
And as one local Trader in the Western Town of Gouyave put it to me – sooner rather than later, if business does not pick up to enable the partnership to continue trading – they will have to lay off employees.
And the slow down in sales is not because the prices of goods have gone up – but simply the reality, that the money is not there to shop as much as people did before, but now-a-days it is a straight case of just buying basic necessities.
Of course a lot more people are unemployed, and the cost of essentials like Electricity, Gas and one or two other services that the households have become used to over the years, those remain constant and costly.
The answer to those problems can only be more and more jobs becoming available – so that the thousands of those looking for and willing to work can find something to do.
Preparing the ground work, or providing the background facilities to enable and encourage potential investors to come in, or locals to put out the required finances for providing jobs opportunities – these can only come from the political party controlling the reins of power in the country.
In our situations in the tri-Island State for some considerable time now, those in control have been far more pre-occupied with staying together – as a party with the required majority – than in providing the necessary conditions for attracting Investors, whether from outside the Islands, or encouraging those already on site to expand their investments.
Because of their failure to provide those conditions, in the past four years that they have been in control of the ship of state – I cannot see them doing any better in the remaining one year at the controls.
But the much bigger question that needs consideration, in the context of what better can be expected in all the known circumstances currently existing – is whether or not, with an almost new team under his control, the NDC Leader can perform any better if given another term in office.
That is going to be the question, in my humble opinion, our people will have to answer in the next fifteen months for the latest. And whatever their answer maybe when the time comes around – they will have to live with it for the next five years thereafter.
Of course those in the opposition have their tails up, and they are jumping on every little crack that appears on the political pipeline – while giving the impression that they have all the answers to patch up all the pitfalls and short-comings now existing.
And they are clearly and no doubt banking on the short memories of our people – in the hope that the majority will forget, how the said opposition performed when they were in control of the ship of state.
And as if some of the NDC members of parliament who have either resigned from the Cabinet, or was dismissed by the Prime Minister for whatever reason – as though they are campaigning for the NNP, by their behaviour and the many statements they are making recently.
In three constituencies in particular, where the sitting M.P’s have fallen out of favour with the Prime Minister, and Peter David and Gilbert are out of Cabinet, while Glynis Roberts has been moved into four different Cabinet positions in four years, and the party grapevine had stated sometime ago that the Prime Minister wants Education Minister, Franka Bernadine, to run in South St. George in place of Mrs. Roberts. And in the South East St. George that M.P. has also resigned from the Cabinet.
In all three areas, South St. George, Town of St. George’s, and St. Patrick’s West – the NDC local branches have already chosen the same sitting M.Ps to contest the next General Elections on the NDC ticket.
My understanding of the NDC Regulations – is that the Party Leader must give his approval, for any chosen Candidate by a local Branch to contest as NDC.
From all that have taken place in the last four years, between the Prime Minister on the one hand, and at least Five of the sitting M.Ps on the other hand – how can the same Prime Minister endorse the same persons as party Candidate for another Election.
It must mean therefore – from any common sense or ABC political logistics, that one hand or the other must give way, to the bigger and far more important national welfare and the people’s interests.
But in the meantime, as one listen to some of the statements, or read the comments they make to John Public, about their intentions for contesting the next General Elections as NDC Candidates – it should leave no lingering doubts that the opposition will be taking over, whenever the opportunity arises for a decision.
Unless, of course, at the upcoming national Executive convention – whenever that is held later this year, the wise guys in the group manage to make certain changes, to facilitate their plans and intentions.
Because as the situation looks, from the positions being taken by those at loggerheads with the Party Leader and Prime Minister – the only outcome I can foresee is National Disaster for the NDC.
And the sadness of that State of Affairs is of the group’s own making – because of the selfish ambitions of the few of them, our country is in serious crisis on many fronts – and the way ahead looks bleak.
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