Barbados is, in my opinion, the best place in the world. A beautiful landscape with fairly predictable weather, a stable government, a relatively impartial judiciary, a growing economy, a comprehensive utility network, free essential public services, and a fairly well informed population make Barbados a relatively comfortable place to live and work.
There are other countries where people are persecuted for dissention, and there is no legal recourse for harm to individuals and damage to property. There are other countries where poverty is abject and legal economic opportunities are scarce; but not so in Barbados. God has truly blessed this country. So why do we complain?
We do not complain. It had been an inaccurate description of what people do when they comment publicly. It is very easy to dismiss legitimate criticism as complaining. One rarely hears or reads of complaints in Barbados; however, Barbadians do identify low standards of personal behaviour, public and private sector services, and consumer products. Why do they do this? Because they know that we can do better.
Why don’t we do better? Because governing appears to have evolved into a political game. The principal criterion for making decisions appears to be political expediency, where decisions are made only when it is in the best interests of the party in power to make them. The objective of the game is to remain in power for as long as possible.
This type of governance is understandable, since no political party wishes to relinquish power; however, the game’s one vulnerability is an informed electorate. It is therefore a strategic error for governments to believe that they can delay doing what is right, when the electorate can see that there is no justifiable reason for the delay.