The problems in Barbados are well known, and so are the solutions. However, it is now common for Government departments that were established to address national problems, to follow proven failed policies, while criticizing initiatives that could actually solve these problems. It seems that our expectations are simply too high.
We expect the HIV/AIDS Commission’s goal of behavioural change to be achieved when they consistently encourage lower standards of behaviour.
We expect the Government’ goal of lower chronic diseases to be achieved when they allow the cost of foods that facilitate good health to far exceed the cost of ingested material that facilitate chronic diseases.
We expect the University of the West Indies’ goal of one university graduate per household to be achieved when the Ministry of Education forces boys and girls, going through the wonders of puberty, to sit next to each-other in the same class room.
We expect the Government’s goal of building projects to be completed within budget when they award building contracts to inexperienced contractors.
We expect the Barbados Civil Service, Employer’s Confederation, and Private Sector Agency’s goal of productive employees to be achieved when they subject their employees to toxic cleaning products in their work environments.
We expect the Ministry of Finance’s goal of well managed government departments to be achieved when have not implemented an adequate quality management system.
We expect the Ministry of Housing’s goal of sustainable housing to be achieved when they have not encouraged national building standards.
We expect the Police Force’s goal of citizen’s respect for life and property to be achieved when the Barbados Family Planning Association is allowed to destroy the lives of thousands of the most innocent Barbadians through abortion.
We expect the Child Care Board’s goal of strong families to be achieved when the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation is allowed to promote adultery, fornication and homosexuality as acceptable alternative lifestyles.
All but one of the above listed national problems can be solved within one year without spending any additional money whatsoever. All that is required is for policy decisions to be made, but we seem to be paralyzed by fear. We inexplicable prefer to follow policies that we know have been costly failures rather than make a decision to actually solve the problems. The will to solve national problem has now become Barbados’ principal problem.