Senator Lynette Eastmond, Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, has volunteered to answer questions from Barbados Free Press readers concerning her Ministerial portfolio. The Senator advised BFP readers…
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am prepared to answer any question on the portfolio of the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development. I believe that to date I have answered those that were asked.
If I do not know the answer I will tell you.
I do not believe that I should answer questions that do not fall within my portfolio simply because I am here.
Of course I do not peruse every post that is on the site, so there might be one that I have not seen.
If there are any dealing with my portfolio that I have not seen I should be most grateful if you would draw them to my attention.
In case you are not sure of everything that falls within the portfolio of the Ministry you can go to http://www.commerce.gov.bb
My best regards
BFP Suggests Some Structure For Our Readers
Folks, Senator Eastmond has made a serious offer to answer your questions in a public forum. We believe her offer indicates Senator Eastmond’s respect for you, and that she has buckets more courage than some politicians of all stripes who avoid unstructured public venues like the plague. (I can’t but help mention the Prime Minister’s unfulfilled promise to appear on his own BLP Blog and his so-obviously-scripted appearance on Brass Tacks.)
Senator Eastmond is a daily visitor at Barbados Free Press, and certain readers have started to constantly address her with a vitriol and nastiness that lowers the level of discourse. While Lynette is a politician and therefore has extremely thick skin, if her offer is to have real value to our readers we must all remember our manners – so the issues can be properly addressed.
It is true that BFP’s staff, writers and readers often slash and burn politicians in our articles and comments, but, hey… that’s life. It is also true that when meeting elected officials in person, each one of us is on our best behaviour out of simple courtesy and respect for the office of the person we are talking with. (Truth is, BFP’s Robert had a most excellent conversation with the Prime Minister last year at a very brief, unplanned and casual meeting. He actually came away with a very positive impression of the PM after speaking with him for the first time – but that’s another story for another day.)
My friends, Senator Eastmond may, or may not, answer questions to your satisfaction – or even not answer them at all. If she ducks and dodges, it will be obvious in the record so there’s no need for less than respectful conversation. (I hate to harp on this, but you know who I’m talking to.)
Bring On The Questions!
We’ll start with the first question, and then we’ll let our readers carry the ball. Once again, thanks to Senator Eastmond for her willingness to talk to constituents in a non-scripted public forum. Lot’s a guts, there Senator!
First Question… Two Parts…
Senator Eastmond, please tell us what areas of responsibility you have – and also what you see as the limitations of your office and authority. In other words – what are your areas of responsibility, and are there any areas of responsibility where you lack either the authority or means to fulfill your duties or to make changes that you believe need to be made?