T & T Spirit Is A Converted Military Vessel Of The Best Kind: Used, Proven & Already Depreciated
Trinidad & Tobago’s new inter-island ferry is a wave-piercing catamaran that was converted from a four-year old military vessel. The Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago has no problem purchasing a used vessel in good shape as opposed to a new new one with high depreciation and untested systems.
We like that kind of thinking and we’d like to see more of it coming from the Barbados government and civil service.
Do you ever notice how our government projects in Barbados all have to be “first class” or nothing? Nevermind that the government seldom pulls them off well, or that the cost-overruns are criminal… we’re talking about a certain philosophy or culture that kicks in at the conceptual stage.
This culture causes our elected and appointed government officials to reject anything that isn’t brand shiny new. So instead of “making do” with less grandiose designs and projects, Barbados forges ahead with “the best” and plunges the country further and further into debt.
It is this “gotta have the best” culture that caused the criminal spending of the Cricket World Cup instead of a more modest expenditure. It is this culture that will see our grandchildren still paying for first-class flyovers and a prison that is wildly out of proportion to this tiny country’s needs.
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There is also a “we are as good as whitey countries” chip on the shoulder that causes our government officials to always fly first class (no matter what), to stay in the best hotels, to build diplomatic missions like those in Miami and New York that are wildly out of proportion to our tiny economy.
What’s next, the rumoured corporate jet for government bigwigs?
Hey… we’ve heard those rumours too and they had better not be true! I don’t care how good a deal it is or how much the facts are twisted to justify the ongoing costs – the government is smoking Tafari’s herb if it thinks it could pull that one off!
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
We have not even 300,000 souls on this rock. Anywhere in North America or Europe that counts as a large town or a small city. In Asia, 300,000 people is only a village. National pride aside, your job’s complexity, budget and responsibility doesn’t even come close to that of being the Mayor of a major city anywhere on earth.
So let’s keep our national pride, but drop the pretenses when it comes to the projects we choose and how we go about them. Let’s buy used when possible. Think smaller, make do and let’s climb out of this financial hole that we have driven into at full speed.
If we ran our family’s finances the way the country is run, we’d be out in the street by the end of the year.