An alarm sounded too late?
I am no Messiah or seer. I am no saboteur or maverick. I am but a Barbadian who seeks to exercise his right to free speech and provide feedback to those entrusted with governance. Some scoff at me for challenging the status quo rather than following the crowd blindly. My honesty is not for hire or rent just to maintain a social invite. It`s better to stand alone like a rough diamond, than stand among hypocrites like autumn leaves to be found everywhere.
We became independent 44 years ago because we felt self rule was better for us rather than governance by our former colonial master. But have we been strict craftsmen of our fate? Sadly, Barbados’ land mass of 166 sq miles with its population of approximately 300,000 persons is being lost to foreign ownership and control.
This loss of land and the selling of major Barbadian companies to foreign entities can only ensure financial slavery for those coming after us. The aforementioned transactions are shortsighted and an indication of a lack of understanding of the Future Value Concept. Let me remind you: he who feeds you, controls you. The social scientists on the hill are totally silent on the foreign acquisition of Barbadian companies and loss of arable land. I wonder why.
It hurts immensely that we have been entrusted with the governance and future of this country, yet we are selling it to the highest bidders. The shortsightedness of both major political parties has ensured that we have no foreign land ownership laws for a 166 sq mile island. When the whirlwind comes which political party will take blame?
Will our children be able to buy land in Barbados?
Every citizen must ask him or herself these questions… Will our children be able to buy land in Barbados in 2025? Is the Water Authority next for privatization? Now that Global Warming is a real threat and sea levels are rising, will developers grab all the arable land in the countryside? In the year 2055 will Bajans be second class citizens in Barbados? Is your politician’s loyalty to his paymaster or his constituents? Are Townships like the Villages at Coverley the habitation of the future for Barbadians?
For the sake of the future, I beg all Barbadians to demand more from their politicians. Owning a house on 5000 sq ft of land cannot be the only yardstick for economic enfranchisement and emancipation. A fair share for all and not marginalization of the masses must be the rule and not the exception for economic enfranchisement and emancipation of all Barbadians.
In the year 2010 we have only two Barbadians at the helm of Banks: one black and one white. What does it say about us as a nation? Either we are too docile or too selfish to care. For those who may be logically blind or think I am an alarmist, take a drive to Retreat/Six Mens and enjoy the view for it may soon become lost in history. Will we shut the stable door long after the horse has bolted or wonder what has happened in awe? Every Bank in Barbados is foreign owned and so is every major food distributor.
The day is not far when we will have to import all our vegetables, but as a friend always tells me only negative people worry about food security. Do pray that God blesses wisdom upon those entrusted with our governance.