Mahogany CoConut offers some Progressive Policy Suggestions

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In recognition of the fact that the Barbados news media has declared independent candidates and independent thinking to be “nuisance value”, we’re going to publish the manifesto of the Mahogany CoConut blog.

Nope, we don’t agree with half of what they say – Not at all. Republic of Barbados? Now that would be a disaster!

But… it’s about time we heard from more than the old DLP and BLP elites.

Policy Suggestions

by Mahogany CoConut Progressive Caribbean Voice

The Mahogany Coconut Group, cannot in all honesty, endorse either the ruling Democratic  Labour Party or the Barbados Labour Party in the recently announced General Elections of February 21st. 2013. We remain steadfast in our position, that neither party has the intellectual capacity or the political will to engineer progressive socio-economic reform. However, we respect the right of the populace to vote and we will be the first to offer critical support to any party, organization or individual, who come forward with suggestions and or positions to enhance our national and Caribbean well-being. However, we are cemented in our belief, that we are governed by a very sophisticated one party state. In other words, “six of one and half dozen of the other!”

Against this background we offer some of the policies we will support in the interest of national development:

Education

We believe that there can be no real or sustainable change without the radical reform of the educational system. We therefore call for the abolition of the Common Entrance Examination. We will replace the current system with continuous assessment so as to identify the skills sets and educational strengths of our children. Too many of our children are falling through the cracks because of the elitist approach to education;

Land Use Policy

We call for an immediate band on the sale of land to non-citizens. In recent years we have seen the increase in land prices because of unregulated speculating. This activity has resulted in citizens being denied the ability to purchase land and therefore have no real legacy to leave for future generations;

Tourism

We call for the establishment of craft markets at all hotel plants,each to accommodate   at least twelve vendors to sell their craft. The vendors   would be chosen by a lottery which would be conducted by the hotels and a reputable firm of auditors. This would assist in restoring some form of economic activity by small business persons who have been systematically denied opportunity in the tourism industry.

Agriculture and Fisheries

We call for the establishment of a revolving fund of fifty million dollars to assist small farmers with ten or less acres and fisher folk with small/medium sized vessels in order to improve their operations. These funds should be loaned from the National Insurance Scheme. We call for the establishment of an Agriculture and Fisheries Fund Department to exclusively manage the fund.

The Arts

We call for a National Primary School Arts festival.  All performances should be filmed and marketed throughout the world. Outstanding students/performers should be given scholarships to further their Craft/skills. This festival should include calypso and steel drum (pan) performances in addition to all other activities.

Governance

We   call for senators to be elected every two years and with  term limits of six years or three terms. Candidates should be nominated by any civic group or organization registered by the state. Independent candidates will not be allowed. No more than one candidate should be nominated by each civic group. In cases where there is no clear winner, run-offs should be used to determine winners. The newly constituted senate will have the right to vote on all government bills. Defeat in the senate will send the bill back to the House of Assembly for further consideration. A bill can only be defeated by a clear two third majority in the new senate. The senate should comprise of no more than twenty four persons and the stipend paid should be no more than that necessary to cover travel to and from the senate.  Senatorial campaigns should not exceed ten thousand dollars and the monitoring of such will be executed by an independent Senatorial Overview Committee whose members will not be paid but selected by the Government Opposition and Governor General.

Integrity

We call on all Members of Parliament to declare their assets immediately. Failure to declare assets after six months in Parliament should lead to recall and new elections barring those who refuse or fail to declare their assets from being elected and or participating in any campaign;

Republic

We call on both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party to move Barbados to Republic status within one year after the date of General elections of February 21st. 2013.

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4 responses to “Mahogany CoConut offers some Progressive Policy Suggestions

  1. Well Well

    Now is the time to publicly identify yourselves and your backers. Remember Bim is very small and the usual suspects are very well known.

  2. There are no backers . The Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group is made up of Caribbean progressive and creative citizens. We were formed almost five years ago and comment on cultural , political and related matters pertaining to all Caribbean Countries. You can read our blog and submit opinions : http://www.mahoganycoconut.blogspot.com

    William Skinner, Information Officer. caribman@charter.net or caribbeannation@yahoo.com

    We invite you and others to join us in promoting the Caribbean Nation and holding our leaders from all spheres accountable. Thank you.

  3. Alicia Osborne

    All really good proposals. Not sure about the Republican one though. I especially like the one related to Land.

  4. Some good, some bad

    Hmm?

    There are probably enough developed commercial lots and lands sitting idle but if properly managed by professional companies with their own capital and without such burdensome restrictions and Bajan attitude, Barbados might be able to pay attention to encouraging private farming, low cost housing and returning to an overall strategy of good long term land planning, creation of green spaces, National Parks and protection of access to the beaches and beach views.

    Get rid of the media monopolies and license anyone who wants to contribute to the creativity of Bajan youth and the full expression of freedom of speech and communication.

    There is lots of the ideas and solutions to Barbados problems but not when the two existing corrupt parties have a complete stranglehold on the dissemination of intelligent and open discourse.

    Shame on the world banking institutions and first world countries for continuing to fund this travesty called a democratic country.