Monday, April 22, 2024

The business approach won’t work

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I JOIN THOSE who commend Grenville Philips II for stepping out and taking the bold step to establish our newest political party.

Given the perceived successes or failures by others before him, to my mind, it will be difficult for emerging political parties to entice and sway enough Barbadian voters, given our perceived preference for the two-party model.

And while some pundits may view his call to duty as nothing more than incoherent ramblings, I see great benefit in the origination of suitable alternatives for our perusal and consideration.

According to Nancy Pearcey, competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.

As we reflect, therefore, can it be said that the social and political output from our major parties over the years has been exemplary? Or have we become complacent and satisfied with mediocrity?

I suppose the answers may depend on our leanings, but I stand resolute in the philosophy that any political party vying for our vote must demonstrate by its genetic make-up that it is strategically qualified to effectively manage our economic affairs and our social infrastructures as well.

We are, after all, more than just a business.

As such, is Solutions Barbados a viable alternative? Who knows, maybe it is, and maybe it’s not? But inasmuch as I am convinced our public sector needs an infusion of business approach mentalities, to manage it as a private sector entity is nothing less than a recipe for disaster.

– SEAN ST CLAIR FIELDS

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