Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Commentary: Maintaining the borders and unconsciously crippling the political economy
Published on February 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By D. Markie Spring

The world over has become a messy New World Order (NWO); a conspiracy theory that has influenced world leaders, which has prompted war and terrorism, eco-terrorism, demonstrations and crimes – this is a global perspective.

markiespring160.jpg
The author of a number of published works, D. Markie Spring was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines and now resides in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has an MBA from the University of Leicester, England, and a BA from Saint Mary's University, Canada
However, this is not entirely true in all parts of the political world. In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) our problem is slightly different; our political arena is overrun by bigots, the demagogues, intimidation tactics and partisan politics.

I believe if this is trend continues our country’s economic and political arenas will never heal, even if the global economic meltdown rejuvenates. Every day we blame the politicians for their actions, but the citizens of SVG are also partly responsible for this inconceivable gerrymandering of lobbyist covering up and protecting the actions of earmarks, bad decisions and unethical behaviours; phenomena that often create isolationism and drawbacks for the illuminati.

Deeply and fervently, I believe that this threshold is threefold in order to command a vibrant and prosperous political economy – significant consistent effort should endeavour by the citizens (voters and taxpayers) at home and abroad, the government and the opposition.

First, citizens must demand from their politicians (government and opposition) transparency in their actions – in the government’s daily management of the national affairs, including finance, operations and strategies, and the opposition’s post election campaign tactics. Citizens also must professionally, accurately and effectively speak out about the issues affecting the nation without stirring up anger, malice or court actions or division within the political boundaries. Not withholding demands from the government to provide a sense of national independence and an environment where citizens can thrive regardless of political affiliation, class or race through industrialization, infrastructural and educational development and egalitarianism.

Henceforth, the government must include the opposition in the decision making process; after all, the prime minister (PM) has the final say. It is important to note that no single group can effectively run the national affairs as one group has the same mind set of the way forward – as we know a heterogeneous team is more effective than a homogenous team; having a diversity of ideas and solutions. Ideally, the government must ensure that all members within parliament are treated as nationals and all citizens, regardless of affiliation are treated with respect, dignity and equally seen as citizens of the country.

Moreover, the government has an obligation to listen to its citizens; more so, those that critical disapprove of the status quo without spite. Henceforth, the government must surrender its daily functions: governance of the social, political and economic arenas and a network that monitors the country’s affairs especially its finances; hitherto, providing monthly national reports and outlook of the overall economy.

Similarly, the opposition has it part to play. First, they must first accept the ruling party as the nation’s choice and their government. Ideally, the opposition has an obligation to consistently support good governance by the ruling party and constantly question and constructively criticize bad decision making.

In fact, to progress nationally, the citizens, government and opposition must work together and respect each other’s suggestions, recommendations, ideologies and compromise where disagreements are inevitable. This, I believe would lessen the chances of creating eco-terrorism, isolationism and purity, social phenomena to individuals, non-participation, opposition, imaging defined interests and people being politically divided, which we know have created imaginary political borders and spite.

On a slightly different note, I would like to see our government more effective. One way to correct this is to have the PM carry out his duties as the person overseeing the entire national operations instead of holding a ministry or portfolio; in this capacity, the PM can oversee entire ministries instead of focusing too much on one area.

Personally, quotes are not always relevant, but I am fascinated by a political identity quote by AR Ammons, which states, “You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep on your mind, but what you can’t keep your mind off.”

Think collectivism, respect and thrive!
 
Reads: 2689





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Caribbean Writer 2014


Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: