PM and opposition leader remind Bajans to be grateful for challenges

As Barbadians celebrate the Christmas season, they are reminded to be grateful for the little things in life, as well as for all the country has been able to accomplish so far despite the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. -19.

Additionally, Prime Minister Mia Mottley is calling on residents to follow COVID-19 protocols and exercise caution when participating in the festivities.

In her the day of Christmas message, Mottley warned that “not doing the right things will leave us facing consequences that can be dire at all levels – individually, within our families and, of course, nationally.”

Mottley said she and her administration are grateful to residents who abide by the various COVID-19 protocols and for those in the public and private sectors who have played their part over the past year in ensuring the sustainability of commerce and d ‘other activites.

Stressing that Barbados would become a republic last month, Mottley said Barbadians should now work to strengthen the values ​​and principles “which are dear to us and on which this nation was founded.”

“We have to see each other and look out for each other. We need to listen to each other and take care of each other. We must recognize that we will have different perspectives in society, but we must always seek to find common ground to progress as a people and as a nation. And we must remain, thereafter, determined to resolve the issues on which there can be no clearly agreed common ground but where there is still progress to be made, ”she said.

Promising that she is determined to help make Barbados a world class by 2027, the Prime Minister said that as we head into 2022, “we will start the conversation between us about who we are and how. we can become even more confident and more determined to be the best person each of us can be; or how we will order our constitutional arrangements to better improve the quality of our governance and promote active citizenship rather than just focusing on the role of our government or solely on the rights of peoples ”.

“We’ll be focusing on preparing our employees, their productivity and their empathy, because that’s all we need to rely on – our employees, you, me, all of us. And, in everything we do, we must stand by our faith, our values ​​and our principles, ”she added.

Mottley expressed optimism that long-term tourist arrivals had almost returned to pre-COVID levels this month, adding that cruise arrivals were encouraging and the economy was “clearly on the rise” all over. recognizing that there were still clouds of uncertainty.

In his Christmas message, Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley called for an emphasis on “the little things in life” as he urged residents to watch out for children and the less fortunate.

He said that too often people overlook “the little things that appear,” including “a helping hand that’s there in our time of need; a voice of comfort or advice that speaks to us in our moments of challenge or even confusion; a smile offered that revives our spirits during our frequent episodes of darkness, sometimes even dense darkness; loyalty of friends; love of family; a small increase; a little advancement in life; a small opportunity, unexpected and maybe even undeserved ”.

He reminded residents that they have a duty of care to bring up children and “to be careful of what is generally called the little man, who is reserved and who is allocated this perpetual little space on the canvas. the life”.

“We owe a duty of care to this single mother who loses the battle to keep body and soul together while raising children in the face of the frivolous or forced absence of fathers. We owe a duty of care to the thousands of underemployed, especially our women, who work largely for the gain of others and in situations of various types of exploitation.

“We owe a duty of care to the small multitudes cramped in small spaces which they must call homes, makeshift possessions devoid of the obvious utility and conveniences associated with ‘other Barbados’. We owe a duty of care to the small entrepreneur whose personal efforts do not sufficiently attract the helping hand of the state or draw attention to his privilege, ”he added.

Atherley also urged Barbadians to be aware of the “potential for the little things to make a difference” as they celebrate this Christmas season.

“A small space is not a limitation or a constraint on a great ambition or great aspirations or a gigantic achievement. Ask a Gary Sobers, a Robyn Fenty, a Suki King. Small nations can and should have a big voice in today’s global theater. This voice must be strong on climate change, an existential threat reality that portends dark days for our children, ”he said.

“This voice must be strong on equitable financing that does not take into account the capacity of resources and the profile of vulnerability. This voice must be strong on trade inequalities and obstacles to sustainable development which consolidate the wealth of capital, industrial and technological progress, and offer a market advantage in a context of asymmetric growth. “

The only opposition parliamentarian also called on the Barbadians “not to deviate from our traditional values ​​and moorings historically rooted in the offerings of the home, school and church”.
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