Too many are held captive. They are not free to think and express their thoughts. Our country is experiencing extreme poverty as a result because those with the “know how” keep quiet and grind their teeth while the “party hacks” who don’t know “Pamper set.”
There is no shortage of expertise in the Civil Service. The lack of production there is due to the overt discrimination. This workforce may be demoralized as those who would have prepared themselves by training and experience, stand by watching some of those in charge with neither training nor experience “Lord” over them. Court judgement in their favour made no difference as all “must come back to Papa.” Apparently, the Service Commissions still continue with “willy nilly” appointments in defiance. The order should be meritocracy. Civil Servants cry out, “let my people go.” They want to be productive and efficient but Political Appointees stand in the way.
Doctors, Nurses, and other Health Care Workers cry out for freedom to prescribe and administer the best treatment to their patients. However, they are inhibited by lack of equipment and drugs. No one is taking note of the deaths resulting from the recent period of closure of the Georgetown Diagnostic Centre located in the danger zone in view of La Soufriere Volcano. The medical facilities in the Red and Orange zones need to be opened as residents are encouraged to return to their homes.
Teachers of technical subjects at school need equal recognition, remuneration and educational opportunities. Some complained that they were overlooked for scholarships to further their studies in their field of practice while others with no interest in the area are preferred. Students too, cry out. They want to learn a skill. Teachers and students cry out, “let my people go.”
Motorists, inhibited by poorly maintained roads, rising fuel costs, rising vehicle maintenance costs, and harassment of van drivers, say in chorus, “let my people go.”
Libraries and librarians cry for freedom too. Repairs, training, and availability to users, are the pressing needs. There is no better liberator than knowledge gained through reading.
Computer labs, and absent computer lab technicians cry out, “let my people go.”
Recent college graduates fresh with ideas from the latest research in their various fields and filled with enthusiasm to perform, cry out on their job sites, “let my people go.”
Parliamentarians wishing to balance the country’s budget and to faithfully account for monies spent on behalf of the country cry out.” let my people go.” When any government is out of control and needs to be thrown out, a motion of no confidence is the democratic way for saying, “let my people go.”
Able bodied Vincentians, held captive by ‘poor relief,’ yearn to be liberated to the world of work and cry out, “let my people go.” By all means, they want to avoid extreme poverty that appears to be their fate.
The Policeman who through had work, makes a legitimate arrest, under the strain of no promotion despite his efficiency, greatly dejected that the case cannot proceed any further because Papa either made a call or received a call, cries out, “let my people go.”
The majority of Vincentians, noting the consequences of tired, old leadership overstaying their time, in the examples of Eric Williams, Tom Adams, Herbert Blaze, Veer Bird, Michael Manley, James Mitchell, and Ralph Gonsalves, crave new leadership and cry out, “let my people go.”
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