Notes From The Margin

January 22, 2008

Our Thoughts On The Cabinet

PM Thompson showed the first inkling of his plans for the new term by naming a cabinet which is bolstered by some of the brightest brains in the island. We on the margin are particularly pleased to see Darcy Boyce being named to the cabinet as his skill set fills the most obvious hole in the qualifications of the elected cabinet.

Another interesting move was divorcing the International Transport ministry from the Tourism ministry and placing back with Transport and Works. The previous BLP administration had considered international transport to be the handmaiden of tourism with a focus on attracting new airlift. It will be interesting to see what new direction this brings.

International Trade, Foreign Affairs, and International Business have been joined under one Minister and one Junior minister. While we can understand the linkage, given the importance of International Business to the economy, we would have been more comfortable with it being given the exclusive focus of one minister. However we will have to see what results this brings.

Perhaps the most surprising omission was that of a Deputy Prime Minister while we have seen comments on Barbados Underground that the post exists only in tradition (let’s be clear it was the opinion of a commenter not David or one of the BU family) we on the margin view the post as having considerable importance. The Deputy Prime Minister runs the country in the absence of the PM. This is true when the PM travels or (God Forbid) becomes incapacitated or dies in office. It would be easy to dismiss the latter scenario as unlikely except for the fact that it has happened twice already.

However apart from the above comments we think that Mr. Thompson’s first cabinet appears to be a credible, well thought out team. The most obvious weakness has been adequately supported and it is clear that he has put his best brains in charge of the key ministries.

We wait to see what changes in policy will come from this new configuration.

Marginal

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4 Comments »

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    Pingback by singlepilot.net » Our Thoughts On The Cabinet — January 22, 2008 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  2. Don’t worry Marginal, the country is in good hands.

    We now have a team which is interested in the welfare of the electorate nad not in their self aggrandizement.

    From here on in everything will get better.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 22, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply

  3. If only it were that simple….

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — January 22, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  4. […] Don’t worry Marginal, the country is in good hands. […]

    Pingback by Reality Begins to Set In….. Mr. Thompson Does Some Management of Expectations « Notes From The Margin — January 25, 2008 @ 1:47 pm | Reply


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