THERE have been a lot that has been said about last night’s announced cabinet reshuffle – and while there are some mini surprises (ala Alvin DaBreo) and two strangely odd combinations (ala Yolande Bain Horsford), the major moves were widely anticipated for those of us who have been paying close attention.
When the new cabinet was announced days later in 2018, I noticed with satisfaction the announcement of a Ministry of Climate Change.
And, that Wellness – is not just a strong brand message – but must be supported by a policy framework that deals with things as the environment, nutrition, physical and mental wellness; a system that makes it cheaper to access healthy foods; set a “nutriment supplement budget” for the poor to help them afford to eat healthily; creative information campaigns on wellness issues et cet.
And the Prime Minister has tapped an acutely capable and passionate sister – whose head and heart are in the right places – to head this.
That is why the declarations by the Anicell Thomas’ of this world, must be embraced and discussed; and she must not be vilified nor politically terrorized.
When the New National Party returned to power in 2013 – the new administration was immediately faced with a salary bill in two weeks and due payments to trade unions, that the NDC made on their way out the door.
And if by some chance, they are right—so what?