United Nations Vote Let Down
By Michael Headley
The November 29th abstention, by the Barbados delegation, on the vote for the non-voter member status of Palestine in the United Nations General Assembly, reeks of the perceived inertia, by some, of the country's current leadership decision making. Coincidently, the abstention was on the eve of Barbados' 46th year of Independence.
|Ambassador Mr. Joseph Goddard|
Recently, some have been vocally calling for Rihanna's recall, as Ambassador, because in their minds, her behaviour is too risque to warrant an Ambassadorship. Albeit she is trying tirelessly to perfect her art. However, there is a deafening silence, for the recall of the U N delegation that cannot make a decision. The opposition party has also been silent as though they have given tacit approval to the abstention? It is appaling that the UN Ambassador, Joseph Goddard did not give an explanation and apparently he is not required to.
My only hope is that Barbados' inaction was not influenced by any outside pressure, or any other promise of a reward, if they tow the line. The non-vote could result in hampering advancement for any Barbados delegate who needs the other voting country's assistance to aspire to higher office at the United Nations
As a tourist destination we might be walking a tight rope as we try to be 'friends of all and satellites of none', but if our Independence means anything to us, and if we are going to set an example for the youth, we should not miss out on letting our voice be heard on such an historic and meaningful vote.
Michael Headley is a commentator on social and political matters