We spotted the following on the Facebook page of the prime minister as we were about to go to press yesterday.
“Something unique and eventful occurred today. I thought I should share it with you.
Earlier today, a team of parliamentarians, made up of both government and opposition visited the John Compton Dam to see firsthand the conditions of the dam following the devastation unleashed by hurricane Tomas and the Christmas Eve trough of December 2013.
“In many ways it was a pleasant and memorable trip. If my memory is right, this is probably the first time that a joint parliamentary team has taken a visit of this type. Here is evidence that despite differences we can work together in the public interest. Clearly, there are issues that transcend narrow partisan interests. It is an important step. I hope it happens again. We need to reduce the cynicism that is so rampant in our political culture. For such initiatives to continue, Government must demonstrate good faith and continue to reach out and treat the Parliamentary opposition with respect. In turn the Parliamentary opposition must not feel that it compromises its soul if it finds common ground with the Government.
“It is understood that our democracy thrives on competition. We have to be different because our voters need real choices, real differences. But this cannot and must not mean that we cannot select those issues that transcend our partisan agenda, tempting as it may be to be uncompromising in our partisan postures. The truth is, I enjoyed the day thoroughly even in the face of the reality that confronted us on this tour.
“Food for thought: Perhaps there are other places that could benefit from another joint visit.”
Rick Wayne comments in Saturday’s STAR. Don’t you miss it!