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BLP in anti-tax push

The Barbados Labour Party is in the process of a countrywide awareness and mobilization campaign, rallying people against the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, in a push that culminates Sunday at National Heroes Square.

The party launched the drive last night to a full auditorium at Foundation School, Christ Church, where economic advisor Clyde Mascoll, Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard, 2013 general election candidate Desmond Sands, Senator Wilfred Abrahams, Senator Jerome Walcott and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told the gathering that if they were so motivated, they had options such as street protests against the levy, or they could indicate hardship in paying if it was
a financial burden.

A “help desk” with stacks of “hardship” forms was provided in the school auditorium for those who wanted to indicate to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that they were unable to make payment on this tax, the first instalment of which was due on July 28.

“I want to hear you talking. We will move to St James on Thursday, and we will have spot meetings across the island on Friday,” Mottley said. “We’ve had several meetings with a number of organizations. The bottom line is we will have a national meeting in Heroes Square Sunday night.

“We need to listen to the people . . . .

The Opposition Leader rattled off the names of ten organizations, ranging from those in the private sector to the Boy Scouts and
a church group, that had made known their objections to the tax.

“What we have heard are the institutional voices of Barbados with the possible exception of the unions . . . . I trust and pray that they would make their position
known soon. But I want to hear the people this week.”

Fielding a question from the floor on whether the BLP would call on the people to take to the streets in a march against the tax, Mottley said: “We would assess; but if the time comes, when I tell you come, come.”

5 Responses to BLP in anti-tax push

  1. Rommel Griffith
    Rommel Griffith July 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    about time to take back our country

  2. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte July 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

    can you push for anti-VAT too?

  3. Patrick Blackman July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This stunt by the opposition is clearly political as oppose to a real concern for the people of Barbados. What they are not tell you is that this tax only really affects people/business with high values property assets not the low income people who really don’t have any high value assets. I have not seen any high net worth people complaining about the very small tax and that is because they know it is insignificant.

    The boys scouts crying to the public about their $15,000 potential debt was just to create histeria. If your property is worth $5M, selling and acquire are reasonable property ideally suited to your needs, but you would do that because you like the valuation of your property now.

    People in Barbados need to open their eyes at times and stop listening to these fools like Mia. At least 60-70% of the bajans population would not be impacted by this tax as most of them own nothing, and the ones that do own property have all benefited from having these inflated property values.

    Mia should stop trying to “incite” bajans, for me she is a clear and present danger to the stability of the country and should treated as such. I am not a supporter of any party as they are the same but in this case, i really don’t see what the fuss is about.

  4. Olutoye Walrond July 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    So Patrick, I hear there are huge grasshoppers on the moon. Is that true?

  5. Patrick Blackman July 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    May be, you wouldn’t know unless you look beyond the obvious. I would certainly take a trip there on your next outing……


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