Sinckler not moved by BLP march

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is not moved by the 3,000 plus supporters involved in today’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) protest to press for repeal of the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY following today’s march, which started at Heroes Square and ended at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, Sinckler said while he acknowledged the efforts of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, it was not enough to convince anyone that the tax should be withdrawn.

In fact, he said he believed former Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s method of dealing with the tax was precisely how such issues should be handled, pointing out that Government had already made interventions and adjustments to the tax.

“Appeals have come in and we have been dealing with them as expeditiously as we can. There was one particular group that we have helped in the circumstances,” said Sinckler, in reference to the recent changes made to the levy.

He also said today’s march was not only about repeal of the tax, but also for the imposition of a tax on water, which will not be supported by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Asked to comment on the turnout for the event, Sinckler said: “Large is relative. To an ant a dog is large but to a dog an elephant is huge. There are 80 thousand property owners who would have received tax demand notices. Would you consider 3,000 of 80,000 to be large? he asked.

However, he went on to state that “the numbers thing is not important. What is important is the purpose of the tax which is to assist us with the management of the cost of dealing with the solid waste and that’s the basic purpose.

“Everybody accepts that there is a major solid waste problem in Barbados . . . . The disagreement seems to be about the type of tax that you utilize and that way it is six of one, half dozen or the other or the next.”

He warned: “You are still going to have to impose some type of tax and that’s the point Kerrie Symmonds [made] before he had his road to Damascus experience between last Sunday and today. I agree with him, and unfortunately he seems not to agree with his own self, but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day, whether it is B or D, Chris Sinckler or Mia Mottley, this Minister of Finance or another one, a charge is going to have to be placed,” he added.

He said while today’s exercise may have given promotion to the Opposition Leader and her internal battles with the labour party leadership, at the end of the day this Government was trying to solve a problem that “they [the BLP] created”.


47 Responses to Sinckler not moved by BLP march

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 25, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Of course. He’s not moved but deadbeat.

  2. Regina Worrell
    Regina Worrell July 25, 2014 at 2:05 am

    First off, he got a problem processing numbers….

  3. Lyn Marie Broomes
    Lyn Marie Broomes July 25, 2014 at 2:34 am

    he should be the people are speaking…better listen

  4. hlh July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Seem the only thing this man thinks is important is the solid waste that comes out of his mouth. Not the people of Barbados and not Barbados.

  5. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

    10, 000 will march next

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

      And trample this government too.

  6. Santini More
    Santini More July 25, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Why should he listen to the voice of the Bajan people?….He is in way over his depth. The puppetmaster Governor of the Central Bank has proven to be worse than useless, and dropped Barbados into an economic hole that is only getting deeper…..We the people of Barbados deserve better.

  7. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke July 25, 2014 at 6:14 am

    One day he will be move, time longer than twine

  8. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson July 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

    that smile will be wipe off your face soon

  9. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne July 25, 2014 at 6:34 am

    No one surprised.

  10. Chevor Harewood
    Chevor Harewood July 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

    SMH they just don’t care.

  11. Rhea Richards
    Rhea Richards July 25, 2014 at 6:45 am

    of course not he too busy teking bajans money n getting fatter

  12. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley July 25, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Why blame him, he is not responsible for this:

    “The BLP written off all their friends like David Seals $3 millions debt. That why the place in a mess.

    The students who parents wouldn’t paid back the government loans.

    Plus I understand Granville died owning the island millions in land taxes.

    The economy is messed up globally and we all know this! Whats the point of all this emotional vamping on the people and acting out like college students? Sup with that Mr. Mia. GTH out of here with these political games already and stop behaving like a spoiled brat! You are an adult for crying out loud.

    • Prince Shepheard
      Prince Shepheard July 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

      blame the blp how practical ,they wanted govt and got it and now out to sea with out ah compass

    • Jacinta Lashley
      Jacinta Lashley July 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Lol , understood! Sadness!

    • Jacinta Lashley
      Jacinta Lashley July 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Just like yo mums, love! Be blessed

    • Narine Suckoo
      Narine Suckoo July 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I don’t know but allyuh politics screw up. ah think the DLP has run Barbados to the ground and its a shame. crying shame,

  13. Abigail Wickham
    Abigail Wickham July 25, 2014 at 7:11 am

    And we know that’s a lie

  14. Denise Vaughan
    Denise Vaughan July 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Sorry the march was not wider to include those who were sent home and the future of what’s happening to Barbados. I’m sure that much much much more peoplessss would’ve been there!!!!!

  15. Sandy Princess Isis Thorne
    Sandy Princess Isis Thorne July 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Well we need more numbers

  16. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender July 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

    bufla bill stupse

  17. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

    So according to this latest news article in Barbados, there are 80 thousand property owners who have received tax demand notices in Barbados, from the DLP, and the Minister of Finance, Chris Sinkler was not moved by the 3,000 plus supporters who turned out to protest against the Government of Barbados [the DLP Party]. Only this week Moody’s gave Barbados a zero growth rating and yet many Barbadians on Facebook are complaining that the current Government in power owe money to their citizens and have not yet received refunds in taxes since the DLP took over in office. Unemployment is on high in Barbados and many Barbadians can not afford to pay the solid waste tax which has been imposed upon Barbados’ citizens. Thus, it would appear that the Barbados Government are greedy, who want keep the citizens money and not pay the money back. Barbados is without a doubt in crisis.

  18. Ayo July 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

    have we ever had a more insufferable person in leadership of this country. 3-5k people expressing displeasure is of no concern to the MOF. Did he consider those who agree but simply will not march or those who can’t? If this man holds another office of significance in this country, I will be very surprised…and concerned.

  19. Famida Ali
    Famida Ali July 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

    why bother to say anything here. I know I will also get removed. my friend narine did not curse to give an opinion and it was removed. the opinion was that the DLP has messed up Barbados.

  20. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne July 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

    All we need to move him is. X X X X X X no matter how big he is. The pen is mightier than the sword.

  21. Bajan Girl July 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Since you want to do the numbers thing….has anyone counted the thousands who had to be at work or otherwise couldn’t make it to the march, but wore white as a show of support.
    Can’t wait until all 80,000 wear red and put an X to get rid of you.

    There is a bigger picture to the march which the DLP fails to see. Solid waste tax aside, they fail to acknowledge the hardship they have put upon the people of Barbados. Maybe the tax is the straw that broke the camel’s back…only so much people can take.

  22. Neisha Hippolyte
    Neisha Hippolyte July 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    That goes to show that “dem” don’t care about ya!!!!!!!!!

  23. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    History will be made because this the first time Barbados has problems of this magnitude,I hope it bring change to the economy an put BIM back as the Gem we or because our country have men that or not so bright leading a smart country…

  24. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What’s happening is proof that bajans or wrong an strong,because this guy don’t seem to think he is wrong.,.

  25. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge July 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Call crane and equipment.

  26. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Arrogance, arrogance, arrogance. Continue smartly Sinckler. One day coming soon.

  27. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    An elephant and dog is huge to the size of an ant, but when that ant bite them they does feel it.

  28. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

    If the DLP knew the problems cause by the BLP b4 they got vote in they should have deal with the problem there an then,but they is no togetherness in politics just power hungry black men that never lead a country b4 an its clear that these men or not the men for the job,an what’s sad they taking this country into bigger problems because they trying to go about the economic problems the wrong way,use ur heads not ur ego …

  29. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

    What’s sad no one is coming up with solutions just confusion in government an government members…

  30. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose July 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    WHAT EVA!!!

  31. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    No one is saying let’s but ego aside an work for the seek of the economy an the people of this country,when wanna up on wanna high seats we suffering down bottom of the seat we have too live in this country when all is said an done Mr.MP….

  32. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Lol, Sisi Kitty. I love that one. Not to mention a big lorry.

  33. Sterlin Blackman
    Sterlin Blackman July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    To even utter those words show that he is a sick man that knows nothing about politics and representation.

  34. Sue Ward
    Sue Ward July 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    A complete disregard for the people who marched, ignorance and arrogance are not what we should see in politicians. They are supposed to represent the people of the country, and the people find your lack of empathy distasteful.

  35. Shane Brewster
    Shane Brewster July 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I’m not surprised !!! The nation would have to stand still first for him to think

  36. Ambitious Shorty
    Ambitious Shorty July 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    honestly he aint moved by NOTHING…he cares nothing about the ppl

  37. Lorna Watson Deukett
    Lorna Watson Deukett July 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    We are not surprised coz it would take a bulldozer to move that pompous attitude of yours alone. We have 31/2 more years of torture and torment before we get rid of you and by then who ain in the poor house will b in d madhouse. Wunna ain goin call elections coz that will mean the end of you luxurious lifestyle and mash up ur pension plans bcoz u all know that you all will not get one single seat even if all the diehard DEMS in Bim come out.

  38. Lorna Watson Deukett
    Lorna Watson Deukett July 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Mr. Troy Devonish, I borrowed ur pic Sir.

  39. John Harewood
    John Harewood July 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    so as its stated in the nation he acknowledged the efforts of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, it was not enough to convince anyone.HMM HOPE 50 THOUSAND MARCH NEXT TIME.if i was on the island i wont be marching because of blp ill be marching for the cause !forget party siding march as a resident or citizen .this is our future these politicians playing with

  40. Rickie Nurse July 26, 2014 at 2:20 am

    “Large is relative” the numbers thing is not important. Chris Sinckler is as dumb and stupid as the King who was stark naked and tricked into believing that he was fully clothed in a special suit and that’s the reason why all the people were staring at him in amazement.

    Chris Sinckler and numbers, to be more precise, LARGE NUMBERS are at loggerheads, they cannot see eye to eye, they are never in agreement with each other, therefore we should not be surprised at him saying that numbers are not important.

    Just to validate my point, I will try to some how use a SINCKLER analogy if I can. 80,000 property owners were given tax demands, therefore the protesting by HIS 3,000 ESTIMATION is nothing to worry about, because it’s not important.

    Just over 70,000 persons voted in the last election and your party got 52% to 48% Chris, that is numbers. Are you now telling me that since numbers are not important, we can now ignore your 52% which = 16 (DLP) and replace you all with a 52% (BLP) since numbers are not important Chris ?

    REMEMBER Chris, you small (16) were chosen by an approximate not so small 38,000 voters, the contempt that you are now showing to the ” 3,000 ” who have taken it upon themselves to speak out and protest in representation of almost 280,000 citizens in this country, isn’t sitting well with us and WILL be REMEMBERED by us in the not so distant future. It will be repaid unto you.

    Whenever large numbers start to frighten Chris Sinckler and the Central Bank Governor, they always try to use the percentage game as a matter of convenience to hide the facts, but I hope you understand that not all of are as ignorant as you would like to believe and can use the numbers and percentage game too.

  41. Ado July 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I think the average Barbadian should wake up and understand why the BLP’s colour of red was not used for the march, and where it was used iit was covered bu white. How many average Barbadians own a property valued over $500,000? Is this march or protest really about the average Barbadian?


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