Pain but no gain



Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has rubbished the 2015/2016 budget, saying it was nothing but “torture” from a Government which has continued to punish the people of Barbados for its own failure to get it right.

As she began her reply just after 4 p.m, Mottley told the House if it weren’t for the pain inflicted on Barbadians in the financial package there would be nothing to comment on.

“This budget will be better remembered for the things it did not say than the things it said.”

She argued that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler succeeded in “surpassing the 2008 budget ‘grab and drag’ from the people of Barbados with another  200 million dollars in taxation.

“A people who are already tax fatigued to the point of despair. 200 million dollars in taxes coming at a time when people are not in a state to accommodate any further extraction from their pockets, and it was done with a spirit of callousness. While he patted himself on the back with one hand, the other hand was deep in your pocket taking out money by stealth.”

The Barbados Labour Party leader described the budget as the sixth failed attempt to stabilize the economy, insisting that Sinckler failed to present strategies to encourage growth, generate new jobs and provide relief for the vulnerable.

“This minister yesterday asked you to pay more to eat, this minister asked you to pay more to drink milk and to drink juice. This minister asked you to pay more to live in your house. …This minister glories yesterday in the fact that if anybody owes any back taxes they will not be allowed to work in Barbados to pay off any back taxes in the absence of a tax clearance certificate.”

Mottley added that the budget was further proof that the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration was not fit to govern.



8 Responses to Pain but no gain

  1. Patrick Blackman June 16, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I think this woman is a complete fool… my god, how can you be so ignorant. 200M will be put back into the economy, do you think it is going into some savings account.

  2. Harry Roberts June 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    The 200 million will not be put into the economy but all will go to repay debt.

  3. carson c cadogan June 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    You must forgive me, but listening to Mia, I thought that I was in the Carlisle car park listening to an election speech. Nothing at all to do with the Budget. Just pure political rhetoric meaning nothing at all.

    I do hope that before long the BLP stop their grandstanding and offer the country something meaning full. this GLOOM AND DOOM has really run its course. Someone need to tell the BLP that.

  4. dave June 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Mia socked it to them. Her comments on BRA was on point

  5. Aldo June 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I’m a die hard democratic but if election was tomorrow and mia was running she would have my vote,this government got barbados a mess, especially with high cost of living and taxes that they are killing people with

  6. Alex Alleyne June 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    “Pain but no gain” and yet big smiles across the face of all . I guess the ‘pain” don’t reach them .


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