PM not willing to go down the low road with Mottley

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who spoke just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, sought to fend off damning allegations raised by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley against some of his Cabinet ministers, describing the charges as nothing new.

Pointing to recent accusations made against House Speaker Michael Carrington and others, Stuart charged that it was a classical tactic of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to stain the reputation of people so badly that public confidence in them would be undermined.

But the Prime Minister insisted that he would not take the low road or be sidetracked as his Government continued efforts to return the island to economic viability.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

“That politics has never held any attraction for me. I am not going to walk around Barbados trying to distinguish myself by picking up litter from the political sidewalks. Politics is about much more than that,” the Prime Minister said.

Turning his attention to the financial measures, he acknowledged that the Government was still facing challenges, particularly in relation to its debt, warning that the problem could not be ignored.

“We have to take it seriously and we have to wrestle that challenge to the ground but the Government is working on that,” Stuart said.

The Prime Minister made it clear that his administration would not be apologizing for the $200 million tax measures imposed in the 2015/2016 Budget, while pointing out that proceeds from the new mobile airtime tax would go towards assisting students, who are unable to pay for their university education at Cave Hill.

The Prime Minister also strongly defended the tax levied on sweet drinks, warning that the bulk of the island’s spiraling health care costs was being spent on treated non-communicable diseases and the issue was now approaching a national crisis.

“We didn’t do something in this Budget about it whimsically either. We were specifically advised by people who are monitoring this problem that since these are all lifestyle illnesses we have to target people lifestyles.  We have to nudge people in the direction of changing some of their habits and we nudge them by imposing a tax on their consumption patterns.

“We do not apologize for that, we want a healthier Barbados, we want a Barbados where the issues of NCDs is brought under more effective control.”

On the issue of betting and gaming, Stuart said the tax meet the demands of what is fair and just in light of complaints by some interests in the sector that the playing field was not level.

“In the meantime though the Government will do a comprehensive study to put mechanisms in place to ensure that sector pay its dues to the Treasury while at the same time they continue to employ as large a number as possible and yielding respectable profits for those involved.”

5 Responses to PM not willing to go down the low road with Mottley

  1. Tony Webster June 18, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Still wrestling. Oh, the loneliness…of the long-distance wrestler!

  2. Carl Harper June 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    “…the Prime Minister insisted that he would not take the low road….”

    PM Stuart has demonstrated time and time again that he is quite capable of taking the “low road” all on his own and does not require any help in doing so.

    In deciding to take the “high road” he only succeeded in reminding us all about the promises he reneged on such as not making Barbadians pay UWI tuition fees and never sending home public sector workers. He also took the time to reignite Speaker Michael Carrington’s money scandal.

    Just as soon as the public had almost forgotten about Stuart’s withdrawn promises and transgressions among government MPs he, without provocation, brought them right back to the surface.

  3. Patrick Blackman June 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I think these guys (DLP & BLP) are just a bunch of parasites on the people of this country. We need new blood, all of these career politicians need to go and also the fools that vote for them. When will we move on from this level of corned beef and biscuit politics?

    • Carl Harper June 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      @Patrick Blackman. You make me laugh each time I read your posts. You never fail to call them “fools”. Man ya right to cuss all dem!

  4. carson c cadogan June 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The Barbados Labour Party is such a nasty bunch of people. I listened and tried very hard not to throw up when a BLP parliamentarin stated categorically that the Transtech is not a vehicle dealer. For almost two decades Transtech has been selling vehicles to the Barbados public. Cars, vans, pickups, trucks you name it. They have even assembled cars at their facility. I recall in the 1990’s buying a Toyota Corolla from them which they had assembled and that vehicle served me very well for many years. One thing is for sure with the Barbados Labour Party, they dont let the truth get in the way.


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