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Arthur is welcomed

Sinckler ready to embrace former Prime Minister’s advice

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler says he is willing to work with former Prime Minister and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Owen Arthur in the national interest.

Earlier this month, Arthur revealed to Barbados TODAY that he had been approached by Sinckler to replace the retiring Sir Frank Alleyne as head of Government’s independent advisory council on the economy.

Today, Sinckler did not confirm or deny that such an appointment was on the cards, but he said Arthur, who is a respected economist, had a contribution to make “and in the fullness of time we will be able to see how that contribution can be made.”

In response to critics who say the former Prime Minister should not be given the post of lead economic advisor to Government because of his long affiliation with the Opposition BLP, Sinckler said: “Mr Arthur was a Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for 14 years. He’s been in politics for 40 years, 30 of those active, and his views are well known.”

Sinckler also pointed out that “everybody knows the views of myself, my economic team and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), so you can’t fool people or try to give the impression that we see things the same way, or eye to eye on every point.

“But if there are areas – and there are areas –– in which we can put our heads together in the interest of Barbados, then we do that. If we can’t, then we don’t. Simple!

“We agree to disagree and move on,” he stated.

The Minister of Finance pointed to the fact that in the United States, former presidents, former senators and former congressmen were invited by sitting office holders to participate in panels and task forces.

He argued that if a developed country like the United States could embrace such a move, Barbados should have no problem in following suit.

“Mr [Bill] Clinton is still President Clinton and Mr [George] Bush is still President Bush. They participated and worked together having been bitter political rivals for the presidency, on issues that affect not just the United States, but the world.

“So why should we, a small developing country with limited resources in terms of the numbers of persons we have, believe that we can continue a situation where a person who is Prime Minister stops being Prime Minister, and as soon as that person has left office, off they go.

“I don’t think we can afford that luxury. If bigger, far greater resource countries can’t afford that luxury, I think we should try and look at what we are doing.”

6 Responses to Arthur is welcomed

  1. Tony Webster November 26, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Now wunna know why we have had these past few months, all them “earth tremors” off Barbados. Tectonic movementations, peoples. Tectonic.

    Teck some tonic to steady wunna nerves…it’s Roller-Coaster time!

  2. BaJan boy November 26, 2015 at 6:49 am

    They surely need somebody with a little brain on that side. If Arthur want to bring himself down to Freundel and Govenor of Central bank level,two men that hate the guts of of the arrogant,lonely drunkinig clown it is only embarrassing to say the least.

  3. Linda November 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Wait them now realize that Mr. Arthur has something to offer. Where were they all along? Sleeping? They blamed him for all that went wrong in the economy. Waiting to apportion more blame depending on the outcome

  4. dap November 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    You all like you do now understand how politics work, we curse on another because we support different parties and at the end of the day as classic sang them in bed together. When Owen as the leader of the BLP all you supporters had nothing bad to say about him so why start now all because he spoke the truth about Mia behavior when he was Leader he was in the kitchen so he felt the heat. To be honest o we all think that Mia is best for Barbados because I do not think so one bit, as a citizen of Barbados .

  5. Cecil P November 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    don’t be crazy people all of these politicians cuss each other out call each other names in parliament @ the end of the day there drinking and eating together. u might think they don’t like each other but there the best of friends. that’s there job it’s like cricket the bowler want to take the batsman head off @ the end of the match it’s all good most of them is having a good laugh some even going out on the town and partying hello . so if Arthur wants to join the DLP good for him they will work it out trust me . remember there all friends

  6. janette reifer December 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Who wouldn’t be making an X for anyone next election is Me. These people are a bunch of clowns. If I do make an X. It would be when I cross my legs. That will form the X… I am sick of these people and I really don’t care. I am just simply shame of what’s going on in this place. Believe it or not !


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