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Mascoll: It’s an election budget!

Members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) have criticized the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government’s 2016-2017 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure as a document designed to sway the vote of Barbadians in forthcoming general elections.

The accusation came Sunday night from Opposition Economics Advisor, Dr Clyde Mascoll, and party leader Mia Mottley. However, they differed in speculation on when the Freundel Stuart administration will ring the bell for elections, constitutionally a little under two years away.

Mascoll told a meeting at the party’s Grantley Adams House, Roebuck Street headquarters that goodies will be shared out in the Estimates and the poll will be called before 2018. However, Mottley said this year’s Estimates will be one of two the administration has before calling elections in 2018.

Mascoll said: “I’m convinced, given the nature of what I’ve seen in the Estimates that there is an election coming before 2018.

“We have now excessive spending in this fiscal year coming, and you will get some more things. There will be an increase in salaries for public servants this year. There will be some form of tax relief coming this year.”

He told BLP faithful to expect lots of spending for the ongoing 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations, “and then in preparation for everything else”.

He said the planned spending spree that the BLP sees in the 2016-2017 Estimates, stands in stark contrast to the tight fiscal measures, which the current administration had in place since taking office.

“How come you have been asked for the last seven to eight years to do everything possible for your country that you love, but now within less than six months, the very government that imposed all restrictions on you, is now prepared to relax everyone?” he asked.

Addressing the crowd after Mascoll, Mottley said: “Now that I can see these Estimates, I see the Democratic Labour Party campaign, because there are only two years left in which to have Estimates, this year and next year.

“And they intend – inspite of how broke Government is – to use it to their advantage. They can only do so if we zip up, keep quiet and say nothing.”

Calling on Barbadians in all social, labour and religious groups to object to what she sees as national financial excesses amidst an economy in recession, she pointed to selected areas that will receive road works under a $20 million rehabilitation programme, though passageways in some more needy districts remain neglected.

She aligned the areas given priority for road development with the political ridings of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Government ministers Dennis Kellman, Richard Sealy, Adriel Brathwaite, Denis Lowe, David Estwick, and Michael Lashley.

At the same time, she said that areas desperate for roadworks such as Canewood Hill and Friendship Terrace continue to be ignored for some eight years.

On an aside, Mottley said that of the $20 million approved for the roadworks, “one whole million of that $20 million going to a consultant alone”.

4 Responses to Mascoll: It’s an election budget!

  1. BaJan boy March 15, 2016 at 6:30 am

    From this spending they will also get all the election funds they need and after fooling bajans another time reimpose those draconian measures and further destroy the country if there is anything to destroy after the elections.
    Just hope bajans really see Freundel Stuart and Chris Sinckler for who they are both uncaring,senseless disrespectful and selfish.
    Despite all that this country has gone through especially after the election of 2013 you hear Freundel Stuat when he barks at his branch meetings or in the estimates. Not once since 2013 has he had the decency to address this nation as leader isn’t that just classless?
    They have taken us to bother the cleaners and to the dogs..

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 15, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Bajan boy, they are not doing anything new that the opposition has not done before. Both parties bring out the apple pies and other goodies close to an election time. The problem that the DLP will be faced with is that the Barbadian public has been abused, criticized, insulted, deceived, given the silent treatment and scoff upon. Those scars are fresh in the minds of bajans. They will find out when the Prime Minister tries to use psychology on them again by calling an election at the last minute, how much the bajan people feel about them.

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne March 15, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I couldn’t agree on you less, Mascoll. What this Government is doing is admitting their flaws too little too late.

  3. harry turnover March 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    A blind man on a trotting horse riding backwards at midnight can see this is an election budget.Excessive spending before elections will hurt the Country to the bone
    Still feel though that the PM will “go out to the baller again ” this is the beginning of things to nail the BLP since according to the Polls and most people they ( BLP ) are expected to win the next elections .
    Suppose it back fires again


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