Pitcher launches broadside against Govt

The Barbados Government has no vision!

That was the assertion of businessman Robert Pitcher as he slammed the Freundel Stuart administration over several issues, including the National Social Responsibility Levy and other tax measures announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in Tuesday’s Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals.

Robert Pitcher
Robert Pitcher

Pitcher, the director of Fun ‘N’ Sun, said Barbadians would have to bear the brunt of taxes as Government sought to fill financial holes.

“We need $100 million more; who [do] you think it coming from? It ain’t a well that they putting a bucket down; the well is you and me,” he argued, as he used the opportunity of the re-launch of the Caribbean Traveller website at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort yesterday to voice his displeasure with the administration.

Pitcher also expressed concern about the plan to build a Hyatt hotel on the beachfront on Bay Street.

He argued that while the jobs Hyatt would bring would be good for Barbadians, “to put a 15-storey hotel on the beach downtown would made the City . . . a concrete jungle”.

“From a jobs perspective it’s all well and good, but the place where they are building the hotel, I am not for it,” he said.

Still on the issue of tourism, the businessman also warned that the concessions Government had given to hotel chain Sandals would not work out in the best interest of Barbadians.

He pointed out that Sandals Royal Bahamian was also given concessions, but still more than 600 workers were made redundant this week when the resort closed for two months for repairs .

“The same that happened in the Bahamas will happen here, because the bottom line is the profit for Sandals,” he cautioned.

Pitcher also had some harsh criticism for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who he said had not done enough to force change at regional carrier LIAT, in which the Barbados Government is the largest shareholder.

He reiterated his concern that the airline had continued to do the same thing, even though it was getting the same unacceptable results.

The frequent traveller, who has repeatedly complained about LIAT’s management, insisted that the Barbados Government had to insist on a turnaround.

He suggested that the current Board be disbanded and each shareholder government appoint a successful businessperson to a new Board to help turn the Antigua-based carrier into a properly functioning, money-making airline. 

Source: (KB)

16 Responses to Pitcher launches broadside against Govt

  1. Hal Austin August 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Now the business class is speaking out. This should have been said eight years ago.

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd August 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm


  3. BimJim August 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    This HAS been said repeatedly for the last 20 years. Unfortunately, upon winning office our idiot politicians suddenly become experts at everything and refuse to take advice from anyone professional who might have a fraction of clue in those areas. The world over, real democracy has degenerated into elected dictatorships – I wish there were an alternative, especially to our own Chief Fumbling Jackass and his tribe of idiot muleheads.

  4. Ras August 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Bare Rubbish and Idle chat, No 15-storey hotel on the beach downtown Can make the City . . . a concrete jungle”. Thee city already is a Concrete Jungle, you want back Rockers Alley I guess and Squatters Tenement yards, Lord have mercy Pitcher getting old and confused, If the Hotel closing for two months for repairs and no guest in the hotel it is obvious the workers will be laid off. Sit down man go read a good book.

    • Coralita August 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Lol lol lol

      Butch can send him a book to read on Sandal’s successes.

  5. BimJim August 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    With fuel prices at 40-year lows, other airlines across the spectrum are declaring record profits.

    Yet LIAT is still struggling. And NOBODY in LIAT or in government has a clue why that is. Literally – not a clue. No idea.

    So do our “leaders” – elected busybody politicians, not businessmen or technocrats – really have a clue about ANYTHING? Yet they insist on holding the reins of power close to their chests, nobody is allowed to influence their decisions.

    In my book that suggests it is time for major changes in the way we conduct our national affairs. WHEN the Barbados currency is devalued (and it won’t be long now), you may feel the same way.

    As the Merkans like to say, “FIRE THE BUMS!” – and that should include BLP and DLP, there is no longer any choice between them, no matter what the yard fowls claim. See out new blood, new political parties, give the Bajan people real choices for the first time since Independence.

    • Olutoye Walrond August 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      And will this “new blood” come from Mars?

    • harry turnover August 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      …..and when this new blood is elected and knowing it might be only for five years they would be nice boys and girls at first BUT with money floating round they too will go after the PIE and the fatted calf mentality will continue.

  6. Zeus August 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I long for the day when critics offer suggestions and not just suggestions tell us how their businesses are up and running and why they are so successful

    • Coralita August 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      The blackbird gine cut teet before that happens!!! lol

  7. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm
  8. jrsmith August 21, 2016 at 5:14 am

    When a broadside is launch at the government ,who suffers the (us lot ) the people who vote for the parties. The Barbados politicians have no real time or respect for the people of Barbados , (black governments is no good for black people )..

    • Ras August 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      jrsmith it is time for your check up at the Hotel in Black Rock don’t miss another appointment.

      • Coralita August 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Ras yah got mah dedding at this one!!! Thanks for giving me such a good laff!!!

  9. Zeus August 21, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Mr smith have you ever studied political science …you keep using this theory on any subject matter about the sufferings of barbadians and its poor politicians ….can you name any country in this world or any other where citizens don’t complain about their politicians or leaders

    • Coralita August 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      I am glad you asked the question. I am waiting for the answer.

      The blogger says the same thing on every subject matter and goes on and on about bad politicians. It is just unbelievable.


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