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Mottley outlines governance plan

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader, Mia Mottley, this evening announced a swathe of new governance measures to be implemented if her party forms the next government.

The plan includes compulsory access to potable water, a guaranteed income for each household, to free wifi, and increased investments in tourism.

“Barbados must stop the bleeding. And we must do all that we can to return growth to this economy, because our revenue will never improve by taxing more, but only if this economy grows,” she told a packed Lester Vaughn Secondary School auditorium.

She spoke of a need to effectively administer Barbados’ resources following what she saw as years of mismanagement by the current Democratic Labour Party administration.

“Just as the longest journey starts with one step, the ability to manage $4 billion must start with the first dollar,” she said.

Mottley also indicated that as a priority measure, “the printing of money at the Central Bank must stop because it puts the Barbados dollar at risk”.

“We must set out to return Barbados’ credit rating to investment grade because we finance our development not only from concessional sources, but from capital markets.

“We will have to abandon the failed DLP-style fiscal consolidation – tax and tax, and austerity and austerity – and focus on growth in the productive sectors, in job creation. Control the growth of our debt by being both strategic in new debt, and in growing the economy.”

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BLP leader Mia Mottley

The Opposition Leader said that as a matter of policy, “all expenditure must be assessed by what is essential, then what is highly desirable, and then what is optional”.

Based on this hierarchy she outlined a number of priorities for a BLP administration.

“Every Barbadian must have access to water because water is the source of life and without it you constrain development. Barbados must be a safe place to live work and visit. We must deal with the crime, especially the automatic weaponry.

“No household in Barbados shall go without a living income, whether it is from a job, a pension, NIS benefits, or through additional welfare-related benefits, or government working with civil society.”

Mottley also stated that every child must leave school with a certificate or skill, and there must be free island-wide wifi.

“Access to the Internet is like access to education in the 20th Century. This is the platform for power, and our people must not be denied if they live in Bayland, if their mother can’t pay for them to get wifi… everybody across this country … must have access, because they must not be left out.”

The party leader also addressed a matter that has been long called for by the Barbados Association of Retired Persons and some financial houses on the island.

“We must introduce from early on a legislative framework for reverse mortgages. It doesn’t cost the government anything, but what it does is to unlock capital, and unlock money for people who have retired who may be asset rich and cash poor.

“When they get the money they would spend it too help the economy move forward.”

The Opposition Leader spoke of a bold initiative that would marginally increase the size of the island, in a fashion similar to the Pelican Island land retrieval

“We can facilitate the reclamation of 2,000 acres of land so that we can have green field property for our new tourism build-out. And we do this not by adding a cent in public debt, but by passing legislation,” she said, explaining that such new territory will be at the disposal of government for possible commercial sale.

“Land that is reclaimed [accrues] to the crown, and the crown then through statute determines how that will go.

“But we will only do it after the appropriate social and environmental impact studies are done,” Mottley said.

21 Responses to Mottley outlines governance plan

  1. Brien King
    Brien King October 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Ah yes, new dept, new red tape , new land and a whole lot of new problems to face, what a interesting new government this would be, hold on to your seat, beds etc, as you will be in for one neck of a nasty ride of your life.

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 30, 2016 at 5:40 am

    What about transparency legislation? What about accountability. You can talk all these sweet promises and wet the appetite of those fools who would believe you, but until you start talking transparency, serious accountability, and laws that will put the power in the Auditor General’s hand to prosecute those who knowingly and secretly engage in financial mismanagement for profit, all that you are saying I count it as dung. You will only get my vote when you start talking about how you are going to implement these things and when.

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  3. Talkyuhtalk October 30, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Way better than the dems, great plans

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  4. Santini More
    Santini More October 30, 2016 at 7:07 am

    The election can’t come soon enough.

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    • James Holder
      James Holder October 30, 2016 at 7:34 am

      To proof what? If de people reelect the same government that is in power now then what next de world going to sink? Stupes.

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 30, 2016 at 7:58 am

      No, because Dems feel they are high and mighty and no one can tell them nothing. Barbados at the crossroads.

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    • James Holder
      James Holder October 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Look you all over the place trying to defend Miss Mottley who can’t fix this economy over night Ryan!!! Get with it man people ain’t stupid…all that Mia said is just a sprat to catch a whale. In reality Mia can’t do noting much for the country right now…it would take a miracal to fix the Barbados economy….and Mia plan of action does not show it would work over a 5year term in office. The country has a high deficit and in to much debt…no room for job creation….people want help bad from suffering and Mia is not showing how her plans would work in shortest pase of time. Her plans shows things would even get worst.

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    • Maureen Fields
      Maureen Fields October 30, 2016 at 9:57 am

      james holder, get OFF our palings NOW!!!!

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  5. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Once again, Mia Amor Mottley planning to put a stop to Dems’ foolishness. I love that.

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  6. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray October 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Never mind waiting for the next election, get this woman in power NOW! And may I make a suggestion? Use the 2000 acre Pelican Island to GROW FOOD!

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  7. Bedrock October 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Very good address. A clearly set out vision for this country. Can’t wait to vote them out.

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  8. Patti Gill October 30, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Mia, you go girl!!! It’s about time that somebody concentrates on working ‘for the people’ of Barbados and ‘not’ for the sole benefit of the government!!!

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  9. jrsmith October 30, 2016 at 11:01 am

    @, Sunshine , S,S , hail, hail on the button, must add , the last (AUDIT GENERAL’S) report which show 100 of millions of dollars our taxpayers money , as loans to lots of companies and other monies not accounted for ,if the lady wins going after these monies would be a big plus to our Barbados economy……
    As a Dem, who followed my dad as a member of the party and since his passing has morally give support , I am well behind the (Honourable Lady) (MIA) to be our next Priminister and she stay there for as long as possible, for the prosperity of our island……..

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I supported the DLP all my life until this Prime Minister and his bunch disrespected everything that I believe the DLP stand for. If you think for one minute that I am going to give my vote to Mia Mottley, when I know what she under Owen Arthur did think again. Mia Mottley will only convince me of how serious she and her bunch are when she starts talking integrity, transparency and accountability legislation. Once bitten twice shy.

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  10. Donild Trimp October 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Reverse mortgage is not what it is cranked up to be. Would be careful with that one.

    Will meet some of the retired homeowner’s needs (but not all). If their mortgage is paid off, they get a guaranteed income based on a percentage value of their home for the rest of their lives.

    If they are still paying a mortgage, they are allowed to live in the home without making anymore mortgage payments and they receive a guaranteed income based on the equity in their home.

    This is not free money.

    Anyone care to guess what happens when the homeowner dies?

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  11. Phil October 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Donald Trimp, You struck gold with your last line Oh by the way, there are other tangles to this the percentage value they get does not include maintenance and emergency repairs, Interest is deducted isn’t it? plus VAT, oh and that last line.. Inheritance, legacy call it what you may, has to be taken into account especially where ownership comes in. Oh Donald, lots of comments in these here section are baits. I may be very wrong but is your other pen name David Brooks or is Brooks’ other pen name Bajan boy? coralita, laff ytuh head off girl

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  12. Mark My Word October 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Sounds good on paper but then you would have to grow money trees to run this country. Start by reducing Members of Parliament from thirty (30) to eighteen (18) raise pension age for members of Parliament to seventy (70) years, get Integrity legislation out the starting blocks, have members declare assets, then you on right track and anything else can follow.

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  13. jus me October 31, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Yep she got de Sprats bait out, look nah how de fish are jumpin.

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  14. jus me October 31, 2016 at 6:14 am

    “No household in Barbados shall go without a living income, whether it is from a job, a pension, NIS benefits, or through additional welfare-related benefits, or government working with civil society.”

    En den affa dat , she nailing JELLY tuh de ceiling.

    En yuh does believe dat???????????

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  15. jus me October 31, 2016 at 6:18 am

    REVERSE MORTGAGE been around forever.

    Run by Banks and the like FOR Banks and the like.
    YOU get skinned ALIVE and DEAD.

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