Moral plea

Sinckler calls on electorate to look beyond the economy

Although the poor state of the economy has been on everybody’s lips of late, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last night warned that it will not be the only decider in the next general election.

Addressing a political meeting of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Sinckler suggested that the upcoming poll, which is constitutionally due by early 2018, should really be won or lost on moral grounds, while warning the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) not to pop the cork on the victory champagne just yet.

And while declaring that the ruling DLP was not about to “roll over and play dead”, he told party supporters that it was really up to them to protect “the moral heart of the country”.

“I am going to speak about the economy, but I want to make this point very clear tonight . . . you can’t have an election and not discuss the economy. That is a given fact, but I know, in my mind, if it is not in other people’s minds, that the next election is also going to be fought for the moral heart of this country,” declared Sinckler to loud applause.

He cautioned that there were “[political] forces gathering that have a particular agenda to impose on the people of Barbados and it was not the agenda that you or I or that our parents and our children and that right thinking people in Barbados want or can afford at this time in the 50th year of our independence”.

And in a naked appeal to the religious element, he said: “The discourse in this election, whenever it is called, will have to be about the morals of Barbados, because if they [Opposition political forces] feel that many of us good Christian soldiers are going to roll over and play dead, whilst they rampage around Barbados and bring their form of thinking to this country, they have another thing coming.”

Telling DLP supporters that he was serving notice to them of what they needed to start thinking about, Sinckler urged them to “think about all the issues”, including roads, electricity, economic growth, water and the country’s fiscal deficit.

However, against the backdrop of recent discussion about legalization of homosexuality, which the DLP maintains is still against the law, he suggested that at the end of the day, it was morals that really mattered.

“When you lay down at nights and you get up with the Grace of God in the morning, think about the ethics and morals that underpin this country. That is what brought us where we are,” he told the meeting.

During a fiery speech that was punctuated by applause, Sinckler also responded to a suggestion made by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley during her party’s annual conference on Saturday that he was among DLP politicians with designs on DLP leader and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s job.

On the contrary, Sinckler said he was prepared to stick with Stuart and the ruling DLP, “come hell or high water”.

In fact, he boldly declared in his address to the South Alive political meeting that “I am loyal to the Democratic Labour Party, as I am to the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party, and I make absolutely no excuse for it.

“When this ship floats, I will float with it and if it has to sink electorally, I am going down with it too. So for those who feel that in politics it’s a game of ultra pragmatism and when things are not going the way you feel they should go, or the person that you feel should lead is not leading or leading the way that you think they should lead that you just jump off the ship and run, if they feel that that is the type of people we breed in the Democratic Labour Party, that is not true,” said Sinckler, adding, “I am not that type of person and you are not those type of persons and therefore we will stick with the Democratic Labour Party come hell or high water”.

However, he suggested that this was not the case within the BLP, which he said has been in election mode since 2013 and was already declaring victory, even though there has been no hint of an election announcement from the Prime Minister. 

12 Responses to Moral plea

  1. Johnathan November 1, 2016 at 6:08 am

    That is exactly why this country has gone no where under these. You hear him clearly and I fact he has already started with these iliterate scare tactics about morals and that homosexuality is still a crime under the DLP. Tell Chris Sinckler he should be ashamed to come to the people of Barbados with that same tactics as last election when they brought the old lady on bus.
    Bajans have seen through that and the other lies including no privatization and no one going home. We are tired of your BS ans now come here and say that the DEMS were in election mode since 2013 it is a fact as this inept government never found time manage the country and go out to international organizations seek funding and really try to help move the country forward. You guys are stuck in election mode,eating everything in site ans sucking the nipples of Bajans to full wunnah own guts.
    Just find a different line we can see through that and it will not work this lie Stinkler..

  2. Tony Webster November 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hmmm. Paul Keens-Douglas put it ever so succinctly:-

    The truth is that your truth, is not necessarily my truth. Truth is, the bell is surely tolling, but we are never certain for whom it tolls.

    Patience; faith; and a determination to do what is right for our children’s future: these three I give you, and the greatest of these, is patience.

    Hmmm…a new one: Every Dogged tax-payer…has his day. Yes, Lord, I gine stop dis…someday!

  3. BaJan boy November 1, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Chris should be shame to talk about morals when we see how they have destroyed all because of the lack of morals. They shouldn’t even be talking homosexuality cause they are the originals and nuff of them want it legalize they only hoping to get another bite at government and if they do this country done. Tell Bajans about the millions missing from the treasury,the lack of water the garbage crisis,the increase in taxes,the university fess. Tell them about the Ministers with mini vans,theMinisters who own garbage trucks, the ones who own water tankers and the Minister who can’t buy 50 water tanks if we really needed them but could lease them from his friend company yet water authority still servicing them and he paying 50 000 a month in rent when tax payers could have paid that one time.

    • Coralita November 1, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Next, tell us about your party’s ministers and what they own.

      All ah we does live bout hay yah know and not all ah we blinded by partisan politricks!!!

      6 of one / half dozen of the next!!!

  4. Rechelle November 1, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Mr. Sinclair really has no shame after bringing this country to its knees to be pivoting to speak about morals. What utter nonsense. I can’t wait to beat all of you with my X.

  5. Greengiant November 1, 2016 at 7:10 am

    at least his friend is a reputable contractor, not those who set up a construction company to feed off the tax payers like previously.
    Both parties are guilty of internal friendships and misdirection of the tax payers money.

    Remember the Crab Hill Police station and Arch hall fire station projects? What has been the production output of the Edutect project? What happened at Greenland, Ionics Fresh Water, Dodd’s Prison and the long overdue West Coast Sewerage project that a whole B W A reservoir was closed to accommodate? So we the people need to reflect in a very serious way on the past undertakings of the people’s money. Kensington Oval Inc. was always a mess, and the long overdue privatising of some government agencies has been a load for us to bear. This curent government’s doings is quite present in our minds, but we need more than ever to examine the past of both parties during the economic times of their governance. Less we forget and walk the same road twice.

  6. Rich Hughes November 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Interesting that SINKler should bring homosexuality into the discussion. Does he remember the disappearance of Mark Stokes under Errol Barrow? And the sex scandal that surrounded that occurence? And Cameron Tudor’s rejection as High Commisioner to the Court of St. James by the British Govt? But just like the alleged BLP leadership struggle that exists only in the minds of the DLP, here’s SINKler desperately spinning another propaganda piece to try to divert people from the abysmal record of his Govt. and failing miserably if one is to judge by the comments here!

  7. Big Brown November 1, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Here is a tip Chris Sinckler – Get ya life vest ready! You all going down.

  8. Ossie Moore November 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

    All of yuh can talk but Richard got Neptune staff in e hand mean while dey running round Barbados wid de “Broken Trident !

  9. Savannah November 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Oh My GOSH!!! Forget about the economy and focus on homosexuality??
    He needs to jump ion bed wit Maloney again and then tell us to forget about the economy. Thats the daftest thing I have ever heard.

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    You really think that all the lotta sh…te you just talk will convince Barbadians that your party is what they need, you arrogant mongrel. The next election will be decided strictly on the disrespect you and your PM showed Barbadians. All the arrogant and pompous displays wunna get bout de place and exhibit and expect that last minute gimmicks will get wunna back in power. Right now de people cant stomach wunna any longer. As much as I hate the BLP, I dispise wunna more. Mia got my vote even if she just as wicked.

  11. Ann Thomas November 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    In the words of our noble leader, this should be “punished with laughter”.


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