Time to level

A Barbados Labour Party general elections newcomer wants Government to level with Barbadians about the true state of its performance and the economy. BLP Christ Church East Central candidate Desmond Sands said while Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his colleagues were giving the nation their performance report they were “selective in what they want to report”. Sands, who is seeking to emulate his late father, Duncan Carter, by representing the named constituency in the House of Assembly, said the differing views and actual performance of the Government’s Medium Term Fiscal Strategy was an example of the inadequate performance report. “The Minister of Finance [Chris] Sinckler has said that his medium term strategy is working, but you know the only person to seem to understand it is working is Sinckler and the people from the Democratic Labour Party,” he noted. “All of the ratings agencies … have given it a failing grade, local economists, who analyse the medium term policy said they must revisit it. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Clyde Mascoll and the members of the Barbados Labour Party economic team have said and shown that it wasn’t working.” Sands said Government had made the economic situation so challenging that he was “certain that each and everyone in this audience when they go to the supermarket got to weigh what they got to buy … to the point where some of you are not eating the same way as you did in 2008”. “In order to survive you must got money in your pocket but very few Barbadians have had an increase in wages from 2008 to now, … so people are feeling it in their pockets,” he stated. (SC)

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