Cut size of Cabinet, Arthur says

Former leader Owen Arthur is telling Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to immediately cut the size of his Cabinet and reduce the number of social entitlement programmes.

Arthur says this must be done before the administration goes any further with plans to send home workers.

Arthur broke his silence on the issue today after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced last Friday that over 3000 public servants would be retrenched by the end of March.

He says Government has not explored all its options to reduce costs.

Before it comes to cuts, and it may eventually have to come to that, do all the other things that are necessary. Stop asking the public to pay for the political programmes of the Democratic Labour Party. The very week that the Minister of Finance announced he would be sending home workers, the Government is spending money on the David Thompson Memorial Football (competition). Cut out that,” he said.

Two of the biggest supplementary budgets were brought to Parliament this year, one in March and one recently and Government says it doesn’t have money. Expenditures for summer camps, these things are means by which the Democratic Labour Party is feeding the appetite of its own supporters for contracts.”

The ex-prime minister describes the current 20-member Cabinet as the largest and most ineffective in the island’s history.

He recommends that some ministers be dismissed as Government seeks to rein in its spending.

20 Responses to Cut size of Cabinet, Arthur says

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne December 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Owen, boy, we’ve been waiting for you so long to come out and say something about this stagnating economy. We’ve been saturated on radio and television by an impotent Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance preaching doom and gloom and got Barbados at a standstill. Preach on, my brother.

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Catch him while he’s sober !!!

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Catch him while he’s sober !!!

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne December 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Don’t worry, Sharon Woolley. The Old Brigand got Owen mind and body set already.

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne December 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Don’t worry, Sharon Woolley. The Old Brigand got Owen mind and body set already.

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    • Ryan Weekes
      Ryan Weekes December 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      “we”?so mia aint good enough for you?

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne December 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Well, of course, Ryan Weekes. Mia is the Queen of all Queens, even better than Mara.

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    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott December 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      No wonder we in this mess! when this sort of thinking is advanced.

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    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott December 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Better a drunken leader who makes things happen ,than a sober one who just destroys everything. Just imagine what the results would be if the states were switched? one heaven ;the other hell!

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne December 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      True, true, Steve Jemmott.

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    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott December 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      It is better to be a fool , pretend to be wise by keeping quiet , than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt!….sad state!

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    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott December 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      This country is facing a serious crisis, some folks set up questionable fake accounts and just spread propaganda. But true citizens that care about this country has to be passionate about the health of Barbados because we have to live in it! and being a young person makes it even more worthwhile!

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 18, 2013 at 2:23 am

      @Ike you all need a sense of humour too with whats happening to your island ! it would have been exaclty the same no matter what political party were in force, they are all a bunch of self obsessed idiots who are out for one thing and that is themselves, none of them took into consideration what was happening in a worldwide recession, now it’s hitting hard

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne December 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Well the pressure was eased when the BLP was in office.

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  2. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha December 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    is he going first

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    • Ryan Weekes
      Ryan Weekes December 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      thats the thing that got me??cut the cabinet cut thia cut that but leave us opposition salary right where it is!!

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  3. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha December 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    is he going first

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  4. Beverly Gerber
    Beverly Gerber December 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    You tell them Owen !! Reduce the social entitlement programs !!! Right on . Bet they won’t!!

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  5. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Germany The world’s fourth largest economy has 16 ministers, Barbados has over maybe 20 or more and a host of consultants.

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  6. lynda December 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    hmm awaiting moderation!!!!what is so wrong with my comment, a former is being called a drunkard, its published,,

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