Heads must roll

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has one week to fire Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, failing which the Prime Minister himself will have to leave as Head of Government.

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley issued that ultimatum last night as she addressed the ninth People’s Assembly at Ellerslie Secondary School.

“For this economy to grow, Chris Sinckler must go. And I say to Freundel Stuart that if by next Sunday Chris Sinckler is still Minister of Finance . . . then Freundel too must go,” she told a cheering crowd that filled the auditorium and spilled over into the schoolyard.

“He has one week to move Chris Sinckler as Minister of Finance.”

Mottley said today [Monday] is the starting marker for that week, as this is the date set by the International Monetary Fund’s executive board to review and make pronouncement on Barbados’ economy and economic policies, which she is confident will give Government a failing grade.

She declared: “He can avoid this woman [herself], any time so. He can avoid the IDB, avoid the CDB, he can avoid everybody. But when the IMF tells you tomorrow what I suspect they will tell them, for Chris Sinckler to remain in charge of this economy will be the biggest act of contempt by a leader of Barbados since Independence.”

Mottley did not say what action would be taken if Sinckler remains in the post of Minister of Finance by the end of the week and in turn if Stuart continues to hold the position of Head of Government.

She pointedly avoided an answer to the question from the floor by saying: “Hold tight. Since when you hear I come to town to talk my business?”

In spite of Mottley’s dodging the question, she had earlier told the gathering: “I ask tonight for this party to understand that we equally have a duty. We’re not going to sit idly by . . . . But we have equally to strengthen ourselves and it is in that context that over the next few weeks . . . there will be a series of workshops starting in just over ten to 12 days time to which every branch and every organ of this party will be in support.”

Continuing to use the IMF report as the lynchpin upon which action must be taken, Mottley said: “Tomorrow marks a new judgment on the Barbados economy, and if as I suspect it will say what everybody else has said, the people of Barbados must now go to a higher level and a firm purpose to recognise that the crisis is now not only upon us but confirmed in the judgment
in the international community.

“And the only thing that can allow the crisis to eat us alive, is allowing this Government to continue to make decisions.”

Alluding to signs of disunity within the governing Democratic Labour Party stemming from recent public statements by Cabinet minister Dr David Estwick, she added: “This country does not have the luxury of a political distraction in the Democratic Labour Party that is fighting for its very political survival.”

29 Responses to Heads must roll

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks February 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    What!!!!!! Mottley on a roll As Gabby would say who Mottley think she is Bim in uproar

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  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Mia Amor Mottley, I cannot agree with you less. Fight the powers that be.

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  3. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Mia Amor Mottley, I cannot agree with you less. Fight the powers that be.

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  4. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf February 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Or else? Sound like Estwick now. 48 more mths to go.

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  5. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf February 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Or else? Sound like Estwick now. 48 more mths to go.

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  6. Joseph Harding
    Joseph Harding February 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Don’t even know the difference between there & they

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  7. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 10, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Ta-shasher mayers if u all understood the gravity of the situation that Barbados is u would think different! this government has lied and continues to lie to the people of this country and not telling them the true state of our economy. when the dems were in opposition nobody was saying they power hungry now that they in government and destroying this country now the bees fighting to save this country they are beeing called power hungry smdh. The dems are destroying the democracy of this country by the tactics they are using to silence anyone who is against how they are running the affairs of this or country and we are to sit idly by while our country is sinking fast! I SAY HELLLLLLL NOOOOOO!!!! From every since people were offering suggestions ideas and alternatives to this government but the government has ignored them and did what it felt like asking people to make sacrifices when they are not making any to show they are leading from the front

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria February 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Damian Clarke..the Bees fighting to save this country? How old are you, ten? I am asking because you seem to be oblivious of the 15 years that the BLP were in power and sold off the country piece by piece to the highest bidder. You doubt me? Go and take a walk up and down the length of Bridgetown and go into the majority of business places, including the banks, and investigate who owns them. According to Fingall: NO Bajan!!

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria February 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Bajans need to wake up from this whole party loyalty foolishness and realize that MONEY comes first for these politicians and the good of the people is secondary. Stop picking up fire rage for people who only care about your vote and nothing about you.

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  8. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    who more power hungry than the DEMS!! the way how they won the election and how they went about it and the countless lies and propaganda they spread will clearly show u who are the real power hungry people. for ministers of government to get up in parliament that if people take to the streets in peaceful protest against the government that the police and corrective forces will have to crack some heads and shoot innocent people goes to show the dictatorship mentality of this government and its ministers

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  9. Michael Browne
    Michael Browne February 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Who does Mia Mottley think she is ,is she not tired of giving the Government deadlines ,it is so clear and evident that she is so power hungry ,people should now see why Arthur have lost interest and distance himself from her .Mia needs to stop from trying to bully the government .

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    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza February 11, 2014 at 5:49 am

      I suppose you have a secure job and can pay all your bills and not worry about where the next meal coming from but there are people out there that have to. As for Mia or anyone else who wishes to assist in heling Barbados comeback, its a welcome thought. I am OWED money by the Government of Barbados and I know the sadness to it.

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria February 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      @ Khati….you think if Mia or Arthur get in that you will get any money?? Really? It will just be a case of exchanging one debtor for another. I wish they would get in, so that when nothing changes, people like you, who erroneously think the Bees give a damn more that the Dees would stfu. Cause wanna like wanna can’t understand NEITHER PARTY GIVES TWO WUK UPS FOR THE PEOPLE. It is all about money, status and power….

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  10. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza February 11, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Missy here is hoping that those people in were not power hungry that’s why they have positions. They were all for the people and so when they got there we the people seem to be the last on the list. That’s my true feelings and I do not care who wants to victimized me for saying it. I am bleeding to see Barbados go down this way each day. its a shame and its sad. I don’t care who goes in or stand up but I want to see things looking out for us again. right now it looks like we in a coffin about to be sealed and put away…….

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  11. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick February 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Its halarious and sad how these dens still playing the blame game. I mean time is literally running out on us and they still defending these ppl. Stupsei tell ya the govt living good and wanna sucking salt. I “tells ya

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  12. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick February 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Its halarious and sad how these dens still playing the blame game. I mean time is literally running out on us and they still defending these ppl. Stupsei tell ya the govt living good and wanna sucking salt. I “tells ya

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  13. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I hate to hear people say the BLP sell off all Barbados but don’t know it is the Dems that sell the cement plant,haywoods, barbados mortgage and finance , sold its shares in bl&p and the remaining shares in bnb at less than market value so u all need to get wunna facts straight when talking to me!!! wunna walking bout here feeling the dems is saints and saviours of this country wunna better take if the blindfolds and open wunna eyes bebfore we end up in quick sand!!!

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  14. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I hate to hear people say the BLP sell off all Barbados but don’t know it is the Dems that sell the cement plant,haywoods, barbados mortgage and finance , sold its shares in bl&p and the remaining shares in bnb at less than market value so u all need to get wunna facts straight when talking to me!!! wunna walking bout here feeling the dems is saints and saviours of this country wunna better take if the blindfolds and open wunna eyes bebfore we end up in quick sand!!!

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  15. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I hate to hear people say the BLP sell off all Barbados but don’t know it is the Dems that sell the cement plant,haywoods, barbados mortgage and finance , sold its shares in bl&p and the remaining shares in bnb at less than market value so u all need to get wunna facts straight when talking to me!!! wunna walking bout here feeling the dems is saints and saviours of this country wunna better take if the blindfolds and open wunna eyes bebfore we end up in quick sand!!!

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  16. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Everything that going wrong blame the bees!!! foreign reserves down blame the bees! tourism down and continues to decline blame the bees! international business down and companies leaving blame the bees,manufacturing down local producers going out of business blame the bees! countless downgrades by credit rating agencies that cause us to lose investment grade and nobody wants to invest in barbados because of no confidence in the economy blame the bees for that too!!!! This government has accountability at all it takes pride in blaming others for the foolishness they are doing and not admitting when they have done wrong and continue to do wrong!!

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  17. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Some of you all would not want to admit but the start of the destruction of our economy starting with Thompson in 2008!! He ran an election campaign on the premise that they will reduce the cost of living but only did the opposite by increasing taxes! road tax went up ,professional fees,liquor licenses went from $300 to $1000,excise tax,duties,fuel subsidy taken off so that drove up the cost of doing business so the price of goods and services went up, now they have increased vat by 2.5% prices of goods and services gone up again! implementna wage freeze then added on a consolidation tax and solid waste tax on salaries that were frozen for the last 5 going 6yrs now so people spending power has been cut tremendously leading to a slow down and contraction in the economy.

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  18. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Some of you all would not want to admit but the start of the destruction of our economy starting with Thompson in 2008!! He ran an election campaign on the premise that they will reduce the cost of living but only did the opposite by increasing taxes! road tax went up ,professional fees,liquor licenses went from $300 to $1000,excise tax,duties,fuel subsidy taken off so that drove up the cost of doing business so the price of goods and services went up, now they have increased vat by 2.5% prices of goods and services gone up again! implementna wage freeze then added on a consolidation tax and solid waste tax on salaries that were frozen for the last 5 going 6yrs now so people spending power has been cut tremendously leading to a slow down and contraction in the economy.

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  19. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Some of you all would not want to admit but the start of the destruction of our economy starting with Thompson in 2008!! He ran an election campaign on the premise that they will reduce the cost of living but only did the opposite by increasing taxes! road tax went up ,professional fees,liquor licenses went from $300 to $1000,excise tax,duties,fuel subsidy taken off so that drove up the cost of doing business so the price of goods and services went up, now they have increased vat by 2.5% prices of goods and services gone up again! implementna wage freeze then added on a consolidation tax and solid waste tax on salaries that were frozen for the last 5 going 6yrs now so people spending power has been cut tremendously leading to a slow down and contraction in the economy.

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  20. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 9:07 am

    The government was making more money when it sold shares in bnb than when it was sole owner! The then goverment did not have the needed capitol needed to efficiently run the bank hence the bank was incurring loses and was faces with the likelyhood of closure. Bajans were encouraged to purchase shares and invest in thr bank which would have given them financial stability ad a shareholder in their national bank but not many bajans took up that offer and now after shares were sold and the bank got the capitol injection it needed to offer a larger variety of financial good and services which made the bank grow and started to make millions in profit. and more employment was available people talking bout owen shoulda never sell the bank but when it was offered to bajans first they didn’t take the opportunity so before u all speak get wunna facts and info in order first!!

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  21. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Many hands make light work. DLP & BLP those that are educated with common sense can put the heads together and TRY and sort the problems that matter to the citizens of Barbados. I said, the Ministers with common SENSE not cents that is going to be out of circulation.

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  22. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke February 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    owen get blame for private sector dealing so. Angela i am not 10 and i know exactly what goes on!! wunna getting on like the Dems never sold anything in their entire political existance smfh!! u seem to be the one that is 10 cause u talking like a bare neck gonk

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  23. Owen Phillips February 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    who are all you idiots, you should shut up and understand what a global depressed economy will do to a country like Barbados whose economy is so dependent on a sole main money earner tourism. Europe is suffering ,North America is trying to recover if these two continents do not have strong economies people can’t travel and most hotel in Barbados now are all inclusive, we are not attracting the type of tourist who will spend money in the economy. Like going out to eat ,taking taxis for island tours etc,etc. The BLP had an election last year they could not win it then what do you want them to do now,the people in Barbados had no confidence in them, they will not have it now. Mia Mottley is not a leader she is a bully, this country doesn’t want that type of leadership tell the BLP to stop watching the comedians in the US .No heads will roll ,is she advocating a coup? This is a duly elected government, who is she trying to fool, No heads will roll only hers ,people of Barbados don’t believe her it is all hot air.

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