Blame Dem

Sir Franks knocks govt for decisions on salaries and hirings

With the Barbados economy said to be heading downhill, the chairman of Government’s Economic Policy Advisors Committee Sir Frank Alleyne today suggested that the writing has been on the wall for some time now and that the current Democratic Labour Party led administration needed to take its fair share of the blame.

“I think that in some respect we shot ourselves in the feet and I, up to this day, make reservations about the generous adjustments in salaries in 2009,” said Sir Frank, who quickly clarified that “it has nothing to do with the fact that I was out of the workforce for some time”.

“Also, I continue to be concerned about expansion in hiring, which took place in 2008/2009, and quite merrily in some of the statutory corporations,” he said.

“I understand why it happened but I don’t appreciate the decision,” he added,  while stating that politicians were “prisoners” of their constituents.

Sir Frank was at the time addressing a modest gathering at the Ministry of Economic Affairs for its eighth annual lecture series. In attendance was Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr Delisle Worrell.

Today’s gathering addressed by Sir Frank Alleyne (right) was also attended by Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell (left) and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler (centre).
Today’s gathering addressed by Sir Frank Alleyne (right) was also attended by Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell (left) and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler (centre).

Describing the Government’s Medium Term Development Strategy 2010–2014 (MTDS) as “almost a replay of 1994”, he warned that lost opportunities “can never be recovered”.

Sir Frank also highlighted the economic situation which faced the country in the early 1990s when there was the introduction of taxation, talks of privatization of Government agencies, private sector reform and other revenue enhancement and cost cutting measures. He openly queried: “Why did we drop this ball?”

And while the adjustment measures implemented in 1992 returned the economy to “real growth” in 1993, Sir Frank argued that “the 1992 structural adjustment programme was aborted for no good reasons”.

“When we go back in time, we are just recycling where we were about 22 years ago. I call it a lost 22 years,” he said, adding, “I always say to my children if you fool around today, you cannot make up for it tomorrow because new challenges come tomorrow and you have to be prepared to deal with them”.

Taking a close look at the Government’s targets in the MTDS, he said many would come to the conclusion that they were “overly ambitious”. However, the noted economist said, “In my view there is absolutely nothing wrong with the structure and the arguments of the medium term strategy.

“What you need to do is a sober reflection on the targets that you have set,” he, however, warned.

“So you must not beat yourself and say you have failed. You haven’t failed. It is just that you are anxious to give comfort to the public,” he said.

Sir Frank noted that there were several key issues that needed to be urgently addressed going forward, including decision making within Government agencies regarding approvals, the cost of doing business, backlog of court cases and the “inadequate” data system.

He also urged players in the tourism industry to “get on with business” now they have been given the concessions.

He also called on private sector players to “get on with the business of investing” and not “wait on government”.

Reflecting on the economic downturn of the 1990s and the structural adjustment programme that was introduced in 1992 when Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford was Prime Minister,  Sir Frank said the current measures implemented were similar.

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5 Responses to Blame Dem

  1. Jason Cayenne
    Jason Cayenne November 1, 2014 at 1:56 am

    You have failed. End of story.

    • Michael Ess
      Michael Ess November 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Failing is what students do on tests. We need a much more powerful phrase for their supreme level of incompetence.

  2. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley November 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Worst govt the world over

  3. Tony Webster November 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Wow! Take your pick…of all possible explanations:-
    1. Someone just switched-on de light.
    2. As Keens-Douglas put it: “Mout open…and ‘tory jumped -out. (Sorry…jumped-ship).
    3. Too little…too late….she cried. Sorry…he cried.
    4. Rip Van Whatever …just woke up.
    5. We just ran-out of supplies of ‘smoke -n’-mirrors’.
    6. Our calculator had an “operational anomaly”…and was adding-out. Or subtracting-out.
    7. We have short memories…and no-one, no-one whatsoever…remembered 1994.
    8. Dem been doing all the “right things”…but overlooked to pray before starting our “journey”.
    9. Dem shudda gone back an’ get a stronger mandate. Instead, dem now just got a ‘date’…wid fate.
    10. We just came-down wid a really bad case of Chick-an’-reality.

    BTW: multiple-choices OK.

  4. Rickie Nurse November 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    ” I think in some respects we shot ourselves in the feet and I up to this day make reservations about the generous adjustment in salaries in 2009.”

    ” It has nothing to do with the fact that I was out off the work force for some time.”

    ” Also I continue to be concerned about the expansion in hiring which took place in 2008/2009 and quite merrily in some of the statutory corporations.”

    ” I understand why it happened, but I don’t appreciate the decision.”

    These are some serious sound bites and if I am not mistaken, when all put together it make a very good confession of gross mismanagement and misconduct.
    Having openly accused the previous administration of no longer having a basket of goodies to go around and no more fatted calf to feast on, he is now admitting that the accuser is guilty of committing the said offense.

    But just like the “mother harlots/father harlots” who will encourage and condone their children’s vices, yet when caught and brought before the Law Courts can be heard saying he/she was a good boy/girl.
    Sir Frank is now telling the government, ” So you must not beat yourself and say you have failed. You have not failed. You were just anxious to give comfort to the public.”

    I do not know if Sir Frank expect us to believe the hogwash that he is spewing is honey and therefore it’s good for us, but this is tantamount to failure at it’s highest level.
    By his own admission, he also received his part of the “fatted calf” having been out of the work force for a long time.


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