Mia: We are all still in the dark

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley has scoffed at claims by Government that economic recovery is around the corner.

Addressing the media on the heels of a ministerial statement by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, the Barbados Labour Party leader questioned the basis for the report.

And she said she would “wait and see” if the administration institutes yet another plan to deal with the fiscal situation in the country”.

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley
Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley

“To hear this Government tell us that recovery is around the corner only reminds me of Prime Minister [David] Thompson’s statement in 2009, five years ago, that light was at the end of the tunnel. Now, I’m not sure which corner in the same way as I wasn’t sure then which tunnel. The proof of the pudding has been in all that has happened,” Mottley said.

She chided Sinckler for giving residents false hope, just eight days ahead of Christmas.

Describing his statement as “the longest apology in Parliament in recent time”, the Opposition Leader said he failed to provide critical information to the country during his 30-minute presentation.

“The Government indicated in the budget of August 2013 that at the end of the financial year that it would have expenditure of $3.4 billion. Its expenditure last year was over $3.8 billion. The Government indicted that it would have revenue of $2.26 billion and in the very IMF report, which is being used as the basis for preparation for the statement next year, the figure quoted for the revenue is $2.1 billion.

“So he has missed both the revenue and the expenditure targets set out for 2013/2014,” the Opposition Leader noted.

“It is of import that in the entire ministerial statement, the minister did not give us an update on the actual revenue, the actual expenditure, nor indeed did he give us a figure on the actual reserves or the actual debt [for this financial year].

“This was an editorial exercise to play for time and he would have done better to recognize that silence would have been golden at this time, especially eight days before Christmas.”

In response to the minister’s announcement that the Municipal Solid Waste Tax would be reviewed, she  warned that  this does not go far enough.

“It is a bad tax, it is ill conceived and it would not achieve what he wants it to achieve,” said Mottley, who led thousands of residents in an anti-Municipal Solid Waste Tax march through Bridgetown in July.

8 Responses to Mia: We are all still in the dark

  1. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair December 17, 2014 at 1:11 am

    only you and ur followers

  2. Derek Kelly
    Derek Kelly December 17, 2014 at 5:38 am


  3. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews December 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

    when is Vat going to be reduced ?, when are we going to feel the benefit of a barrel of oil costing less than $60 ?,

  4. Alex Alleyne December 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

    The “blame-game” continues.

  5. Sandra Madea Straker
    Sandra Madea Straker December 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Dont believe anything dems say..boom

  6. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Queen Elizabeth II can you throw-out the entire Barbados Cabinet and call fresh general elections? They keep breaking the law left right and middle.

  7. Rickie Nurse December 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    It is clear to see that both Richard Blair and Alex Alleyne have given this bumbling government their unwaivering support and approval with whatever they chose to do.

    Which extra terrestrial planet rock did you all crawl from under?

    Are you that myopic or politically blinded that you refuse to be honest with yourselves and recognize that this government is stumbling and falling at every turn, not jut some turns?

    Stupidity by some who chose and went ahead with the foolish policy of ” let we give the other party a chance to see what they can do” and “the other party was in long so time for a change” is why WE as a country are in the predicament that we are in now.

    If those fumbling 16 were on any major corporate board outside of Barbados, they would have been fired long time ago, dismissed with extreme prejudice.

  8. Cheryl Maynard December 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    As usual this government is talking loud and saying nothing. Who ever has hope after what was said is at the bottom of the barrel and will cling to a broken tree branch over a cliff


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