Mottley: Gov’t needs to address economic woes

Opposition leader Mia Mottley today renewed calls for the Freundel Stuart administration to call general elections, in light of the fiscal challenges facing the country.

Mottley’s call came on the heels of the latest downgrade, this time by the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS) this week. The downgrade followed a stark warning by Governor of the Central Bank Dr Delisle Worrell earlier this month, that there is need for tighter fiscal measures to avoid currency devaluation.

“The drift must stop,” Mottley told a press conference at Parliament building this morning.

She argued for transparency in government and the dissemination of information to the general public, stating that in its ninth year of governance the Democratic Labour Party should not run the country as “personal conglomerates”.

“The sad thing about this is that we are not dealing with the running of Stuart Enterprises Ltd or Sinckler Enterprises Ltd. This is the government of Barbados to which people are entitled to be told the information in order to plan our lives,” Mottley argued.

“The Barbados Labour Party is determined that Barbados cannot and will not drift along like this for another 12 months. It is either we are told the true state and are permitted to input in finding a solution or the government cut short the drift and return to the people for a mandate,” she added.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

The opposition leader also accused the government of only responding to public outrage “when its back is against the wall”, as evidenced late last year with the sewage problems along the south coast, and the water shortages across the island.

She stated further that the “silence and indifference” from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler are “literally killing people and slowly killing business activity”.

Mottley demanded answers from both Stuart and Sinckler on the state of the economy.

“Is an IMF austerity programme on the cards for Barbados? Why in spite of assurances from the minister of finance that the economy had turned the bend has the Barbados economy continued to fail to meet targets for economic growth and deficit and debt reduction?

“Why is it in spite of the celebrated increase in tourism arrivals and with falling oil prices, our foreign reserves have continued to decline to the point where at December 31st, 2016 they fell to a 20 year low . . . how do they explain this?” Mottley questioned.

She insisted that there is “too much uncertainty surrounding the future of the Barbados economy, the well-being of our business and indeed the stability of our households”.

15 Responses to Mottley: Gov’t needs to address economic woes

  1. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, Rip Van winkle has awakened!!!

    I have not heard you for a couple of weeks.

    However still with the same old, same old.

    • Peter January 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Carson C Cadogan, You are a DLP washcloth. When Mia becomes the next Barbados PM your belly will burn so much you will sheet your pants.

    • harry turnover January 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Carson C Cadogan….people have been saying that you are a certain fella who likes to travel with brief cases full of Bajan salt BREAD….BUT you can’t be judging from the amount of SH8 you have been posting of late or are you showing your true colors ? or maybe you are just angry that your name wasn’t forwarded to the recent honors list awardees for your sterling contribution to the art of yardfowlism
      CCC one man referred to you as a DLP wash cloth… lord have mercy! another asked if you are paid in scratch-grain, for every word submitted ? ha ha haaa !!
      I think I will have to refer you as nothing more than a paling cock cause ya keeping a lot of unnecessary noise now.

  2. hcalndre January 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    C.C. Cadogan, Who is it that you have not heard for a couple of weeks? I thought it was since the election that the fellow went into hibernation and as this is the winter season it will be a while.

  3. The Negrocrat January 15, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Carson C Cadogan, twit, yardfowl and in need of another “C” to his title

  4. Tony Webster January 15, 2017 at 5:27 am

    @Carson C. Cadogan…why don’y you try doing something really constructive for a change…like taking the fluff out of your nable-hole? I presume that you have a brain, but my God, why don’t you use it? Are you paid in scratch-grain, for every word submitted?

    Never mind the messenger… Sir…we implore you…just deal wid the message…that is…assuming you have a back-bone.

    BTW: Since you clearly question @Peter’s pen-portrait of Sir Kyffin…might you bestir yourself, to contemplate what Warrens would look like, if Sir Kyffin had not had the vision, the courage, and the cojones, to create the NEW BRIDGETOWN out there….right before your jaundiced eyes? Have you any IDEA…of how many thousand jobs have been created? How many jobs, have YOU created in your life? Hmmm? Does this country NEED more Sir Kyffins…or more Carsons? Hmmm?

    What, exactly, are you smokin’…these days , Sir?

  5. Carson C Cadogan January 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    The Barbados Labour Party was calling for “general elections” since March 2013.

  6. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 15, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Madame, it seems you will never learn when it come to expecting this Prime Minister to address anything in respect to the functioning of this country. It is seven years into this administration and he hasn’t seen it fit to come the public about anything,
    Do you really think he’ll do it now ?
    I think not.

  7. Zeus January 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    harry you back with this yardfowlism foolishness … many yardfowls have responded to the article … look to me that the dems are the only ones with yardfowls ….what do you call the persons from the other side

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Paling cocks

  8. MIIB January 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I guess the debt started under this administration? Nothing to do with the BLP? Neither was the water crisis or any of the plagues affecting us sons and daughters of the soil. Careful you don’t trade the devil for satan as all is still hot a fire.

  9. Sherlock Holmes. January 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Ironic thing is Hillary wanted an election too, to this day she has not gotten over the result, a word to the wise take your time a lot can happen between now and then.I now await the onslaught,but you know what you cant clock the Lock.

  10. bajaninbrixton January 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Barbados needs to change the government. change the leader of BPL and give Clyde Mascoll the helm he is a real economist.

    • Carson C Cadogan January 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

      As much as she is calling for elections there are plenty people in the Barbados Labour Party who wish that they had a different Leader.

      They know that under her they will have another term on the opposition benches.

  11. hcalndre January 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Carson C Cadogan, what are some of the reasons that Ms. Mottley would not be accepted as leader of the country? Is the one that was first selected, would you call that leadership? Is something wrong with the people of barbados who wants the world to believe that they are the smartest.


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