It’s not the economy, stupid!

The slogan, it’s the economy, stupid, coined by American campaign strategist James Carville for Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign has been turned on its head by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Senator Jepter Ince.

Ince Sunday night told a meeting of the St James North branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) that the next general elections would not be decided on economic management, but on who was best able to lead the country.

From left to right, Government senators Jepter Ince and Harry Husbands at Sunday’s DLP meeting.

And he made the bold prediction that the Freundel Stuart-led DLP would win a third straight term.

“The reason why I am saying that this DLP is going to win the next election, and confident about it, is that the next election is not going to be about unemployment; it is not going to be about foreign reserves; it is not going to be the fiscal deficit; it is not going to be about housing, it is going to be about who is better able to lead this country, because as you see it now the economy is turning around,” he told party supporters at St Albans Primary School in Weston, St James.

“I am confident that when all of the analyses of the work done by both parties over the years are done and all of the characteristics of the leaders are observed, the people of Barbados are going to come down on the side of Stuart and the DLP. So let them huff and puff.”

Ince, who unsuccessfully contested the St George North constituency in the 2013 general election, warned supporters that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) would use every possible strategy to woo voters, including focusing on the economy.

“Whenever the country is at crossroads; whenever the economy is challenged; when our businesses seem to be falling apart; when our lives seem to be threatened, the DLP is in office,” he said, while encouraging Barbadians to think these things through before voting in the election, due next year.

In addition, he said the DLP under former Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd) had done “outstanding work” during the difficult economy period of the early 1990s and had left office with a restricted and growing economy.

He charged that by the time the DLP was returned to office three terms later in 2008, the economy was haemorrhaging, with a fiscal deficit of 12 per cent.

“We gave the BLP a Barbados Water Authority that was worth $189 million and free of debt; we gave them a restructured Transport Board and we came to office and found it running a $10 million over draught at an 8.75 per cent interest rate. Look at what we did for the National Housing Corporation.

“The problem in the country is not economic management at all, it is not the debt at all. Both Governments borrowed funds to execute major projects. What Stuart did was to plug the trough,” Ince argued.

10 Responses to It’s not the economy, stupid!

  1. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith February 14, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Wasn’t Jepter Ince not involved with CLICO before politics? Makes sense now.

  2. Tony Webster February 14, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Vote Jepter for nex’ P.M. Yep, yuh cud get your head examined, both before, and after. Would Mrs. Jepter please have a heart, and advise him earnestly, to try for a career change? Cuddear?

    Reminds me of Trump…wid severe sun-burn.

  3. Patrina Drakes
    Patrina Drakes February 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Mr Ince stop addressing the media and allowing the public to hear the nonsense you dream on nights. This generation is not going to be charm by the just loud shouting and beating of chests(that only works for kellman) we want facts and figures not fu*#$ing foolishness! Go to the back of the class!

  4. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba February 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Well he honestly thinks we bajans STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

  5. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman February 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Please tell me he didn’t actually say, “Whenever the country is at crossroads; whenever the economy is challenged; when our businesses seem to be falling apart; when our lives seem to be threatened, the DLP is in office.”

  6. Randolph February 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    If mr.”physical deficit”and Mr.Kellman were in Mia’s government both of them would have been fired.I have never heard so much nonsense.

  7. Sanky February 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    @Michael Goodman…..hahahaha
    Yup….he said it…..Murdah
    My life never felt more threatened and DEM in office…..Murdah

  8. Bradg February 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Wow!! I want some of whatever he is smoking!!

  9. Chyna February 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    What a thing. . I must be dreaming.

  10. Colin February 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Not seen in my area of the constituency for 5 years. But I can say the same thing about the sitting representative. Any new party who chooses to face the electorate need to understand one thing to successful. Your slate of candidates must be in place immediately after an election and campaign hard for five years.


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