Sack them both, suggests Opposition BLP

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has suggested that there is only one way that the current legal battle between Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler should end — that is in the firing of both men.

Addressing a BLP political meeting at the weekend, Bishop Joseph Atherley, the party’s representative for St Michael West, suggested that Worrell and Sinckler should both take the fall because together they had implemented the wrong economic policies.

“The Minister of Finance, Governor of the Central Bank, one was the voice, the other was the echo, both saying the same thing,” Atherley cautioned, amid the bitter squabble between the two men, which broke out two weekends ago and has so far led Worrell to the domestic law courts to obtain an injunction preventing the Minister from dismissing him.

And with the court due to hear the Governor’s appeal on Thursday, Atherley called for urgent settlement of the public impasse saying, “The saga before us is a sorry one, and it portends dark days for Barbados if it is not quickly checked.”

He also argued that the dispute came as a result of Worrell’s refusal to continue printing money, while telling party supporters: “Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into the narrative which is being sold to us that the Central Bank Governor must go because he can’t get along with the board [of the Central Bank], and the board members don’t want him.

“That is a narrative designed to serve political ends,” the Opposition spokesman told the gathering of BLP supporters at the George Lamming Primary School on Sunday evening.

He suggested that the “true narrative” was that Worrell had refused to provide money from the bank to support Government’s spending on the basis that its policies were failing.

“ ‘We can’t do that no more. I am no longer with you in that. We need to stop printing money, we’re courting disaster,’” is what Atherley said he understood Worrell to be saying.

He was strongly supported by the BLP’s St Michael Central candidate Arthur Holder, who said it was easy to understand what had happened. In fact, Holder termed it a “simple scenario”.

Arthur Holder

“Your employer for the past eight years has been telling you as an employee, ‘print this money or be fired’. You went along and did it all the time, and it is now reached a stage where you say, ‘enough is enough, done with that’.

“You can’t blame the Governor because he now has seen the light. Your conscience has now got to you, and you are saying, ‘look I have been doing foolishness for too long, I can’t sleep at night, my country in trouble, partner fire muh. I am not doing anything anymore,’” Holder sought to explain.

The BLP’s St Michael South Central candidate Marsha Caddle also suggested that “things just don’t work in Barbados anymore”, adding that “this new fight between the Governor of the Central Bank and the Minister of Finance is just the final straw”.

Marsha Caddle

She pointed out that the fallout came against the backdrop of the country suffering 17 international downgrades of its sovereign financial rating in recent years.

“And now you see the heads of its two most important financial institutions locked in a bitter fight,” said Caddle, warning that “there is no investor anywhere who will look at what is happening in Barbados, and want to bring his or her money here”. 

6 Responses to Sack them both, suggests Opposition BLP

  1. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes February 21, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Some ppl just wont go home and sleep

  2. Peter February 22, 2017 at 8:12 am

    That will NEVER happen. If Sinkler is removed then Stuart will HAVE to call a general election and that is NOT what the DLP can afford at this point. That window of opportunity was closed. Both Barbados and US dollars were on a free-flow in Guyana. Barbados and Trinidad were able to shore up their reserves with Barbados printing more local dollars and exchanging it for US dollars on the ground. Now that the Guyana government has stopped the regular Over the Counter purchasing in Barbados dollars, It is difficult to get US dollars. The only option is to trade in gold and diamonds. It’s a kind of subtle revenge for kicking Guyanese out of Barbados. when DEM came to power. Guyana has never closed its doors on any Caribbean person who wishes to live there. Barbados need to move away from that strong Xenophobic attitude. Something like what Trump is doing right now to non-whites.

  3. Myron February 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hell bells. The court can’t stop and employer from firing an employee. If that employee is incompetent, brought the business and finance markets into turmoil, not meet the standards and competences the job requires, fail to meet targets, is a buffon, an ignoramus, is a brick and is as thick as two short plants. With both ignoramus behind failed treasury and banking and having failed the businesses and people of Barbados let the House of Assembly debate and discuss their fate. A vote of no confidence in both should see dem both dismissed

  4. BimJim February 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I would say sack them both, but I would not be talking about those individuals.

    BOTH political Parties have brought us to this terrible financial nightmare, and the voters should first be given more options – Grenville Phillips & Co., for instance – and then punish the long-time free-spenders and foot-draggers by excluding them BOTH from Parliament.

    Politics all over the world has become a career for too many incompetent lazy greedy people, where they loll about wasting money and getting in the way of progress for as long as it takes to qualify for that platinum-plated pension they have awarded themselves out of the public trough, and then take the opportunity to rule as even bigger idiots than they were before.

    Once upon a time politicians could be expected to make a CONTRIBUTION to their country, but no more. Maximise cost the taxpayer and maximise what they can put into their own pockets is the mantra of the day, and the taxpayers will just have to suck it up and deal with the ever-increasing taxation.

    I would go and live in a different country, but this over-arching greed has become a global phenomenon – I would rather give Phillips and his moral and ethical approach an opportunity to show us what they can do – because at their absolute worst they cannot possibly be worse than either of the current incompetent braying herds of expensive gold-plated jackasses, some of whom are wearing gold Rolex watches and driving ever-newer, ever more expensive Mercedes cars.

  5. Mikey February 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    @BimJim,,, Wishful thinking my bruddah,,, Bajans are the only people who expect to the the same thing over and over and get a different result.
    Bring back some people like Boy Child Smith, ME Cox, Ronald Mapp, Prophet Boxill, DD Garner, Freddy Millar, Eyre Hoppin, Homie Corbin and Ermie Bourne,,, All Non-Lawyers who understand the plight of the poor man,, not these big-headed, big-pocket Lawyers who get into Parliament and write a lot of big-worded Laws to confuse the average fellow.

    Yes, give Grenville Phillips and his gang a try,, even if they have to merge with some other Fourth or Fith Party !!!

  6. Frank White February 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Give which Grenville Phillips a try?? Gimme a break… Business people on the whole in Barbados has no conscience and you think they would grow one if they got a chance to run the country, hell no…treating people like commodities… I for one have no trust, faith or support for and or in Phillips or any of the invisible men and women who chose to follow him… Let him stop right where he is, on the outside…


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