Hello Chris!

Belle expects Sinckler to get his way with Worrell

In another few hours it looks to be ‘bye, bye Dr DeLisle Worrell’, with political scientist Dr George Belle foreseeing only one outcome to the bitter court battle between the Central Bank Governor and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

Had Sinckler been allowed to have his way on February 13, the Governor would have been gone by now, except that Worrell, through his attorney Gregory Nicholls, has so far managed to block all attempts to have him dismissed and in the process securing not one but two court injunctions against the Government.

From left, Chris Sinckler, Dr DeLisle Worrell and Dr George Belle

However, with the second one due to be dispensed with by High Court Judge Randall Worrell Thursday, Belle cautioned that even if Worrell were to win his case, there was simply no turning back for the embattled Governor, who in the face of recent economic pressure, has been fighting to protect his professional reputation.

“At this stage of the game everything now is politics,” warned Belle, explaining that while the Governor may have been inclined in the past to support the Government’s policies, even if he, intellectually, might not have agreed with them, this was no longer the case.

“The Governor is really saying that I have supported you for so long and I know that the game is up in a year at the most and I want to go out being able to say that I critiqued the policies and especially in relation to the printing of money and on that basis, that should give me some political legitimacy in the future,” Belle stated.

He further linked the Governor’s troubles to the recent unravelling of the Barbados economy, suggesting that Worrell was no longer deemed useful by Sinckler, who, acting on behalf of Government and the ruling party, would have initially “wished to have a sufficient intellect technician supporting their policies to give them a certain amount of credibility”.

However, “once the thing has now crashed to the extent that it has, which is to say that the Governor is now saying, ‘I am no longer going to go along because I am thinking about my legacy’, well then the [relationship] starts to unravel,” Belle added.

He therefore fully expects the court to grant Sinckler his wish to see the back of the Governor, if only on the grounds that “it cannot force Worrell back on an employer”.

However, Belle fully expects Worrell to get whatever compensation is due to him in keeping with the terms of his contract.

He also made a comparison between the Governor’s case and that of former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin, who was essentially ousted back in 2013 and forced into early retirement at age 63, amid a strained relationship with the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

“I think that is one way in which it can go – that they will have to pay him out, but he would be told, ‘you can’t go back to work’ and therefore you fill the post for the time being with an acting Governor.

“That acting Governor now has to be close enough to the party or to the Government’s policy to say that he will cooperate with what they need, whether it is the printing of money or whatever else and they have until the election or when the Government falls,” Belle added.

However, with the clock ticking down to a general election within the next year, the political scientist stoutly dismissed calls by critics for Minister of Finance to step down on the grounds that Sinckler has been carrying out the instructions of the Freundel Stuart-led Cabinet.

“If you said that Sinckler was told that the policies were not going to work and he was insisting on them going forward and there is some conflict in the Cabinet in relation to his persistence, then you could say he could have been [fired] two years ago. But clearly the Cabinet and the Prime Minister, who ultimately would have to fire him, went along with Chris Sinckler. So you cannot put the blame on Chris Sinckler now and say to get rid of Chris Sinckler. It is not Chris Sinckler’s fault that the policies have failed, it is the entire Government’s fault. It is the entire Cabinet’s fault and ultimately it is the Prime Minister’s fault. These are the people that will have to go and the only way that such can happen is if you call a general election,” Belle warned.

However, given the Governor’s admission that policies have failed to the extent that he is no longer willing to cooperate, the political scientist said the DLP’s back was against the wall.

“This is almost like a statement telling the rest of the population the policies are not going to work, so that, in this way, the Government would find it extremely difficult to come to the electorate, since it was seemingly overwhelmed by failures and the country was desperately in need of a new vision,” Belle contended.


20 Responses to Hello Chris!

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 23, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Hello Chris goodbye delisle!

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd February 23, 2017 at 2:11 am


  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 23, 2017 at 2:16 am


  4. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza February 23, 2017 at 2:43 am

    But I told wunna since last week dat i do not see how he will be allowed continue and i ain no political scientossst doa! Go sippin a pinacolada wif your compensation package man. Lets see who the new magician braveheart iz dat gine fix things at the CB.

  5. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Worrell YORKED BY CHRIS…….for sure. Can’t see no big change with CHRIS still in his job.

  6. Tony Webster February 23, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I want to get de firs’ BB$500 and BB$1,000 bills printed, serial #000,0000,001…which I will both frame and hang on de wall. (Yes, I realise that’s a lot of digits there, but we need a fair serial-run on de presses, since we gine be printing nuff). I will pay for DEM in cashed-in savings bonds, or T/Bills, or in Venezuelan toilet-paper. Why? Go figure…or jes’ ask Chris.

    The onlies’ problem remaining, is whose face to put ‘pon dem: cud either be Ossie Moore, or Gearbox. ( Sorry guys…I know we cud ‘nuse Chris and DeLisle’s handsome mugs, but good form does not allow the use of living, highly-respected, persons for such purposes).

  7. Arlene Dan
    Arlene Dan February 23, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Words for thought from Dr Belle.Let’s wait and see what’s next

  8. Dwayne Jack
    Dwayne Jack February 23, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Isn’t that board meeting today!??

  9. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 23, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Why the governor get fired from the central, because of bad management of the economy. The governor give the finance Minister bad advice.The governor should resign and tell the people of Barbados the reason why he was asked to resign or get fired.

  10. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph February 23, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Seriously, BT…you need to let certain people who have lost credibility because of their political leanings go off into retirement and spend their consultative $$$ in peace and serenity.
    It’s kinda obvious that Dr Worrell has steered the economy as best he could for the last 7-8yrs, whilst advising the politicians on the changes in spending they needed to make. Nine years later the government has made little/no progress on the changes and Dr Worrell has basically run out of options.
    A total disaster on the politicians part. Completely inexcusable. We, the public need to be able to charge politicians with dereliction of duty and/failure to execute their duties. They should also be made to repay every cent of ‘stolen’ remuneration.

  11. James Franks February 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Chris Stinker is the one who should resign because of h i s catastrophic mis management of our fragile economy.

  12. Peter February 23, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Both o’DEM as Sparrow sang, thought that they could have printed money and use Guyana as the conduit. Let me explain. The Guyanese were using BDS dollars as a mainstay currency as they could NOT trade their GUY dollars outside of Guyana. There was a free flow of both US dollars and. BDS dollars on the ground. Barbados was not seeing the movement of hard US dollars so they bought the US dollars in Guyana. It’s discreet but effective. It happens extensively in money laundering zones. Precious metals like gold for which Guyana exports over US$ 3 Billion worth is also used. Guyana shut down the OTC (Over The Counter) trade of Bds Dollar hence leaving Barbados Belly-up. Both Chris and DELisle knows that. Hey I just had my cup of coffee. I have to do some business. It’ll give me a chance to think clearly.

  13. Greengiant February 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Wonder when will we benefits from some independent political scientists. They could never give an analysis without being one sided and will always question the relevance of alternative parties.

    Oh I just remembered, they’re paid by political parties and not the people on the ground. So as Dr. Worrell is losing his pick for apparently flying in the bosses’ face. I guess Dr. Bell, Wickham P and the others must remain subordinate to the pay masters, as they aim to sway the undecided majority of voters. Sadly though several of the older voters and a few younger ones will vote on religious and moral principles. What a small majority to be had by whoever forms the next government? These are truly interesting times in our politics. Maybe a changing landscape.

  14. Thérèse Fergusson
    Thérèse Fergusson February 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I think we need to seek out a new electoral system

  15. The Negrocrat February 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I think Dr.Cassandra from Gabby’s song will be given the position. She can cure the aches we are having.

  16. Helicopter(8P) February 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Peter you’ve just tanked up the chopper. That’s some clear view vision. That’s visibility unlimited coming off the airfield.

    • Peter February 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Here is some more fuel. Just about a year ago US authorities discovered a Guyanese owned private jet with over US dollar 600,000,00 in cash headed for Guyana. The owner – pilot said he forgot to declare it because he forgot it was on the plane. Honestly? What do you think that money was going into Guyana for? How much more went in before that? Helicopter(8P) whirr whirr whirr.takkatakka takka… Over 15,00 Bajan squatters living in Guyana now. Govt. won’t deport them. They are considered Caribbean brothers and sisters. So Go ahead Stuart, follow up on British born David Thompson’s action plan. Deport Guyanese.

  17. sunshinecanada February 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Mr Worrell, take a money and run hell, if not, u will be sleeping fa good, u can’t work with Dem’s, wish u well,

  18. Mikey February 23, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    @Tony Webster,,, U mekking sport bout 500.00 and
    1000.00 Bills ??? well d las time I saw sum was in 1998 in Jamaica.
    I carry 300.00 USDLRS to Montego Bay and was nearly uh millionnaire wen the Bureau of Exchange gave me approxx
    19 thousand Jamaican dollars !!!
    U tink dat is fun ??? And a Tin of milk costed 25 dollars, bread 20 dollars and uh Rice and Chicken Leg costed 300.00 dollars ???
    Uh Red Stripe Beer did cost around 15 dollars !!!
    U want dat in Bimshire ??? U bettah get serious yuh !!!

  19. Joan Worrell February 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

    All day long, CEO’s in the private sector are fired but the public never knows. The headlines in the newspapers read ‘CEO of X, is no longer heading the company. His place has been taken by new executive ” Mr. ”Ý”. Worrell could have taken a leaf out of their book, arrange an amicable settlement and everybody would be wondering why Worrell gone. I wonder how much Nicholls charged. I hope it hasn’t eaten into his settlement money. lol.


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