Bim first!

Inniss appears to support Arthur’s move

Elected and appointed public officers must have a stronger sense of patriotism even after they leave the service, says Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss. Delivering the keynote address at the Week of Excellence Symposium Thursday morning, Inniss admonished public servants to “journey to work for love of country and not self”.

He cautioned that “too often we worry about getting our politicians in and out of office, and [spend] too little time on safeguarding the nation”.

It was the closest he came to supporting the decision of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who has accepted an offer from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to lead the Government’s economic advisory team.

Arthur’s decision has been seen as betrayal by some, in particular members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which he led for more than two decades before quitting the BLP in 2014. However, many others, including avid supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) who had previously castigated the former Prime Minister over his economic policies, have welcomed his decision to rise above partisan politics in the national interest.

Thursday, Inniss did not mention Arthur by name, but while speaking on the topic, Private Sector Productivity: Its Impact On The Business Climate, he cautioned that while elective politics was finite, the will to see Barbados prosper through the ages was not.

“We politicians would come and go, hopefully I would stay, but our nation Barbados must simply grow,” he told the gathering at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

“So friends I am satisfied that while our resources may be finite, our patriotism and will to succeed as a nation is infinite and that is what will make the difference in the new Barbados,” he stressed.

Inniss, who is Arthur’s constituency representative in St James South, also implored past, present and future Government officials to consistently seek new avenues to ensure the forward momentum of the country.

“If as policymakers in the public sector we do not lead by example then I am afraid that the entire system can become rather rotten. If as ministers we do not respect other people’s time and resources and communicate in a consistent and persistent manner and constantly seek new policies and programmes, then we are simply warming seats. That perspective of course must go for ll past, present and future ministers,” he said before zeroing in on the economic priorities of the day.

“We have to get our deficit down, we have to make decisions on a more timely manner, we have to earn more foreign exchange and we have to have a more efficient public sector,” he said.

Political scientist Peter Wickham has described Government’s move to appoint Arthur as its Chief Economic Advisor as an admission that it is economically incompetent. He told Barbados TODAY on Wednesday that the move defied logic and appeared destined to do more harm than good to the DLP’s political standing.

However, Arthur had earlier told Barbados TODAY, in an exclusive interview, that having answered the call of other regional governments, “I could not possibly be giving advice to other people and say no to a good and honest overture to me to give advice to the Government of Barbados.”

So far the Mia Mottley-led BLP has been mum on the development.

10 Responses to Bim first!

  1. Hal Austin March 3, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Patriotism is the last hiding place for the scoundrel.

  2. Alex Alleyne March 3, 2017 at 6:48 am

    My words “BIM first”.

  3. Tony Webster March 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Mr. Arthur’s quoted statement here, to , “say no to a good and honest overture to me to give advice to the Government of Barbados.”…might be made more germane and realistic, if the phrase “ostensibly, and purportedly”.. be inserted immediately ahead of the adjective “good”. A very intelligent, qualified, eminent, and esteemed economist, he is yet vulnerable to the scruples, and vagaries, and the foibles of the human condition. Poised against the three-card men, there is no guarantee….that he would come out smiling.

    Double, double, toil and trouble…
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble…

  4. Peter March 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Tony Web. Permit me to add a line or two……

    The broth get hotter and de cauldron bubble
    DEM call in de wizard an he is bare trouble…

  5. Tony Webster March 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

    @Perwr: Touché dear friend. Can you plumb the depths of despair which I endured, whist pretending to to study The Bard whilst the girls of tha Anglican High School….were alluringly sauntering by?

    I wouldst gladly sharpen the edge of Shylock’s knife, and submit my pound of flesh without whimper….effin I only was permitted a free choice!

    Latest false newz, ( or alternative facts, whichever) : as William S. understood human nature so well, it has just emerged that he had had THREE BRAINS…and was Jesus’ outside brother .

    Verily…I just read it on Donald’s latest Twit….er….a Twitter.

  6. Mikey March 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    @Tony Webster, I have nevva met Yuh , but I like Yuh, especially wen yuh pun Down-to-Brass-Tacks, but yuh got tummuch hard-and-fast positions that wen yuh rong and real rong , yuh cahn back peddle. Yuh mus gie yuhself some leg room and breathing space to korreck yuh also humane foibles,,, obviously uh Classical student of sum merit , yuh mus’ not be like Shylock and get trapped into cutting that pound of flesh in one single stroke, shedding no blood, an impossibility, gie yuhself room to manouvre sumtimes, man.

  7. Mikey March 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Minister Inniss should back up his words with ACTION and show that he is a Leader of Patriotism,,, I say “Ask not you can get out of the Citizens taxes , but What you can do with the taxes in order to make life better for them”.

    Politicians were not elected to run their own House, but to run a House that can provide food, shelter, clothing and other amenities for the people who they beg for Votes every Four or Five years.

  8. Lee R March 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Minister Inniss is one of the only government MPs that talks the talk. The question is can he walk the walk?

  9. Gearbox1964 March 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Mikey, they come and beg for the job to manage our business and then we pay them well to do so…yet when they get the job they act like they are our Gods and we should be bowing to them. That’s because a lot of foolish Bajans from times past…and even today…do bow to them. Sad!

  10. harry turnover March 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    YOU want to put Bim first at this stage ? DEM shoulda put Bim first after DEM tell NUFF lies to fool people to put DEM back 2013.when DEM knew that DEM couldn’t handle the economy.


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