Don’t change for the sake of change – Sinckler

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is cautioning Barbadians against rushing to change the Government simply for the sake of change.

Reacting to the crushing defeat of the Perry Christie-led Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in last week’s general election in the Bahamas, Sinckler said this was by no means an indication that Barbadians should do the same to the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

The victorious Free National Movement (FNM) captured 34 of the 39 seats in the Bahamian parliament, including that of the incumbent prime minister.

However, in an interview with Barbados TODAY Sinckler contended that history had shown the Bahamian electorate to be a fickle one, and last week’s result should have no bearing on the Barbados election due within a year.

“Bahamas is Bahamas and Barbados is Barbados. I don’t think our country votes like that. Bahamas has actually changed governments every five years since the last three or four election cycles, so that must tell you something,” Sinckler said.

In the last two years the incumbents have been defeated in general elections in Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, with Antiguans also changing their government just under three years ago.

Although Opposition Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley last week warned supporters now was not the time to be giddy in the wake of the FNM’s victory, some observers point to the various election results as winds of change blowing across the region, suggesting Barbados could be in its path.

Sinckler said when the Bahamas election result was taken in conjunction with the recent defeats of the other incumbent governments, it was clear the people of the Caribbean were searching for solutions.

However, the minister cautioned Barbadians to be careful that they did not turn to the wrong people for those answers.

“People change and then they change back and then you change again, so that must tell you something about what people are expecting and looking for and whether those expectations are being met. The question is whether when you change you get what you expect from what you change to,” Sinckler said.

“I was recently watching the television and realized that a lot of people who voted a certain way in November during the United States [presidential election] would like to take back that vote all like now. The electorate is all-powerful [and] at the end of the day, it is their choice, and that is why democracy is such a great thing. It’s Government by the people, for the people and of the people,” he added.

Despite concerns about the Barbados economy, Sinckler said he was confident the Freundel Stuart administration had done enough to merit a third term in office.

As recently as last week, in its report on the first quarter of 2017, the Central Bank of Barbados warned of the need for further “belt tightening” amid lingering concerns about the state of the island’s foreign reserves which rose slightly from $681 million last December to $705.4 million at the end of March this year, still below the 12 weeks’ benchmark.

“The choice is of course up to the public because you are only in Government for as long as you are allowed to be in Government. We believe that the parties who are contesting will engage in a free and fair election and the outcome is the outcome. We have a record to run on and we will put that case to the people fact by fact and then you allow the chips to fall,” Sinckler stressed.

37 Responses to Don’t change for the sake of change – Sinckler

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 16, 2017 at 12:07 am


  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 16, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Chris Sinckler, any other party, even the stinking BLP party is better than your corrupt, vindictive, victimising and lying DLP administration. I, who use to vote DLP, hope that none of you win a single seat.

  3. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles May 16, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Changing for the sake of change is how jackass bajans voted for you in the first place

  4. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis May 16, 2017 at 12:47 am

    We changing because you failed for 9 yrs to even run one ministry efficent all ministries in uproar economy sinking people cant get income tax refunds some pensions the same most corupt government ever barbados ever had and you sir is the worst by 10 chapters minister of finance we ever had oh and i forget what ever ministry they have that minister proving to be worst minister in history of that ministry want more evidence why you should get 30 to 0 in next election

  5. Sonia Lynch
    Sonia Lynch May 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

    That’s what the ppl did in 2008′ all fa change ‘and put this lil rock in backward mode with lunatics .now we all suffering.

  6. Nathaniel Samuels May 16, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Not for the sake of a change, you clown. It is to ensure a better standard of living and a chance of a better life for us all Bajans. your administration has brought this country to its knees, in fact this country is now prostrate. We need some relief and we know that the relief will not come from you so we are taking another course. Anybody but you!
    Pray tell me, what you have done for us lately?

  7. Mark Lynch
    Mark Lynch May 16, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Can’t remain the same. So u gotta change.

  8. Nicole Denise Thompson
    Nicole Denise Thompson May 16, 2017 at 1:56 am

    The only think constant is change….

  9. Eugene Lavine
    Eugene Lavine May 16, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Isn’t that what happaned in 2008?

  10. Santini More
    Santini More May 16, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I have wanted to change this Government since 2009 when I first recognised the level of ineptitude within the DLP as it introduced economic policies that ran counter to our best interest. They have only compounded their foolishness over these years and brought us to the very brink of an abyss. I need them out of office and the sooner the better.

  11. Deangelo Dixie Mayers
    Deangelo Dixie Mayers May 16, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Chris I honestly think you are senile,you really think the DLP has done enough. Lies after lies,and look where it left Mr Worrell. I think it’s a little to late,the only way the dems winning this is if wanna buy it out.

  12. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin May 16, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Out of a job with a fat pension for the rest of his life. There’s the shame. These delusional people should have been thrown out after their first term. Chris, you sound desperate.

  13. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith May 16, 2017 at 4:59 am

    First I will like my income tax ,and secondly you vote out

  14. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde May 16, 2017 at 5:01 am


  15. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann May 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Comedy special…but we not laughing…,

  16. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett May 16, 2017 at 5:29 am

    His second career is being a comedian

  17. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes May 16, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Chris dont mind these comments that what they said in 2013 you safe buddy …….(walks way slowly)

  18. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch May 16, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I would have to humbly suggest that that is what happened in 2008. Another change would not simply be for the sake of it , I assure you.

  19. Andrew Simpson May 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

    What can we learn from The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman; all the way to Iceland, Singapore, Switzerland and even North Korea.
    Is our increase in the order of that accustomed for Barbados’ foreign exchange reserves at this time of the year?
    We need more than home grown fiscal measures, we must design and develop a fool-proof governance model; leading to the discovery of our true identity, facilitating maximum citizen participation and engagement, to honestly be the best in the contest.

  20. Mark Adamson May 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Mottley is the WORST BLP leader EVER.

    Mottley is the WORST Opposition leader in the post-independent political history of Barbados.

    This parliamentary BLP is the very WORST minority party in the post-independent political history of Barbados.

    Neither Mottley or this very intellectually and politically backward, bankrupt, decrepit and discredited BLP faction has a vision, a cosmology or blueprint that can be used by any local social movements and organizations to assist in the further growth and development of Barbados.


    This said Mottley and this said BLP have been and are also
    primarily responsible for helping bring this country to this stage of
    dedevelopment and ruination in many of the social, political,
    material and financial affairs of this country.

    This said Mottley and this said BLP (1994 – 2008) were the ones
    that were responsible for bringing about of:

    1) the Greenland Landfill Scandal;

    2) the GEMS and Eastry scandal;

    3) the NHC Warrens scandal;

    4) the Edutech fiasco;

    5) the Dodds Prisons fiasco – which also involved a foreign company (VECO) with criminal connections;

    6) the Silver Sands Beach Bath Scandal;

    7) the Kensington Oval Redevelopment fiasco – a facility that up to now that has remained unfinished;

    8) the Danos 3s ABC highway expansion at some points;

    9) the massive cost overruns that were part and parcel of Glebe Town Hall centre, the Crab Hill police station, said NHC Warrens project, etc;

    10) the massive, unnecessary and uncontrolled growth and expansion in the size, scope and responsibilities of the government of Barbados – the UDC, RDC, the Ministry of Social
    Transformation, the Constitutional Review Commission, Social Justice Commission, St. Joseph Hospital Commission, the
    National Reconciliation Committee, the Law and Order Commission, etc;

    11) the folly of taking on so many consultants and so unknown to the general public;

    12) The Ackee Tree Affair – where a person got 11, 000 $, on cutting down an ackee tree;

    13) The explosion in the government debt – the doubling of the
    debt from 1994 to 2008;

    14) The proliferation in growth of BOLT projects – the Halls of
    Justice; the Coast Guard Headquarters; the said Dodds Prisons; the Desalination Plant at Spring Garden Black Rock, etc,

    15) the massive destruction in manufacturing and agriculture;

    16) the taking of many lands out of sugar and the said sorry state
    of creating of retirement and other villages and golf courses on those lands;

    17) the continued chronic dependence on Tourism;

    18) the massive failure to seriously lead the way in the serious
    restructuring of the commercial and productive sectors of this country – with the exception of one sector – the telecommunications sector;

    19) the wilful destruction of the stalls of vendors in the carpark in

    20) the dismissal of Mr. David Comissiong from the Directorship of the Commission of Pan African Affairs;

    21) the disgraceful supporting of the distribution of condoms in the then Glendairy Prisons

    and so many more instances of gross and reckless misrule and maladministration for which the BLP must be prevented from ever again taking up the reins of governmental office in this country.

    Mark Afamson

    • Bobo May 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      EXCELLENT-RESEARCH-BLP-And Americana Republicans- what are the difference ,their positive visions ,the, themselves, thou, and their friends.

  21. BimJim May 16, 2017 at 9:46 am

    8 years, 12 Billion in debt (and still rising).
    You don’t listen to people.
    You block ‘inconvenient’ peoples emails.
    You block ‘inconvenient’ peoples phone numbers.
    You made a mockery of “organisation”.
    You turned government into chaos.
    You put politics above all.
    You have no imagination or new ideas.
    You have no morals or ethics.
    You keep making the awful bureaucracy worse.
    You keep making peoples lives more miserable.
    You keep selling our country to foreigners.
    You keep increasing the cost of living.

    And don’t change?

    Are you frickin CRAZY?


  22. Mohammed patel May 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    “The minister cautioned Barbadians to be careful that they did not turn to the wrong people for those answers.”

    But nine years now and u all can’t find one answer and telling not to turn to the wrong people you right the Dems are the wrong people finally u have admit it tht u all can’t find the answer

  23. Randolph May 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is the biggest joke for 9 years.Must it be Dems now and Dems again after so much suffering?Cuddear Sinkler,you mean you all want to kill us ?

  24. Mikey May 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Mr. Sinckler Sir, YES THE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS BARBADOS (Party) to get them out of this mess caused by the ONLY two parties ever to run the affairs of this country.
    “Time out” for both of them. We need change.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      could not agree with you more. If you read the script of both of these stinking parties it reads the same. Both are creators of their specific brand of corruption. Both operated in arrogance and no accountability. Both ignored the need for greater transparency, accountability and integrity. Both do not see the need for anticorruption legislation. Both are not interested in Freedom of Information. They are wicked.

  25. Mr Rock usa May 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This is the perfect time for barbadian to form a new political movement with new idea’s and a new way of thinking to move this great country of ours forward. The two party are all wash up and brain dead. Jumping from blp to dlp have land Barbados in the same mess. Those people are all self interest folks. The country need in forward thinking 21 century leader not an 18 century one. Even a group of independent people in parliament is better that a party. I say go with an independent canidet instead od party. These people with keep them in check.

  26. MuddaSick May 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    With all due respect, I suggest you stick to Barbadian affairs instead of speculating on the motives of the Bahamian electorate. We voted out excessive and blatant corruption. Disrespect also, as our Prime Minister ‘flipped the bird’ on his people in a public setting. The collective electorate decision had nothing to do with any previous changes in government. Those are the facts.

  27. Bobo May 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Mr Rock usa—well said -Both parties are brain dead-BRAIN DEAD REACTION”I TAX YOU HERE” AND ”I TAX YOU THERE”


  28. BaJan boy May 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Mark socks boy so dumb he can’t even spell his name correctly. Sadly for the silly little boy no one takes him seriously despite his attempts to gain relevance and importance he is still seen as a clown from in the alley at the back of Woolworth who is still selling without a license authorizing him so to do. The few dollars you are getting to criticize this lady will go and the DEMS won’t owe you anything. You should get them to give you a license to sell socks so you could make a living before they go.

  29. Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Both of these political parties have the masses as a teet, while the that 1% sucking the bubby and getting fatter with all of that milk. They want moving onto hard food. Both of these parties aka gangrene legs need chopping off and sending to coral ridge for cremation. We as a people need to stop looking at Barbados being sold off to foreigners as they are also some living among us too who has waxed rich. CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH.

  30. Mark My Word May 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Lets all jump out de frying pan into the Fire, Hell Fire along wid some Brimstone we will be better off.

  31. Lee R May 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    As a constituent of Sinckler, I can tell you he can never get my vote. I have never seen him in my community. Mr. Rowe all you have to do is show up. I guess he believes that a hamper once a year and a Christmas party can continue to trap people. This government has to go. Ring the bell Freundel!!!!!

  32. Jea Alleyne May 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    The people desperately need change, in-line with the more progressive nations that have the Freedom of Information Act, a real democracy which allows FREEDOM OF SPEECH and dealing with the REAL issues at hand. Transparency and Accountability is needed from any party in power, there is too much money being handled incorrectly and putting pressure on the poorer classes. DLP will have to go… too much talk and not enough progressive action for the masses !!

  33. Jea Alleyne May 22, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Whoever running need to start with putting some Legislation in place for Accountabilty and Transparency and the Freedom to ask Government about affairs that concern the masses. The current structure is well and truly behind the times and allows for the mismanagement of the taxpayers money…. I thought Bim followed the USA and UK??? Apparently not when it comes to bringing the country in line with International Standards… How come 90 countries have the FOI and Bim, as a more developed nation (or was) hasnt? Something is definitely wrong here !! Bajans should insist on the Freedom of Information Act or dont vote and let the whole system collapse !! Do or die !

  34. Jea Alleyne May 22, 2017 at 7:08 am

    History repeating itself…. They had our ancestors out there in the plantations. When slavery was abolished the minority received compensation, the enslaved received $0. Now they got the masses paying taxes and the minority getting an easy ride yet again off the masses backs !! Same system, we’re better off without a system cos its still for the minority whilst the majority work and suffer !! There is a natural system, this man-made system made for one type of man…..


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