Budget 2017 – A “vicious budget”, says Mottley

In a scathing rebuff of the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley this afternoon charged that  Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had handed Barbados the “most vicious tax take” ever to hit country since the introduction of the taxation in 1941.

Mottley wasted no time in thrashing the fiscal measures, which she said would result in an additional $481 million in taxes, plunging Barbadians into greater hardship.

“$291 million for a National Social Responsibility Levy – in one year, almost $300 million; $140 million in the two per cent commission on foreign exchange; $50 million in excise tax; and $481 million in additional taxes. Where is it coming from?”
Mottley blasted the Government for asking Barbadians to make sacrifice after sacrifice with no real reward.
“You ask the middle class of this country to make another sacrifice, you ask civil servants in this country to make another sacrifice, you ask poor people in this country to make another sacrifice, you beg them to hold strain, you tell them about team Barbados . . . you tell them you have this wonderful homegrown strategy, and nine years later what do they get yesterday evening? All they have to show for their sacrifice is an effective de facto devaluation of their social and economic existence and a de facto devaluation of the Barbados dollar by these measures that have been put by the Minister of Finance,” she said in delivering her official rely to the Budget.

17 Responses to Budget 2017 – A “vicious budget”, says Mottley

  1. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes May 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    My prime minister wash them off

  2. Mack May 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Great presentation Mia!! You expose them for who their are.

  3. Santini More
    Santini More May 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Excellent performance Ms Mottley.

  4. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith May 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats Mia on that Excel lent speech

  5. Kristal Hctabrebmuc
    Kristal Hctabrebmuc May 31, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    mia … ms shady i loved it

  6. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave May 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Surely she is a qualify enough to run this country a very brilliant MP

  7. Peter May 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I bet anybody gthat Carson C Cadogan, Zeus Whom I think are the same person, Miss undecided aka Coralita, Matthews who calls himself Arthur, and all DEM Ds will write in that Mia was no Good. well except for Matthews aka Arthur. He calls Brass Tacks. Well the upcoming next DLP leader Sir Richard has taken up the fight of words just after Mia. He was tryin to incite disruption within the BLP camp. Honestly, I hope he’s not right because I have my suspicions. Say that to say this though. There is a much larger group of what I call hound dogs in the DEMs camp who will show their true colors when the bell rings.

  8. Bajan May 31, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Mia had 28000 live views on FB during her speech. That says a lot.

  9. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett May 31, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    She nailed Dem’ dunce

  10. Peter May 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    My take on Sinckler’s budget presentation is he knows very well that the DEMs will lose the next year so he is applying a psychological maneuver to work DEM back in. He has delivered such a tax blow to Barbadians that the BLP will find it hard to repair the economy thus he will shout out ” There, see what we told you, they are no good. They can’t fix our economy. Get us
    back in there to complete the job. But here’s where he’s wrong. There are a few multibillionaires just waiting to move in and Invest. The DEMs knows this and they are kind of shaking. Richard is no different from Fruendel, He’s an order taker and a yes man He will be easily controlled and follow instructions from Command Center on George Street.

  11. Concern citicizen May 31, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Mia know she thing. She is always prepared. That is what leadership is all about. When ya good ya good

  12. Andrea Sobers
    Andrea Sobers May 31, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Love this woman bad man

  13. Alex Alleyne May 31, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    According to your speech, If or when you get into Office you are going to have a serious repair job on your hands. We the non partisan public will be watching. Looking at things I willing to give you a 15 year time slot to fully fulfill the “repair job”.

  14. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien May 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Third party, third party where are you? I am so tired of these 2 bands of comedians !! Who will deliver us from the brink of this dark dismal abyss??? Only God!!!!

  15. Bajan May 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Mia’s Facebook Live broadcast ended at 34,405 views, 749 shares, and over 4000 comments. Again this says a lot. People are interested in what Mia has to say.

  16. Marcia Clarke June 1, 2017 at 2:34 am


  17. Tony Webster June 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Wuhloss!!!!! This lady spoke for three hours….mostly extemporaneously…and if she looked at her notes five times, I must’ve over-counted. The ladies doing the TV Ch-8 “signing”, were obviously sweating…just to keep up. What a tour-de-force!!

    My sixth-form debating tusssles with one Bernard Coard at G.B.S.S., Grenada, pale into insignificance. What a fierce, fire-breathing, fact-filled, riveting performance!! Not me and she …bohsie! Anyone wid eyes, ears, and a li’l sense, can see the sunlight shining through the clouds. C U at Bussa…


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