Give us more time, says Lashley

A Government minister says the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) needs some more time to fix the economy.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley made the comment as he contributed to the Budget debate last night, saying that the past eight years of the DLP’s rule has been “a relatively short space of time in which to correct some of the most deep-seated structural challenges” the DLP found when it took over in 2008 after 14 years of Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rule.

“These deep-seated structural challenges of an economic nature were never really fixed by the Barbados Labour Party, and we would have had to come to office in 2008 at the height of a very serious and challenging global recession,” Lashley said.

The Christ Church West Central Member of Parliament contended that, even now, Barbados continues to be impacted by global economic forces, adding that the issues pertaining to the fiscal deficit continue to be critical.

“Our debt profile increased significantly to a multi-billion-dollar figure under the Barbados Labour Party. Even up to now, the trail of that debt continue to afflict this Government,” he said.

Citing one example of the debt that “continues to stranglehold Barbadians”, he said Government has to find about $30 million every year to pay in connection with the prison at Dodds.

But he pointed to the ongoing refurbishment of the Wildey Gymnasium and the upcoming CARIFESTA as activities that would help to bring to Barbados much needed foreign direct investment and inflows of capital to boost reserves.

“It’s a festival that will see, coming to Barbados, some 3,000 artisans and performers; a festival that will benefit the economy because of the use of hotels, accommodation, taxis and other goods and services,” Lashley said.

“We believe that this festival, which will help to propel and showcase the region as a centre for culture industries, is happening at the right time for Barbados.”

Barbados will host CARIFESTA from August 17 to 27.

12 Responses to Give us more time, says Lashley

  1. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Lashley I like you but I got to eat and live. Am not into committing suicide. Jus sayin

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  2. Lennoxhewitt June 2, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    More time to do what ?had 2 five years of bare tax .

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  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    What the hell more time wonna want you think people stupid because we poor….F##KING DEMONS.

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  4. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose June 2, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Dah man make me wanna pup.

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  5. George Brathwaite
    George Brathwaite June 2, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Time where, Dodds St. Philip?

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  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Mr Lashley, I am so sorry but your time is up.

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  7. Diva N June 3, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Mr. Lashley, Do u eat ramen? That’s what your party have given the poor people for the past 4 years. More time, we will be washing in the river next

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  8. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 3, 2017 at 1:28 am

    What more time, or how much more time you think you idiots need to further wreck the economy and continue to insult the intelligence of Barbadians? There is no time like the right time to get rid of Circus Stuart and the belligerent clown set. The damage you have inflicted, the open insults to Barbadians you have uttered, the blatant and disgusting secrecy road you chose to go down, and scores of controversial and eyebrow-raising idiot policies, imposition of unfair taxation, millions in financial wastage, and the alarming concerns of the Auditor General, tells the story that to give you nitwits a third time would be a humongous mistake detrimental to the progress of an already regressing Barbadian society. Besides, who in their right mind would give a term to an arrogant, pompous so in so like Freundel Stuart?

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  9. DE June 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Mr. Lashley was the only member of the present government that I used to admire and had respect for. But I notice that over this last period of time he like he get brain wash or he now see how to get rich out of the tax payer like his colleagues. He probably realize that he can get some heavy draw backs of these project that he has going like what all of his other fellow men had done and are doing. Mr. Lashley SORRY you are late, your time has run out.

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  10. The Rock June 3, 2017 at 7:48 am

    He is a freak? He want more time? He want to finish make the rich richer and kill the poor? More time? My man you and your bandits have overstayed your time.

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  11. hcalndre June 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Well, Well, this party never stop their idiotness. Mr. Lashley reminds me of the man on death row, when the time came to put him to death, he was asked what he wanted for his last and he asked for strawberries, was told strawberries were not in as yet and his reply was that he could wait, which could also mean to give him some more time.

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  12. Suzette Dyall June 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Mr Lashley please take several seats in the back.

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