They’re parasites!

A Government Senator has described the local business community as parasites who are only bellyaching about the recently announced budgetary measures because they are unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden.

The Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA), the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have all predicted disastrous consequences as a result of the austerity measures presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in Parliament on May 30.

The three organizations have also warned of job losses and further contraction of the economy as a result of the measures, which include a whopping 500 per cent increase in the contentious National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) from two per cent to ten per cent; an increase in the excise duty on petrol and a new two per cent tax on foreign exchange transactions.

However, in delivering the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture at the party’s George Street headquarters Friday, Ince, the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance, did not mince his words when he suggested that businesses should quit their whining and stop sponging off Government.

“I am going to give you a phrase that I use to describe the private sector of Barbados. I have been criticized for it and it doesn’t bother me one way or another. I have said it before and I will say it again and I want this written as Jepter Ince say so. The private sector of Barbados is an extension of the public service and a parasitic plant in the bosom of Government.

“Write that!” said Ince, who was responding to questions posed by Barbados TODAY about the growing anxiety among businesses about their future.

Citing several examples, Ince, who lost to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s Gline Clarke in St George North in the last election, accused the private sector of abdicating its leadership role in spurring economic growth and employment, forcing Government to take the helm.

It is for this reason that Ince argued that businesses must now be prepared to put up or shut up.

“Every decision to push this country forward is made by the Government of Barbados, every initiative towards economic growth and employment. And I would give you an example and I want you to write and quote me, I fear no one. We had some molasses tanks in the ports that were leaking and falling apart. The Minister of Finance and myself met with the Rum Producers Association and the private sector of this country to repair those tanks and we asked them for $5 million in contributions and that money could not be found,” Ince lamented.

He added that the $24 million price tag to repair the tanks was eventually paid solely by taxpayers.

“We gave the private sector the ploughing programme because they said they could have done it better. Within a number of years it went under and it cost the Ministry of Agriculture $10 million and six tractors to bring it back under that ministry and get it right.

“We had Sam Lord’s Castle and nobody didn’t want it, and again it was up to the Government of Barbados to bring brand name hotels to the country,” Ince said, while pointing to other areas such as renewable energy as further examples as missed opportunities by the private sector.

The Government advisor warned that things would be much worse for the private sector if the Freundel Stuart administration were to heed the business community’s advice to make cuts instead of raising revenue.

“They have no grounds for complaining. We give the private sector about $300 million in goods and services [incentives] when the year comes. They complain about cutting the deficit and making tough decisions. If Government decides to cut the goods and services to the private sector, tell me what is going to happen? They cannot stand, their balance sheets cannot take it,” he cautioned.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

Source: Ince takes a dig at the private sector

37 Responses to They’re parasites!

  1. Santini More
    Santini More June 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This fool just needs to STFU. He clearly has nothing of use to contribute to any sensible economic debate. Send him home and stop wasting tax payers money on buffoons.

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  2. watchful warrior June 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Wow just wow…. Parasites you say.. Hummm would those same parasites be the of the import export business type that keep the ports open and of which younwill gain taxes from called duties???
    What a termite you are ince

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  3. Lennox hewitt June 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I serious i just hate to see him and hear he talk man he allways talking garbage educated idiot that what he r but my man tell me education n commonsence he mussy d parasites .

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  4. straight talk June 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I hate hear he and hate to see he, he is uh arrogant bald head
    stupid cu##@t

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  5. Mr. Crowley June 17, 2017 at 12:21 am

    The Empire Strikes Back……not going down without a fight

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  6. BaJan boy June 17, 2017 at 2:31 am

    This educated unintelligent c&$t has never even run a picks up game poor soul. They have brought us such shame and reduced us to such a poor and helpless state that the idiot can say anything. The only people in Barbados with money now is DEM theifing bastards who never had before and just get a guts full since 2008 and have done nothing for it. From cracking heads to blood in the street to childless women,to we are living our best days these cu$&s we have in office continue to speak down to our people. Don’t talk about the PM nor the Attorney General bajans ought to be ashamed to even consider or answer them when they come unashamedly knocking at their doors.

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  7. Adrian Loveridge June 17, 2017 at 2:50 am

    It is an interesting word ‘parasite’. A Government Senator sits in the Senate between 20 and 25 days a year. What remuneration, tax concessions, pension and other TAXPAYER paid benefits do they receive?

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  8. The Negrocrat June 17, 2017 at 3:55 am

    The Jester.

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  9. Zeus June 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Somebody please call the man a liar ……..prove the man wrong

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  10. Zeus June 17, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Adrian how much does government spend advertising Barbados for the tourism sector

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  11. Gsmiley June 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

    @ The negrocrat. The jester is right.

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  12. Ksmart June 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The same tactics the sandiford admistration had is the same this adminstration have nothing has changed if yall doubt me go through the nation archives between 91-96 and you would see what i am talking about

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  13. Frank White June 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Now tell me Jepter, do you really think that was an appropriate word to use when talking about a population that is more than 90% black??

    It would have been more appropriate to say who these businesses are that according to you, are parasites because that would have gotten you less stick from the public…

    These statements from you and your colleges only shows how arrogant and far remove you all are from your people and it clearly shows why what Owen Arthur said is true when he said that your pay is a cost overrun…

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  14. Dude June 17, 2017 at 9:25 am

    How does it cost 24 million to REPAIR tanks? That sounds like it should be the cost of something new

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  15. Cassandra Bowen June 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Sir, life and death is in the power of the tongue and you should really think before you speak. Just remember that when you pointo a finger four come back to you. A parasite sucks the very life of the thing it clings to, again I will say that both governments did just that to the people of this country who by voting put them in with the understanding that they would be the best people to take this country forward.

    The old people had a saying that you should nevery bite the hand that feeds you. If this country shakes will it only be the opposition and the private sector that feels it, no Sir we will all feel it and have to bear the consequences. An apology is really needed from you to the private sector.

    Arrogance, pride and injustice will not take us forward but we all need to sit down and deal with the situation. This country does not belong to any government it belongs to all who live here.

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  16. Shazzy June 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Cuhdear…daz all i could say

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  17. Shazzy June 17, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Just cause you think we are parasites doesnt mean you will get away with swatting or spraying us with insecticides

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  18. Keen Observer June 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

    With the exception Sagicor and Goddards, I find the private sector to be very weak, lacking in inovation and yes parasites. When ever government takes decision which they are not in favour they threaten laying off. This is a type of blackmail. Perhaps they will have more money to reinvest if CEOs company cars.

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    • Mark My Word June 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      PARASITE : An organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense.

      This statement is so true, People just get Educated but have no common sense in Barbados now

      Just look at Goddard’s now the Trinidadian man take over the helm there.

      The DAILY NATION confirmed that fresh from earning a $62 million profit and its “highest earnings per share ever” of 83 cents last year, GEL has received shareholder permission to hike the remuneration of its seven non-executive directors from $276 000 to $418 000 annually. It’s the first such increase since January 2009. And on top of this additional $142 000 in their pockets, the group’s board members will now be able to participate in its Savings Related Employee Share Purchase Scheme. They will be allowed to purchase a maximum of $40 000 in shares annually.

      Them raise Directors money from $276,000-$418,00
      But offering workers a 2% pay increase

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      • Coconut Vendor June 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

        @Mark my work… You are twisting the facts, perhaps unintentionally. GEL increased workers pay by 2% EVERY YEAR, not a one-time increase as your comment suggests. The seven GEL directors were being paid $276,000 in totall – that is $39,000 per director per year – which shareholders voted to increase to $59,000 per year (i.e. $418,000 total) after no increase of many years. Compare that to Sagicor which pays directors $84,000 a year.

        Sure there are parasites in private and public sector, often working closely together. But you’ve got the facts wrong here.

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  19. Adrian Loveridge June 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Zeus, Whatever the figure, it is being generated by the taxpayer including most of us in the tourism industry. Government does not earn any money, they just spend it and I would imagine the true amount (after the cost of operating two national agencies) is probably less per year than the amount squandered on GEMS over the last seven years.

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  20. Delia Rose June 17, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Maybe rumours are true that in order for anything to get passed, someting else got to get passed – under the table and in large denominations. Maybe that’s why the business sector has given up.

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  21. Andrew Jordan June 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I want to know if this is accurate because isn’t this man (Jepter Ince) is suppose to be working for THE PEOPLE of Barbados, whom I believe pays his pay check?? This is a total slap in the face of & lack of respect for the hard working people of Barbados. WOW

    To Jepter Ince.
    There are other ways you can disagree with people/persons without being insulting and disrespectful.
    Who knows! the same “parasites”, may be the ones whom you have to look to for employment if your party looses at the next general election.

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  22. greengiant June 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    We have been squandering on Gems for decades now, it’s not only this administration. Jepter Ince is correct they are parasites.

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  23. Belfast June 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Who could be bigger parasites that his elected, and unelected comrades, most of whom have been loitering on the steps of Bay and Palmetto Streets awaiting their pension entitlement

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  24. Belfast June 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    By the way , does any store in Barbados sell pampers for monkeys?
    Cause the more these monkeys like Ince, Kellman,stephen Lashley and Bull neck Bratwaithe climb, the more they are showing their bare arses.

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  25. Tony Webster June 18, 2017 at 7:39 am

    One blessed day, “Pampalam” gine do a whole show on this lovable chap… perhaps wid a few of DEM “supporting” players. Just wish Myra Squires cud be with us to get a belly-full.

    Meanwhile, my advice to his Fiscal Farcical Excellency…is to just screetch right on, in that robust falsetto voice…

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  26. Mack June 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    This crowd of clowns, who call themselves a government, insults the citizens of Barbados at will. And if that was not enough they continue to tax the same citizens to death. What is going on!!!!

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  27. Alex Alleyne June 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Another one has joined the “Clown-Clan”.

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  28. Greengiant June 19, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Does the fact that the government hasn’t done as good a job as they could have or maybe should have change the long established fact that most of the business community in Barbados are of a parasitic variety. They give nothing, share nothing, and take everything. They can never raise their hand when there’s
    need, but expect relief when things get rough, even though they don’t give back when things are good for them. Instead of being anti government, anti opposition or anti anything, we need to support what’s right.

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  29. Concerned Man June 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am guessing this man is not getting the finacial contributions he feels he is “entitled” to from the private sector, or maybe the cheques now have the name of his opponent on them instead of his…. … Bitter Bitter Bitter… tsk tsk tsk…

    The only parasites I see are those eating the woodwork of the government benches with their termite infested pants!!!

    I also want to know what the 50 million for Maloney to build two molasses tanks was about in 2012 and if this was in addition to the 25mil to refurbish the tanks or two separate expenditures?? As I understand it there are only one set of these tanks at the port….

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2012/11/22/50m-molasses-deal/

    I am a Very Concerned Man !!!!

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  30. Haskell Murray June 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Calling these organizations parasites is language that a government senator should not be using . These organizations represent the business community in Barbados and employ thousand of Bajans
    and the government should immediately revoke his senate appointment.

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  31. Donild Trimp June 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Finally a Government Senator with balls.

    Thank you Sir for telling it like it is.

    If Barbados can produce a few more Senators and Government Ministers with balls, I believe things will begin to turn around.

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  32. Stephen June 19, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    JEPTER got it wrong.
    He should have said that the GOB are the parasites.

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  33. Stephen June 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    @Donild Trimp.
    The Senator does not have balls.
    If he had balls he would have spoke out about the failures of his Government.
    Donville & David are also detractors.
    You can not be against the measures that your Government is implementing and then vote for the same measures.

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  34. Donild Trimp June 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    @Stephen – why don’t the private sector pay the Government Treasury the taxes they owe?

    You want to know why? It is because they are parasites.

    The entitlement mentality in Barbados is so ingrained that the business people are always looking for a handout from Government.

    Let them pay their taxes on go out of business. You cannot be a patriotic business person and blatantly refuse to pay the Government the taxes you owe.

    Only a mickey mouse banana republic allows businesses to operate like that.

    Enough of this foolishness. Time for the parasites to pay the taxes they owe.

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  35. KS June 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    @Donild Trimp — who are the parasites that owe Govt Treasury tax??? Please produce a List & amounts so I can ‘shame dem’… tired of accusations without ‘meat’!! And while you are preparing that List, also produce a List of parasites & taxpayers who Govt. owe refunds, VAT, etc….!!!

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