Sir Charles responds to Jepter

Construction magnate Sir Charles Williams has slammed Democratic Labour Party Senator Jepter Ince over his description of local business community as parasites, who are unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden.

During last Friday’s DLP lunchtime lecture, Ince accused the private sector of abdicating its leadership role in spurring economic growth and employment, forcing Government to take the helm.

The parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance also argued that businesses had no grounds to complain about the austerity measures which included a controversial hike in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) as well as an increase in the excise duty on petrol and a new two per cent tax on foreign exchange transactions.

“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,” he said in response to a question from Barbados TODAY.

However, speaking on radio here Monday morning, a livid Sir Charles said that Ince had it all wrong and that it was Government red tape that was preventing the private sector from driving economic growth.
“I would like to challenge him [Ince] to a private interview to explain to him how difficult it is to step up and get things done to employ people and bring in foreign exchange,” Sir Charles said.

The leading business, who is behind the Apes Hill development, explained that it took him ten years “to get the permission” to develop that project.

“Had I gotten it even in five [years] I would have sold everything before the crash [recession] came. It took three years and an intervention by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur to get Port St Charles passed, which has brought in over $200 million into Barbados and he [Ince] is saying that the private sector has to step up,” the angry businessman said.

He stressed that with Government operating at snail’s pace, “businesses would only be stepping up to get mashed”.
“When you step up and try to do something that would employ people you get your foot stamped on and you get pushed back through the door repeatedly,” he openly complained.

The private sector is stopped from doing any better,” the founder of C O Williams Construction said, while stressing that contrary to Ince’s suggestion his company was not waiting cap in hand for Government to hand out any contracts.

39 Responses to Sir Charles responds to Jepter

  1. Keen Observer June 20, 2017 at 12:01 am

    There is some merit in what Mr. Ince is saying. Please don’t dismiss it Sir Charles, some businesses are indeed parasites.

  2. Nathaniel Anderson June 20, 2017 at 12:22 am

    It is people like the joker Ince who are the parasites. Taxing citizens to the hilt yet demanding their 10% restoration of salary. Many businessmen have complained about the slow pace of transacting business so to blame these folks is totally out of order. Maybe Ince and his party colleagues should show they are not themselves parasites by restoring the 10%to the Treasury in the first instance then delaying their pensions until they reach age seventy. That would also show an overwhelming love of country.
    But really,Jepter Ince is a real, live-in-living-colour nincumpoop, a real jack.

  3. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo June 20, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Sir Charles Williams of course Ince has It all wrong . when he called the small business parasites . to tell you the truth these small business saved my lived so many times don’t matter what type of business it is . It appear that this man do not support local businesses in Barbados

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 20, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Jeppie is nothing more than a squeaky joker.

  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 20, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Jepter Ince is correct. If you look closely at the relationship between the Democratic Labour Party and Mark Maloney, the businessman whom the DLP under Stuart and Sinckler is getting every named government project to date; or the relationship between Dennis Low Lowe, Michael ‘Cashplease’ Lashley and the mechanical contractor, you can see precisely why the word parasitic is fitting. The business class is indeed parasitic, and Jepter Ince has blatantly refused to say that members of his government are silent symbionts.

  6. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons June 20, 2017 at 4:41 am

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and to remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln. Jepter, give your party a break, jeez!

    • Carson C Cadogan June 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Why is it when people in Barbados speak the TRUTH they come under so much criticism?

      Talk yuh talk Jepter!!!!

    • Joy Waldron
      Joy Waldron June 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Don’t see why Dem should get a break or he kerp quiet. Only what’s in come out alpine. Ppl will know how to vote let Dem talk.

  7. hcalndre June 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

    This Jasper knows that he would not be around much longer so he can used any derogative term to define people of barbados, he is another gadfly from the party.

  8. Suzanne Agard-Mayers
    Suzanne Agard-Mayers June 20, 2017 at 5:36 am


  9. Tony Webster June 20, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I’m surprised that Sir Othneil has dignified yet another screeching rant from this guy who yet cannot come to grips with the circumstances in which he finds himself occupying a seat in our Senate. Effin you brave, compare and contrast with our Minister of Foreign Affairs. I totally and unequivocably agree with the comments of @hcaIndre, and @Sheldine Dyall. This chap will not even make it into the footnotes of our political history…far less the imprimateurs of those whose contributions are indelible, and carved with Real Pride, Real industry.

    Next please.

  10. Everick June 20, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Ince is a buffoon. He reminds me of Idi Amin.

  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 20, 2017 at 6:35 am


  12. chris hill June 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Mr. Ince is clearly running through the void. He does not realise and should by now that the private sector is the main foreign exchange engine on this island and with government just holding back project after project is only keeping the island on hold. Mr. Williams has been the tip of the spear for some time now all the while battling to make projects that employ Barbadians come true. I know first hand about Government holding back good projects with thick red tape and never ending requirements. Lets look at Redjet only Government folly made the project fail. The many solar farm projects held up in Town and Country planning. Mr. Ince sounds like a scared man about to loose his job.

  13. Frank White June 20, 2017 at 7:04 am

    It doesn’t surprise me that whenever the so called white man speaks, the masses listen so now Jepter is the enemy, guess massa day into done…

    The only mistakes Jepter made was that he should have gave a list of all the businesses that he deemed as parasites, list the dollars and cents that were given to them in contracts, state why they are parasites and then called them parasites…

  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Both government and private sector in Barbados full of damm slimy shady parasites who just sick citizens dry.

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Nailed it, that was my thought on pots calling out kettles. Just check the social scene and you see them hob nobbing together. So stupse at both sides calling out each other.

  15. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn June 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Almost 3 years ago 2 million dollars was set aside for a project in bim by outside investors that would have employed several people on island…..the plans went to town planning and have been there since….that 2 million is now $300,000.00 and for the plans to be amended it has to go back to town planning….anyone see where the issue is?

  16. Greengiant June 20, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Sir Charles, with the unquestionable reputation of C O W Williams and the William’s Group over the years have contributed to the island’s economic growth, they like some others who want to attract foreign direct investment has been impeded by the red tape. Funny thing is this complaint was around throughout the administration of each established party. As was made clear by Sir Charles, Owen made the way for him with Port St. Charles. Wonder what color was the hand shake? Was it whit, red, blue, black or golden?

    This red tape I guess was once whit, but because of the financial manipulation of the said business class, it’s now turned red. So let me hear the voice of the business community on the Barbados Revenue Authority, it’s agencies like these, once up and running properly that will facilitate the removal of the red tape. The early post independence leaders had been relaxed with regulations for the sake of economic development, but the amount of wealth that was being hidden caused the leaks to be sealed with ‘red tape’. This was after the white tape being used throughout the country, sealed off the development of the workers.

    My problem though with most of these companies who bring foreign direct investment, and have not good, but better employer / employee relations is the things they sponsor. None of them sponsor indigenous sports played by the masses. They sponsor, rallying, polo, horse racing, yachting, and equestrian events. These are the sports played by their children and those of their white friends. Now if some of those said companies invest some of their profits in a sport like football, sponsor the national youth teams in the area of hosting international tournaments, or stipends for training purposes, this will be a truly meaningful contribution. It’s amazing the revenue that can be made from such an investment. Of course they’re other sports that we can say the same about.

    Imagine, most of your workforce is black, so if you take the workers contribution to the company the largest ratio is also black. Yet most of your sponsored events or organizations are those where the participants are primarily white. The masses must question this practice, and based on these practices I must agree with Ince that they’re parasitic in their practices.

    Also take note, every time the question, or accusation of the business community’s self fulfilling practices come into question in this country Sir Charles responds. He’s their ‘blue eyed boy’, the one who stands out, who’s principles of business,and profit sharing with employees can least be questioned. The William’s Group under the investment direction of Ralph Bizzy Williams is the curtain behind which the established businesses in this country hide. Now though they may hide behind that curtain, they can’t be measured by the same stick, as in most cases it does not apply.

    So before we castigate Jepter because he’s a government senator, and a member of the ruling party, and before you Sir Charles attempt to place the red tape on the front burner, let’s all consider the total picture. 1. Why was the red tape needed? 2. What happened when all the tape was white? How many companies award their employees with shares for long service commitment? 3. How many companies pay bonuses annually to employees and not just directors / managers? 4. How many companies sponsor sports or developmental events that attracts the masses? 5. How many contribute to public educational institutions?

    Unless these practices are written in your policies as a company where your employees, and customer base is 95% black then you are indeed nothing but parasitic. Don’t be fooled.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      You were on to something until you try to equate that the red tape is necessary because the white tape was having it good. I know that you know, that the problem is not the colour of the tapes, but the greenbacks that make the difference. As long as it is now coming in certain circles, all sorts of noises erupt.

  17. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These men don’t have a clue about how to run a country. They were using the recession as a scapegoat and high oil prices to cover up their faults. They keep telling us that the whole world is in recession. What happened now. BUSINESS people hands are tied behind their backs. They waiting until the government change to invest.

  18. Milli Watt June 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

    you know when you step on a corn when de likes a this past his shelf life geriatric surface………..Jepter is right ALL of them are bottom dwelling scum sucking PARASITES and we ALL will see how much next month. charlie you could really go from bout de place doah

  19. Roc Kinn
    Roc Kinn June 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I thought Cow was in Argentina he raised the red tape issue sometime ago to justify relocation. One supposes Argentina wasn’t the paradise (Barbados) he imagined. Are there black directors on Cow’s boards in this black country which made him a billionaire? Jepter Ince is right, big business private sector are parasites . No group not the vulnerable not the poverty stricken get largesse from government like the private sector. Check the concessions Bizzy, Cow and their comrades demand from govt and obtain. Don’t talk about the hotels. They hold govt to ransom claiming they bring in the foreign exchange. The parasite title is credible because the private sector is ungrateful disrespecting government at every turn. Ince point is that in spite of huge concessions government still ends up leading the economy while the private sector shuns their responsibility.

  20. Carson C Cadogan June 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

    When all fails, blame the BLACK people in Govt.

    This is a man, who The Hon. Chrietopher Sinckler has publicly stated, receives $100 million worth of taxpayers money in Govt. contracts, millions of dollars of NIS funds are invested in Apes Hill.

    Yet he is passing the blame onto BLACK people. He has no shame.

    And WADE GIBBONS is castigating Jepter in favour of COW. No wonder the other races don’t think much of BLACK people.

  21. Lisle June 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

    To much fighting and no problem solving. The blame game has to stop and we as a nation much look for solutions between government and the private sector to improve business. Business people need to take the fight to the government on a positive note and as well as the government go to the business people to see how best they can make the environment work for all. Love lost here to much fighting doesnt get us anywhere.

  22. John Digger Benn
    John Digger Benn June 20, 2017 at 11:16 am

    ince tellin the truth,the whites don’t spend money with the DLP. Cow got all the work from 1994-2008,as the goverment change he break,he got to send home staff,people don’t like to hear the truth,wunna too politicallyl inclined

    • Marva June 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      John Digger Benn: Are Maloney and COW Williams horses of the same colour?

  23. Helicopter(8P) June 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Some so called literates have stereo typed and defined the logic of man as black and white!

  24. Mack June 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Sir Charles, the private sector and the other tax payers keeping Jepter fat and angry. This unelected official living good on the tax payers dime and still cussing them out. The PM driving about in luxery and not performing to right the ship. I guess by now the whole island know what you are saying is true.

  25. Greengiant June 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    @Sunshine Sunny shine, man you understand where I was going. You hear the man said that a former PM did the political gymnastics to get Port Saint Charles out of the water? So I ask the question what type color hand shake was done as a thank you?

    Now the reality is, non of these politicians don’t want the red tape removed, because they know as you and I do that the only color product that can erase the red tape is the green back. That’s why I can’t support these two major parties, because they too color concious for me. You happy now mate?

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      I feeling you. However, why are you referring to me as a mate? The last time I check, I did not grow a pair overnight, and bosom size remains small to medium. Not contemplating breast implants yet or a sex change. So please stop with the mate thing.

  26. Andrew Jordan June 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I wonder if its prudent to insult the people you were called to serve @jepterince.
    I just don’t see that as good business etiquette, or business sense. You just don’t know if you will have to face the same “parasites” in the future. Just saying.

  27. Milli Watt June 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    @ Andrew that is what your type would like, that is the difference between independent thought and being mendicant…….just saying

  28. Ras June 21, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Massa speaks and the slaves, and Indentured servants singing for their supper.

  29. jennifer June 21, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Who the CAP fits let them wear it. They eat , vomit and eat fresh.

  30. Milli Watt June 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    private sector looking for an apology………… if I eva know Senator Ince or this PM (who I don’t check for) eva apologise to this business type lumpenproletariat I going mek sure I go all out to do my part to keep this DLP out for at least 15 years. when these vermin call labour lazy and UNPRODUCTIVEl not a word and got de UNmitigated gall to call for an apology……………….. JOKE! EPIC FAIL

  31. Ras June 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I wonder how many of these slaves or Indentured servants ever spent a weekend at Port St. Charles

  32. Haskell Murray June 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I see you did not publish my comments , you did not like it

  33. Haskell Murray June 24, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I Was too critical of the senator and his language


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