Jepter must have been ‘tight’, suggests Arthur

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has suggested that Government Senator Jepter Ince could not have been fully in charge of his faculties last week when he described the private sector as parasites.

In fact, the independent representative for St Peter suggested that such an unnecessarily harsh criticism of the business community could only be excusable – in the midst of the current precarious economic circumstances – if it were made in a drunken stupor.

“It is the kind of comment that you expect a fellow to make when he is ‘tight’ and got in some grogs,” Arthur told Barbados TODAY this morning in dismissing Ince’s remarks, which have raised the ire of the local private sector, with Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert yesterday stating that the BPSA was willing to settle for nothing less than an official apology.

Jepter Ince

Delivering the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s lunchtime lecture last Friday, Ince, who is the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance, took members of the local business community to task, accusing them of bellyaching about the recently announced budgetary measures because that were unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden.

It was in that context that Ince described them as “a parasitic plant in the bosom of Government” that needed to either put up or shut up.

“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,” Ince had cautioned.

However, in defence of the local business community, Arthur said its members had recently been made the victim of a series of punitive measures by Government.

“So to say that they are parasitic would suggest that they love punishment and you should give them even more,” he said, while accusing Ince of talking “nonsense”.

However, Arthur said he was not prepared to go any further with his criticisms of Ince at this stage for fear of legal repercussions.

“I don’t like to respond to Mr Ince because he talks so much nonsense and I might get arrested for child abuse,” the former prime minister said jokingly.

Earlier this year, after Ince had said the Barbados dollar had no value of which to speak because it was not recognized internationally, Arthur had recommended that the parliamentary secretary be made to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on the grounds that “it may be discovered that he may be in the wrong Government institution”.

39 Responses to Jepter must have been ‘tight’, suggests Arthur

  1. Iggrunt Bajan
    Iggrunt Bajan June 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Gotta love Owen

  2. Michael Brown
    Michael Brown June 22, 2017 at 12:17 am


  3. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus June 22, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Owen…..stop dah….lmao

  4. Sandra Lorde-Breedy
    Sandra Lorde-Breedy June 22, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Lol wuh i like um . Ha ha!!!!

  5. Sean King
    Sean King June 22, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Yes I agree with Owen ,he probably had in a few drinks before he made the statement ,Owen would know what he mean when he say he was

  6. Wendell Kirton
    Wendell Kirton June 22, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Owen had all of we living good everybody was making money and eating good

  7. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson June 22, 2017 at 5:25 am

    My Prime Minister

  8. Everick June 22, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Wunna now know dah? After voting for this bunch of dummies?

  9. Buun June 22, 2017 at 5:58 am

    What do you expect from the DLPs, the party with the disease of EXCUSITIS?

  10. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 22, 2017 at 6:03 am


  11. Eddie June 22, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Owen is a master politician

  12. Jane Burnett
    Jane Burnett June 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Too love this man lol

  13. BaJan boy June 22, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Wendell Kirton the difference is that Owen and his cabinet of which Mia Mottley was a huge part cared about and served bajans. This bunch cares about themselves and serve no one. Owen is correct and the fact that free rum gets you drunk faster has all of them in a stupor as soon as they start…

  14. Sandra Husbands June 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Very well said. One of the best Prime Ministers this country ever had. Mr. Ince had no right saying that.

  15. Carlos Mason
    Carlos Mason June 22, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The man has a sharp mind and sense of humor.

  16. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman June 22, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Stop making excuses. The man wasn’t drunk, he’s just a talentless idiot who used to be a director of CLICO. So we all know how much he knows about finances.

  17. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos June 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    This is hilarious on so many levels

    • Berto Beeno June 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Mary, I had my fill of Jester Ince. he does not even possess the qualities of a true idiot…he just can’t make the grade.

  18. tsquires June 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

    When Mr. Ince makes such a diabolical statement about the private sector, he needs serious mental evaluation as no one invests money to lose! I applaud Mr. Arthur’s forthrightness to such nonsense.

  19. Augustus searles June 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Well Well if Owen say he must be drunk, then he must be drunk

  20. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    King Arthur, they don’t want nothing with you at all. Lol

  21. Alex Alleyne June 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

    So “Tight” that he can “pop”. Just another one has join the “Clown Clan”.

  22. Greengiant June 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    He would know when a government representative is tight. He spoke under the influence on many occasions.

  23. Angel Waldron June 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Ya don’t miss the water till the well runs dry….and I quote Arthur, “give the people the spending power”

  24. sticks and stones June 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Yeap! heard it from the horse’s mouth. OSA only you would know

  25. RaRaRa June 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    But they are parasites. They always milk the cow but never feed the cow

  26. Troy June 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Owen don’t do he so. Jepter can’t handle he drinks like you.

  27. Greengiant June 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Wonder what has become of ‘The People’s Parliament’ in the pine?

    I’m really sorry that Owen lost in 2008, but he would have handed over to some other person by now, and they would have taken the blame for the economic failures of the country.

    Yes we could have been better off economically, had certain decisions been made since 2009 or so, but when you make manifesto promises, your obligations can be damaging sometimes. This was the back breaker for the D L P. However, several of us including members of both leading parties know that when the
    B L P left office in 2008, our dept to G D P ratio was already above an acceptable threshold. We also know that a considerable amount of our foreign reserves were borrowed, and that significant finance was raised on the domestic market ( N I S included ). We also know considerable sums of money was wasted, misspent, or
    mismanaged and the auditor general’s reports during the fourteen years of B L P governance was as bad as it is now.

    So unless you lot are saying it’s justified to mismanage, and squander the nation’s money in times of plenty, while unjustified to do so in tough economic times, then you have to point to argue as both the B L P and D L P does exactly the same thing. For those who are saying that everybody had money, well have any of you been able to purchase a piece of the rock? Were you not living from one oay cheque to the next? How many houses did the N H C build for Barbadians during the fourteen years? They only provided land for private developers to build for the middle class, with many of the projects being completed by the D L P.

    Speaking frankly, I want to see both parties in opposition for years, until this current group of parliamentarians die out, or retire to the retirement homes. This country cannot breath economically under either party. @Sandra Husbands, Colete Felix, and others who are supporting these deadend parties.

  28. Paul B June 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Yes Sir Owen. He always talking junk. Always never add any value.

  29. Milli Watt June 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Owen calling somebody ‘tight’ well well well this is the silly season got to remind the old man of ‘negrocrat’ …… as for Jepter don’t think he was tight I suspect he was lucid and RIGHT. this is the response from a man who is long past his sell by date. go rest yuh self old man this is a young mans game now.

    • Andrew June 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Best past sell by date Mill Watt?..and this same DLP were asking him from David Thompson’s time to come to a series of breakfast meetings where we can put the best brains together???…and quite recently, this gubberment asked for his help as well…where were u?? Were u asleep like the sleeping giant??? If all u can do is talk rubbish,then go back to sleep! Put all in the gubberment of the DLP and they cannot add up to this Great individual called and named Owen Seymour Arthur!!!

  30. Jimmy joe June 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I love Oven, the man still sharp, but the sad part of all this is that he was addressing a room full of … and not one of them tried to correct him or stop him. Shows how misguided we really are. Sooo sad!

  31. Greengiant June 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    You too seem to be a member of Owen’s ‘ How Great Thou Art ‘ choir. What is so great about Owen Arthur? He is just an experienced economist than some, having made insurmountable errors of judgement economically both here and in jamaica.

    What many of you don’t understand is that this thing called practical economics is not learnt in the classroom, it learnt through trial and error. Mascol for example is hardened after his experience with the Sandiford administration austerity, owen also has his experiences as a guide. Now Sincler will get his as well, and will be better at economical tactics in the future. They all make mistakes and rebound. That’s life for public officers.

  32. Curious June 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    The Green giant seems to have his foot in his mouth, blinkers on his eyes, and animosity in his heart against Owen Arthur. Outline some of the so called insurmountable errors of economic judgement here or in Jamaica which were made by this great man . Please state also whose How greater art though choir you belong to.

  33. Fools in Power June 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Arthur always had a way with words. Tight or not. Ince probably needs a psychiatric evaluation or a re-education. Maybe he doesn’t know what the words he uses actually mean.

  34. Big Man June 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Yuh mean to tell me then that when Owen Arthur call the reporter at the Nation Newspaper an “Indentured Servant” he was also ‘Tight’ also or blind drunk which one Owen.
    Kettle calling Pot Black


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