Double recall

BLP wants to see the back of Sinckler and his Budget

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is not the only one who seems to think that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler does not know what he is doing.

Today, the Chairman of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) George Payne issued a statement on the party’s behalf in which he echoed much of what Arthur had to say yesterday in an interview with Barbados TODAY about the quality of Sinckler’s economic leadership.

However, Payne went one step further in calling for Sinckler’s head, while suggesting that the embattled Minister of Finance must be made to shoulder the blame for the economic ills inflicted on the people of Barbados over the past seven years, and that last month’s Budget presentation by him was the final straw.

George Payne and Chris Sinckler

“The fact is, the imposition of the increase of the National Social Responsibility Levy to ten per cent, the two per cent tax on foreign exchange transactions, and the hike in excise taxes on gasoline and diesel will cause the cost of living in Barbados to skyrocket,” said Payne, who also wants a recall of the entire $542 million tax package, on the grounds that it will also “devastate the average Barbadian and lead to more unemployment.

“Indeed, this has been stated by all of the stakeholders, which is unprecedented. Therefore, notwithstanding the minister’s belated concession not to have the NSRL applied to the near 300 basic items already included in the VAT-free basket of goods, the reality is that come July 1, the Budget measures will inflict more pain on Barbadians,” the Opposition representative for St Andrew said.

In the statement, Payne also accused Sinckler of abandoning CLICO investors and policyholders, who are still awaiting settlement following the collapse of Trinidad-based CL Financial back in 2009.

“The Barbados Labour Party is therefore calling on the Prime Minister to fire the failure that is the Minister of Finance, and recall the entire Budget,” he said.

And while arguing that the country could no longer afford a “chop and change, piecemeal approach” to its economic management, the BLP Chairman suggested that immediate consultations should be held with key stakeholders – including the official Opposition, the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Development Bank – on the economic way forward.

Since the start of the week, Sinckler has been holding consultations with private sector groups, which complained openly about the harshness of his economic medicine that is due to take effect next month with a view to erasing, in short order, the island’s $537 million deficit and putting the country back on a stable footing, amid a looming general election next year.

However, with the July 1 implementation date for the new levies fast approaching, Arthur yesterday complained that there was still way too much uncertainty surrounding the announced fiscal measures.

“We are in danger of having our economic policies characterized by an absence of clarity of purpose and certainty of incidence,” he warned, while pointing out that it was not only the measures, but also the process by which they were to be implemented that was now the subject of great confusion.

“What is also important is that this process of consultation is now taking place after the policies have been conceived, announced and are intended to be implemented. And consultation after the fact could hardly be regarded as the way in which you conceive of economic policy and seek to implement economic policy,” he added.

In agreeing with Arthur’s position, Payne charged today that Sinckler was “the only Minister of Finance in the history of Barbados who has habitually conceptualized policy measures, announced them, and thereafter has to go to great lengths to explain them to stakeholders and the public”, while pointing to Government’s botched implementation of “a solid waste tax, cell phone tax, the tipping fee, and the confusion over when all but two of the income tax allowances he took away from hard-working Barbadians were to be deducted.

“What happened this week with the minister holding consultations with stakeholders to clarify his May 30 Budget was a continuation of his characteristic behaviour of repeatedly getting it wrong, and putting the cart before the horse,” the Opposition spokesman said, while accusing Sinckler of “gross incompetence”.

Payne also charged that “whatever credibility the minister had left after the numerous gaffes he has made in his seven Budgets; the 17 downgrades this country has suffered under his watch; and after the spectacular failure of his homegrown fiscal programmes to rejuvenate the economy, has now been totally eliminated by this week’s talks with stakeholders on his Budget, after it was presented.

“No competent leader decides on a path, declares it, then holds talks to listen to how those most impacted by the measures feel. This bastardization of the Budget package after it was presented renders it discredited and unreliable. It shows how wrong the minister got it.

“Worse than that though, is the fact that the Prime Minister agrees with this approach given his statement essentially to that effect. That demonstrates the rot in this Democratic Labour Party Government starts at the very top.

“This entire situation would be laughable if it did not involve the well-being of 260,000 Barbadians,” the Opposition MP added.

36 Responses to Double recall

  1. Michael Goodman June 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    This is one of the most accurate and indisputable statements of the facts detailing why the Barbados economy is in the mess it is in and why the blame can be firmly placed at the feet of the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister, each of whom has continually and stubbornly ignored the avalanche of professional advice and suggestions offered over the past few years.

    I wonder if the DLP will include this description in its “FACTS” campaign. It certainly should.

  2. joan Worrell June 22, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Your leader had an opportunity to tell the nation in her budget response, what was the alternative to the proposed austerity measures. Three hours were wasted ”doing the dog” . It is written in the Holy Bible and it has been revealed today.
    Zechariah 7:13 ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty. There is no turning back. Either 240 million dollars will be raised by taxes in the form of the NSRL or there will be 240 million dollars in cuts made on the expenditure side i.e the laying off of public workers. And the warning is that not only for the lowly paid workers will be going home , highly paid workers will also join the breadline.

    • Leroy June 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

      A budget reply is a reply to the Minister of Finance, did you expect the opposition member to present a budget aswell to be voted on? All needed was a rebuttal and a general outline of her economic direction.

      What is this bible reference and what has it to do with economics or politics?

      Why are you sheepishly accepting the absurd/false narrative that it is high taxes vs lay-offs?

      Anyone who accepts this is as ignorant as a duck-worm.

  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 23, 2017 at 12:02 am

    If only another BLP had made this statement, I would have accepted it with my head lifted high. But, when it is coming from the likes of a person like you George Payne, who think that you can talk about credibility without looking at yours, the most destructive, undermining politician in the BLP line up, you really should be happy that the silly woman is into recycling garbage.

  4. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Hi Kaymar

    You are quoted as saying

    Quote ”Today, the Chairman of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) George Payne issued a statement on the party’s behalf in which he echoed much of what Arthur had to say yesterday in an interview with Barbados TODAY about the quality of Sinckler’s economic leadership.” Ends quote

    Why didn’t Payne echo Arthur’s call to go to the IMF for a loan on the Floor of the House of Assembly? He spoke after Arthur. It isn’t too late for him to ask his leader to step down and let Arthur take back control of the Party and speak on their behalf. Arthur offered an alternative but so far none has come from Payne or his leader.

    Again it is not too late for Payne or his leader to state if their Party is for austerity or anti-austerity measures to correct the economic downturn. They criticized Government for paying public workers by the printing of money. Can they suggest another form by which public workers should be paid from the 1st of July? They either speak now or forever hold their peace.

  5. Santini More
    Santini More June 23, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Time to go home Chris Sinckler. You are an abject failure as MoF and have caused significant damage to Barbados through your ineptitude, arrogance and ignorance. Just go home and let somebody deal with the mess you have made.

  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

    All of the unions should come together and strike until these new taxes removes.

  7. Randolph June 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Sinckler reminds me so much of Trump.The man seems to have a hard time with the truth.

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 23, 2017 at 7:22 am


    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix June 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Without Union members coming out to march,bajans prefer to cuss and complain,but when it comes to standing up for themselves,boh dem running to find a hole to hide in,dem got a million reasons why not too

  9. Ralf June 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Worst MoF ever.

  10. Highlyfavoured June 23, 2017 at 7:45 am

    To Sunshine Sunny Shine. I read your responses daily and it seems to me that you should be the last to talk about credibility. Your comments are bias. I am not a B or a D I am a person with common sense. Anybody who can sit easily and accept this crap from this government has no common sense. The condition that this government has this country in is the worse of the worse.My problem with society is that if they are loyal to people they encourage an find excuses for their nonsense that is why the country is in the state it is in. Chris want firing and the entire DLP. As soon as you give a black bajan a set of keys they turn arrogant and ignorant I have heard people said and this is true. The DLP is not ready and destroying this country. Bajans like to cry down other Caricom nationals and talk about their countries but soon from now Barbados will be the worse in the Caribbean if this government gets back in. People need to stop thinking party and think about the future of Barbados. Seriously!!!!

  11. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 23, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Have anyone notice that things in the hardware store have gone up already,I brought half material for building the days before the budget took back the same bill to order the other half and the price double ,I was trying to beat it to the first.

  12. Alex Alleyne June 23, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Next election I gine vote CANIDATE not PARTY or you will be singing the same BLUES all over again.

  13. Philippa Joseph
    Philippa Joseph June 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Shut down the Country. Force election. Governor General please step in we need election now

  14. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 23, 2017 at 8:13 am


  15. KS June 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The recent statement of the MoF that Civil Servants will have to go home if he don’t pile on the taxes … is not ‘new’! We knew this years ago when the DLP came to power. Our public service is too large for the population & economy of this country. All his measures over the years have not worked. Squeezing more out of the taxpayers will NOT energise the economy. Time to do the opposite …. put the money back into the hands of the taxpayers & let it circulate, confidence will return …. it is our only hope. And while I am on this topic… I want to hear from Mia how she & her party will solve the ‘problem’! Cussing & blaming the DLP is merely politics ….. let us hear your solutions….. not the vague BS we usually hear from politicians ….. clear, concrete solutions!

  16. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 8:49 am


    That is called a coup d’état. It is no longer referred to as a riot. We now have a Defense Force and added to that, do you think that the Trade Winds exercises were done for mock sport. Girl, there will never be another ‘Grenada-like” coup in the Caribbean. Don’t wish for it my dear.

  17. Waiting June 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

    My Finance Minister has been doing the same thing for all the years and has been expecting a different result; you know what they say that is? Actions of a mad man.

    The Opposition Party need not say a word for the PM said that they were elected to govern and need no advice and you can see their response to the numerous suggestions and recommendations, so why should the opposition say something?

  18. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    @ Waiting

    The three hours wasted in her presentation was supposed to be a response to the budgetary proposals not a response to Chris Sinckler, the worst MOF ever. What is that saying about Mia? Is she the worst Opposition Leader ever?

  19. Princess M R Charles
    Princess M R Charles June 23, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Wait so someone explain to me does all of these ministers make desissions concerning the country on their own with no one to say hey that is foolishness please tell me that this is not a one man show for each of these ministers

  20. Donild Trimp June 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

    @Michael Goodman – Sometimes I read the comments by people like you and wonder if you are not a paid agitator.

    What accurate and indisputable statements of the facts are you talking about that explains why the Barbados economy is in the mess it is in?

    The Minister of Finance is on the right track here. Sometimes a level of discomfort must be shared by all to correct the ills facing the Barbados economy.

    Barbadians seem to function under an entitlement mentality and as a matter of fact got away in the past with functioning at sub-par level when compared to other countries.

    My opinion is that the Minister did not go far enough.

  21. Alicia June 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I wonder when the price of things go up so exponentially and ppl can’t afford to buy them will it not result in a similar loss of jobs? Do we not yet see that all these harsh austerity measures will have a further negative impact on the country? This is no longer about DLP or BLP this is about Barbados. Are ppl in this advanced technological age still so ignorant to try to defend obvious poor management skills and actions? I continue to be amazed.

  22. Greengiant June 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Why is the Chairman of the B L P speaking officially for the oppiosition? Is the leader not in charge anymore? Why could she not speak out in support of what Arthur said? Is this about who spoke (Arthur) or about what he said? She has to grow up and really take charge of the opposition if she wishes to lead this country.

    Payne lacks credibility, this was clearly signalled by Arthur when he was fired while the B L P was in government. However since the party’s last annual council meeting when Payne assumed leadership of the party, I saw the devide, and the risk to her leadership. The runway is being prepared for an alternative leader should the B L P win the next election, and only those who are politically nieve can’t see this.

    Whether the proposals by the MOF are the best or not, we are hearing criticism from all responders. Not one of them has made an alternative public. If they want the support of the public, they should present their alternatives to the economic recovery. They criticized the printing of money, they criticized every proposal presented by the government, and that’s their right. If you can publicly criticize, then why can’t you publicly declare what your alternative proposals are? Is it the I M F, lay off’s of public servants? What’s the solution? There still has to be a solution.

    The B L P clearly can’t be working for the people or with the people who are suffering, because all they’re talking about is the calling of an election. Everytime that party speaks officially, the common qoute being repeated is ” call the election “. It appears the B L P is more about assuming power in this country now that they’re projects on the horizon than seeing the economy turned around. The people need to be more astute, and attentive to the musings of the B L P than that of the government. The government are making decisions (whether right or wrong) the B L P is not even providing any solutions.

    I noticed here someone mentioning the ‘coup’ word, well the only
    ‘coup’ to look for is that against the opposition leader. Remember I said it in this forum. Within the B L P there remains the Mia Mottley faction and the George Payne faction. One has popularity the other has finance, and access to finance which the party needs. Also there is currently some real controversy surrounding the current opposition leader that will only get worse when the election campain begins. They are still outstanding information on corruption within the B L P that was handed to David Thompson
    (allegedly by the opposition leader) prior to election 2008, and the government will use it to their advantage. The Payne faction has never forgiven the messenger for thos deeds back in 2008 and if it’s the opposition leader, she will pay the ultimate price. Stay tuned.

  23. Carson C Cadogan June 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    As expected.

    If he had said anything different I would have been surprise.

    The DOOM AND GLOOM party. As far as the crooked Barbados Labour Party is concerned, everything under the Sun in Barbados is bad, wrong, useless, not worthwhile, nasty, terrible, dreadful, awful, grim, distressing, yet as bad a Barbados is they still want Bajans to vote for them next year so that they may lead this rubbish country of Barbados as they see it.

  24. Gearbox1964 June 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I would to hear that a swarm of bees attack Stinkler…chuuupse!!

  25. Gearbox1964 June 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    …and Joan Worrell
    …and Carson Cadogan


  26. Gearbox1964 June 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    …and Dennis kellman
    …and Ronald Jones


  27. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    @ Gearbox

    According to MAADD , if you did stan you mudda belly one more day , you would be a moon donkey. lol

  28. sticks and stones June 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The BLP seems to be licking it chops on dry bones .Still waiting in vain to here their alternatives. Ahh never mind i already gave up the wait is too long
    Now snoop doggy dog George Payne can really shut his mouth cause he and OSA help create much of the debt that the bajans now have to repay

  29. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Only a moon-donkey will name itself gearbox.

  30. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    June 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    I would to hear that a swarm of bees attack Stinkler…chuuupse!! and Joan Worrell…and Carson Cadogan

    Thanks Gearbox and I would be happy to turn on my radio and hear that you were attacked by a pack of wild dogs (Akitas or pitbulls) . You know what my fate would be and I know what yours would be.

  31. lester June 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    people people stop the personal attacks, this is what these politicians want, are we become so predictable? Politicians are humans just like us, whether B’s or D’s this political game will continue with us voters the pawns in the game, I adjure fellow barbadians to prayer and as God for direction next election that we get representatives who have hearts, who has strong moral backbone, who will not be bribed by the unscrupulous business men, men and women that love equity, transparency prayer my people prayer

  32. joan Worrell June 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    My apologies to you and the decent readers of the Barbados Today comments columns. I responded in kind because the editor would not allow me to respond otherwise. Everything I said was awaiting moderation.

  33. Greengiant June 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I wrote a comment on this ‘ Double recall ‘ by Kaymar Jordan and it was taken down. I know it was nothing to cause Barbados Today to face any civil action. The topics I touched on usually causes Editors and media houses political action.

    Not to worry though Kaymar, I will be heard, and the people of Barbados will hear me when the bell rings. There will be no easy ride for either the BLP or the DLP. The reality is however, the real leadership of the BLP is taking shape. The process was started with the removal of the opposition leader from the chairmanship of the party. Stay tuned, and you can take that to the bank @BT.


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