DLP winning

Ruling party spokesman sees victory signs

Despite mounting pressure for him to resign and for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to ring the election bell, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler today expressed full confidence his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government will be returned to office.

Delivering the weekly Astor B Watson lecture at the DLP headquarters in George Street on Friday, he strongly urged party supporters to ignore the advertising and campaigning of the Mia Mottley-led Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), while promising that the party would in due course be mobilizing its forces to go into political battle.

“We will go into political battle and we are going to speak the political gospel according to the Democratic Labour Party, and we will leave the public of Barbados to make their decision,” Sinckler said, adding: “I am confident that they will make the decision to return the Democratic Labour Party to office.”

Sinckler, who is currently facing immense pressure over his May 30th Budget presentation, also stoutly defended the measures, which include a major increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) from two to ten per cent, a hike in taxes on fuel and a new two per cent tax on all foreign exchange transactions.

He said the measures were necessary to drive down the high deficit of over $500 million and to continue to fund Government afforded social services.

“If there is anybody in Barbados that believes that they are going to change a Government and wake up the next day and all these problems are going to go, I say to them, ‘I wish you well with that view,’” Sinckler said, while attempting to turn the tables on the Mottley-led Opposition, which is already fully in election mode and has been actively campaigning in various constituencies.

“I tell you to ask the people who coming around rubbing shoulders and doing whatever else they are doing, ask them ‘tell me what you will do different, I want to hear it before I vote for you. How are you going to bring down the deficit, are you going to cut or raise taxes? If you are going to cut taxes and lose revenue and increase the spending power of Barbadians how are you going to protect your reserves, where are you going to get the money from?’” he questioned.

Just yesterday, BLP Chairman George Payne issued a statement on the party’s behalf in which he complained bitterly about the quality of Sinckler’s economic leadership while calling for the minister of finance’s head.

“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, while calling for a total recall of Sinckler’s $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 while echoing the earlier concern levelled by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that Sinckler does not know what he is doing and was evidently out of his depth.

However, in dismissing both Arthur and Payne, Sinckler told a packed gathering of party supporters: “Do not for one minute think that anything that these people are saying is having any impact on me.

“Not at all . . . that is what I am saying to you, do not get sidetracked by Mr [George] Payne and Mr [Owen] Arthur. They would like me to respond to them because they want relevance, but that is not my job.

“They are politicians and they say what they have to say. We have to stick to what is important but do not believe for one moment that they can knock me off of my poise or get me upset or cause me to lose focus. I am always focused on the job at hand,” he said much to the satisfaction of the DLP crowd.

Sinckler also dismissed suggestions that his Budget consultations were being carried out after the fact, explaining that two tripartite set up by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had come up with recommendations but some of those suggestions were “not worth much”.

Making it clear he was not prepared to be engaged in any shouting match with anyone, Sinckler said Government simply did not have enough money to do what it wanted to and therefore “we are calling on the citizens to make an additional contribution to helping us continue to do this until we can get the structural changes to change it and to improve that situation.

“If that is not what people want then they are going to have to chose the alternative and let me tell you that the alternative is not the alternative Government because none of these facts will change with a change in Government,” he said.

“So the choice is very, very clear, I know what choice Barbadians are going to choose. Barbadians will choose to have their garbage collected, Barbadians are going to choose to be able to go to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital no matter how much they cuss it . . . . I know how Barbadians will choose because we have wise people in Barbados. And whenever the time comes they will chose the political party they know is going to protect their interest,” said a confident Sinckler.

He also accused some private sector groups of pretending to be independent but were “really [Barbados] Labour Party supporters, hiding behind institutions.

“Don’t worry, soon enough we will remove the fig leaf and expose the cancer for what it is,” said Sinckler.

Elections are constitutionally due in the first quarter of 2018.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

87 Responses to DLP winning

  1. Ras June 24, 2017 at 12:58 am

    The measures were necessary to drive down the high deficit of over $500 million because the crux of the matter is that Government is spending millions and millions of Dollars more than what it is collecting in Taxes
    So unless Government reduces it expenditure the deficit will sky rocket back up again and more money will have to be printed or borrowed.
    What measures are been put in place to reduce the deficit

    Ms Mottley already want to increase the number of members in Parliament to increase Government expenditure

    BLP not in power yet and she already want to burden the Tax payers more
    wonder if BLP win election what else would she burden tax payers with.

    We want a reduction in Taxes and she want to increase
    Would it be just jumping from the frying pan into the FIRE

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  2. Ras June 24, 2017 at 1:03 am

    The measures were necessary to drive down the high deficit of over $500 million because the crux of the matter is that Government is spending millions and millions of Dollars more than what it is collecting in Taxes
    So unless Government reduces it expenditure the deficit will sky rocket back up again and more money will have to be printed or borrowed.
    What measures are been put in place to reduce the deficit

    Ms Mottley already want to increase the number of members in Parliament to increase Government expenditure

    BLP not in power yet and she already want to burden the Tax payers more
    wonder if BLP win election what else would she burden tax payers with.

    We want a reduction in Taxes and she want to increase
    Would it be just jumping from the frying pan into the FIRE

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  3. Milli Watt June 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Hillary Clinton was suppose to win, Theresa May was a clear winner but…….. and Mia Mottley got a god given right to rule hmmmmm Minister might have a point.

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  4. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 24, 2017 at 1:18 am

    IN YOUR DREAMS MR SINCKLER IN YOUR DREAMS.

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  5. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott June 24, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Super sick of these idiots in in this country call politicians a bunch of liars and don’t care about ppl wealth … I really hope the young ppl of this country really stand there ground..

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  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 24, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Chris you mean after 9 years of messed up truths, a secret garbage deal, an insulting prime minister, restoration of your 10 percent when the economy was good for one day and went back bad the next, failed economic policies, calling businesses parasites [and] questionable financial practices . . . you think anyone would put you back in. Man, you really are a clown in this DLP circus.

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  7. Sean King
    Sean King June 24, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Same way you does fool the public of Barbados that the economy is on the rise year after year ,you now fooling your own DLP supporters .The writing is on the wall Chris you know that you all getting throw out too.

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  8. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe June 24, 2017 at 2:58 am

    They are banking on the stupidity of the bajan voter ::::: with that said it’s possible.

    Lots of old and young fools walking around.

    This government will be remembered as the one that rendered a once great nation “unrecognizable “

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  9. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde June 24, 2017 at 3:25 am

    The “political gospel” according to the Democratic Labour Party…Dem Lying People! #justremainsilentplzandthx

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  10. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus June 24, 2017 at 3:36 am

    How could anybody think mia could automatically fix seven years of stupidity & failed policies & harsh tax in a day,or a month or even a year is beyond me but I know according ta sizzla…them don’t already so they can do it again……as fa you Chris …you are the biggest failure at anything ever smh…….you & fraudel

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  11. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris June 24, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Bajans like one day money and short of memory but i know i dont get involved in elections i just go and vote but i will walk all over my area to make sure they dont win cant have idiots ruling again

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  12. jrsmith June 24, 2017 at 4:12 am

    @, James A B, hail , hail, your (2.58 ) good shot, my feeling also the government , will win the up coming election based on how easy they have gotten away for 9 years doing anything they want , and nothing , other than making sure the 1% of our nation keep being in control of the black masses…..
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    What is so scary if the above did happen , bajans must ponder the fate of what will come next…….
    Our politicians is out of control they have destroyed Barbados , as if they we sent to do so, our people is scared of the politicians and frighten of the 1% class……..
    Our black bajan masses must not allow our country to enter into another political term , with people in office that we cannot remove as easy as the votes which put them there…..
    We need an (Accountability Act) which give our people back the upper hand , to remove bad politicians by vote of no confidence , we have a frightening torrid time coming….. if our people dont prepare for the future we are doomed , doomed……………..

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  13. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 24, 2017 at 4:12 am

    God d heaven d stars d moon d sun d everything forbid

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  14. Ron June 24, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Come on Chris! We love Barbados not about you and the DLP

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  15. Desiree Selby
    Desiree Selby June 24, 2017 at 5:34 am

    What he smoking?

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  16. Tyrone Pile
    Tyrone Pile June 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Wow

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  17. Janlyn Skeete
    Janlyn Skeete June 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Delusional

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    • Tony Waterman June 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

      my sentiments exactly, his POT must be very HIGH in THC. we had one step off his Truck. noe this one stepping off his Moon.

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  18. Tony Webster June 24, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Lord, you make miracles, and the Devil also has his own wuk to do…so I ent gine say it impossible. However, at least gi’ de man a pass, for re-defining the word “hope”. He cud also get familiar wid the phrase “Snowflake in hell”…and “Pigs dat fly”.

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  19. hcalndre June 24, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Froon spoke of Good Friday but no Easter yet, MO Failure saw light at the tunnel long ago and the train has not arrived at the station so give them another 5 years and wait for another Easter and another train to arrive.

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  20. Lurleen Clarke
    Lurleen Clarke June 24, 2017 at 6:11 am

    This man real cocky

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  21. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore June 24, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Be careful people, we said that last time and look what happen. We have a lot of hand to mout people here only looking for short term fixes that come in the form of gifts and hampers. These people are the most dangerous to our viability. They have already targeted the “community leaders” who happen to be sometimes some unsavory characters or some simple misguided youth. So what we need to do is speak out especially to our young.

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  22. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris June 24, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Sitting peacefully eating my meatroll, sipping on my herbal tea watching the birds in the golden apple tree. Suddenly my tranquility was interrupted by reading [this].

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  23. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Yawn

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  24. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Correct Tricia,They cry a whole year for water, horrible bus service,horrible roads and taxes and more. Just give them some quick cash,school bags and a laptop, the roads that is their duty to provide ,couple free fetes and the houses yuh name was down for the last 40 years and the in like Flinn

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  25. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 24, 2017 at 6:31 am

    At the end of the day we have to wake up to know these high taxes is what it is ,it’s not going nowhere ,B. D nothing is going to change life is going backwards,what we can do to help ,is cut back on our pride,expensive stuff to show off have to change,eating out,over dressing,building smaller home will be an asset,plant foods.

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome June 24, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Unfortunately that does not help the “tax” plan which is being set in motion for that plan to work Bajans have to spend not cut back…see how ingorant this thing really is?

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte June 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

      But her argument is to not offer stressed themselves with material things. If you live simply then that is one less headache

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome June 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Oh no im not saying she is wrong, she is correct. Just that it goes against what government is looking for.

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  26. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes June 24, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Tell them CHRIS …. you going for the 3rd term and them cant stop you ……walks away slowly

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  27. harry turnover June 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

    There is light at the end of the tunnel ,the economy has turned the corner,things are working,growth is expected….those are the sayings AFTER EVERY BUDGET FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS.
    At the beginning of the next year….growth was not what we expected…foreign reserves have dwindled…debt increased…all doom and gloom.. and the Public should brace themselves for.more austerity measures …
    ……and another BUDGET AGAIN with the same modus operandi afterwards until the beginning of the following year when the stunts will be repeated.
    Note the saying and the TIMING of this….DEM WILL NOT GO THE IMF ROUTE….less than a year before the bell is wrung…they are saying DEM WILL NOT GO that route… AT THIS TIME.
    Remember last elections….there will be NO LAY OFFS under the DEMS…it is the BLP who plan to lay off 10.000.
    After elections…lay off WILL BE THE LAST RESORT,and to fool SOME people,they dilly dally ,running the economy further underground until they couldn’t dilly dally any further and BAM…NUFF people gone home just so.

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    • Sean King
      Sean King June 24, 2017 at 7:04 am

      I putting this one here for Chris and the team to take a listen since he so confident of winning back the government .

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  28. Laeticia Prescod-Birkett
    Laeticia Prescod-Birkett June 24, 2017 at 7:09 am

    To my mind , its not so much the politicians, its the people and the people is the resources… Without the people where/how would we be heading..

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  29. Elena Monnov King
    Elena Monnov King June 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Bajans have a tendency to do stupid things but I pray with everything in me they don’t win. They are the worse Government to ever run this country. If they can’t fix it in 8 I don’t see how they could in 4 more years. Have you ever seen a company keep a CEO that’s under performing and making a company lose profits ? NO! So they need to go !!

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  30. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece June 24, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Bajans would have to be very mad, they are going to Come with gifts and promises don’t be distracted ppl vote DEMS out

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  31. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes June 24, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Bajans would have to be real foolish to vote unna back in

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  32. Harriette Carrington
    Harriette Carrington June 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Delusional!

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  33. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown June 24, 2017 at 7:32 am

    He’s right all dem have to say is they will get rid of all foreigners an bam bajans will vote dem back in sad sad sad situation but mi haffy laugh

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  34. Santini More
    Santini More June 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    If he is so confident in winning then ring the election bell and let the country show him and the rest of the DLP exactly what we think of them…I ready like freddy.

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  35. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis June 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I am so happy to hear this from him because the opposite to whatever he says happens.

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  36. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin June 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

    If Bajans continue to vote for these nitwits simply because “their family has always voted D”, then they are nitwits as well who deserve the government they elect. Chris is simply treating you all to a bit of gallows humor. These people could not find their way out of an empty paper bag.

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  37. Tessa Trotman
    Tessa Trotman June 24, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Just wa happen to Sandy gine happen to you boy dust right out.

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  38. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte June 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Nope… don’t vote for none of Dem…B or D… our interest is not their priority.

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv June 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

      So we cannot leave them in power if no one votes that what happens,Why not Mia and as you a woman she would and going prove women can do a better job than the so call politics men,We never give her a chance and she waited patiently and all ways ready to take reigns and you would not support your sister after seeing these same men leave them children with the mothers all ready show they care nothing bout responsibility all them does got women in every parish in closet and you think MIA cannot bring home the beacon,Well I be damn.

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  39. Aneta June 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Thumbs up Sean King. Good song for them. My entire household voted DEM last election. Next election we ain’t voting DEM. Dem real real wrong. Any other except DEM

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  40. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow June 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

    He’s Out of touch and delusional…

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  41. Keturah Collymore
    Keturah Collymore June 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Detached from reality!!!

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  42. Haskell Murray June 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Sinclair don’t budge stand firm and eliminate the deficit which these naysayers were calling for all along and now that you have put in place measures to eliminate it they are crying, so I say STAND FIRM.
    The only regret I have is that you did not put measures in place to go after those companies , professionals i.e lawyers and doctors and others who have not paid their taxes .

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  43. Haskell Murray June 24, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Sinclair don’t budge stand firm and eliminate the deficit which these naysayers were calling for all along and now that you have put in place measures to eliminate it they are crying, so I say STAND FIRM.
    The only regret I have is that you did not put measures in place to go after those companies , professionals i.e lawyers and doctors and others who have not paid their taxes . if taxes were paid on time you would not have to do this .

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  44. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

    All I have to do is laugh at Dems because they can’t be that serious.

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  45. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian June 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Lol he got jokes and jokes and jokes and joke and jokes and jokes.
    Maybe stand up comedy is a viable option.

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  46. Maxine Deane
    Maxine Deane June 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Winning wa ????????? but then again we sa igrant we gine put dum bac in dey

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  47. Rodnee June 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Lol lol hahahahahah lmao. Best joke for d year

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  48. Carson C Cadogan June 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    DEMS NOW, DEMMS AGAIN!!!!!

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    • harry turnover June 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Only yard fowls and paling cocks gine vote for wunna and the ducks gine walk past and plup…,plup….,plup all over wunna.

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  49. Alex Alleyne June 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Hi CC after reading Chris statement , I did not know that you coming with ALL NEW CANIDATES .

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  50. Mhizz Thicky Sweets
    Mhizz Thicky Sweets June 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Lol Pat pat like it bad

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  51. Highly Flavoured Kelalicia
    Highly Flavoured Kelalicia June 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Well the last time I thought them wouldn’t have win bk the government them sweet talk the Bajans give them jobs then send them home so I really ain’t care who win cause we the people still have to eat kids still have to be taken care off I ain’t voting for dlp or blp so don’t come at my door I voting for a government who cares about the people of this country especially the poor people whenever we get one to run this country

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  52. Zeus June 24, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Lol how come people here so confident od a BLP win yet last week the leader of the opposition was in Christ church asking what chance Ryan Straugn got against Mr Jones ….some people here more confident than she

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  53. Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois
    Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois June 24, 2017 at 10:04 am

    No iPods this time around.

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  54. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles June 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I said it before and I am going to say this again. As much as I am a DIE HARD BLP SUPPORTER we will NEVER make Mia Prime Minister. Bajans are too ignorant, complacent . . . to say that they will give the woman a CHANCE to PROVE HERSELF. Me and I know countless other barbadians will like to see the DLP fall…..but the truth of the matter is Barbadians will rather suffer under the hands of these clowns than to be lead by a woman… I just saying

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 25, 2017 at 1:25 am

      The problem is not being led by a woman but the type of woman. Mia Mottley is a controversial figure. All of her good got just as much bad. Can she be trusted to lead by example and do what is right? That is the big question.

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  55. Everton Belle
    Everton Belle June 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Yes Get that Government out especially Chris Sinckler there are hurting your people in Barbados so vote them out

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  56. Nita Holligan
    Nita Holligan June 24, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Please know that when you vote the outcome affects everyone even if you were the recipient of a little handout or promise of a job, the handout will quickly go, as well as the job maybe short lived. Listen, watch and remember. Your vote is valuable.

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  57. Khadjiah Benjamin
    Khadjiah Benjamin June 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Not again!

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  58. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier June 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I hope to god every single member of this government lose their seat but based upon the fact that they got a second term I am not a 100% sure that they would lost 90 but not 100

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  59. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar June 24, 2017 at 10:32 am

    so sweetie you have to go have have have to go

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  60. Tennyson Drakes June 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

    DLP or BLP. The reality of the situation is that the deficit is way, way to high. Which ever party wins the next election must bring down the deficit. I personally applaud Chris Sinckler for putting Barbados first instead of himself or the DLP in his recent Budget presentation. The fact remains that Barbados has not imploded over the last eight (8) years. Everything on the island still functions effectively. In these difficult times the unemployment rate is just above 9%. In the glory days of the Arthur BLP Government the unemployment rate was in the region of 6 or 7%. NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE. We have got to stop arguing emotionally and start arguing factually and practically.

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  61. Lorenzo June 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

    So Mr Sinckler thinks that they will win again ,tell the PM to ring the bell we waiting patiently on you all.

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  62. Belfast June 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    What a blind and arrogant lot.

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  63. Carson C Cadogan June 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    “Despite mounting pressure for him to resign ……”

    Barbados Today you need to mention that this is by the … Barbados Labour Party and their operatives.

    Let me tell you there is no pressure from sensible Bajans.

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  64. fedup June 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    DEM barely scrape through last time. Go figure.

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  65. Waiting June 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    E. Jerome Davis hit the nail on the head when he said that whatever Sinckler says the opposite happens so lets breathe a sigh of relief…they will be voted out

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  66. joan Worrell June 24, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    The first time people living outside the U.K ever heard about the D.U.P (Democratic Unionist Party) is the day after there was a hung parliament resulting from the recent elections. Today they are a powerful minor party in the U.K . They have helped Theresa May to form the Government in the U.K with limited support. The minor parties in Barbados should follow suit by coming together and ask Owen for advice on how to win seats in the next elections. They can hold townhall meetings and get him to address the gatherings. I can see four ridings in which they should make their presence felt at the moment i.e St. Michael East, St. Michael Central, St. Michael West and St. James Central. I am asking Lynette Eastmond to switch from the St. Philip riding to one of these three St. Michael constituencies. Grenville I would like to see you run in the St. James Central riding . When you get a solid foothold in these constituencies then you can spread your wings but don’t expect to win the Government . Yes, you can become a very powerful power broker next elections. And Mr. Owen , please reconsider your retirement from politics and hold on to that St. Peter seat to help the aforementioned candidates when they win their seats.

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  67. joan Worrell June 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The Barbados coalition to which I referred above should be fashioned on the Theresa May-D.U.P model described below

    The DUP will back the Tory government on its next budget and prevent it being brought down by motions of no confidence. However, the DUP will decide on support for the Conservatives on other issues in parliament on a vote-by-vote basis. It is a far looser deal than a formal coalition, which some sources in Whitehall were suggesting earlier on Saturday – including inaccurate claims that the unionist party had sought the post of deputy prime minister.

    There has been a mixture of anger and bewilderment within the Westminster establishment – Tory as well as Labour – over the way the DUP has suddenly become the central player in shaping who governs the UK.

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  68. BIGSKY June 25, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Chris I agree with you.I have the same feeling about winning the Super Lotto.

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  69. Greengiant June 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

    They’re many theories being mentioned here, and many of them are extentions of what’s happened recently in developed countries. The French, American and British elections are but examples of some of them.

    However I believe the Minister of finance, and Owen have seen what I have within the membership of the B L P both in parliament and the general body. We have a main speaker for the B L P in parliament, and a different one for the party itself. The opposition leader had spoken little as an alternative to the proposed budget, matter of fact none of the opposition speakers in parliament offered alternatives apart from the a change of government. Arthur has since offered an alternative of going to the I M F, he too has called for the removal of the MOF, with Payne declaring Arthurs opinion as the position of the B L P as a party ( not as an opposition ). So if we are reading the state of the game, Payne has the authority as chairman (party leader) to speak for the party (party policy), while Mottley has the authority to speak for the opposition group. Now if this is not division I can’t recognize what is.

    As is the norm with human beings some will support me, while others support you. This has long appeared to be the case within the B L P as a party (remember the replacing of the opposition leader) prior to the last 2013 election. Three years on the said leader was replaced as party chairman with Payne being elected. Could this be the repositioning for an alternative leader?

    We as electoral masses outside of the workings of the various parliamentary groups would not be aware of the rumblings and disagreements on policy decisions (bugetary, campaign, candidate placements). Remember the Agard affair? We had the leader and comapny against agard, while the party leader appeared to be one of Agard’s supporters. If this is not divisoin, then what is?

    So don’t be one to be shocked, surprised or to pour cold water on the confidence of the finance minister. Some of you who constantly scorn the many ministers who speak aht you don’t wish to hear, need to examine the events within the B L P as a part, and an opposition since the exit of Arthur. Does it appear to be smoth? The introduction of the politics of inclusion by Arthur back in the 90’s has had an effect on the B L P that will last a generation. Arthur has indeed left a legacy at party, and national level in this country resulting in political confusion both within our parliament, and at party level. Maybe Chris is seeing the politics of confusion from close up. Remember he has an inside view, and he’s not politically unwise.

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    • Robert Deschappe June 25, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Green Giant

      It does not take one long after reading the nonsense you write to conclude your are a “yard-fowl.”

      It is time people like you realize there aren’t any significant differences between the BLP and DLP and stop writing nonsense.

      You wrote about “divisions” within the BLP, when the so called “Eagar 11” and outbursts from Dr. David Estwick and Donville Inniss could also be construed as divisions within the DLP. Have you conveniently forgotten about DLP political strategists Harley Henry and Ruedon Eversley lambasting the DEMS?

      Have you conveniently forgotten the roles Ronald Jones, Richard Sealy, Michael Lashley et al played in the ousting and back-stabbing of Clyde Mascoll as DLP Opposition Leader to install David Thompson as Opposition Leader? And David Estwick said he would not take part in the act?

      It is ironic you referred to remembering the Maria Agard affair, when you perhaps forgot the Taan Abed affair. Abed won the nomination to represent that constituency for the DLP, but was replaced with Verla Depeiza who received significantly less nomination votes than him?

      And how about the Randal Rouse affair? The way you DEMS treated Rouse drove him into becoming an independent candidate?

      I also recall David Thompson and Denis Kellman, who as the two DLP Opposition members, were not on speaking terms?

      Do some serious thinking before writing shyte.

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  70. joan Worrell June 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

    God Bless the Internet. I can’t call the name of the other paper but if you read it you would see that the front page headline and page 19a look very similar to the following post of 2012. Draw your conclusions.

    Here is the 2012 story.

    A controversial new survey, indicating strong dissatisfaction with the performance of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), has provoked mixed reactions from the public.

    Findings of the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) public opinion poll suggest that the Freundel Stuart-led DLP, which came to power in January 2008, could well be a one-term government. General elections are constitutionally due in less than a year.

    Aired in last weekend’s Sunday Sun by the Nation Publishing Company, and conducted by CADRES Director Peter Wickham, the poll results indicate a marked shift toward former three-term prime minister and present leader of the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Owen Arthur.

    Out of some 1,080 respondents to the survey, which was conducted across the existing 30 parliamentary constituencies, just 29 percent gave a favourable approval rating to Prime Minister Stuart for his performance as head of government. A solid 43 percent recorded a negative vote.

    When asked to identify the “preferred prime minister”, the winning nod went to opposition leader and economist Arthur. He received almost 30 percent of the votes (29.8) compared with Stuart’s scant 10 percent (9.9), which represented the lowest ranking ever for a sitting Barbados prime minister.

    Bridging the gap between the two were Mia Mottley, a former deputy prime minister and attorney-general in a past BLP administration, who copped the second preferential spot; and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler who ranked third in the CADRES poll.

    Stuart, a lawyer by profession, succeeded the late Prime Minister and DLP leader David Thompson who died in October 2010 from cancer at age 48.

    The CADRES poll results, dominating the front page of the newspaper under the headline “It’s Owen”, came on the eve of Stuart hosting his first-ever regional summit of CARICOM leaders gathered in Barbados for the Second Mexico-CARICOM Summit.

    Coming out slugging in defence of the ruling party was Minister of Housing Michael Lashley.

    “When you examine our work, Barbadians cannot fault our performance, given the constraints and the environment in which we had to act. So you have to go out there in your numbers and fight for this great party. Polls don’t vote,” he told a meeting of the party faithful.

    The poll comes against the backdrop of three Caribbean governments being restricted to one-term governance since November last year: the United Workers Party in St Lucia, the Jamaica Labour Party, and earlier this month the Free National Movement in the Bahamas.

    The focus now falls on the possibility of similar electoral incidents in Barbados and Grenada, the latter for the incumbent National Democratic Congress of embattled Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who recently survived a no-confidence motion in parliament and is grappling with a series of resignations from his cabinet.

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  71. Concerned Man June 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Until we learn to delay our gratification nothing will change! Everyone is in it for the short term gains, especially our politicians who more than anyone are acutely aware of their shelf life expectancy (and pension requirements) This is what drives them to ensure that they have a plush enough cushion to soften the impact of when they eventually fall from political grace! And they all will fall!! One way or another!! Delaying gratification requires working for the long term goals that most likely will not be realized in one, two, maybe even four political terms! This will require a rewiriing of the psyche of a nation that I fear is too daunting a task due to an inherent belief that instant gratification is the only way to prosperity!!

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  72. joan Worrell June 26, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Remember this story 2 years ago/

    Ignore Arthur, says Wickham
    Added by Barbados Today on November 26, 2015.
    Saved under Local News, Politics

    Pollster Peter Wickham is not losing any sleep over accusations levelled against him by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

    Asked today to comment specifically on a charge by the former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader that the party had lost the last election because of the “tale of two polls”, Wickham simply sidestepped the allegation.

    He also refused to respond to stinging charges made by Arthur that the BLP leader Mia Mottley had recently told her National Council that the party was “a tarnished brand and that the people of Barbados, based upon a Wickham poll, don’t want the party to be in Government but that they want her to be Prime Minister of Barbados.

    “That is the most dangerous doctrine and people in the Barbados Labour Party should not just . . . fall in line just in case, but they should be strong enough to speak out against what I call that despotism,” said Arthur, who has also labelled as “madness” Sunday’s decision of the BLP National Council to expel Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard.
    Peter Wickham
    Peter Wickham

    However, in response, Wickham said: “I am not commenting on Owen Arthur or anything that Owen Arthur had to say.

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  73. joan Worrell June 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Peter

    You should answer the following charge by Owen on June 26th 2015 before asking us to believe your recent findings.

    Asked today to comment specifically on a charge by the former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader that the party had lost the last election because of the “tale of two polls”, Wickham simply sidestepped the allegation.

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  74. Chico June 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    As a millennial, born and raised under the Owen Arthur administration, I can say that the DLP has been the worst government ever. Barbados has constantly declined since they came into power in 2008.

    What future is there for us, the younger generation, if Freundel Stuart and Chris Sinckler continue to steer a sinking ship?

    If the DLP was really putting Barbados first, then they would STEP DOWN.

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