Jepter apologizes

Government Senator Jepter Ince has apologized “unreservedly” for describing the local business community as parasites who were only bellyaching about the recently announced budgetary measures because they were unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden.

A fired up Jepter Ince as he addressed DLP faithful on June 16.

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

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

While citing several examples, the Senator had also accused the private sector of abdicating its leadership role in spurring economic growth and employment, forcing Government to take the helm.

The statements were deemed offensive by the business community, including construction magnate Sir Charles Williams who was among the first to publicly condemn Ince’s remarks.

President of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert and BPSA CEO Anne Reid leaving Government Headquarters last month.

In a subsequent meeting with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler at Government Headquarters, the President of the Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert also demanded that an apology be made and when contacted by Barbados TODAY this morning, Herbert confirmed that one had indeed been tendered and accepted.

“Well, we called for it and we got it,” Herbert said.

Senator Jepter Ince

In his letter of apology dated June 26, 2017, which was addressed to Herbert, Ince said the statements were made “in a moment of unguarded excess do not represent my personal views or that of the Democratic Labour Party of which I am a member. Neither do they represent the views of the Government of Barbados in which I serve.”

He also assured that “the use of such words would be totally incongruous with the respect that the political party to which I belong and the Government in which I serve, hold for the private sector as an integral part of the institution known as the Social Partnership.

“I am indeed cognizant of the fact that the private sector, the trade union movement and the political party that I am a member of and represent can all equally lay claim to being the founders of the Social Partnership created in the early 1990s, and which, as it was then, remains an invaluable partner in the good governance of Barbados.

“I wish to unreservedly withdraw any comments or statements which may have been interpreted as being inimical to the ordinarily harmonious relationship enjoyed by the parties over the years.

“I sincerely hope that this letter outlining my own personal view which [is] in harmony with that of the Democratic Labour Party of which I am a member and the Government of Barbados in which I serve is accepted in the spirit in which it is given, and I regret any potential mistrust that I may have caused within the partnership,” he added.


45 Responses to Jepter apologizes

  1. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid July 1, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Withdraw comments??? That’s a very cleverly worded letter, but it’s not an apology, not what I just read…

  2. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson July 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    You all keep raising taxes and blame businessmen.All businessmen doing is passing on the taxes that the Government increase.

  3. Claire Thompson
    Claire Thompson July 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Wht is said cannot be taken back

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Correct..People often say sorry just for the sake of saying so. That is what he had to day and he said it

  4. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott July 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    He should have been fired!

  5. Anderson Steven
    Anderson Steven July 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Apology accepted when every last one of wunnuh gone for good

  6. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith July 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Does anyone believe that it it sincere?

  7. joan Worrell July 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm


    You have put your foot in your mouth. You forgot that politicians all over the free world depend on the private sector to run their campaigns. Yes there are donations to all the political parties in the U.K but the amounts can’t exceed a certain limit and the parties’ accounts must be audited. Passing around a old hat at branch meetings in Barbados can’t even pay for the snacks that are served after the meetings. It surprised me that the powers that be , didn’t ask you to apologize before.

  8. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid July 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    First class A1 goat

  9. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine July 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Where is the apology?

    • Natalia Reid
      Natalia Reid July 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Exactly!! There wasn’t any!

    • Prince Trémaine
      Prince Trémaine July 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      He wrote a page and a half of political bs where he in the end failed to apologise and merely withdrew his comments. This further adds insult to the previous injury which he inflicted upon the Private Sector.

  10. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson July 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    How can you trust anyone from the DLP? they have told lie after lie that many times they are beginning to believe the lies themselves.

  11. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore July 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    No amount of criticism, scolding, flogging in the public square, berating in public or private admonitions can stop this fool from spewing forth folly. It is aken to him, the very essence of the man.

  12. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm


  13. Mike Baje
    Mike Baje July 1, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Poorrrrr Boyyyyy!

  14. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine July 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    If you read the letter you will notice that he never once apologised.

  15. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe July 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    You totally and classically “played yourself” and to make it worse it’s even in writing 🙂

  16. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris July 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    What he said was true
    But if an apology makes them happy go right ahead

  17. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Words spoken can never be recalled.Clearly he was not at schòol that day for that particular lesson

  18. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens July 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    When you carry up taxes the business man is not going to bare the burden,we will.

  19. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder July 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    The nation need to fire all who putting DLP politicians in the paper the good good news in Barbados to write bout.

  20. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis July 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    A load of crap if ever. He had said that he had made the statement before and that he wanted it written as Jepter Ince say so. How then could it have been said in the heat of the moment.

  21. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Jepter,s words is the reflection of the very government which he represents

  22. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Real pressure had to come from somewhere for him to humble

  23. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke July 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Michael parris amen

  24. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Think bout putting uh bullet point blank in uh man brain and shouting..uh din mean tuh do dun dead

  25. Charles Beckles
    Charles Beckles July 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Too late he went to Africa n now get back

  26. Marline Goodridge
    Marline Goodridge July 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    When he get vote out he will cuss more

  27. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles July 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Throwing insults is like throwing a big rock…. Once it is out out cant get it back and you don’t know where it will land or who it will hit. He saying he “withdraw” his statement to me is NOT an apology…. Simple as that.

  28. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe July 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    He and all the others should also apologize for the mess that the country is still in that they claim they were gonna clean up but all most 10 yrs later we’re 10 times worse off

  29. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe July 1, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    To keep his job????? Whose gonna fire Him?

  30. jrsmith July 2, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Bajans stop wasting time with these people , they are all the same cannot get away from the rum shop mentality, they have done nothing in barbados for 9 years and , fear not they will get back in power …………………………. Our people is scared to criticize the government in public , but they stand still ,raise they right hand to the clouds and nothing comes out of they mouths………………… frighten dont know what to say or to whom………………………

  31. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco July 2, 2017 at 6:08 am

    What I read what not an apology. An apology signals acknowledgement of what you did and how what you did impacted upon who you have wronged.

  32. sticks and stones July 2, 2017 at 6:49 am

    WRONG WRONG , Barbados Today moderating comments that are not in agreement with their narrative on topics Wrong Wrong

  33. ehaynes July 2, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I was taught you dont mister yourself Senator MR Jepter Ince

  34. Mack July 2, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Now that he apolagize, now ask for his resignation and removing him from feeding at the public trof. He is getting too fat.!!!

    • Mack July 2, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Not only too fat, but fat and very disrespectful. I wonder who is incharge of these clowns???

  35. Everick July 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Where is the apology? Where are the words “I sincerely apologize”?
    This is pure Sophistry, although I hate to credit that goat with the ability to put that letter together.
    After all he is a “Physical” deficit.

  36. hcalndre July 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What will be the legacy of this DLP led by PM Stewart? It will be know as the “Government of Taxes.” Since they gain control, there is not one thing that has not being an increase of taxes on. If any supporter of the DLP can name any, just mention it, I don’t know what else is left to be taxed other than to add to what the MOF has already.

  37. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner July 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Isn’t this a bit late in coming….mama always say becareful what is spewed out of your mouth because you cannot take it back once it is out … go bury your head in shame

  38. Milli Watt July 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    negrocrat, bald pouch cat, barbadian men must be able to tek a horn, crack some heads, blood in the street and guns in parliament……….oh and labour lazy and unproductive, HOW COULD I FORGET AN ARMY OF OCCUPIERS all comments attributed to the political class no APOLOGY but you apologise stupse. Jepter what little respect I had for you gone. You made a truthful statement and refused to stand your ground.


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