Government is costing us too much – Worrell

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr Delisle Worrell says Government is costing Barbadians too much, but he remains hopeful about the economy, despite the current administration’s “inefficiency and ineffectiveness” in addressing the issues affecting the country.

“We have the talents, we have the energy and we have the competitiveness to take ourselves to the next level. It will happen even if we are saddled with a Government that is underperforming in the public service,” Worrell told journalists at a Public Forum held at the Harrison College yesterday.

He noted that the administration’s increased taxation is overextending Barbadians. 

“Thirty cents of every dollar the Barbadian earns goes in taxes to Government through the various taxes we pay, so you only have 70 cents to yourself and of those 30 cents they still cannot make the Government run. They still have to borrow on top of that to run the Government. Our Government is costing us too much,” he said. 

Worrell reserved comments on whether Barbados should seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or on the austerity measures proposed by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in the May 30 Financial Statements and Budgetary Proposals, but he said that slow growth is expected for 2017 and 2018, with foreign reserves falling below $600 million. 

“Sometimes you make some short term sacrifices so as to lay the foundation for the long term,” he said, adding that growth would accelerate exponentially if there was a reduction in the size of Government.

He stressed that issues need to be addressed; from systems to the technology, to the general level of skills in the sector.

“You have to increase the professionalism within the administration. Within the public sector it has to be more efficient so the public servants and the people doing the actual work have to be better at their jobs,” Worrell added.

35 Responses to Government is costing us too much – Worrell

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 2, 2017 at 9:07 am


  2. Santini More
    Santini More July 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This party political, unelected poppet, put party before country and contributed to the current dire state of the Barbados economy. I really have no desire to listen to anything he nows speaks to.

  3. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

    He still talking

  4. Jennifer July 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Can you please go and pee and lie back down and sleep. The masses have to pay all of this because of an accumulation of monetary events by people like you who sat down and watch to collect your dollars/paycheck. You kept your translucency and mouth shut, until you sussed that they were going to oust you. And even then you swore yourself to secrecy and blew no whistle least you run out of air. Shut up and enjoy your pension. This should not cost you any extra. The sheep and goat done pi$$ all over in the pen.

    • Jennifer July 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

      You loved that belly of corruption too. Now go find some pigs to make souse.

  5. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman July 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Oh stfu you told them to print to their hearts desire. You towed the party line rhetoric. You had no issues being a paid mouth piece with perks and a fat check. BT why are even entertaining him?

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore July 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

      The new BLP scape goat. Hopefully I live long enough to pass on this story to my future grand kids

    • Ricardo Worrell
      Ricardo Worrell July 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      I don’t think the blp want anything to do with him..he’s just like a child whose favorite toy got seized

  6. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut July 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Leave him alone…mouth open story come out….lol…let him bring all the tales out of school….his consciousness is getting the better of him…according to the young people come out things…

  7. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 2, 2017 at 9:36 am


  8. Sean R. Phillips
    Sean R. Phillips July 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    He is doing more talking now and offering suggestions than when he was in a position to actually help the country. He doesn’t have the puppeteer pulling his strings anymore now. Go somewhere bury your head in the sand turtle man, you sold Barbados out and put the country and for their financial calamity, when you were supposed to help the country.

  9. Sue Lynch
    Sue Lynch July 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Oh really?

  10. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles July 2, 2017 at 9:50 am

    So now your money get cut off all of a sudden you can talk the truth….never mind a few months ago you yourself said all is fine

  11. Margaret Thorpe
    Margaret Thorpe July 2, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The same people who earned much from the public purse

  12. Tsa Harris
    Tsa Harris July 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

    You knew this buddy!

  13. Farjana Mohamed
    Farjana Mohamed July 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

    He only realized this after he get fired?before that he even refused to speak to reporters.

  14. Biscuits July 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

    That last paragraph hits the nail on the head!

  15. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore July 2, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Despite all of that no economist is coming out with other answers. The new BLP scapegoat.

  16. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner July 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

    This is some jacked up ish….no more cushy job so now free to speak about the mess you help create….wowww these people really believe bajans are fools

  17. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill July 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    So you (worrell the worm) had 8 years of being in a position to say different but you did nothing. You Sir are wrong to now come before the media and claim the high road. You Sir is a F… Idiot.

  18. Paul Rapson
    Paul Rapson July 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Was the consulate yard fowl, wouldn’t speak out for fear of losing his job, now he has lost it he can speak up, duh!

  19. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray July 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This is your mess as well, clean it up.

  20. Jack Hanma
    Jack Hanma July 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    And that’s why he got fired for showing the truth

  21. Margaret Thorpe
    Margaret Thorpe July 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Lisa doing a good job. Hope you get your reward.

  22. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell July 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Poor fellow ,when he was governor he wanted nothing to do with the press now he’s begging for interviews,lol ,so sad when you get bite by your own dog

  23. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor July 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Is this a news flash?

  24. Harewood Ann
    Harewood Ann July 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    How comes you now know that we are suffering from the hands of you and your government issued statement by you. You should be a shame but anyhow this country and we Barbadian at the peak can’t take no more people all flush out the DLP I gone and real VEX

  25. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham July 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    shut up too late

  26. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Cud-dear, give this baby some gripe water.

  27. joan Worrell July 2, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Poor Worrell get blind wid cuss. He deserves it . Saw Solutions Barbados with some good alternatives and I would like to hear from the top economists what they think of these solutions . They have already made up their minds that the IMF is the route to go so I expect them to say that no alternative will work. Mark my words.

  28. hcalndre July 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    The ex Gov. says that 30 cents goes to taxes of every dollar earned, if Chris knows that 70 cents is left, next time he will go for the 20 cents and make that a fair deal of 50/50.

  29. Milli Watt July 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    where you was all this time uncle………..oh yeah getting paid a good salary, flying bout and driving bout oh yes and printing money.

  30. Milli Watt July 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I wonder if this remark will be moderated


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