‘We’re in trouble’

Economic situation worse than what has been reported, warns Arthur

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur says by any measurement today’s Social Partnership consultation on the economy was an abysmal failure for the simple fact that no common ground was achieved on the vexing issue of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) or the way forward for the economy generally.

Back in May, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had announced a $542 million austerity package, which included a hike in the NSRL from two per cent to ten per cent, with a view to wiping out a $537 million deficit.

However, the onerous tax package has been met with strong resistance from both the private sector and trade unions, who continued today to agitate for relief on behalf of their constituents.

While saying he was impressed with the way in which the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union Toni Moore forcefully put forward the union’s position during today’s consultation, Arthur, who chaired the Social Partnership for 14 years as Prime Minister from 1994 to 2008, said it was telling that the only commitment given by Government at the end of today’s eight hour consultation with the private sector and the unions, was for more dialogue on the economy.

“We are in a stalemate!” declared Arthur, who also suggested that the talks had amounted to nothing more that “titillating theatre”.

He explained that “a serious social partnership does not have to have a meeting to agree that it should consult.

“[In fact] the only reason why a social partnership exists is that it should be consulted. So that can’t be a serious decision,” he told Barbados TODAY.

In the absence of any firm commitment by Government, Arthur also said it was quite clear to him that the NSRL was not going to be adjusted, despite the demands for relief, from unions in particular.

He also warned that the economic and financial situation facing the Government was far more dire than either Sinckler or the Central Bank was prepared to admit at today’s meeting.

“I believe the reserves are now under $600 million, five hundred and eighty something [million]. That puts a new complexion on it, and if you would recall there were certain things that were supposed to have been there to boost reserves  – the privatization of the BNTCL [Barbados National Terminal Company Limited] and the inflows from certain projects and they are not happening. So the prospects for an increase in the reserves, based upon inflows, is something that you have to put a question mark on again, and so we are in trouble,” Arthur said, while stating that a clear explanation still needed to be given on the severity of the island’s fiscal problems.

“It is a dangerous stalemate,” he stressed, adding that “we now have to open our minds to new thinking because I don’t think we can go ahead just saying that we can’t make any adjustments, because if we don’t make the adjustments, there is a likelihood that this whole thing can come crashing down around our ears.”

Arthur also took issue with the presentation made by Acting Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes for the simple fact that a lot of his financial information was only up to June.

“If you are going to make decisions in August that will carry you into the end of the year you need to know what is happening in August and what is going to happen for the next few months of the year when things are hard in Barbados,” he said, while suggesting that one key question was left unanswered.

“The one question that I thought was very pertinent that was not answered was when Ms Moore of the BWU, who I think has now emerged as a serious national leader, asked the minister, ‘could you tell us what is the state of the reserves today?’ And the minister said that you do those things quarterly, but that is not true. If the reserves had improved significantly the minister would have been very happy
. . . but I believe the fact is that Government is facing a worse financial and reserves position than has been revealed,” he added.

On the question of the NSRL, Arthur also said the consultation should have asked and answered the question: “Are we in line at least to achieve the objective of that Budget through the social responsibility levy to have no deficit in nine months?”

While suggesting that such would be a massive achievement, he further questioned: “If the policies are not going to achieve their purpose and are counterproductive, what does the Government have in mind to replace it?

“That should have been the update that we should have gotten . . . [but] what is coming across is that the Government is saying, ‘look, we can’t finance our expenditures, but we also do not want to touch our expenditures and in many respects that is more of a political issue having to do with the timing in the electoral cycle than with the real concerns with the Barbados economy,” he added.

71 Responses to ‘We’re in trouble’

  1. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson August 12, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Please come back, even if its only for me

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    • Rasta Gilkes
      Rasta Gilkes August 12, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Come back to do wat

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      • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

        ok. some of us is jokers.

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  2. Joey St
    Joey St August 12, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I agree it was a total waste of energy, time and money. The unions didn’t say anything different and the government didn’t budge

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    • Michael Turton
      Michael Turton August 12, 2017 at 4:01 am

      The open meeting was a strategy …….nothing would have been accomplished.

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      • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

        All of this nonsense is comfort for idiots to basque in.

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      • straight talk August 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm

        The unions accomplish nothing.

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  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Not now that they are in trouble. Ever since.

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  4. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie August 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

    He should know

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    • Michael King
      Michael King August 12, 2017 at 1:58 am

      What should he know? That the current administration f…..up everything in the last eight years? Or that big business has been too greedy?

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      • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 4:04 am

        To combat what you are saying especially the last sentence, black people who is the MAJORITY should put their money where their minds are at. Keep civil and buy only what you need. You cannot claim to have a problem and remain on the same movement pattern. Some of them greedy opportunistic Ba$tar** who was sitting in that meeting know that them mark ups are very high also and ain’t intend to reduce them either. We as a people need to stop feeding that animal.

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        • Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 6:44 am

          Akanni made it very clear yesterday who is at fault. He went into the Warrens supermarket with $100.00 to buy goods for some one he knew and came away with little for the money.

          The merchant class, the private sector who were sitting next to him, mark up their products in their supermarket 500% and more causing hardship in Barbados.

          Yet he was afraid to turn to the private sector sitting next to him and ask them for an ease in their pricing policy. He had the ear of CHARLES HERBERT right RIGHT NEXT TO HIM there and then and he refused to use that golden opportunity to ask for an ease for his BLACK PEOPLE. What a sellout.

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          • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

            But this will certainly not happen because of the level of brainwashing done on this people. Until this people get their heads right they will always feel afraid to challenge whites. And that is because they clearly still see the white man as Ma$$a and not to be questioned, only say yes sir Boss. The politicians and unions is in this boat too. This what you call proper control of an elephant.

          • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

            Then we sitting down in the dark room shooting ourselves in the foot by joining with the private sector in an effort to $hoot the black rabbit while the white rabbit getting away.

          • hcalndre August 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

            C.C C.; here you go again, Akanni is to ask the merchants and the private sector for an ease, what would you ask the taxing government for? This party was raising taxing on the people of Barbados from day 1. Thompson did not sit in his chair before he raised the water rates, the liquor licenses even the piece of tin on the bicycles that no one paid any interest to and even bread is being taxed, that is who you should ask if they`re going to kill barbadians with taxes and some of the taxes had no merit and had to be discontinue because they did not met the expectations after taken the people hard earned cash.

    • Tickles Boyce
      Tickles Boyce August 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Seriously Rasta Gilkes ??????

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  5. Saga Boy August 12, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I listened to the consultation and it is clear to me that a way forward was articulated. A plan of action was agreed to.

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  6. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt August 12, 2017 at 1:59 am

    You guys have the guts to come around poor people (begging)for votes? Note (begging)not asking. You blasted beggers. Do something for the poor. Open up a door. Stop killing us.

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    • Michael Turton
      Michael Turton August 12, 2017 at 4:09 am

      It is amazing that they will have the nerve to come and talk to us about voting for them. Yet they don’t want to hear us now.

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  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 12, 2017 at 4:29 am

    It waste theatrical dis play, only went to the hotel to eat and waste more money.
    The PM need to remove Chris he’s not doing a good job, the PM need to reduce all if those dead weight employed in his office, reduce some of you cabinet it’s too large.
    This WASTEFUL government care nothing about it citizens..
    Breadwinner send home and young people get employ.
    Do you think these would provide for parents siblings no they might contribute but not like the breadwinner.
    This government make mistakes after mistake and nothing isn’t getting right.
    I really hope the citizens make the PENCIL talk that day.
    Not one of your administration should get a seat.
    It happened in 1991 when this party regarded top Civil service and then introduce an 8 percent cut and talk about bail out.
    This is nine years this administration talking about bailout no raised of pay, high cost of living, high utilities bill, increased in taxes, restore they 10 percent with back pay, keeping a lot of unnecessary party, waste 7 millions on Independence celebrations. The list goes on and on you have fail the CITIZENS of Barbados.
    Please give us relief call election.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba August 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

      SHELDINE ALL 16 AH DEM IS DEAD WEIGHT, PLUS DE SENATE, ALL AH DEM WANT CHASING WAY

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  8. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls August 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

    But we all knew this already.

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  9. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield August 12, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Well some do not think so

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  10. sticks and stones August 12, 2017 at 5:48 am

    What de hell is Arthur talking about govt policy. The NSRL policy is what the govt has tabled as a way forward on shoring up the reserves and public servants getting paid . Arthur cannot have forgotten the millions of dollars he borrowed at high interest to shore up the reserves monies which is part of the added strain to barbados debt .No sense in the Unions beating a dead horse unless they have a feasible and sustainable solution for the economy and one that would guarantee public servants
    wages without having a negative impact to having job losses .As for Toni Moore her performance was dominated by a forceful speech of gimme nothing more nothing else. everything of what the govt side had to say about the economy fell on Toni Moore deaf ears.

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    • hcalndre August 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      @sticks and stones; I thought the MOFalse information said that the NSRL was to bring in $500m to clear the debt that the country is in and now you`re saying its to pay the public servants. Are you the MOF or the PM., neither one of you can`t say what direction this $500m plus is going if and when it is collected in the next 6 months.

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  11. David Brathwaite August 12, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Thank you, Sir, for your sterling contribution to this country. I do not always like your politics, but I greatly respect your economic acumen and management skills.

    I know it can’t happen, but wish you could come back for at least another five years.

    Maybe things can be patched up with the BLP if Mia wins the next election and you can serve as a consultant. This country needs your skills and it would be a travesty if they could not be brought to bear in these treacherous economic times.

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  12. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss August 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Ya think it bad wait until Xmas d shooting will increase you see ppl are now feeling the pinch fathers mothers men who have children to feed its getting rough little or no work ppl turning to drugs alcohol and d youth goin rob face it we are to blame even d legal system

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  13. Sherlock Holmes. August 12, 2017 at 6:15 am

    All that situation showed me is that those who love the limelight did not bask in it at all yesterday. Some of the most poor rakey presentations were made yesterday. At times it was painful to hear some of the presentations. These are people who at every turn wants to be seen and heard and when they had to face the imposing glare of scrutiny failed miserably. This whole episode was a waste of time with lots of soundbites and rhetoric the duchess of york was totally unimpressive and i garnered that most of them were totally unprepared. This tax is burdensome the unfortunate thing is, they failed to make a proper case it has shown me that there is a penchant by some for the spotlight until the time comes. I agree with former Prime Minister ARTHUR we are in trouble in so many ways it is mind boggling and egotistical stances have us in the proverbial neck lock we are going nowhere and fast.

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Well said by you Sherlock and Sticks and stones. Keep watching that pressure cooker.

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    • Big chief September 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      We are not producing educated people to manager our country. Do the crook and con men took over.

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  14. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett August 12, 2017 at 6:30 am

    DEM”Mek a mess of this country… Put cat to watch milk

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  15. Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Is this the same man who said that the Barbados economy would collapse by the end of May 2017?

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  16. Andrea Young
    Andrea Young August 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Well said.

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  17. Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Why is it that the Barbados Private sector always has to be headed by someone from the PLANTATION CLASS?

    CHARLES HERBERT’S performance yesterday was dismal to say the least.

    Nothing he said made any sense.

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  18. Joan E Small
    Joan E Small August 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

    When you put the Fox to watch the Hen house ! There is always going to be dinner!! EVIL strive when good men stands around and do Nothing!!

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  19. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss August 12, 2017 at 7:04 am

    We got a legal system that says Lock them up put them on remand when them come out the worse cause prison is not easy but who feels it knows it u lock up a father who has no job for child support u lock up a man with a drug problem or instead of getting him clean u lock up a woman for? U let a man with 100pounds of drugs walk on bail but u lock up a man with a spliff and a a man owes a fine to d court he has no job the fine might be for something petty or serious the court tells u find d money by All means what do u expect some men will do?

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    • Joan E Small
      Joan E Small August 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Right on Point!! You put a poor person in jail for a small amount of recreational MBELEKE! And the guy with the 100 pounds get Bail! That’s a eye Opener!

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  20. Mark Adamson August 12, 2017 at 7:17 am

    The Social Partnership met yesterday at the Hilton Hotel and from the Barbados Today news stories I have been reading there is nothing substantial that came out of the meeting in terms of SOLUTIONS/ALTERNATIVES on the way forward for Barbados.

    Well, I again help to restate the following twenty three (23) fundamental objectives that – out of many others – will be helped brought about by the People’s Democratic Congress (PDC), in rightful and dutiful association with other political organizations forming a certain future coalitional government of Barbados:

    1) The Abolition of Taxation;

    2) The Abolition of Interest Rates;

    3) The Abolition of ALL so-called Exchange Rates Parities with the Barbados Dollar;

    4) The Abolition of All Motor Vehicle Insurance;

    5) The establishment of a National Currency Board (NCB) to manage currency and financial credit flows within the country, and into and out of it;

    6) The making sure that the Real Actual Cost of Use of Money in Barbados is substantially reduced in the medium to long term;

    7) The making sure that the Money Turn Over Rate is substantially increased in this country;

    8) The legalization of the uses, by persons 18 years and over generally, and by persons of the approved professions, specifically, of marijuana and its various biological relatives, and the legalization of the specified and specific amounts of such that are consistent with the social, personal, recreational, religious, commercial, medicinal, and research purposes for which such plants, their main derivatives, and their uses will be put to, respectively;

    9) The making sure that there is almost total freedom of interaction between the nominal receipts of individuals, businesses and other relevant entities, and the nominal receipts that are to be made by the entities that would be charged with running the business and corporate affairs of the Seaport, Airport and at all other points of entry in this country, where there is the transacting of commercial goods and services entering/exiting Barbados;

    10) The making sure that locally based exporters of goods and services receive their transfers (nominal receipts) through the National Currency Board (NCB). These local exporters will get from the NCB, the equivalent amounts of local money/financial credits that local business people – in the like cases – will get from local people, businesses and entities, when getting/having got ownership of the identical/similar goods or uses of the identical/similar services to those goods and services that have been exported. In such cases the NCB will be deemed to be acting on the behalf of the overseas parties who will eventually own those goods and/or use those services, and who under the said contracts will either give foreign currency or foreign financial credits to the NCB which – in turn – will thereafter give to the locally based exporters the amounts in local transfers that are wholly due to them;

    11) The introduction of a regime of the assembling of aircraft, motor vehicles, missiles, satellites, the building of ships, etc for Barbados;

    12) The introduction of Partnership Enterprises to take places of companies, ministries, statutory corporations, etc, and wherefore in every instance – before the coming about of such Enterprises – there would have had to be seen – in any business or governmental organizations in operation in this country – two or more persons involved in them. The incoming Partners will be the part owners of these enterprises – hence, the substantial elimination of the work system/culture in Barbados;

    13) The establishment of a Hire Purchase Relief Fund for persons (not businesses) who – under their respective hire-“purchase” contracts – will be proven to have had genuine difficulties in giving over monies to the relevant hire-“purchase” enterprises;

    14) The establishment of a Water Expense Relief Fund to help those persons who – at whatever times after its implementation – have proven genuine difficilties in repairing the receipts debts owed to the BWA type entity, as a result of the receipts challenges helped brought on by imbalances in their commercial industrial and other related affairs;

    15) The ensuring that NO foreigners whatsoever are able to own land spaces rights in this country – only that they may be permitted to lease such rights;

    16) The institution of a serious Regime of Rent Control over all residential, commercial and social accommodation in this country;

    17) The building of a modern efficient railway system for Barbados, to run back and forth on what is now the existing ABC/Ronald Mapp Highways;

    18) The introduction of specialized secondary school education, via the institution of Academies – the Abolition of the Common Entrance Exam – the introduction of an appropriate National Continuous Assessment Program – and the introduction of Full Zoning for Barbados, with some reasonable exceptions thereto;

    19) The building of a modern acute care 200 bed hospital for the north of the country;

    20) The implementation of a Proportional Representational Electoral System for all national elections of Barbados (elections of the Cabinet/Judges of the Supreme Court), to take the place of the very inadequate and deficient first past the post electoral system;

    21) The election of Judges to their Supreme Court positions in this country;

    22) The institution of Constituency Assemblies for Barbados – one per constituency – and whereby – within them – elected constituents – as members thereof – will have all opportunities to initiate, debate, and pass the laws of this country;

    23) The removal of the Queen as head of the governmental system of Barbados – and the creation of an Executive Coalitional Republican System for this country, which (as earlier represented in (20 above) will itself be nationally elected.

    Also, I invite almost ALL of my Facebook contacts to VOTE for ALL the candidates of ALL newer parties and political organizations in the next general elections in Barbados, whether it is Citizens’ Action Partnership (CAP), Coalition of Unified Parties (CUP), Progressive Conservatives (PC), United Progressive Party (UPP), Solutions Barbados (SB), Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM).

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  21. David Hall August 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

    As always, Mr Arthur’s take on the economy should be required listening/studying for all Barbadians.
    It would be clear to almost everyone( except DLP optimist) that the current government is in deep trouble but continues to lie about it. They somehow seem to believe that lies worked in 2013 and can work again. I would like to caution DLP supporters that its time they put pressure of their colleagues and convince them to come clean with the people of Barbados on the economy, and then enlist the help of everyone so that together we can save our great country and people from despair.

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  22. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott August 12, 2017 at 7:27 am

    U couldn’t have said it no better but when ya hand to mouth those things happen…

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  23. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott August 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Dennis taitt the welfare check don’t even be much… wa hell

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  24. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott August 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Pearl green this country will never come together cauwe it is to divided… sad to say

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  25. Waiting August 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I really don’t know why the Private Sector and the Unions wasting time talking to the Government for the PM already said that they were elected to govern and they have the right to do as they like, in other words, so please don’t waste time going to any other meetings. Grin and bare until election day only then will they listen but it will be too late.

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  26. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave August 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I don’t care what nobody say . He is totally correct , we are in serious trouble . Look what has happen to my once sweet Barbados . The only solution to all this is the Lord Jesus Christ . Because nothing is being done to address this crimnal situation at hand
    It’s getting worse and worse . Mr Arthur is not Good himself but he have the know how !! When I hear about certain laws in other countries how even for a slight offense the punishment you received often makes me wonder why the authorities here are so sluggish in doing a similar thing
    I guess their don’t care .

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  27. Rechelle August 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Please come back Mr. Arthur. Keep your political views under wraps but do help us with your strong economic skills.

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  28. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron August 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Pearl who’s destroying it…. Some ppl rather see a ship sink thank help dip water out of it

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  29. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens August 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I believe these fellows don’t mind another driver taking over. It’s a small but powerful vehicle not easy to drive.

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  30. Khalil Keifer
    Khalil Keifer August 12, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Well said

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  31. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett August 12, 2017 at 9:37 am

    = A PROBLEM ???? LOOKS LEFT LOOKS RIGHT I DON’T SEE A PROBLEM CAN’T BE NO PROBLEM I HEARD NO LEADERS SAY ANYTHING ABOUT A PROBLEM ……..DIS IS FAKE NEWS OR WHA ??

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  32. Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

    SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP, SERIOUSLY?

    What was made very clear for Bajans to see yesterday at the Hilton Hotel, was the collusion of two of the social partners against the Govt.

    CHARLES HERBERT sat there for a whole day talking nothing of any importance . All he did was to try, unsuccessfully, to bash the elected Govt. of Barbados.

    I was watching and waiting for him to tell Barbados how his private sector would reduce their sky high margins on products in their businesses and help the most vulnerable in the Barbados that he profess to love so much. But that love does not extend to helping BLACK Bajans pockets.

    The Trade Union movement sat next to CHARLES HERBERT and refused to appeal to him for some ease. What I saw yesterday on TV was two sides of a so called social partnership going all out to brow beat the third side of the social partnership, the Govt.. It was really disgusting to watch.

    Even Owen Arthur when he was Prime Minister said that no matter how many concessions you give to the private sector they don’t pass along any of the savings to the consumers.

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    • David G. Brooks August 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      You are one prejudice piece of work, aren’t you. Careful that big chip, sorry block on your should don’t hurt your back.

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    • Tom August 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Who governs Barabdfos? The PM reminded us that he leads a party that was elected to govern us. If there is strong evidence that the private sector is involved in any sharp practice to inflate prices, should not the Minister with responsibility for this activity be more proactive in dealing with this problem? if such a problem exists why the lack of bottle on the part of government to deal with it? Surely this must be within the remit of government to address Regrettably, what seems to be missing in all this is a system of government that is open and honest, and a join- up government that is supported by total quality management as it sets about to deal with the many vexing problems that we face.

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  33. Roger Headley August 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Carson C Cadogan that monkey on your back weighing you down. You honestly think that the PM scored positive points yesterday? All the PM did is increase Gov’t debt to the Hilton by setting up a meeting so that he could ‘attempt’ to shame the other 66.6% of the social partnership. All the MPs on the gov’t side know that Chris has been a failure but every man for his own ‘craw’. Nobody want to display any statesmanship – it is all about the I and I and holding on to whatever power i have in my little corner.

    Ding Dong, Ding Dong

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  34. Loretta Griffith August 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Even a blind man could see this economy is in trouble, and all the parties asking us for our votes should tell us the truth and nothing else but the truth. It does not take a rocket scientist to tell us that the economy is in trouble.
    Before Priime Minister Arthur demitted office he also hinted/told us as much.
    Something I have noticed, is that everyone suddenly wants to be a politician. What is the catch?
    We should all demand that they all come clean with us the electorate and only vote for those whose integrity appear unquestionable.
    I am all for good governance, whether it be B,C,D, UPP or who ever. We need persons who would put Country before self aggrandisement.

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    • hcalndre August 14, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Hello Loretta; it`s plain to see they will do anything to get elected and then all hell break loose. Its a ticket to become rich and no one questions how they could not pay their rent and become rich off a salary in a few years while the country falls apart.

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  35. sticks and stones August 12, 2017 at 11:16 am

    The PM was not there to score points as Head of gov he responded to the bold faced lies told by the head of the private sector and the Union who asked for a meeting of the Social partnership even though govt had engaged in several long meetings with them months earlier
    Yesterday meeting by govt only exposed the Unions reckless and persuasive attitude to do more harm than good to the public servants
    Their long intolerable political platitudes said nothing in respect of helping public servants.Yesterday performance by the Unions can only be described as one of text book buffonery

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  36. Donild Trimp August 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

    The meeting revealed to me that the PM is a genius.

    Hold an open forum for all to see how unprepared the presenters were.

    A bunch of educated fools and rabble rousers. When the time came for them to show Barbados what they were all about, they all failed.

    The only winner here was the PM.

    Sttttuuupppes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. sticks and stones August 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Every time OSA opens mouth he comes across as a bitter man.Bitter because he was rejected by the barbadians public at the polls and still bitter because barbadians rejected his effort to sell off barbados via Privatisation to the highest bidders
    Now in his swan song eulogy he swells up with loudness of aggresion to once again say “i told you so” words coded and draped with the IMF emblem a road OSA is thirsty for seeing barbadians headed
    Poor soul he seems to have lost his soul as well. Sorry brother but the IMF is not going to happen under PM Stuart watch.Wheel and come again

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    • hcalndre August 14, 2017 at 12:59 am

      @sticks and stones/C C Cadogan; Your PM have never won anything, not even an argument in the political arena, he now sold off a hotel and could not even get top dollar for it so who is the better person to do the selling.

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  38. A Boyce August 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    What played out yesterday is that the PM has no intention of listening to or acting on none of the proposals submitted by the Social partnership, and I suggest that they do not give up, but continue until they reach what they set out to achieve. I don’t understand how people could be so partisan to the point that they cannot see the truth and are bent at hurling insults at persons who give their own opinion on certain matters. Mr Arthur should be respected, and he lost the election in 2013 because he was truthful, and none of you haters can touch him. He’s a patriotic Barbadian and tells it as he sees it.
    It’s about time you all stop with the racial slurs. Both black and white people are born and live in Barbados.

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    • David Brathwaite August 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Very well said.

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    • Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      If the social partners want to make a difference, then two parts of the partnership only have to display tact and common sense towards each other.

      HERBERT and his people just have to reduce prices in their establishments and the labour movement who held hands with them in order to bring down the Govt. would benefit tremendously.

      Matter fix.

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    • hcalndre August 14, 2017 at 1:03 am

      And tell them that the white people brought them to Barbados so who was there first?

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  39. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    My take is this: the social partnerships and the Government need to reduce everything due to the fact the that whole planet is free of resources for individuals with money to manufacture and sell at whatever price they want.

    The only thing I received from all of this as a taxpayer is the Government and the Social Partners get an ENORMOUS AMOUNT of FREE MONEY FROM POOR PEOPLE and continue to RAISE TAXES/PRICES when they have the citizens on FIXED SALARIES and RAISED PRICES……

    They IGNORE people’s cries of woe for an ease and continue to BANTER and waste time without any reductions for the said citizens. ALL OF YOU AT THE TOP ARE GREEDY.

    Using your comparisons of the UK when it suits: they get paid more, get wage increases, get free services, free legal consultations, monthly payment plans for insurance/car tax over a 12 month period, reimbursement of Road Tax, Detailed documentation of tax codes and payments, Means Testing, reductions for single parents, Job Seekers Allowance, Unemployment Allowance until you are employed, A free Citizens Advice Bureau, Road Tax Licence 10 yrs (£14.00), National Health Service & free eye & dental checks if you are unemployed….all the services are provided at an acceptable standard for their citizens.

    Barbados has doubled and trebled up on taxes, Property Transfer Tax @ 2.5% plus Heavy Legal fees & Stamp Duty @ 1% for a Stamp, Just for the Sale of Property,Barbados provides no improvements and a lotta talk, the citizens get NOTHING BACK from the Companies or the Government and you are unlikely to get the NSRL, people can only afford to buy what they can and leave the rest. YOU HAVE MISAPPROPRIATED THE TAX PAYERS MONEY & WE NEVER HAD A SAY SO ITS UP TO WUNNA, I THINK ITS TIME THE LEADERS & THE PRIVATE SECTOR LEARN TO GIVE BACK !!

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  40. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Deleting my personal opinions only results in this, its from the Gender Based Violence Article thats still prevalent in Barbados…….

    “We have a situation right now, not only in Barbados but in the Caribbean where persons are using social media; Facebook live, Facebook posts, Snapchat, Twitter, to speak out about their issues……

    Because there are other people in the world that care !!!

    After all, its just an opinion 🙂

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  41. Carson C Cadogan August 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    To be quite honest he has been signing that “we’re in trouble ” song since 2008.

    So this is nothing new.

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  42. arius August 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Anytime that you plant apples and get bananas something wrong society is reaping what it sow , any government that don’t deal with agriculture will create hardship and neither the D L P or the B L Pdealt with the above mention , and remember Owen you said you sold the land to pay bills , the country was BROKE from all like then wow and then the failed WORLD CUP , the trouble aint now start oh and by the way Religion, Education and Nutrition has produce its fruits as in all the so called negative things that are happening ,, Out Of Chaos always come a valuable change just wait to embrace it while keeping out of harms way

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  43. arius August 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Anytime that you plant apples and get bananas something wrong society is reaping what it sow , any government that don’t deal with agriculture will create hardship and neither the D L P or the B L Pdealt with the above mention , and remember Owen you said you sold the land to pay bills , the country was BROKE from all like then wow and then the failed WORLD CUP , the trouble aint now start oh and by the way Religion, Education and Nutrition has produce its fruits as in all the so called negative things that are happening ,, Out Of Chaos always come a valuable change just wait to embrace it while keeping out of harms way

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  44. Malcom King August 18, 2017 at 8:11 am

    This is what happens when you beyond your means. Too many people in Barbados aren’t paying any taxes but expect and demand government services. Barbados need revenue agents to go into shops and sit and sample the average revenue for multiple days and tax them base on those figures. The AG is lost this is the only place in the world where stealing is treated more harshly than murder , rape and other violent crimes. We have 2 individuals who are totally lost. Both the PM and AG do not have the skills necessary to implement policies to fight crime. Customs need to be told they are responsible for so many guns and drugs crossing the borders of Barbados. Everybody knows that containers, barrels and fishing boats bring 100% of the guns. One day it may be a member of their family being killed. The Police hands are tied while the vicious criminals at free to commit murder and mayhem. Visitors will stop coming, offshore business will leave, Hotels and airlines will cut back some will leave then what will be left. Are we waiting to become lawless countries like Trinidad and Guyana? We need police and customs at the air and seaports. How did we get putting a foreign South African American company to be in charge of our ports? Unreal the USA should enforce RICO against some of the corrupt politicians present and past.

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