‘BLP false promises’

Don’t be fooled by the Bees - jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is charging that Barbadians who take comfort in promises that a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Government will reintroduce free education for citizens attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) and reverse the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) are fooling themselves.

In fact, Jones last night told a joint meeting of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Christ Church branches at Deighton Griffith Secondary School that BLP leader Mia Mottley had filled young people’s heads with a false promise in a desperate attempt to win their vote in the upcoming general election due by the middle of next year.

It was in reference to a number of pledges which Mottley made at the BLP’s 79th annual conference at Queen’s Park over the weekend, including the return of free university education, which the Freundel Stuart administration ended in 2014, and the termination of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which climbed from two per cent of the customs value of imported and locally manufactured products, to ten per cent from July 1.

“The promises have started to roll from their mouths. Everything is to be rolled back –  the NSRL, they are going to give back all of the money to the University of the West Indies,” the minister told party colleagues.

“They have no knowledge of what the University of the West Indies asks for every year. I am not saying that we do not need University of West Indies in the Caribbean or any other university because our people need to be educated to the highest possible level to impact our development, but it is not an easy exercise,” he cautioned.

With Government facing a financial crisis, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced in his 2013/2014 Budget presentation that effective 2014, Barbadian students pursuing studies at the university’s three campuses would be required to pay their own tuition fees, while Government would continue to fund economic costs.

Sinckler said then that the decision would save Government $42 million a year, but it has been blamed for a significant drop in enrollment.

Jones explained last night that the operating cost for UWI jumped from $70 million in 2005 to $134 million in 2008, while tuition fees moved from $9 million to $34 million during the same period.

From the BLP platform on Saturday, Mottley also gave her word that should her party win the election, it would present an economic stabilization and growth plan “within six weeks of being elected as the Parliament of this country”.

The Opposition went as far as giving timelines, stating that on the first day of Parliament a bill would be tabled to decriminalize illegal vending and an Integrity Commission Bill would receive its first reading, as would legislation repealing the NSRL and the solid waste tax.

“We shall also be repealing the legislation requiring tax certificates for property transactions in this country – an iniquitous and vicious act that affects more poor people with savings than it affects large people who have cash in this country,” Mottley said.

“And whosoever shall have the pleasure of being the Minister of Education shall be rising to give their first ministerial statement and . . . they shall commit the Government of Barbados to paying fees for students of Barbados at the University of the West Indies from academic year 2018 to 2019,” she added.

However Jones argued that the Barbadian electorate was too well informed to fall for BLP’s “false promises”, stressing that the general election should be contested in the realm of the practical.

“Don’t mind all of this diddle doodling and double speak . . .  A promise is a promise to a fool and they [BLP] are going to give you basket after basket of promises, but they are not going to relate to any realities in Barbados. They will promise to give you the heaven and the stars and they are doing that because they are not sure how the people are going to respond to them. So you are fooling people by promising to give them everything but we are not going to allow the Barbados Labour Party’s soft dumplings to carry away our rice. We are going to tell them that,” Jones stressed.

36 Responses to ‘BLP false promises’

  1. just observing October 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    We were fooled for the last nine years. Arthur’s repeal of the 8% was an empty promise but I got back mine!!
    Take a seat at the back of the class . We trying something else. Tired of wunna EMPTY PROMISES.

  2. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    I guess you think her promises will be like the ones you guys made before the election. The record speaks for itself: university education was being paid for at the time your party took over.

  3. Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 12:23 am

    “I am not saying that we do not need University of West Indies in the Caribbean or any other university because our people need to be educated to the highest possible level to impact our development”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    exactly what or who’s development are you talking about???????????
    Now you see why we got two headless horsemen with tag along miopics dress in camouflage gear in between the trees shooting pellet blanks.

  4. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams October 31, 2017 at 1:22 am

    If the government actually paid who it owes (on time) that would surely be a pathway to progress.

  5. BaJan boy October 31, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Jennifer who ever he or she is know everything and writes the most iliterate comments apart from the total idiot Sherloch Holmes in these blogs.

    • Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 5:51 am

      Remember you in the box. You created.

  6. colleta October 31, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Promises, promises. How different is this when these parties make promises, then when the time comes these promises are thrown out by the same people that make promises to the people of Barbados. What a convenient memory.

  7. harry turnover October 31, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Ronald Jones ….SHUT YA RH MOUT…who has made more FALSE PROMISES than wunna ?
    You think Bajans gine still vote wunna back in after 9 RH years of LIES and FALSE PROMISES?

  8. MARIA Holder October 31, 2017 at 6:04 am

    A politician talking about false promises – that’s an oxymoron

  9. Lennox hewitt October 31, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Jones yes or no when u took over was it free ? And who made more fault promisses than wunna wait wunna dint to take off some of vat it come off ? So i would like u to shut up and let a woman fool me nuff men fool me so let a woman fool me now lol.

  10. Tsa Harris
    Tsa Harris October 31, 2017 at 6:48 am

    You too.

  11. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 31, 2017 at 7:08 am

    The ending of free education in barbados was not only a knee jerk horribly wrong decision … a price will be paid for it in the voting booth ….

    Furthermore it will get paid for as it did for the years before, we may have to make some adjustments in other areas, sure ….. but can be done.

    Because you can’t solve a problem, have no ideas, and dont know how to ask for help …. does not mean the BLP or any party for that matter can’t solve it.

    Let me remind you of a DLP promise:

    “We will not be sending home any works” ….

    After election:

    3000+ workers sent home

    “Tell me who has really made FALSE promises”

  12. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside October 31, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Try this player

  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 31, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Bunch of jokers.

  14. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 31, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Mr Jones you can start to pack your bag. Look for another job. That free university Education will kill you dead next Election. Your government Bring so much hardship on poor people. Time to go home.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      When you all stop me from paying so much high taxes, that will be the day when things in little Barbados will be free. Nothing is free when my taxes are footing the bills.

  15. Tyrel Prince
    Tyrel Prince October 31, 2017 at 8:05 am

    So for all these u all made real ones

  16. Tyrel Prince
    Tyrel Prince October 31, 2017 at 8:06 am

    For all these years you all made real ones

  17. Jane Burnett
    Jane Burnett October 31, 2017 at 9:05 am
  18. Daphne Griffith
    Daphne Griffith October 31, 2017 at 9:10 am

    And what did the DLP do promise to make us suffer

  19. Ras Small
    Ras Small October 31, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Wunna mek promises, too, yah ediot! Housing Every Last Person, No One Gine Get Send Home, Better Roads, Lower Food Prices, Integrity Legislation….
    All Ah Wunna is One

  20. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles October 31, 2017 at 10:12 am

    You mean promises like “We’ll get to the bottom and reveal all vote buying” or “No layoffs”

  21. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch October 31, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Poor Child..someone please wipe his face….

  22. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 31, 2017 at 10:35 am


  23. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas October 31, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Shut up .

  24. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles October 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

    And if they are ” false ” what’s the difference between hers and yours. It not like yours have been successful or realistic. Better yet where are they? Y’all just running scared right now. And when you lose maybe you could put them jazz hands to use in Broadway

  25. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 31, 2017 at 11:47 am

    People want the BLP’s promises because they are tired of the DLP’s empty promises.The Queen B was the Min. Of Education before you.
    Lest we forget

  26. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers October 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Mr. Jones seems to be speaking of what the DLP is famous for!!!!

    The BLP is known for delivering on their promises and will definitely not be continuing with the failed policies brought by this bunch.

    Let Barbados hear what yawl have done and will do. This is yawl 3rd election seeking to do blame game, deflection and deception.

  27. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 31, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    More tea in my cup to enjoy this pre-election dynasty.

  28. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde October 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm


  29. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade October 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Jones please dont talk you call the people children demon

  30. Thunder October 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    It is obvious that this government is on the way out, to jasce the nerve to Imply that the Bee’s are giving the people false hope, when the country is run by a government that has not given the people any hope,don’t be fooled Barbados vote them out!

  31. luther thorne October 31, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    The problem with the DLP is that they take away people’ s hopes and dreams and they always have a bad time of handling the economy. When the Bees are in , Money does be in we pockets. Everybody including DLP supporters. The DLP does then say that the BLP arrogant , Barbados needs a change and All sorts of crap. They does fool the people with a lot of talk and get the people to vote for them and they then blame and complain while squeezing out we guts. They just cannot get it manage. They simply lack the competence and capability. Sandy said in 1991 that the economy was better than Garfield Sobers. Two weeks later Barbados was in the hands of the IMF, Foreign exchange dwindled and Salaries were cut by 8 % or more in real terms. Many people suffered because of bad policies . The fundamental problem is that the DLP has had a cadre of bad economic advisers who remain in tact from about 1971. The persons who formed this cadre were never people’s persons and their advice have always brought about policies that are hostile to the masses. Any professor or former professor at UWI can support my theory here.

  32. Alew October 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Good grief. Minister Jones. Yuh open yuh mout an shoot yuhself in de foot again. Silly fellow. Stop talking through yuh backside

  33. Greengiant November 1, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    @Luther Thorne: One of those economic advisers is now the chief economic adviser for the opposition. He has been their adviser since he left the D L P. So what’s the point you’re trying to make? That they’re both similar in their approach?

  34. anderson November 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    i giving someone esle a chance we all suffering tomuch bye sinkler an jonesy an straut to


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