Not one thing!

Herbert chalks up 2017 as a year of Govt failure

The business community is painting the Freundel Stuart administration as a virtual failure with no achievements at all of which to boast this year.

Pointing to the ongoing economic struggles and the more than year-long problems with sewage on the south coast, a clearly frustrated Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert seemed puzzled as to why recommended measures to drag the economy from the brink had not been implemented.

“Nothing was achieved. Not one thing. None of the recommendations have been implemented. Nothing was achieved,” Herbert told Barbados TODAY in a frank assessment of Government’s performance in 2017.

Earlier this year the Stuart administration flatly rejected several recommendations put forward by a Foreign Exchange Working Group and a Fiscal Deficit Working Group of the Social Partnership, both established in March by the Prime Minister to advise on the way forward for the economy.

In addition, the highly anticipated Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan 2017, promised by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in his May 30 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals to “put the Barbadian economy on a path of sustainable economic recovery and reinvigorate social progress”, and which was expected to go before Parliament by this month, is still outstanding.   

“We don’t even have a recovery plan. A recovery plan that was started hasn’t been approved. We haven’t achieved anything. Nothing has come to completion,” Herbert stressed.

The BPSA boss also complained about the seeming inability of the authorities to correct inefficiencies within various public sector entities, the non-payment of income tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) returns, and the vexing issue of raw sewage flowing along sections of the tourist belt on the south coast, which has already resulted in the closure of one at least one business enterprise and indefinite suspension of services at the Worthing post office.

To make matters worse, the plain-spoken Herbert said, Government instead implemented the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which was not only a “bad” tax, but “the wrong measure” to correct the fiscal problems.

“We didn’t fix the sewerage system. A year ago we all knew that was the most important thing and we didn’t even do that. I think the hallmark of the year and the most important feature has been the lack of success and implementation of anything. It has been a frustrating year where we have not implemented anything except NSRL, which is bad.

“We didn’t fix the sewerage system, we didn’t fix the economy, we didn’t refund VAT, we didn’t do anything. So to be honest 2017 for Barbados was a terrible year and its only hallmark is that we didn’t achieve anything. We always knew that the NSRL was not going to achieve what it was supposed to,” he said.

Sinckler had announced in the Budget that the NSRL would rise by 400 per cent – from two per cent to ten per cent of the customs value of imported and locally produced goods –  as part of an austerity package intended to wipe out the fiscal deficit of more than five per cent.

The onerous tax, which was intended to rake in increased revenue of $291 million for a full financial year and $218 million for the remaining nine months of the current fiscal year following its July increase, brought in $50 million as at the end of September, with the Ministry of Finance admitting later that it had failed to meet expectations.

Herbert insisted the authorities knew what needed to be done to correct the economic and social issues but refused to take decisive action.

“There are things we know have to be done – we have to cut expenses, we have to throttle back and get rid of the deficit, we have to [shore up the] foreign exchange reserves. I think we have to go to the International Monetary Fund. We need to get on and do something rather than continually wait and continually blame somebody else for the problems we have,” he insisted.

The business executive said some businesses were struggling, although several were still keeping their heads above water, including those in the tourism industry.

However, he continued to insist that “the crisis in Barbados is all driven in the public sector” and that “where there is a crisis in the private sector it is because Government hasn’t paid its bills”.

48 Responses to Not one thing!

  1. Adrian Hinds December 28, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    We need to take our economy out of the hands of these selfish oligarchic white shadows. Black and brown bajans need to spend their money wisely to effect the change that is needed – that will not come about with people like these running everything. A vote for a Mottley led BLP is a vote for their continued dominance of our economy.

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      well said. Too many asleep for too long.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Well said.

      2.7% of the Bajan population, of which he belongs, along with the 4.7% others still trying desperately to control and keep down the 92.6% BLACK population.

    • Atman December 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Adrian Hinds would love nothing more than to see Bajans continue to suffer under the current DLP gov’t. It wouldn’t bother him because he lives in Boston and have very few, if any, relatives in Barbados. He even unashamedly sports his Captain America avatar.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    The government ain’t saying so.

  3. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson December 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    A blind man can see what he said is true.

  4. Santini More
    Santini More December 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    This Govt has screwed us all so badly they should be handing out KY Jelly and vaseline free to all citizens.

  5. Saga Boy December 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I am sick and tired of Herbert and Abeds criticizing the Gov. The private sector which they represent has contributed to the current problem by not paying taxes or their fair portion or taxes. They continue to keep their monies abroad. And they lack innovation to help this country forward. THEY CONTINUE TO BUY AND SELL AND MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROFITS. Not one of them that they things bad will be out of business anytime soon. He had an opportunity to defend himself on national television and failed miserably. Now his response to this is that the televised meeting was a monologue. Well I did not see any attempt by the PM to stop him or anybody from talking. Pack of jokers. By the way ask Charles Herbert about the way Goddards continue to categorize workers in the flight kitchen as subcontractors instead of employees thereby depriving the gov of NIS and PAYE.

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      But all of these governments are responsible and contributed for all of what u r saying in some way, due to a lack of their foresight and underestimation. Subsidize them in various commerce areas and pump the majority with education to work underpaid for them. imagine them is the jokers with all the aces, what does that make these leaders???

    • MARIA Holder December 29, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Ah, how the truth doth hurt

    • Randolph December 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Saga boy, everybody knows that this government has been and is a colossal failure.

  6. John Everatt December 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Yes, they haven’t done a dam thing. They ask for help from the private sector but refuse to take their advice. This government is as sick as they come. I am not advocating any political party but we will not survive with this one.

  7. Breadfruit. December 29, 2017 at 12:23 am

    The party dat promise to lock up chris and Stuart got my vote

    • jennifer December 29, 2017 at 3:58 am

      Then u ain’t voting – all of them eating from the same
      dramatic-promisina table. And mekking mock sport at the scrap eaters. I could even say the party which frees the minds of black people got my vote – that one far fetch too.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 7:59 am


      However we will be reelecting the DLP once again come election time.

      • jennifer December 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

        Mind you the BEE pull out their stingers and put them cross the road, and then throw in the sardines, pepper sauce and all.

      • Randolph December 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        As Stuart said Election Day will be a historic day.It won’t surprise me if they lose some of their strong holds like St.John and St. Lucy.That will be historic.

  8. archy perch December 29, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Charles Herbert is Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector, and Chairman of Goddard Enterprises. He claims to be an actuary who is always critical of the DLP adminisration. One of their persons now in bed with our trusted and beloved Barbados Workers Union and the NUPW and other fringe unions. A sellout to the workers if ever there is.
    What Charles Herbert needs to do is tell Barbados when his group of parasites will pay the government the 900-million dollars in VAT dollars collected by law on the government’s behalf. Where is all that money Charles? Has it been stolen or misappropriated.
    The Ministry of Finance needs to disclose the names of ALL these busineses who have stolen the VAT and do it now. Let us know the facts.

  9. Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    ….and the most important thing your private sector has not done. PAY YOUR TAXES.


    Why wont you address that burning issue????

  10. Freeagent December 29, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Those who live to see election 2018 may get their wish come true. If they do, the money that has been hibernating for the last 14 years will come out of hibernation so taxes, including employees’ national insurance contributions, will be paid into the treasury.

  11. Angela December 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Herbert should praise the Government for being able to allow our social services and other vital aspects of country to exist in a climate where the only help he private sector provided a lot of was criticism

  12. Ras December 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    De White Shadows, Slave Masters, Plantation Owners and Parasites coming to the Fore

    Massa Day coming back under the BLP, dem can’t wait

    Massa Herbert can’t wait to get 24 hour work day in place, so he don’t have to pay over time on he Plantation or at Goddard’s Enterprises

  13. Mark My Word December 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Slavery coming back again
    Sodom And Gomorrah on the rise again
    Lord help us all

    • Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Well said.

      Sodom and Gomorrah will return if the Bajans miss and put in the BLP.

      But we know that will not happen.

  14. jennifer December 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I leave you ministers/majority with this. You people keep trying to merge righteous with unrighteous – big problem, will never work under the sun. You will always be in that bracket – up or (down), high or (low), above or (beneath), in or (out), inclusive or (exclusive) etc. It is high time you start to think like the owl.

  15. Kathy December 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    These people want things to remain as they were in the 1960s. Thing is some of my people so blind to the truth they can’t see. Bajans gine wake up one morning and realize that we gone back to them days when it a lot of us and them few still cracking the whip. When will my people learn. Wanna better be careful what wanna wish for.

    • jennifer December 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Kathy hun, technically things r the same. Just ask yourself what is different apart from now living off the plantation site with a car and house if you lucky. This people even kept ALL of them people systems, cultures, religion, laws and traditions . We r a cloned people in a created wilderness.

  16. Breadfruit. December 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    @ jenny

    yah right! I aint voting fuh none of them.

    But I “would be a fool” just fuh that one promise.

  17. jennifer December 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Majority of these business people have ballooned the NRSL for their greed and sinister plan. Let the unholy marching repeat, they always use a willing crutch. And trust this people to be that crotch.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      This greedy bunch of WHITE people have added the NSRL even on items that should be exempt from the tax.

  18. jrsmith December 29, 2017 at 11:16 am

    @,Jennifer , hail, hail , hope you are having a happy holiday…. Your (10:08) right on the button …….. Must add the thinking cant happen , black man is in lock down see how educated we are , but we cannot apply our education for the benefit of our people……. As Nelson Mandela said black man must think for himself and look beyond the horizon…….
    Our black politicians in Barbados have learnt, from the white man how to control black people , allow them to continuously build churches and have hundreds of religious groups,, all spouting the different versions from the different bibles , which is causing confusion to our young people, which in no way carries history of black people and cannot educate them…………………..
    As I always say we have the educate groups, but to build the house we have only groups of painters …….
    @,Breadfruit , hail, hail, good sting your (10:13 ) this relates to me , I live in the UK and have voted once in the 50 years , but could still communicate with the local (MP) for my area by e/mail or visiting the local office…….Would this be possible in Barbados hope so as I returning in the new to live…………………………….

    • jennifer December 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

      @JrSmith – Hail, Hail. You are so correct. Mind you very few of this people have learned or even analyse anything since so called independunce.
      I too can see with breadfruit.
      But I like breadfruit in all forms. Do you know that black people were eating breadfruit for decades in BIM and now some OTHER people producing breadfruit chips. We got an education system which is stagnating and sacrificing the minds of this people to the rich. I will fore warn you hun if you do not have HTN (pressure) already, stay in the UK. kiss kiss.

    • jennifer December 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      @JrSmith – Herman Cortez the Spanish conquistador once said “WE WILL CONQUER UNDER THE SIGN OF THE CROSS” and they did.

  19. jrsmith December 29, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This poke at the government is going to make the priminester really mad , after the 20,000 peoples march which give him a bloody nose months ago……..This serves the government right the private sector gets away with everything in Barbados , also they connection to the tax havens which is causing problems for Barbados…………………………..

  20. JOHN GODDARD December 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I wonder what great contribution the Business class represented by Mr. Herbert has made to the country over the past decade. What I know is that they look for every excuse to exploit consumers, refuse to pay their fair share of taxes and try to extract as many concessions as possible from government. Mr Herbert, you have absolutely no respect for Mr. Stuart or his cabinet, and I see no reason why he should pay you any attention. In any case, what special knowledge and skills reside in the private sector that cannot be found among the 30 members of the House of Assembly and the 21 in the Senate.

  21. milli watt December 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    this private sector talking bout the state as a failure……..nah never no. POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK

  22. Carson C Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    CHARLES HERBERT read this Joker:

    Economy(Jamaica) grows by less than 1%

    The Jamaican economy grew by 0.8 per cent when compared to the third quarter of 2016, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).

  23. Helicopter(8P) December 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Cadogan I’ve got the remedy for you lets paint all BDs$$ black, let them be black ink jetted. You and people as you are inferiority complexed and carry hang-ups; any educated person black or white, Indian or Oriental can decipher your prejudice! Don’t you think looking at Jamaica or some where else is the comic that the G-20 uses to laugh at the little micro-economic Caribbean countries who wave their flags like carnival time is here.

  24. Ossie Moore December 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    jennifer / jrsmith says : Herman Cortez the Spanish conquistador once said “WE WILL CONQUER UNDER THE SIGN OF THE CROSS” and they did.

    Ossie Moore : Dijo Herman Cortez , ” Estamos conquistamos debajo de la señal de la crux ” . . . y ellos hicieron.

  25. Ossie Moore December 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Even a stop clock gives the correct time twice a day ! ! ! !

  26. Ossie Moore December 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    After the influx of the Cuban marielitos to Miami ( summer 1980 ) the crime rate on Miami Beach ( which is now now called South Beach ) rose dramatically and the area became very dilapidated. I even produced a documentary for a (an) European Television Network about the situation .

    Anyhow , the front page of Time magazine’s issue of Nov 1981 had a picture map of South Florida that said ”


    ( COPY AND PASTE THE LINK BELOW),16641,19811123,00.html

    The same can now be said about Barbados. .also known as “buh”bados , AND also known as Bim , AND also known as Little England AND also known as the land of the sea , AND also known as “the rock ” to long time bajans living overseas.

    BARBADOS . . . . .is it a LOST PARADISE ? ? ? ?

  27. Atman December 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I just waiting for the next commissioned public opinion poll as elections draw nearer.

  28. Carson C. Cadogan December 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    The WHITE PEOPLE are crawling out of the woodwork to attack this DLP Govt.

    They are doing their utmost, along with their INDIAN surrogates, to ensure they depose who they consider as their enemies the DLP.

    They are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that their party, the BLP, with its GENDER CONFUSED LEADER, somehow forms a Govt. In Barbados.

    Wasting wunna time.



    • Buun December 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Mr. Cadogan, wait … was it not the DLPs that were inviting all those people you call “white” to wine and dine every year to get their money while the people of Barbados struggled to put food on their table. Was any of them ever invited for a plate of scraps? Go and tell it to the Devil!

  29. just observing December 30, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Carson Cadogan, you can’t understand that the slogan of the day is Dump de Dems? Are you so blind that you cannot see that the majority of bajans silently waiting to deal with you all when the day arrives? Put yuh ears to the ground and feel the vibes. A lot of your disgruntled people are saying that they are not leaving their homes to vote and the rest saying third party and that is what is going to kill wunna off! Once a Bee always a Bee and that tide ain’t changing. Wake up to reality sir. The days of walking up the steps of Parliament are over for a lot of your bunch, trust me.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      You seem not able to read very well so let me repeat it for you again, and maybe some will read it to you::

      “”Wasting wunna Time.

      DEMS NOW

      DEMS AGAIN””
      (and let me add, no puppet Govt. for Barbados. You can tell that to HERBERT and the others in the Plantation class)

  30. Adrian Hinds January 1, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    not all business people are on board with this White Shadow Charles Herbert.

  31. Better Tomorrow January 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Some commenters here talking about the BLP is the massa supported/puppet party better do some fact checking and see who funds the DLP behind the scenes… they may get a huge wake up call!!! Vote for country not party we need a better solution than what we have now!!
    #nomorecrap, #togetherwearestrong, #takeofftheblinkers


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