Bajans say economy will be a factor in election

Barbadians believe the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) should pay a steep price at the polls for its handling of the economy.

Following this week’s announcement by Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes that the island’s foreign exchange reserves stood at a 22-year low of $410 million, or 6.6 weeks of import cover, well below the recommended 12 weeks, residents were holding little hope for a recovery under the watch of the DLP administration.

In fact, a random survey by Barbados TODAY found a deep thirst for an immediate general election, with some pointedly calling for a change in Government in order to get the country on a new economic path.

“If I have a say, this is the end of this [Government] for sure,” an angry Curtis Moise told Barbados TODAY, adding that he was fed up with what he deemed to be inconsistencies by the administration.

Curtis Moise

“Pretty soon you are going to see them coming around, fixing roads ‘til just about elections . . . . All I see them doing these days is fixing roads and hiking prices. That is what my Government is doing,” the disgruntled Barbadian added.

Moise slammed the administration for taxing “their way out of a dirty, dusty and muddy economy”, while he dismissed party politics as detrimental to the country.    

“This Government had no right getting back in but Barbadians vote for party and not policy
. . . . They could choke us to death but . . . it isn’t going to influence the way anybody vote,” he said resentfully.

Fifty-nine year-old Wayne Dowridge said he expected that the poor state of the economy would influence the result of the next general election, due by the middle of this year.

Wayne Dowridge

Dowridge contended that it would be difficult for the DLP to win a third term because of its performance, especially considering the dramatic fall of the foreign exchange reserves after the party assumed office in 2008.

“To get three terms in Barbados you have to do extremely well and I don’t think these guys do that good. They barely get in last time and I could see from afar . . . I would give them about seven seats. “I give them ten years and I don’t know if I could give them another five because I think they would have to do better . . . . I think you need to get somebody else and that whole party would got to revamp,” he emphasized.

With the Central Bank Governor reporting one per cent growth last year – the IMF reported 0.9 per cent – Adrian Caitlyn argued that the DLP Government lacked vision and creativity in fostering growth and building industries.

Caitlyn ripped the decision to first introduce, then raise the National Social Responsibility Levy, describing it as “scraping the barrel”, and complained about the level of taxation that Barbadians had to endure.

“All you could think of was taxes?” he asked, while reasoning that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party should be given the opportunity to remedy the country’s financial woes.

“I hope everybody come out and vote. I hope it is a big [turnout] because really and truly we at the bottom right now,” Caitlyn argued.

Adrian Caitlyn

Similar sentiments were shared by Barbara Green, who described the state of the country’s finances as a “mess”.

“The people need a change and for me I think I need a change. The country is in one mess . . . . I never seen it like this in my entire life,” the 60-year-old said.

However, Tara Jean-Pierre viewed the situation differently, arguing while the austerity measures implemented last year would not solve the economic problems, neither would a change in Government.

Tara Jean-Pierre

“You don’t need to be an economist to know that you [don’t] have a new Government in May and things are going to be sunny in June,” Jean-Pierre said.

She said while extenuating circumstances might have led to the economic crisis, Government’s tardy response made things worse.   

“Where we are now is more concerning that ever because from the time the economic downturn started we were being told that this year is going to be hard and next year is going to be better . . . and every time it is getting worse.

“All of it may not have been this Government’s fault – it may be things they inherited and it may be the state of the financial situation globally, but I think that we took too long to make any decisions,” the concerned citizen said.

14 Responses to Bajans say economy will be a factor in election

  1. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    The DEMS need to DISBAND and Stop Polluting Barbados with Political Sewage everytime they form the GOVT . Even the Cosmic Forces do not want the DLP in power.

    They have failed everytime and always leave the Country in a mess when they leave office
    THAT BANKRUPT entity called DLP always leave the country worse than they found it. Everytime Every RH time so though

    Only bewitch people suffering from EBES, who like eating Sewage and kissing a BIG BLACK SLUG would vote for the CLOWNS in the DLP.

    • harry turnover February 3, 2018 at 7:15 am

      So true ,they ALWAYS leave the Country in a MESS.The SEWAGE MESS on the SOUTH COAST says it ALL.

  2. John Everatt February 3, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I think the people interviewed in this article are being too kind to this government. The dishonesty and incompetence that this government has displayed is an embaresment to all Barbadians. The economy, water and sewage, garbage pickup, transport, FX reserves and every other thing they have touched is in shambles. There is nothing good to say about their sloth and plain disregard for the people that theyare supposed to serve. It is disgraceful and they will definitely not get my vote.

  3. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Yes John
    The DLP has wrecked (Bardown )- Barbados
    Destroyed Bim – not for the first time.
    Gem Gone !

    Their philosphy and approach is wrong and very detrimental to Barbados. They need to bow out

    In 1991 – 1994 people in the Caribbean laugh at Barbados abd refused to take Bds dollar.

    This time around GUYANA – yes G-U-Y-A-N-A say they aint want we dollar round them . Sad !!

    because that seems the only
    way to get rid of them because they got some bewitched people who suffer from EBES that will still vote DEMS
    Sad !!!87

  4. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Yes John
    The DLP has wrecked (Bardown )- Barbados
    Destroyed Bim – not for the first time.
    Gem Gone !

    Their philosphy and approach is wrong and very detrimental to Barbados. They need to bow out because that seems the only way to get rid of them because they got some bewitched people who suffer from EBES that will still vote DEMS
    Sad !!!87

    In 1991 – 1994 people in the Caribbean laughed at Barbados and refused to take Bds dollar.

    This time around GUYANA – yes G-U-Y-A-N-A one of the mustiest places in the world say they aint want we dollar round them . Sad !!

    That is what Barbados has returned to under the DEMS. THE BIG BLACK SLUG eating potato Chips on top of a manhole cover strikes a serious picture on a moonlit street.

  5. straight talk February 3, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Nobody in they right mind would expect the economy to turn around in a few months or a year its go to take time, the first you have to do is get these jokers out and elect a new government one that understand the seriousness of this economy and don’t come expecting a picnic hit the road running come to work hard, bring new ideas making decisions and choosing right people to work with and don’t be loitering on the job and getting fat.

  6. seagul February 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Social media is designed to make decadence even more widespread than it already is and plunge people into a state of darkness politically.Yes, nobody in their right mind can expect the economy to turn around in a year but, such a turn around can only be achieved with a complete overhaul of the lifestyles of the masses themselves. Food crisis: T. Ajani.

  7. jrsmith February 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Bajans must look beyond the general election and see the decade after decade of mistakes which is made by the voters , not caring about anything other than voting for the party…………… The politicians in Barbados , have position themselves to need not bother about the black masses, because the 1%ers are the ones who is controlling Barbados and is the barrier between the black masses and the politicians ………
    Both the politicians and 1%ers , is protecting each other so the
    Politicians don’t have to be accountable to the black voters , the politicians seeing this , then started doing what they like when they like and has totally overplayed they hand and screwed Barbados and the black bajans over…. ………..
    That’s why they cant come up with anything to input , to get anything moving in Barbados , then the voters have no balls no guts to challenge the political infrastructure ,……………
    If our people don’t control the politicians , we will see things get a lot worse………………..And this is not only for Barbados , look a round the world and see what the hell politicians has done for the poor people……………. nothing………………………..

  8. Roverp February 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    DLP pun CBC 15 minutes every evening newscast with the same old fear mongering

  9. Roverp February 3, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I hope BAJANS do not get trick again by the DEMS

  10. archy perch February 4, 2018 at 4:17 am

    The brains of you naysayers rest comfortably in your back pockets. The crooked BLP has got you right where they want you in mind body and soul. Can’t think for yourselves; and with massah( Charles Herbert and his gang of parasites) in the back offices laughing at these black people as they raise prices willy nilly.
    If the DLP was only interested at winning the general election don’t you think that they would not take unpopular decisions and do everything favorable to win. Like promise you everything and give you everything.
    What party officials in their right mind, whom it is claimed do not care about the people nor Barbados, would sacrifice the party’s own legacy and reputation, only to be criticized and castigated by the masses. And you say that is playing politics. So what do you call Santa Clause with the bag of tricks. Free university education; rolling back NSRL, subsidised gas, and all these goodies…really.???? Ok

    • Jennifer February 4, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      love this one Arch. First paragraph said it all.

    • hcalndre February 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      @archy perch; you are a die-hard Dems supporter, no problem but you could use your kidneys sometimes before you speak because your brain has gone dormant. Two terms in office (10 years) and all the measures they have tried only made things worse. They were taxing the people from Thompson`s first day in office and they continue although he is around no more. He started with making people pay more money for the piece of tin on the bicycle called a license # and it was more money and taxes on everything in sight right up to this day and nothing has improved for Barbados. The PM talk about Easter was coming two years ago so it looks like it has come. Houses for everyone, 300 people that were sent home 2 years ago going to get some money, 100s of workers going to get promotions, police too, more goodies to be handed out because election is around the corner. Good try Mr. PM but the people Gotcha.

  11. Helicopter(8P) February 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I would just hope that Barbadian wipe the idea out of their minds which give them an idea, that to be representatives through partisonship is a life time pension plan only.


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