Like Hitler

Sinckler warns Bajans could feel like Germans did after Nazi leader’s rise

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has compared Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.

In a stinging attack on Mottley’s fitness to lead the country, Sinckler last night told Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters at a joint meeting of DLP branches in the Christ Church constituencies that Barbadians would rue the day they voted for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), in very much the same way Germans would forever regret Hitler’s rise to power.

Sinckler told those gathered at Deighton Griffith Secondary School that when the Austrian born Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1933 Europe was facing economic turmoil similar to the problems facing Barbados today.

This, he said, led to the rise of despotism in Germany, a lesson he encouraged the country to heed on voting day, due by the middle of the year.

“Hitler came around at a very difficult time for Europe and for Germany . . . .The people in Germany who elected Hitler some years after were caught saying, ‘oh my God, what have we done?’ The people who elected [United States president Donald] Trump, who believed that they must get a change at all cost are now huddled in their living rooms asking each other, ‘oh my God, what have we done?’” Sinckler said to cheers from the party faithful.

Hitler’s rise to power came at a time when millions were unemployed because of the Great Depression.

He had become popular after his release in prison in 1924 for a failed coup attempt, by delivering vitriolic speeches attacking the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, and promoting pan-Germanism and anti-semitism.

He assumed the title of fuehrer – leader and chancellor of the empire – in 1934, a position he held until his death in 1945.

During his reign as the country’s leader he introduced fascist policies, eugenic policies that targeted children with physical and developmental disabilities, later authorizing a euthanasia programme for disabled adults, and persecuted gays.

Hitler also started World War II and his Nazi party was responsible for the genocide of nearly six million Jews.

While Sinckler did not indicate that Mottley would be engaged in such atrocities, he also said little to suggest where the similarities between the two began and ended.

Instead, he said because of the level of education here, Barbadians ought not repeat the Germans’ mistakes.

“They say that Barbadians have one of the highest literacy rates in the world and I have always been told that with great power comes great responsibility. So I ask you tonight, do you want to be in the same position as the post-Hitler Germans, or do you want to continue to have a leader who has the moral, ethical and legal qualifications to be the Prime Minister of Barbados?” the Minister of Finance said, also hinting at the repeated accusations that the Opposition Leader did not hold a legal education certificate.

Sinckler also harked back to a 2013 lawsuit brought by Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne against his BLP colleague and first-time parliamentary representative for St James North Edmund Hinkson, saying it shed light on how those in the BLP camp viewed Mottley.

The suit was linked to an incident at the BLP’s Roebuck Street, St Michael headquarters on February 25, 2013, during which Payne was said to have accused Mottley of “treacherous and disloyal” conduct in the general election four days earlier, by aiding defeated DLP candidate Irene Sandiford-Garner in her campaign against Payne.

Sinckler contended that apart from what was said about the BLP leader by those she now leads, Mottley’s own behaviour during her political life disqualified her from ascending to the highest office in the land.

“Here we have in Barbados a person who from the words of her own colleagues in the Barbados Labour Party that this person is not equipped to assume the highest office in the land as Prime Minister of Barbados. Folks, this not the president of the Olympic Association or the chairman of some social club, this is the Office of Prime Minister. There are some who just come out of the woodwork and become Prime Minister but when you have two-and-a-half decades of a person, you cannot say you did not know who they are.

“You can’t say that you have not been told, but you don’t need to be told because you have powers of observation . . . .You have seen it – the bullying, the unleashing of people to conduct the nastiest campaign. You are seeing it with your own eyes,” Sinckler stressed.

33 Responses to Like Hitler

  1. The Truth February 20, 2018 at 4:25 am

    This clown trying to put fear in the minds of right thinking Barbadians? What an idiot!! After 2013 I heard a lot of bajans crying and saying what have we done.
    Chris you and this government is worse than Hitler. Hush do!!

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 20, 2018 at 6:18 am

      BLP went to Governor General and remove Mia as Leader already, and will do it again, don’t worry about the Despot
      George Jefferson and Topping gine got she Hopping just now

  2. straight talk February 20, 2018 at 5:19 am

    If bajans would be so stupid to put the DLP back in office they would really feel the hand and the powers of Hitler cause the hardship would be twice three times as hard as it did in the 10 years the DLP spent in office. From 2008 till now, right now Chris Sinkler and the Prime Minister were operating like just like Hitler and still is.

  3. Roverp February 20, 2018 at 5:34 am

    When you point the most fingers come back at you!!!

  4. Sheron Inniss February 20, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Mr Sinckler are you making a reference to the DLP? I feel so.

  5. harry turnover February 20, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Chris Sinckler…all like now you should be stockpiling bags of smoke to ward off the BEES instead of wasting time and breath on chupid talk every fortnight…Hitler RH.

  6. Tom Brabenec February 20, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Just short of a complete moron. People of Barbados should be asking themselves look what we have voted in? Lol

  7. Samuel Clemens February 20, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Perhaps he should actually learn history before quoting it. Hitler was not popularly elected but rather came to power through an obfuscation of the law similarly to the “90 days” that we are seeing in BIM.,_1932

  8. Mike February 20, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Every week a DLP politician makes the most ridiculous statement ever. First Sinckler warned about election violence, now it is about hitler.

  9. Karlos February 20, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Mr. Sinckler should apologize for his ridiculous remarks, comparing Mia Mottley to Adolf Hitler. He also needs to check the historical facts and clarify how Hitler actually assumed power and leadership of Germany. Hitler was not elected by the general membership of the party, instead, he assumed the position of power and leadership through connivance and cunning. German visitors to Barbados will not be pleased with this form or diatribe.

  10. allison archer February 20, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Mr. Sinckler it boils down to voting for the lesser of two evils, honestly the bible strongly says a female ought not to lead so really I will have to hear the Word of the Lord for voting day

    truly Barbados will never be the same again with drastic, fervent change going against every principle the Lord hath ordained for mankind if a female is allowed to rule

    be bless in Christ’s love people

    • David Brathwaite February 20, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      @allison archer: Are you an idiot?

      What about the female judges in the Old Testament, Deborah and Susanah? What about Ruth and Judith?

      What about Barbados’ two female Governors General. That position is the highest office in the land, aside from Queen Elizabeth, who in case you did not notice, is also a female.

      What about all the female church leaders, such as Rev. Lucille Baird, for example. My reading of the offending text, is that it is saying that women should not lead in church, but the again the Queen is the head of the Anglican Church.

      No need to mention all the females in leadership positions in all fields of endeavour all across the world and right here in Barbados.

      It’s so sad to see a female seeking to denigrate a female and therefore herself.

    • hcalndre February 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      @allison archer; the name allison could be male or female but I`m suggesting that should it be a female, you should not be allowed to vote, hold a driver`s license and walk behind your man, the bible says what should be done for things that I`m sure you have committed and if you are a man, you are a male chauvinist pig who should be born from a pig instead of a woman. Did the fat head MOFailure know that Hitler had an on time bus service which his so called most educated in the world ministers can get run for the last 10 years and the economy growing like a cow`s tail. What is the literacy rate of Barbados?

      • Spectre February 20, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        @hcalndre The literacy rate is nowhere near the 99% that people in Barbados claim, that’s for sure! That statistic is almost 50 years old.

  11. ToyaB February 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I think this government has earned its way into the Guinness Book of World Records, as the worst gov’t ever.
    When you look at our history, in relation to the leaders of this country, there is no doubt that this present Gov’t is the worst there is.
    Clearly, they never thought about legacy.

    • Ras February 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      @ ToyaB the BLP government earned its way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the worst gov’t ever Between 1976-1986 you were too young when Tom Adams Took the Country to the IMF, after telling the Masses to tighten they belts, then next week went and increase the MP’s salaries, When Lemme Craigg wanted all sundry to Starve once they were not members of the BLP, When the Rastas could not get work in Government, when they was Police interference, When Craigg get hold up at the Airport and Tom Adams say let him go, When Tom Adams run the Now Prime Minister of St. Vincent out of Barbados and a host of women non national husbands

      TonyaB you ain’t hear a quarter of the Nasty things that happen between 1976 – 1986 in the BLP reign of Terror
      You would have to ask the Prime Minister of St. Vincent or Brigadier Lewis .

      • David Brathwaite February 21, 2018 at 12:43 am

        Ras, you ever heard of the Jamaican investigative journalist, which was found jammed in a tree in the Belle. His name was Stokes.

        You ever heard of the party card which was required to get government services and how party card holders would terrorize their neighbours by eavesdropping and reporting back to party headquarters?

        I lived through those days growing up, so I know whereof I speak. I remember the feeling of terror in your own home of saying something that would displease the DLP administration in the sixties and early seventies.

        They lost in 1976 because many of their card carrying members jumped ship when the economy more or less collapsed and so they had nothing to gain from the party anymore.

  12. Spectre February 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

    The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

  13. Donild Trimp February 20, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Come on Chris, that is really taking it too far.

    How do you expect intelligent Barbadians to re-elect you when you utter such garbage in public?

    Drawing an analogy between Hitler and Mia Mottley is really beyond the pale.


  14. petra February 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    every time this man opens his mouth it makes one think he as educated in a p..toilet

    • hcalndre February 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      petra, if the elections had to be decided on his statement that bajans have such a high literacy rate, the DLP could have never being elected a second time with the state that the country`s in, reading some of what he said about Hitler, I swore he was referring to the DLP. MOfailure brought BSRP., it did not work, he came with NSRL., did not work so its SWT now. Every year for 10 years nothing worked so they say that they BELIEVE this one will work. People is a BELIEF A FACT? Vote these people out, now!

  15. Greengiant February 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    UPP and Solutions Barbados need to just let the B L P and D L P attack each other and stay focused on the contribution you have to make.

  16. Randolph February 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Right now the people who said DEMS Again,are now asking “What have we done”?The worse government in post independence.

  17. Ras February 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    BLP reign of Terror between 1976 -1986 was worst government in post independence.

  18. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Mia is a STRONG Leader then

    One has to admire her

    She is head and shoulders above all those who are vying for seats. She can handle the job. They know that

    Sinckler wants her to win. Would be the first to congratulate her
    Everything the DLP does or says bolsters her position whether they say negative things or not. This is one these situations – you call it WIN WIN. A damn if you do ; damn if you dont for the DLP

    Mark Adamson want Mia win.
    Dont mind he
    He in LOVE wid .Mia
    He like she real bad.

    Its up to the Holy Father first
    The Electorate
    The Parliamentary Group
    The Candidate

  19. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    You are not being truthful.
    Barbados was rescued in 1976 from the DLP destructive tenure.
    Everything in Barbados grew in a Positive way.
    The Tenantry Freehold Act was the single most important development of the century and one of the most significant since Emancipation rated alongside Adult Sufferage. I need go no further

    What we got from the DLP during the 71 to 76 period was the Public Order Act and a whole heap of Confusion with Barrow and the wider Society at large including the Church in the person of the Most Reverend Dean Harold Chrichlow. Price Controls , Ignorant Taxes and a weakened and all but destroyed Public
    Service. It ended with the Right Honourable Errol Walton Barrow jetting off to RECHARGE his batteries. Not a good period for Barbados at all but worse was to come in the 1986 – 1991 period and the 1991 – 1994 period — easily the worst period in Barbados ‘ history until this present crop of Gunslinging WILD BOYS arrived in town. Main problem with this crowd us that they aint SMART , have no creative ideas or Solutions. . Pound for Pound easily the worst.

  20. Outside Looking In February 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Oh man..Chris is this really you. A Barbados government minister stupping to such low depths. How can you use the words Hitler in the context of Barbados politics against a fellow Barbadian, black and post independence, today or any other day.

    I know you have been educated but it is clear from these latest remarks you lack integrity and common sense. Your tenure will be noted in the history books as ‘ failed’ on several accounts. The last failure was a desperate attempt to rescue your timely political demise

    Fellow Barbadians of all political persuasions. Do not stand for these narratives to polute your society. Resist these narratives. Shame on all who use these slogan, words and other analogies

  21. Anita February 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Chris honey, Bajans mek the mistake in 2013 by giving the DLP a second term. You and your Prime Minister can delay the elections as much as wunna want but it done; it is all over. I am sure you already know the jig is up. Only a desperate man would try to pull the Hitler gimmick pon bajans. Thankfully, because of the free education the DLP gave us and then tek way, we know better. We will remember the destruction and pain you and the DLP brought on the people of Barbados for 10 years on election day. There will be no third term for you lot. Enjoy the last few weeks in power.

  22. Solutions Barbados February 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    The Minister really needs to apologize to the Opposition Leader Miss Mottley for such derogatory statements. Comparing Mia with Hitler? really? Why is she being personally attacked? If you want to attack the BLP for it’s performance when last in office, then do so with facts and evidence. This is not the way. This is the most disrespectful and disgusting statement we have ever heard this Minister say. We are appalled. No one can run for the office of Prime Minister, one can only run to be an elected member of Parliament, so why make such statements towards her? There is simply no comparison.

  23. David Brathwaite February 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Hi Barbados Today, how come my post at 2:31 pm is still awaiting moderation?

  24. Johnathan February 21, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Sinkler is a shameless pathetic cu#t..

  25. Everick February 24, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Alison Archer , you should be pittied. How could someone be so stupid in 2018.?


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