Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler and Governor of the Central Bank DeLisle Worrell
In May this year Governor Delisle Worrell issued a directive to ban the Nation newspaper from participating in press conferences hosted by the Central Bank of Barbados. His action provoked wide condemnation from every corner within in civil society. The Governor and Central Bank obviously yielded to the pressure and public expectation reverted to the Governor having his routine press and Q&A sessions or so we thought!
It was a surprise therefore when the media was informed that the regular press conference to cover the six month economic performance review was to be cancelled. To date Barbados Underground has not discern the same level of outcry in response to the decision by the Central Bank compared to when the Nation newspaper was banned. Which is to be condemned more, the short-lived ban imposed on the Nation newspaper OR the cancellation of the press conference that denied the Fourth Estate from interrogating the banker of government at a time when we have more questions than answers.
The feeble excuse offered by the Central Bank and supported by leading media practitioner David Ellis that all press briefings are posted to a website is unacceptable. At a time when a greater level of public engagement is the desirable option, the Governor has chosen to retreat and is happy to limit his public appearances captured in the press to attendance at crop over events.
Submitted by DLP Supporter
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
Back on September 29, 2010, Mottley said in her address to the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Hilton Barbados that Government should not continue to wholly own and manage some of its facilities, when to do so would “challenge its ability to afford other services and benefits which are more important to us as a society – like affordable health care and free tertiary education”.
In other fora she spelt out her vision by asking, rhetorically, if people would prefer to pay a little for garbage collection while continually getting health care and education free.
At one such gathering, a political meeting, Mottley explained that Government spent about $55 million providing islandwide garbage collection. This included collection from businesses that at present pay nothing for this service.
She argued it would be better for Government to charge householders and businesses for this service.
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
The following is a statement issued by the leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party Mia Mottley. The action by Mia Mottley may prove to be a defining moment for her in the battle of public perception over BLP leadership. If she is able to rally her troops on Thursday, it will go a long way to prove she is the preferred leader.
The implementation of the Muni Tax, for whatever reason, has provoked Barbadians from all spheres to rally against it. The good thing is that it has brought focus to bear on the vexing issue of solid waste management. Barbadians must try to separate political rhetoric and naked political opportunism from the real issue read Kerri Symmonds.
Thanks #Barbados for coming out to our mass meeting last Sunday to show your support. http://bit.ly/1p7hDKx
I SHALL NOW DO MY DUTY. I propose to take that first step. I have prayed on it. I shall walk. I shall walk on Thursday at midday from Parliament to Government Headquarters on Bay Street.
Submitted by Anthony Davis
… the tax doesn’t need reviewing. It needs taking to the Mangrove Landfill where it belongs …
GIVE IT TIME! That’s the message Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler, tried to convey yesterday to those who have voiced their opposition and discontent over the new municipal solid waste tax. If they’re aspects of the taxes that need to be adjusted, then we will adjust it going forward, but you need to give things time to work their way through, Sinckler told the SUNDAY SUN in an interview. We always do a review of taxes and this is no different and l particularly, we always tend to be more punctilious in doing it at the beginning, especially if it’s a new tax, or if it’s an existing tax that you’re increasing you always tend to see how it is performing and how it is behaving and where it can be made better,” he said. “That’s something that is constantly done.”
Well, well, well, How the mighty have fallen!
Is this the same Minister of Finance who decided to deprive the scions of the lower echelons of our society of a UWI education by refusing to pay their tuition fees, and going into his stand-your-ground mode and stating that it is his decision and he shall not be moved?
Is this the same Minister of Finance who slashed the $1300, which many people depend on for various reasons, and which would affect the lower echelons of our society most, to $650, and got on his high horse and stated that that is his decision and he will not be moved?
Submitted by Pachamama
“Historical Palestine was peopled by indigenous Palestinians.”
The Zionist regime in Palestine only started to emerge after the 1880′s (AD). And despite the lies told by the Christian Bible, there was never a geographical location anywhere on earth called Israel, never! During the 1890′s the discourse for a Jewish nation state continued to receive popular support in public narratives. After World War One that discourse, with the help of the allied powers, had reached its ascendancy. We then had the Balfour Declaration (1917), the secret Franco-Anglo-Russo, Sykes-Pico Agreement (1916) as the relative winners of WW1 had displaced the Ottoman Empire and now had designs, largely for the petroleum resources, on Western Asia now known as the Middle East and North Africa regions. So the proposed state of Israel was seen as a beachhead for Western oil and capitalist interests.
So Israel, in Western eyes, was merely a cat’s paw for imperialism. Of course, it helped to have this project marketed within the invisibility of biblical writings even when most of its founders were staunchly atheist. Even today, most so-called Jewish people are non-religious. This Zionist project for occupation continued with the Nakba of 1948, the 1967 war, the 1973 war and a series of interventions since. Within the last five years there have been three separate and distinct large-scale slaughters of the Palestinians by the marauding Zionist regime.
Any talk, by anyone, that there was some historic place known as Israel is patently false! Any suggested that some god somewhere in the shy is some real estate agent with an ability to bestow one peoples’ land to another is the type of propaganda that Goebbels would envy – the bible. This propaganda of biblical proportions was deftly deployed by the Rothschild in setting up the colonial, fictitious, settler entity, of an apartheid state which now calls itself Israel.
Submitted by Islandgal246
More private sector groups add raised voices to imposition of Muni Tax
Dear Mr Minister,
Did you really sit down and think out how this Municipal Solid Waste Tax was going to affect the citizens and residents of this country? Did you really? First you came up with a figure of 0.7% and was adamant it was 0.7% even when Donville stated that that figured doesn’t sound right and should be reviewed.
We heard by the wayside that it was reduced to 0.3%. YOU NEVER came to us to tell us publicly that it had been reviewed. Then you came on Brasstacks Sunday to talk and answer questions from the public about this tax. You with you arrogant attitude telling people that even if they cannot afford to pay they must pay it and then apply for a rebate or refund and it will be up to YOU to approve it. You further went on to state that you said MAY and not WILL approve refunds. What the France you take us for???
How do you expect someone who has a pension to find that money when they can’t even find money to pay for their utilities and food. How do you expect people who have struggled to get a house, paying a mortgage, sending their children to school/university, facing lay offs or have been, trying to find money to pay for utilities and food find this extra money? How the hell do you expect the Hotels and businesses struggling with low occupancy, fewer customers to find this money to pay this tax?
Submitted by Anthony Davis
More private sector groups add raised voices to imposition of Muni Tax
“He also stressed that the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax would be in place for one year and then be reviewed. Government would have to seek parliamentary approval.” This statement is the focal point because VAT was supposed to be hiked to 17.5% for one year, but is still at that rate for eons without the Minister of Finance even taking a look at it!
We are cash cows and he will continue milking us. I do not believe one single word he or any other member of this Government says. Didn’t Dr. Estwick have enough “C4″ to blow the lid off all the goings-on in Government? Didn’t that fizzle out like a wet starlight?
The worst thing about this tax is that the same people he is overtaxing are the ones who are paying him, and therefore his taxes. So he can afford to levy tax after tax on the people of this country. He and his buddies on the Government benches in Parliament and the Senate do not have a thing to worry about. They are home free after destroying our education, health and welfare systems.
John Boyce, Minister of Health
It has come as no surprise to many tthe Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) continues to be affected by shortages of critical medical supplies. Despite assurances from Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) officials that care to the critically ill will not be compromised by the current state, BU remains stoutly sceptical and pray to the gods members of the BU household do not become afflicted by any serious malady in the near future. To listen to Minister John Boyce condescendingly advising Barbadians not to panic in the Lower House has done nothing to dissuade our view.
Who in their right mind believed that a 35 million dollar cut to the health budget 2013 would not have adversely affected healthcare delivery in Barbados? Explaining the cuts last year Minister John Boyce also gave an assurance , “ … that cost reduction measures at QEH were being taken in consultation with the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, the Medical Staff Committee, and the Barbados Registered Nurses Association” – see Boyce lists QEH cuts. BU is willing to be corrected but it seems the government through its agent Minister Boyce picked a number, in this case it was $35 million, with the unrealistic expectation to be able to find budget heads to cut to achieve the target. Bear in mind the CEO Dexter James was quoted in the media in 2012 confirming that the QEH required $200 million to finance the current hospital model and had received a budget of $154 million, a shortfall of 46 million.
Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart
At 3.53 of the video Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hints at the next BIG change which is being considered by government. He shared with the public that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has submitted a review our tax system in response to a request from government. In short there is a view government should tax Barbadians and use the revenue to support government programs. The idea of giving tax benefits through allowances and exemptions to Barbadians maybe on its last legs.
What the muni tax has shown us is that Barbadians are a reactive people. The tax was promised several months ago and as the Prime Minister rightly stated in the video, we have waited until the invoice landed in the mailbox to express concern. It is the same reaction to Massy signs which have dotted the Bajan landscape in recent days. It is the same Bajans who sold a significant chunk of our shares to EMERA and BNB and to Republic Bank and wondered about the decision long after the ink dried.
Submitted by William Skinner
Bizzy Williams, “leader of the entrenched white corporate class, slapped him down and reminded all and sundry who pays the bills and calls the tunes“
Our erudite Prime Minister, Mr. Freundel Stuart spoke the truth, when he said that there are powerbrokers that want to control black politicians but want no contact with the masses. As the Prime Minister said: “They don’t want to dirty their hands.” In other words, they avoid politics but want to be powerbrokers within the system. He also asserted that he is proud to be of the political class and that this class knows how to bury their differences when it is necessary.
Former Prime Minster, Erskine Sandiford, once reminded a group of corporate heavy boys that he was “not elected in a board room”; Dr. Don Blackman reminded us that there were white shadows, whose main focus was to influence and control the black political management class and another former Prime Minister, Mr. Owen Arthur, called Mr. Harold Hoyte, a black power player, a “negrocrat”. When we examine these comments, we realize that Mr. Stuart is not that far off target.
On the heels of Stuart’s speech, we have the Mr. Ralph “Bizzy” Williams, informing us that wealthy business persons pump money into the elections campaigns of both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party. The revealed strategy, according to Williams is to be equally generous to both parties. He boldly proclaimed that he supports the PIG, which is the Party in Government. We note the acronym P.I.G- those who feed at the public trough.