What Is The Government’s Policy On Communication With The Electorate? Does It Have One?

Submitted by St. George’s Dragon

Chris Sinckler, Minister of Finance

Barbados Today (25 May 2012) reports that a decision has been made to retain VAT at its current rate of 17.5% “until future notice”. Previously we had been promised that it would be reviewed about now. The Advocate picked the story up on its front page on 27 May 2012.

It appears that the rumour is true as the Parliament Order Paper for Tuesday shows Chris Sinckler moving a resolution on the First Reading of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill 2012 which keeps the current rates from 1st June “until further notice”.

Unless I have missed it, and I hope I have, no Government Minister has had the good grace to tell the voters about their decision. Do they think we won’t notice?

With elections looming, the Government has just blundered again. A good information strategy and a carefully crafted set of announcements would have allowed the Government to at least have some chance of being seen as good custodians of the Country’s finances. Instead we are left with the impression that they don’t care.

Incidentally, the Order Paper also shows that the Government is about to compulsorily purchase Sam Lord’s Castle. While this is not new news, it would have been nice to have known that something was happening.
The Government needs to sort out its communication strategy and soon, otherwise Owen Arthur will be keeping the Prime Minister’s chair warm again.

0 thoughts on “What Is The Government’s Policy On Communication With The Electorate? Does It Have One?


  1. i never expected the 17.5% vat to be reverted. i’ve seen over the years that whenever they make promises about vat, they break them. yes, it is obvious that the BLP will take the reigns in 2013 but even then, i am sure that they will not touch the vat unless to even increase it. i don’t care who wins but i would like a political party with new and fresh ideas to rule. the BLP or DLP love affair needs to come to an end


  2. I am not surprised when Government chooses not to do the decent thing. It would appear as though Government knows that it can disrespect the electorate with impunity knowing full well all they have to do in the end to make up is to offer the electorate some little token and all will be forgiven. I have heard it said that a country gets the Government it deserves, I am therefore wondering what this country has done so wrong to deserve this bunch: we are truly being punished.


  3. The old people always used to say,” ya cahn hide and buy land, but ya cahn hide an’ wuk um”, the DLP bekieve that bajans would miss this. Sinckler didn’t say he would remove it in June, he promised to review it, therefore instead of trying to slip the information through the backdoor, he should have chocolate- coat it and then pass it on to the public. The DLP is known for the “take it, or lump it” attitude and they will pay for it, by losing the government. Remember, FS said he never promised no running commentary.


  4. Stupse I say.

    This was obvious after reading the IADB document. The DLP keep making unforced almost amateur errors that any half sighted person with a smidgen of intellect can see right through..

    Things like this keep persons doubting whether they deserve another term or not. VAT affects ALL Barbadians in a major way. It shouldn’t be “poo pooed” with. The opposition will have a field day on Tuesday.


  5. I do not think that there is a Barbadian who really expected Chris Sinckler and the DLP to keep their promise about the increase in VAT being only for 18 months. No one believes the Dems anymore, so that was a given that it would stay on.

    Why in this economic climate when the Dems like to tell you that they cannot do anything about….their swan song…world wide recession, the BLP cannot do any better………. why are they attempting to purchase Sam Lords? For what reason? The place is a mess, it would take millions to restore that place.

    Gosh, man, Where is the money coming from since the government has a ONE BILLION dollar deficit? More NIS monies?? When will they stop draining the NIS? Are they not interested in our future?

    Buying Sam Lords is just to throw more money into the CLICO black hole, out of which the poor policy holders will get nothing, nada! June Fowler let your members in droves march down to CLICO to ask for their money if the government purchases this dump!


  6. @observing

    You are correct VAT being the regressive and ubiquitous tax that it is any change and its impact should be fully communicated to the electorate.

    The loan from the IDB and the objective and its purpose to continue the reform of the tax system is again worthy of debate. Instead we have these partisan and vacuous exchanges between the reds and yellows.


  7. I hear Maxine McClean on TV a night last week saying that they are not just taking out NIS monies, they are investing it. These people are priceless.

    Can you tell me Ms McClean what type of investment would it be to take NIS funds and pay bills….like government wages, UWI running costs, you tell me what type of investment is that??

    And by the way, is Professor Hillary Beckles mad? He has been expanding the Cave Hill Campus from the day he took over. Why in these hard times would he be seeking to open a campus in Bridgetown when Cave Hill is 5 minutes away? Is he going to buy the Mutual building or lease it?

    Lord have mercy, more money into the monied class as is being debated on another thread.


  8. If Government were really serious about collecting VAT, they would move against those who have collected millions and converted the money to their own use. Instead of going after those criminals, Government raised the tax rates on everyone else to make up the shortfall. They also use their power to prevent public officers from going after the arrears. This is not governance: it is corruption.


  9. Could there be some truth in the statement that the 17.5 Vat is tied to the (hidden) IMF loan? Traveling on a mini bus a few days ago someone called this minister “Lion the lier” making the point that he cannot be trusted. Two years ago we were left with the feeling that they had all abandon ship and left the country on auto piLot now that the ship is sinking it seems as if each minister is on a seperate life boat heading towards land.


  10. I believe Barbados is going to implode before general elections are called. News is that some M.P’s or at least one m.p so far is planning to back out of the race. Many others are contemplating jumping ship and sitting in parliament as independent, until general elections are called. P.M F.S must be careful about travelling at this time, as much can happen in his absence.


  11. @firefox
    Not some truth. all truth.
    nothing hidden about the loan. the IDB (not IMF) cannot lie and definitely not online. Their report says it all. 50 million in hand as long as VAT et al. stays. More draw downs later after submission of policy papers which satisfy. Sad.

    Sadder was Chris’ futile and puerile attempt to defend it and sideline Mascoll. Came off as worst.


  12. Perhaps Chris will compensate by returning the allowance or most of it. Of course the response will be that the VAT affects ALL the travelling allowance AFFECTS some.


  13. From the twelve posts above, I believe that I could conclude you are all intelligent people. Please give me some background on vat, by answering these questions:
    Why was it introduced?
    Why was it set at 15%?
    Why was it carried to 17.5%
    Will the BLP drop it back to 15%.
    Which social service would they reduce because of a lack of funds?
    How many public servants should be laid off to accommodate the drop back to 15%.
    Time to get real. There is no more Ponzi money around it is by the sweat of our brow that we shall eat bread.


  14. @Clone

    The rebut to you argument from following the debate is that increasing the tax burden is choking the economy from better performing and therefore contracting revenues. BU’s position has been what about the need to guard the international reserves. Mascoll et al suggest that a large part of the economy is fired by domestic activity.


  15. @David
    That’s one of this government’s difficulties. No “broad sweeping” policies that benefit everyone or almost everyone. Everything is just “pocketed and segmented.” If Inland Revenue is right, those allowances cannot be given back. Have to find a sweetie from somewhere else.

    @Clone
    The issue isn’t the amount or even why. it’s the way in which things are being done during admittedly rough times.

    – Promising to keep it under review
    – the fact that the increase was tied to IADB loan even though we were being told it’s under review
    – silently slipping in “until further notice” in the act
    – Sinckler failing yet again to fulfill a pledge he himself made or inferred


  16. seeing as i don’t understand this “Order Paper” stuff, i have to ask a question. the question is, does the Order Paper say “until further notice”? i would hate to think that Minister Sinckler would look to add this to the list of “lies” he has publicly told Barbadians.

    who is government compulsorily purchasing Sam Lord’s Castle from? if i remember correctly, CLICO did not pay the Grant guy all the money for Sam Lord’s Castle. so given that fact, who ownes the place? who are the lawyers dealing with the compulsorily purchase? how much do they stand to make?


  17. Communication is the key to peace. Communication is normal. Do these two simple sentences mean anything?

    Simple tings have simple answers. Simple answers are the keys that open communication doors. Shut and locked doors force the breaking down of same. Save money, communicate.


  18. @david(not bu)
    the resolution on the Order Paper proposes to change the act so that it reads from “until further notice instead of “18 months.”

    Since 18 months expires on June 1, government must make a decision or leave the country in limbo. This insertion (pun intended) gives them wiggle (or wuk-up) room.

    We’ll have to see how it is presented and debated.


  19. This administration is performimg true to from, lies, deception, broken promises and lack oF TRANSPARENCY. The prodigal son, succintly summed up their actions in his two previous posts.
    Senator Irene has been using this forum to postulate her views, I eagerly await her views on this.


    • There is a comment which president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce (BCCI) has given to the lack of a response by the government to this matter. He suggests in one breath there is a valid concern being expressed by those who wonder if government is not cutting it close about informing the public about the VAT rate and possibly its expiration. In the other breath he suggests the government will do the right thing.

      Well Mr. Lalu Vaswani here is a newsflash, it is already too late!


  20. @Observing
    well here is the problem, i know a couple of businesses that are sending home people because of what they see as a lack of a clear path for the country. if Sinckler comes and does what this Order Paper is saying, we are going to be in for a hell of a ride.


  21. “He suggests in one breathe there is a valid concern being expressed … In the other breathe he suggests …”.

    David,

    If you could learn the difference between “breath” and “breathe” (and if in general you could write like someone who isn’t nine years old) your submissions wouldn’t sound so child-like and they might be taken more seriously.

    Best wishes to you.


  22. Good for you, Dave.

    My standard rate is twenty-five US cents per edited word. I get forty-five days leave at times of my choosing and any expenses I incur in research and editing fall to you.

    You can’t afford me, Dave. There’s a massive world out there begging to pay for talent.

    Good luck with your efforts to sound like something that isn’t a temper-tantrum teenager raging against the machine. I watch millions do it, and millions of them are vastly better at writing (and thus, inevitably, at thinking) than you are.

    Good luck anyway, though, Dave.


  23. David
    I know the tax burden is high but if the government eases up too early the foreign exchange right now at 18 weeks import cover will be further depleted by a higher import bill. In the last two years there are more 4X4 utility vehicles on the road, Toyota, Isuzus, Frontier and all kinds of KIAs. I would like to see what would happen in the good times when you get back in. All persons here know that there are no purchases on the international market with Barbadian dollars therefore that tax money is used to pay local government bills. Owen Arthur and Clyde Mascoll is not saying how they would cut expenditure as they say must be done. Public workers must then be smart enough to know that some of them going home. The PM should do like Owen before he lost the government, appoint all workers who are now temporary.
    The present Minister of Finance and his advisers are doing a fantastic job in that Barbados economy should have crash by now if you took you financials wizards on this blog mouthing seriously.

    You have now moved from gloom and doom to calling the Minister of Finance a liar because he is following smart advice from persons who know what is going on.
    I remember Clyde Mascoll telling David Ellis on Brass tacks “don’t mind Standard and Poors just do what you have to do”. If the DLP had done that then you would have said that the government wreck the economy and put it in junk bond status. You BLP people are hard to please because you never accepted the defeat in 2008.
    Some of you are going to cry on the night of the election because you are going to be shock.


  24. I believe this blog should be renamed The Barbados Labour Party Underground blog.

    I mean all day every day 5 or 6 Blp spinners sometimes with the eager assistance of David just saying the same thing over and over again – pure doom and gloom intended to influence and convince the electorate.

    I don’t know how the electorate will vote next elections but from all I am hearing and observing – the voters seem to be willing to give the DLP at least 1 more term;and they certainly don’t seem to want ali baba (OSA) and his 40 tiefs hands back in the treasury anytime soon.

    The Blp sounds desperate and seem to think if you keep saying the same thing over and over again people will think it is gospel.

    Wuhloss,sickening fuh true!


  25. @ Clone
    The present Minister of Finance and his advisers are doing a fantastic job in that Barbados economy should have crash by now if you took you
    financials wizards on this blog mouthing seriously.
    *******************************
    FINE enough to be drawing down on the NIS FUND..and seeking out OPTIONAL self employed to be the guinea pigs for the decreased funds..when discovered..RIGHT ?
    Well buddy o friend….other countries in the Caribbean have not crashed…nor have they resorted to drawing down on their Severance Payments funds? Fantastic ? Where ..how…Big question..what are they doing with all this money (INCREASES IN EVERYTHING)….yet not 2 strokes in capital works as with other Govts ? Where is all this money going ? Where is the leakage..if there is one..?.It really is a puzzle..


  26. @mash it up

    Interesting observation, you forgot to mention that the CADRES poll now validates many of the positions BU has postulated. By the way the DLP were accused of the same 5 years ago. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned?

    In the mean time we have CCC accusing BU of being pro BLP and Onions doing the opposite.

    BU is truly empathetic to how Peter Wickham must be feeling since the release of the poll.


  27. if what the poll says is true yuh think bringing down the vat would change the minds the first thing the BLp would say it is politricks the only thing it would do is help the BLP if they win!the Vat might not changed but there are other areas which the government might lean in order to make a compromise. yuh can’t please all of the people all of the time. The ones who are always squelimg the hardest are those who have lived off the fatted lamb and expect to give nothing back in return when things are hard . nothing new it is all a family affair!


  28. @mash up &Buy back

    don’t pay the BLP spinners no mind i see them runing up and down here all day like cockroaches that been sprayed wid BOP!


  29. Onions
    I have traveled this Caribbean and so can speak with certainty that Barbados tax payers can see where their money is spent. Education, Health, Roads, welfare and a massive public service.
    Only about eight years ago did Trinidad started financing university education for its citizens. I am not sure but nowhere in the Caribbean where persons who earn under $13000 got $1300 in reverse tax credits. In fact I filled out a form for a lady once where she only worked one week and got $800 in reverse tax credit.
    Onions your government built a prison that had massive cost overruns and every January the government has to look for 30 Million US Dollars to pay interest. You think wunna easy.
    Onions bring something more tangible for debate.I tired with your simplicity.


  30. @ Clone
    I have traveled this Caribbean and so can speak with certainty that Barbados tax payers can see where their money is spent. Education, Health, Roads, welfare and a massive public service.
    ***********************
    They training you well…like ac…what the hell those things Educ, roads etc..got to do with this DLP administration ?This Adm….build a school…partially pave certain roads which were to be traversed by the Dutchess..what else in Capital works they did ?….nothing but nothing..Help me Clone is it true the Sin John polyclinic and the Market Rehad Proj.money coming out the NIS too ?please tell me No…


  31. @ David
    Pay ‘Danny from Oistins’ no mind. His post was clearly painstakingly written in word and spell checked. Note he charges “per edited word” so clearly punctuation and sentence structure are not his strengths; and we both know spell check easily sorts misspellings. What twenty-five US cents per word what…more like F7 lmao.


  32. Clone
    Since the DLP has done so much, and the public is ready to vote them back into office, why do they want to extend the general elections down to the very last day legally possible?


  33. “Gee thanks Danny guess you can go back to your puerile spamming”.

    Wow. Thanks, Dave. That’s so cool. I guess now you can go back to writing like someone who barely made it into secondary school. You might want to look up, Dave, what “spamming” really is.

    I didn’t spam you. I didn’t call you out on your miserable grasp of basic English grammar. I merely pointed out that you can’t spell a basic English word.

    I can, though, should you wish, take apart every single sentence you write and point out to you how utterly rubbish it is.

    If you can’t write properly, Dave, you can’t think properly. Earlier, your response to these kinds of challenges used to be to get one of the younger “Daves” to write for you. But by now it’s obvious that even the younger Daves can’t write either. They’re just as rubbish at writing as you are.

    May your party and your god help you, Dave. It’s always a blast to read what you write.

    By the way, BU Family, let me tell you how sick these women are …


  34. “Dat’s alrite Danno on the Hill we all know u r a Speiller who got balls.”

    Lord, Dave, text-speak. The true sign of the truly dense. Ya sen dat from ya blakbry, sugah? Ya got ma bawlinnnnn!!!!. LOL and LOLLL and LULLZ and so on for ever for all the members of the stupid community.

    Now … for the grown-ups, let me tell you how sick these women are …


  35. @ Clone
    It is not true that the prison had massive cost overruns. As I understand it, it was delivered at the price the Government agreed.
    There were a number of problems with the prison:
    1. The Government underestimated the cost of it in the first place so the contract price was higher than budgeted. I am not sure that counts as cost overrun.
    2. There was no real understanding of the contract that the Government was entering into. For example, they agreed maintenance costs which were far higher than they should have been.
    3. I suspect that they failed to include in the contract provisions for sharing profits from refinancing.
    Sometimes, when we are looking at major projects like the prison, we should be prepared to look at and learn from experience from the rest of the world. The UK and Canada have loads of experience of being ripped off in BOLT/PFI/PPP deals and know how to avoid it. We could use that information but are sometimes not allowed to.


  36. The scout | May 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM |

    Clone
    Since the DLP has done so much, and the public is ready to vote them back into office, why do they want to extend the general elections down to the very last day legally possible?

    the PM just said on the news he will call election “soon” “sooner than they think”

    what a joke.


  37. @ David (not BU)
    the PM just said on the news he will call election “soon” “sooner than they think”
    what a joke.
    **************************************
    Don’t forget he said so down st .Andrew…..and..news takes time to travel….


  38. I happen to watch DLPTV news (if you can call it news) tonight.
    First up was the slow man, the PM talking a role, I am going to give them what they want, calling elections sooner than they think.

    Then on comes Irene talking a role the BLP aint do nothing for 14 years only for some families, (we all can say the same thing now of the DLP).

    Next up…. the person who running in St Joseph

    Next in line……Donville Inniss say the DLP got to get off their backsides and let the people know that the DLP has done more for Barbados in 4 1/2 years than the BLP did for 14 years

    Then up comes Mr Physical Deficit himself …dont mind the polls

    Then back to the PM, well, I switch channels then.


  39. Re the PM “calling elections sooner than they thnink”, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Remember how he was going to deal with the AX matter with DISPATCH?


  40. St George’s Dragon,

    I am sure I read or heard that the prison actually came in under budget and monies were returned to the government for that! I will check my sources and repost the info.

    By the way, I am with you enuff, newbies like “Danny from Oistins” are going to come on this blog to block and deflect from the truth. So be prepared for them!


  41. Independent,

    Remember too he was to appoint a GG by January, one was only appointed last week, five months after the promise. He was to deal with the GANG of 11, it is June and all he could do is not to appoint Ronald Jones to act as PM in his absence. He talk real “powful foolish” tonight. Hope he does not have to eat those words soon!


  42. What is it that CLICO has on this government?

    This government is now going to compulsorily acquire Sam Lord’s Castle. Why? Why at this time? What is the immediate benefit to Barbadians? Who will benefit from this sale? What is the government going to do with Sam Lord’s at this time? Who are the government’s and CLICO’s lawyers?

    And to make matters worse, a government department is to move into British American’s building on Magazine Lane. Why? Did government not build two large buildings out of NIS monies up Warrens? Is there no space for a government department in the Barrack building?

    I have seen tenders for services for the new buildings, so they must be ready for occupancy. Why could not the particular department wait and move up Warrens? They must be space available as the dead king was to make up there his office and he is no longer with us.

    Somehow, I feel that CLICO has something on this government, how else would one explain this madness and the desire to always throw money at CLICO. First TEN MILLION, then monies out of NIS to on loan to the Credit Union to purchase the mortgage company was it over 100 million???. Mr PM, this is one time I will agree with you, call the damn elections.


  43. Regardless of what the DLP is saying about the polls, it has shook them up, however, it appears they are too arrogant to accept they are losing. Whenever general elections are called and if they lose, they are going to claim the polls were rigged or some other foolish excuse. I have NEVER come across such jokers in the party that I used to believe in; good thing Errol Barrow ashes were scattered in the Caribbean and not buried or he would certainly come back and fire the whole lot of them, from Stuart down.
    24 hours more of Errol Barrow and this country would have been better today, the controversy with Cammie, Sandie and Haynes would have NEVER happened


  44. Prodigal Son
    I too turned off my TV, it is getting sickening to see six candidates every night canvassing on the CBC TV8 news. One blarring absentee is Mara Thompson, is she in the island?


  45. I remember 2008 very well, leading up to the general elections, more airplay was given to DT thaqn to OSA. I remember this was during the time when DT was ranking and reving about things OSA was doing and every night they would feature some extract from the most recent mouthings of DT, now every night the DLP candidates are exposing themselves on TV. The question is, ” is this a GOVERNMENT/ STATE station or a DLP station?
    We the public demand a more bias news reporting. Yes, we expect the ruling party would get the majority of airplay but certainly not ALL.


  46. thanks prodigal for the blow by blow description of the evening news and what the DLP ministers was saying , however you can compare that to the picture of OSA standing at the Mountgay booth giving his expertise knowledge of rum while guzzling some shots .


  47. @Clone
    Your economic argument is accurate – You ever notice that when the BLP criticises the government on spending, they can never point to at least 80 – 100 million dollars in expenditure cuts that they can implement.
    You ever wonder why no specifics?
    You realise that the BLP spokesperson on the economy conveniently talks about government needing to cut back now he is in opposition but offers no specifics as to where those cuts should be?

    Tax Increases or spending cuts or both, to maintain foreign reserves and restrict domestic spending when tourism spending is down, these are your policy options.While domestic activity must be maintained, it cannot be sustained or driven without foreign inflows. That is why the link and constant reference to the global economy is so important.

    The BLP is running all over the country complaining about taxes but put no alternative to the public about specific spending cuts. There is a reason for that. If people can compare the policy option of sending home thousands of public workers and paying for UWI education for their children and a 2.5% increase in VAT, then maybe the 2.5% does not look that bad.

    You see economists look at the numbers game first – so if you have to cut spending you would reduce the big items – wages,education, health. The BLP cannot admit this so they lambaste the government over taxes to get political mileage.
    This government has done well to stabilise this economy while maintaining a strong safety net and avoiding massive social dislocation.If people understand the policy options, they can clearly see that Barbados is moving forward despite the turbulent waters around.


  48. ………..thanks prodigal for the blow by blow description of the evening news and what the DLP ministers was saying , however you can compare that to the picture of OSA standing at the Mountgay booth giving his expertise knowledge of rum while guzzling some shots ……………………………….

    ac, and he is still alive! I witnessed your dead king along with Kenny Worst and Peter Gilkes feeding David Thompson with the vodka at a Joel Garner match. If he had the sense that Owen has, he would still be alive today. You forgot the dead king fall off the back of a truck because he was pissing drunk???


  49. @Prodigal

    Do u know what ur saying. DT died from cancer and all of us will die from some thing. Cancer cells are there in all of us. My mother died at age 39 of cancer. sometimes i wonder if u had an education.


  50. !
    nice article, scott, prodigal, enuff, the scout and onions should read it and analyse what u said, if they capable of doing so.

    I have no problem with the govt maintaining the vat rather than laying of persons or cutting the educational subsidy, although i recognize at some point in time Barbadains will have to pay some of the cost for higher education. We are blessed.


  51. Blogger,

    I am highly educated for your info. Dont you know that heavy drinking contributes to pancreatic cancer. Our lifestyles often determine whether our cancer cells will act up or not. You can talk all you want but I know of what I speak.


  52. You Dems can talk all you want but had the Dems not spent money like drunken sailors on shore leave when they came into power, had they not shared the fatted calf with those who stayed the course with the dead king, had they not impose $105 million dollars that made the economy grind to a halt in the first year, they would not be in the mess they are in today. They had no cabinet experience except for DT, they refuse to listen and that is why we are where we are today. That is why they are so desperate!


  53. @ !
    Tax Increases or spending cuts or both, to maintain foreign reserves and restrict domestic spending when tourism spending is down, these are your policy options.While domestic activity must be maintained, it cannot be sustained or driven without foreign inflows. That is why the link and constant reference to the global economy is so important.

    FYI there are essential recurrent expenses such as MORTGAGES, FOOD and FUEL. Are you trying to tell me that people are foregoing buying food or paying their mortgages to buy non-essentials?
    So when you increase VAT, fuel, land tax, inflation at 9.4% and tax allowances how are households to function? Borrow from the NIS every month like the government?


  54. Simckler stumped! He said that he has more than $60 million above what he wanted to collect and is NOT giving it back now. He is accused of keeping and wanting to keep it back at the budget time Thimk on these things


  55. The DLP came into governance at the beginning of the global recession, in fact the recession was already taking root having been present from 2007, yet this government offered the electorate a multiplicity of give aways, then FOR TWO years into the recession, spent money like if it was going out of style, remember the big mid-night independence parties and parade at the Garrison? To date no-one knows what was the expenses, but it had to be in the millions. Our then P.M flew all over the place in a private jet, this was even before he was sick. These and many other things were part of the division of the fatted calf. Now on the eve of a general elections the DLP now remember who put them there and want to give us back the bones from the calf. Wheel and come again Fruendel.


  56. @ true to from
    You mind these claptrap clowns ?$60 Million my back-bone….they spend and spend more than they could procure….Right now if not for the NIS,,they would be facing certain embarrassment…..shameful indeed ….oh too shameful.


  57. So now we get this insight from the brilliant “enuff” …

    “Pay ‘Danny from Oistins’ no mind. His post was clearly painstakingly written in word and spell checked. Note he charges “per edited word” so clearly punctuation and sentence structure are not his strengths; and we both know spell check easily sorts misspellings. What twenty-five US cents per word what…more like F7 lmao.”

    Brilliant. You know, enuff, adverbs are never your friend. Don’t use them unless you know how to. If you use them unwittingly, you’re guaranteed to look like a tool. You don’t know how to use them [here comes an adverb], obviously.

    Ya got ma bawlinnnn, sugahhh!!! I nearly crucify de bitch wid licks!!! Now … as a member o de BU fambly, let me tell you how sick these women are …


  58. The BLP yardfowls will not engage the economic argument because it is easier to seek partisan political mileage in this economic environment.
    They hope that if they remain silent on specifics and focus only on criticism, intelligent Bajans will somehow be fooled into believing that there is a easy magic solution that only they have. Voters be warned.
    People must be aware of the policy options which face the government instead of the blatant misinformation being spread.
    Whenever, there is a need for fiscal consolidation or restraint, some people always want to suggest that there is some silver bullet suggestion.They suggest that you can get all the services in the world with no taxes.

    Expenditure Cuts
    If thousands of public sector workers are sent home to reduce government spending so that we did not raise the vat or any taxes, would these former workers not have to buy food, fuel and pay their mortgages. Would businesses that they patronised not suffer- Would they in turn not have to send home a gardener or maid or defer other purchases. Would the many private businesses that depend on government contracts not also have to send home workers.
    Would not goverment removing the education subsidy for tertiary education not affect the development of our human resources and undermine our development.Would not poor and middle class bajans not have the opportunity to educate their children and would that not undermine our national development? That was the policy option facing the government instead of an increase in vat.
    I repeat – do ot be fooled that the big savings in government spending will come from cutting constituency councils or summer camps or a cocktail function. The big money government spends is on wages and the Ministry of Education and Health.
    There is a reasom why you will hear so little specifics from the BLP on spending cuts because they know that if the public sees the specifics then the Government’s economic programme would be seen in context.
    The DLP government has done a good job in a very trying time and have kept this country stable in the worst recession the world has ever seen.


  59. @!
    Nice reasoning as usual. They either dont have the capcity to look at the global perspective to understand what govt had to do or they are just plain idiots.

    I hear all this talk about vat and who inflicted the 15% on the Barbadian tax payers and then waste the money or urban and rural.


  60. The scout | May 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM | Clone
    Since the DLP has done so much, and the public is ready to vote them back into office, why do they want to extend the general elections down to the very last day legally possible?
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    Hard times is acoming they wanna hang on to those pay packets as long as they can?


  61. Hi scout the can has been kicked up and down the street by the BLP now the DLP has recovered it and we not giving it back.


  62. ac
    Last time I heard, the can was in Coverley collecting X amount of trash per house for a certain politician. Run up there quick, maybe it is still there or it may have gone to Valery by now.

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