Senator Jepter Ince’s Big Toe Firmly Lodged In His Mouth!

Adrian Loveridge – Hotel Owner

Debate, whether it takes place in the Upper House, Elected Chamber or through the various forms of media, demonstrates the presence of a healthy democracy, but unless its informed, does it really have any meaningful relevance?

Sometimes you have to stop and think exactly why certain people utter particular things and the timing of those comments. Ultimately they either believe what they saying is credible and truthful or have become a victim of a sudden and virulent attack of verbal diarrhoea. Perhaps what is also so surprising, is why at this time, with a general election constitutionally due in less than a year, would a person voice such controversial words?

Does he feel that his party has no realistic possibility of being re-elected, so it doesn’t really matter if you alienate those generating your single largest contributing sector of foreign exchange. Even from someone who has a long track record of expressing often outrageous and incredulous statements, frequently from a place of rare privilege, this particular verbatim quote must take the biscuit.

The claim was that ‘the private (tourism) sector was 98 per cent profit and 2 per cent social obligation’.

If it wasn’t so grossly insulting and inaccurate, perhaps many of us could excuse it as another puff of political hot air, but the phrase is so critical to the lack of understanding of this industry, it is frightening.

Whatever your partisan leanings, I sincerely believe the private sector has done an extraordinary job of trying to support Government in their attempt to protect employment and these ill-advised words simply slap those in the face that have defied almost insurmountable odds to stay in business. This despite the current administration’s policy of imposing unbudgeted increases in taxation, that without doubt have contributed substantially to the erosion of any possible profits.

Perhaps a wise undertaking might have been before giving the impression that he actually knew something about the subject discussed, would be to check, which if any, of our remaining hotels had declared any corporation tax liability.  At least this might have indicated a realist level of profitability.

Or did this person not hear the remarks made by the President of the Barbados Bankers Association a few weeks ago, where he stated that a staggering 43 per cent of all non performing loans were tourism related.

Sadly, this is another classic example of the increasing use of square pegs in round holes, and will do nothing to endear the thousands of Barbadians dependent on tourism to feed their families, and who may be less forgiving at the ballot box.

Not everyone of course can be an ‘expert’, but if you are clearly deficient on the subject in question, at least do your homework before engaging the mouth into gear. This is not the time for bluster and bravado, but surely to galvanise all the very best players, who can make a positive difference. We all welcome constructive criticism, but let is be based on fact rather than conjecture.

Then finally, ask yourself a simple question, if owning and operating hotels was all about ‘98 per cent profit’, then why would over 30 of them have closed during the last 16 years?

0 thoughts on “Senator Jepter Ince’s Big Toe Firmly Lodged In His Mouth!

  1. I do not like how this commission of inquiry is being held. I have no real interest in the matter but from what I am seeing, the questioning of the former PS and in particular, the CEO today does not bode well for him. Mr Laurie has just been made CEO and he is coming over in the aggressive questioning from Vernon Smith as a little shaky.

    This makes me think that the slow man had an agenda and this inquiry is a waste of time and money. This is the kinda of expenditure that the BLP says the DLP can cut out. It is serving no purpose, all of this could have been trashed out in meetings.

    What CBC did not report on is the fact that the Chairman of the Board, Keith Simmons, a lawyer met with the same teachers behind the back of Mr Broomes even before Fumble met with them. Do you see how these Dems operate? Were a Bee to do this, all hell would break out! But there again, Bees operate on a higher level, we do things with class!

  2. do you realise that the BEES have not won election but have made proposal to implementgiveaways at the tune of 1.15billion dollars.

  3. @ ac
    do you realise that the BEES have not won election but have made proposal to implement giveaways at the tune of 1.15billion dollars.
    The DLP does take what ain’t there $3.3 Million ways…then put out others to fend helpless by taking away their salaries and robbing hood at the pump and boast of blackbird soup and goat rearing to ease the pain…..people prefer the BEES for obvious reasons.

  4. I made a particular point of NOT naming the individual that made what I consider disrespectful comments in this particular Tourism MATTERS column. But I have just heard his budget response in the Senate and it totally re-inforced my previous observations. He referred to both Silver Sands Resort and Tropical Escape as being part of the GEMS project. Neither were of course and perhaps you could have put it down to a slip of the tongue until he repeated it. It was of course, Silver Rock Hotel which was owned partially by the St. John family. Sadly, none of the remaining 20 Senators had sufficient knowledge of the industry to correct him through a point of order. When are we going to take this industry seriously and ensure the right people are in key positions of influence and knowledge?

  5. WHY AGAIN……How many toes does Jasper have now? Sen. Bradshaw made mr. wall st. look like canary st. today….ouch

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