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?

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