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BLP’s way

Opposition Leader Owen Arthur (left) presenting Clyde Mascoll with the Barbados Labour Party’s highest honour, the Grantley Adams Award, at the party’s annual conference at Queen’s Park Steel Shed yesterday. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

By Dawne Parris | Mon, October 29, 2012 - 12:11 AM

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is promising a new Constitution, the divestment of the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the reform of the court system as part of a 15-point plan to improve governance in Barbados by 2016, once returned to Government.

BLP leader Owen Arthur has also promised a new tax rate for middle-income earners, a land tax ease and “an immediate and comprehensive reversal” of the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) policies.

The plans would see allowances tax-free again, VAT reverted to 15 per cent and the reversal of energy pricing and taxation policies which, according to the former Prime Minister, “have raped the private sector and bankrupted almost every household in Barbados”.

The strategies are part of a wider plan which Arthur outlined yesterday during a 90-minute address on the final day of the BLP’s 74th Annual Conference that gave a taste of the party’s yet to be released manifesto as hope for a country which he said was facing the possibility of losing all the gains realized since Independence.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 5 months ago
Very good. However, I do wonder if this change to our constitution has anything to do with Barbados becoming a republic. I further wonder if anyone is seeing this as an opportunity to become the first President of Barbados? Just wondered. Beware, my fellow country people!! Nigel D.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 5 months ago
How about a technology and innovation business park up at Harrison's Point to rival Tamana Park in Trinidad and Tobago ( http://www.tamana.com/ ) and let we attract some big name companies to Barbados too. The Google's, Apple's, (perhaps not Intel again.), but the Cisco's, SAP's, Fujitsu's, Freescale's, Foxconn's etc., and the like.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 5 months ago
Also will the Constitution be decided by Referendum or just rammed through like the switch from the Privy Council to CCJ. The government should allow a referendum on this things. Esp. the death penalty.

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 5 months ago
Make it 17 points as I would like to see two more.
1 - Find money to pay Al Barrack, pay for Dodds, pay off any other major debts left by the BLP Administration.
2- Resolve that the people of Barbados will not be again saddled with paying fees to 47 or more high-priced consultants to "assist Government" as was the practice under the BLP.
No, we have not forgotten. LB.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 5 months ago
You just gotta love "politician talk". After promising a land tax ease, making allowances tax-free , reverting VAT to 15 per cent and the reversal of energy pricing and taxation policies, I am curious if the promised new tax rate for middle-income earners is one that is going to be higher than the current rate. Afterall, if the middle class get a break on the other things then a higher tax rate shouldn't be something that they should complain about. Secondly, I have heard of spending your way out of a recession. I have heard of taxing your way out of a recession. Seems like Owen Arthur wants to SELL we out of a recession. After a privatization of all of the state-owned assets what will be left of Barbados? Private investors will not be obligated to retain the former government employees. Furthermore, with limited resources, a BLP Government will have to let go many of the public employees. Thus when things become absolutely chaotic the BLP will really have to install a new Constitution and court system to keep the Barbadian people in place.

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Posted by Kenneth King 1 year, 5 months ago
@ EN DEE, or maybe about to sell IIlaro Court or the BDB, when ever I hear of changes we tend to sell an important part of the country.

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