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Sinckler dismisses second poll

Sinckler dismisses second poll Chris Sinckler (FP)

Tue, February 19, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler is dismissing a second CADRES poll which has predicted a heavy loss for the Democratic Labour Party in Thursday’s general election, as “foolishness”.

Speaking at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) political meeting at Eagle Hall, St Michael, Monday night, Sinckler questioned the results of a second CADRES poll in three days, which showed the BLP could win between 17 and 20 seats on February 21.

In a NATION/Cadres poll released last Sunday, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was three percentage points ahead of BLP leader Owen Arthur (39-36 per cent) as the country’s preferred leader, with the BLP having a marginal national lead which could materialize into a close 17-13 victory at the polls.

But in the second poll released Monday night, Arthur had surpassed Stuart with a 42 per cent to 34 per cent advantage as preferred leader, and the poll suggested the Bees would win possibly 20 seats in the 30-seat House of Assembly.

“I am not a pollster or a statistician, but I know foolishness when I see it,” Sinckler told the large crowd. “I am not going to suggest the pollster is trying to sway the election, because I have to believe that Barbadians are far more intelligent than that. I know they understand when momentum is with a political party.”

He said Barbadians had been coming out in their numbers to meetings and listening to the issues on hand. “Barbadians know the Democratic Labour Party is on its way to a famous victory in this election, and that irrespective of whatever poll they put out or push it, it is not going to save our resolve to save this country.”

“Those of you who believe this foolishness about money in your pocket from the Barbados Labour Party, is going to get you anywhere other than some place in pain in the long run.”

He warned that for Barbados Labour Party leader Owen Arthur to fulfill the promises made in the BLP’s manifesto if voted to power, thousands of Barbadians would have to be sent home because there is not money to finance all the BLP’s plans to reduce the cost of living.

“Where will all that money come from?” Sinckler asked about the BLP’s plans to pay back over $800 million to 35 000 people owed by CLICO, reduce VAT back down to 15 per cent on food, and also reduce the cost of electricity, among other things. (BA)


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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 8 months ago
I believe also the pollster starting to look stupid; after all his job is on the line if he doesn't call this one right.His company Cadres may go down the tubes if he bumbles this call.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 8 months ago
Boy, BIG BUSINESS, ain't mekin sport wid dis election.
Like dem ain't tekin no chances about a DEM win. I guess some "men" do have a price. I wunda how much a soul is worth in their economy.

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
The BLP Ads said “Putting Money Back in Your Pocket”
They are constantly waving a pocket full of money in voters’ faces, talking about giving back CLICO money and other monies.
It is obvious the BLP think that Barbadians are selfish, greedy, and easily bought.

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
I am not playing favourites, all I really care about is Barbados and the future of its people, not a few but all.
In these times and in preparation for the future we cannot afford to be selfish to be of the Me, Me, Me brigade.
A time is coming when you will need each other and your vote will help to determine whom you will be able to rely upon in times of “famine”.
With a clear conscience vote for the party of fairness, that are not elitist that truly cares for the all Barbadians and not just the privilege few. What you need are humble servants of the people, not those who turn up their noses at the working classes and the poor.
A manifesto that appear to offer you ‘everything’ you want is merely a seductive manuscript.
Barbadians have so much to lose and as we draw closer to 21st February, I am saddened that there are some people who are happy to overlook the obvious because of I am all right Jack mentality.
A vote for the BLP will mean the loss of democracy, the marginalization of Barbadians in their own country, and they no longer being the majority in Barbados.
Ask the BLP what have the investors who are funding them have demanded and expects in return and at what cost to Barbadians.
If you do not think, it is possible to return to the days of slavery you need to take a closer look around you.

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Posted by Keith Eastmond 1 year, 8 months ago
Promises,promises, the BLP failed in 15 years and is now making these crazy promises.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
After five years the DLP is only half way out of the hole the BLP left them.
At the first opportunity the DLP should reduce VAT to 10% for six months.

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