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Competence – not colour or class – most crucial


Added 19 November 2017


John’s Goddard’s letter concerning the Hon. Freundel Stuart and the Hon. Chris Sinckler made for very interesting reading.

He wants us to believe that the daily condemnation of the two gentlemen is due to their backgrounds and the colour of their skins. A very preposterous assertion indeed, Mr Goddard.

Mr Sinckler has failed abysmally as Minister of Finance. In fact, he set his own benchmark for failure by his own fiscal and monetary policies. His Medium-Term Growth and Development Strategy failed. His medium-Term Fiscal Strategy has failed. His Revised Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy has failed. And now in his last days as Minister of Finance he is giving us a Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan, which will most likely suffer the same fate as the others.

In addition, he has inflicted the highest burden of taxation of some two billion dollars over the last eight years on an already tax-burdened electorate. Yet, not a newly built road to show, not a new transport bus, not a new sanitation truck.

His imposition of the last ignominious tax effort has been the National Social Responsibility Levy that continues to have a negative impact on the cost of living.

Also, with dangerously falling foreign reserves and the persistent widening of the budget deficit, Barbados has recorded perhaps the highest number of downgrades for a small developing country. 

However, if in fact, Mr Goddard, Sinckler’s Cabinet colleagues do not consider him Prime Minister material because he attended the Garrison School, then that is a Democratic Labour Party problem and not a national one.

Competence should be the defining factor and not social class or colour.



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