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Readers laud Stuart for Garcia release


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Readers laud Stuart for Garcia release

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Last week, with news reports on Raul Garcia’s impending release from Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds to a safe house “under the auspices of the Barbados Defence Force” and with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s criticism of the IMF’s challenge to Government to introduce quick corrective action to jump-start the economy, our online readers had much to write about.
Sandrea Butcher: “Congratulations to the Prime Minister on this decision. I believe that he has made a move that prevented a debacle internationally. The human rights watchdogs’ hackles would have raised.  
“My only problem is the phrase under the auspices of the Barbados Defence Force. This is a civilian situation, not military. Our politicians and decision-makers tend to put the members of the Barbados Defence Force between a rock and a cactus in these situations. If anything untoward happens to Mr Garcia, the Director of Public Prosecution will “throw the book” at these soldiers.”
Pan Wallie: “Releasing Garcia is the right thing to do. Well done, Mr PM! We have expended a lot of energy on fears and other concerns, some justifiable, some not, but, like life itself, situations will work themselves out one way or another in the fullness of time. Again, I hope Garcia appreciates all this and it moves on positively.”
Steve Wilson: “Who is running Barbados – the United States, Cuba or attorney David Comissiong?  Garcia should have been deported, upon finishing his prison sentence, to one of the countries of which he is a citizen.”
The IMF’s position that Barbados needs to take quick, corrective measures to turn around the economy was not greeted favourably by Minister of Finance Sinckler. He accused the IMF of having a one-size-fits-all economic prescription, charging that its austerity-driven programmes had wrecked several economies worldwide.  
Frank Husbands: “Listening to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, you would think that he could run the IMF or the European Bank. He surely knows what is good economics and they don’t. He too probably could head the S&P rating . . . .”
Don Clarke: “Sinckler argued that the present strategy, to reduce Barbados’ debt-to-gross domestic product ratio over five years, had met its targets and kept the economy stable. Really, Mr Sinckler, please tell us what that strategy is. The country has sold its shares in BL&P sold BNB?and all annual revenue-generating streams for NIS and other Government entities in order to “propup” this year’s debt-to-GDP ratio and mask the true situation . . . .”  
• Compiled by Sherie Holder-Olutayo.

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