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Two let down by debate

Sanka Price

Two let down by debate

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A disappointing debate that ended on a sour note.
That’s how two political commentators, Peter Wickham and Dr Tennyson Joseph, described yesterday’s motion of no-confidence in Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in the House of Assembly.
Both expressed disappointment that no more than three members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spoke on the matter, while in failing to strongly defend Sinckler, Government diminished the meaningfulness of the exercise.
Pollster Wickham said Government did not take the motion seriously and this was demonstrated in the initial reaction from Sinckler.
“They never saw it as a legitimate expression of [public sentiment] and treated it with contempt, quite frankly.”
He added that it was unfortunate former Prime Minister Owen Arthur did not speak and said this would have weakened the Opposition’s presentation. But he stated that he didn’t see it as a fracture between BLP leader Mia Mottley and senior members in the team.