GOVERNMENT Senator Jepter Ince has apologised for disparaging comments he made about the private sector.
“I wish to categorically state for the record that these statements attributed to me, made in a moment of unguarded excess do not represent my personal views or that of the Democratic Labour Party of which I am a member,” Ince wrote in a June 26 letter to the Barbados Private Sector Association for the attention of president Charles Herbert.
“Neither do they represent the views of the Government of Barbados in which I serve,” added the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
“The use of such words would be totally incongruous with the respect that the political party to which I belong, and the Government in which I serve, hold for the private sector as an integral part of the institution known as the Social Partnership.”
In a June 16 address at the Lunchtime Lecture Series of the ruling Democratic Labour Party, Ince criticised the business community for their negative reaction to the May 30 Budget accusing them of being unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden, and suggested they stop whining and sponging off Government. (ES)