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Solutions Barbados’ breakup was inevitable, say political scientists

The apparent implosion of Solutions Barbados has come as no surprise to two of this island’s leading political scientists, who are also predicting a quick return to the customary two-party system, after six parties contested the May 24 polls. Reacting to news of a major split in the three-year-old Grenville Phillips 11- led political grouping, […]

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Bitter break

Three weeks after the May 24 general elections, one of this island’s newest political parties appears to be falling apart. Barbados TODAY understands that major splintering has occurred within three-year-old Solutions Barbados, with at least a dozen of the 28 candidates who contested last month’s poll under the party’s banner having left the party and […]

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It is wicked to say unions betrayed workers in new deal, Jordan says

Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Colin Jordan has described as “wicked”, suggestions that the trade unions had betrayed public workers by accepting a five per cent salary increase for April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. In his contribution to the debate on the so-called mini Budget presented on Monday by Prime Minister Mia […]

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Atherley joins with Govt members in approving Budget

The House of Assembly this evening approved the financial statement and budgetary proposals presented by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley on Monday, with Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley joining with the 28 Government members who were in their seats at the time to ensure its smooth passage. Visibly-absent from the Chamber was Mottley, […]

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Government plugging tourism revenue leaks

Government has identified 3,000 unregistered tourist accommodation units to be licensed, with Minister of Tourism and International Transport Minister Kerrie Symmonds conservatively estimating that once those entities are brought into the tax stream by October “we should be in a position in the first fiscal year to get $8 to $10 million into the coffers […]

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Tell us, Joe!

A top official of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) today demanded to know where Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley really stands politically. Making his contribution to today’s Budget debate in Parliament, Acting Prime Minister George Payne, who is also the BLP’s chairman, sought to turn up the heat on Atherley, who won his St Michael […]

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New taxes will stifle Barbadians, UPP says

The Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Government is being accused of stifling Barbadian taxpayers with its $1.2 billion austerity budget introduced on Monday. The United Progressive Party (UPP) is charging that the new administration is following in the footsteps of the defeated Democratic Labour Party of ousted Prime Minister Freundel Stuart by seeking to […]

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Too political

A former Solutions Barbados spokesman has criticized Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley’s mini Budget, saying it was more a political statement than an economic one. “On the surface, these measures appear to be both political and fiscal in nature. However, close analysis of this mini Budget shows that the political objectives committed […]

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PM off to Washington for IMF talks

Prime Minister Mia Mottley leads a four-member Barbados delegation to Washington this evening for talks with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde. The delegation also includes Chief Economic Counsellor to the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, Ambassador Dr Clyde Mascoll; Director of Finance and Economic Affairs Ian Carrington and […]

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Small price to pay

Minister of Maritime Affairs and Economy Kirk Humphrey says an increase of $1.50 per day on water bills is negligible when compared to the benefits of effectively and efficiently run social services. In his contribution today to the parliamentary debate on the $1.2 billion austerity Budget unveiled yesterday by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Humphrey said […]

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White Oaks could be another Cahill, Atherley warns

Memories of the Cahill waste to energy scandal were rekindled in the House of Assembly this morning when Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley placed the issue on the table while urging the Mia Mottley-led administration to come clean on White Oaks Advisory Ltd. Mottley announced last week that Government had appointed the London-based independent financial […]

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Look out for the ‘real’ Budget by October, warns Inniss

The man seeking to take over the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) following its humiliating 30-0 nil defeat in the May 24 general election is warning Barbadians that the worst is yet to come. Reacting to yesterday’s $1.2 billion austerity package presented by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley, former Minister […]

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Too excessive!

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley this morning warned that the “excessive” tax measures contained in yesterday’s mini Budget delivered by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley will inflict further pain on an already overtaxed population, resulting in a counterproductive backlash. In his more than one hour-long reply, Atherley took a turn in praising […]

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Labour movement falls in line behind Budget

The umbrella trade union representative body here says the fiscal measures announced in the so-called mini Budget presented in the House of Assembly this morning by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley will diminish the value of the just agreed salary increase for public workers. At the same time, President of the Congress […]

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Budget cuts did not go far enough, says economist

Economist Dr Michael Howard believes Prime Minister Mia Mottley did not go far enough with the austerity measures outlined in today’s so-called mini Budget. While she announced a number of sweeteners, including a five per cent pay rise for public servants, the removal of the much-hated National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) and increases in non-contributory […]

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Solutions Barbados backs Mottley’s economic medicine

The party which secured the third highest number of votes in last month’s general election is throwing its support behind the bittersweet economic medicine prescribed today by Prime Minister Mia Mottley to drag the economy from the brink. Even though Solutions Barbados (SB) said householders would be worse off because of the so-called mini Budget […]

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Lashley: Mia’s Budget creates burdens on top of burdens

A former Cabinet minister in the previous Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government is warning that Barbadians will be worse off as a result of today’s Budget presentation by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley. In a written response emailed to Barbados TODAY this evening, former Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley […]

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