The Democratic Labour Party is making no apologies for how it has administered the country during the first year of its second term in office.
In fact, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is insisting that the party has nothing to be ashamed of.
“We did what we had to do to support the people of Barbados,” he said, two days after the first year anniversary of the party’s return to office.
Sinckler told a joint meeting of the DLP’s St Michael North and his St Michael North West branches last night that Government was able to hold the economy together and maintain adequate levels of foreign reserves up to May last year.
And he says the Freundel Stuart administration, which has clearly shown its political mettle, was forced to do what was necessary to put bring the island’s finances under control, including making the hard decision to send home public sector workers.
“It is the most painful decision any manager could have to make,” he said of the plan to send home an overall 3,000 workers by the end of next month.
“It would have been irresponsible not to do anything,” the finance minister argued.
Meantime Sinckler, who has been under pressure to resign over his handling of the country’s economy, is standing by his work and says the strategy that is being implemented by Government is the right one.
But he says he will step down if asked to do so by the prime minister.
“If I have to leave office you feel I’m going to go somewhere and cry? I ain’t going nowhere and cry. I’m in this to help my country. That is why I am here. I didn’t run anywhere to be minister of finance. I didn’t go to David Thompson on his death bed and beg him to be minister of finance. He called me, I didn’t call him” Sinckler said.
“Mr Stuart has expressed his confidence in me and I thank him for it. We work together on a number of issues. I meet with the prime minister as often as I can and he meets with me as often as he requires to meet with me and we work together in the interest of Barbados.”
Sinckler promised to publicly challenge Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, who has been leading the call for his dismissal, on a number of issues which, he said, will determine who is more competent.