Government legislator Jepter Ince has blasted the private sector, describing it as “nothing more than a parasitic plant”.
The Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs leveled the harsh criticism last evening at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) constituency meeting in St James South.
He lambasted members of the grouping for criticizing the administration, while at the same time withholding financial support for some initiatives that would have benefited them, such as molasses tanks at the Bridgetown Port.
“You hear private sector associations criticizing this Government about the approach to implementation when every decision to carry the country forward is made by Government when they should be working hand-in-hand in bringing ideas on how we are going to carrying the country forward. But you would hear that ‘this Government doesn’t know what [it is] doing’,” Ince said.
“When you are going to criticize, be on good footing. Don’t criticize because of political agenda and a lot of the criticisms I hear coming out of the private sector have political agendas,” he charged.
He took issue with the private sector’s lack on action on redeveloping Sam Lord’s Castle and also made mention of the contentious decision to bring the Jamaican hotel brand Sandals to the country.
“Government took the initiative for [saving] Almond Beach . . . took the initiative that Barbados needs brands, we need flagships [hotels]. We took the initiative to bring a Sandals to Barbados and was heavily criticized for it when those who understand and have the know-how refused to take the initiative as far as Almond Beach was concerned. But now Government took the initiative, it was wrong.”
Ince defended the DLP’s stewardship of the country, stating it had done well in spite of the economic challenges.
He said the Government needed to stay the course.
“We are going to make tough decisions where they are necessary to protect the integrity of the people of Barbados and to protect our social and economic infrastructure,” he stressed.
“Sometimes you hear a lot of the criticism of the Government by persons who are saying that we are not managing well, by persons who say we need to change leadership, that we don’t know what direction we are going in. I am saying to you that tomorrow morning when all of us arise from our sleep that the critical services, those things that matter to Barbadians, are going to be intact,” Ince said.