An Opposition spokesman is of the view that Government Senator Jepter Ince meant what he said when he recently described the local private sector as a group of parasites.
Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament for St James North Edmund Hinkson is therefore having a hard time swallowing the apology from Ince this past weekend for the remarks which were deemed offensive by the business community.
Addressing a gathering in his constituency on Sunday, Hinkson pointed out that Ince had a history of making off the cuff remarks.
However, he was adamant that the senator’s June 16 statement made at the Democratic Labour Party’s George Street headquarters “has to be condemned in the highest order”, even though he suggested that Ince’s position may have been reflective of the views of the governing party.
“He [Ince] doesn’t care. It doesn’t bother him. And he will go on to say it,” suggested Hinkson.
He also told those attending the closing ceremony of the annual Weston Fisherfolk Week of Activities at Weston Community Centre yesterday:“I’m not so sure that it isn’t part of the views of his Government as well because time and again Government elected members of Parliament have condemned the private sector saying that they are not pulling their weight. But yet the Government has not given them an environment in which they can prosper.”
Delivering the Astor B Watts weekly lecture at the Democratic Labour Party’s George Street headquarters on June 16, Ince had boldly declared: “I have said it before and I will say it again and I want this written as Jepter Ince say so. The private sector of Barbados is an extension of the public service and a parasitic plant in the bosom of Government.
“Write that!” the Senator had insisted to the Barbados TODAY reporter to whose question he was responding.
However, in a letter of apology issued to the head of the Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert last week, Ince expressed regret over the statements which he said were made “in a moment of unguarded excess”.
“[They] do not represent my personal views or that of the Democratic Labour Party of which I am a member, neither do they represent the views of the Government of Barbados in which I serve,” Ince said in his letter of apology.