“More Questions, No Answers” – Leader of the Opposition dismisses comments from Senator D’Arcy Boyce on CBC, 29-7-2010

The Leader of the Opposition of Barbados – The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., has responded to what was said by Senator D’Arcy Boyce on CBC TV (July 29, 2010). Here is what she said:

Courtesy - JAMAICA GLEANER

Courtesy - JAMAICA GLEANER

Barbadians must ask why we are only now learning that the World Bank will not lend the country money unless we enter into an IMF programme.

We only learnt this by chance because of a question posed to Senator Boyce last night on the funding for the Government’s Medium Term Fiscal Strategy. What does this say about the World Bank’s view of our economy?

The Government by its own actions has already abandoned the Medium Term Fiscal Strategy. They have not secured the funding on which the plan was premised. The public is still waiting on Senator Boyce to make a clear statement on the economic issues affecting us all and to give clear direction on where the Government wants to take it. Senator Boyce is satisfied that the economy is where the Government expects it to be but Bajans know that it is not where it needs to be.

We also now know for sure that the Barbados Government has no protection in place for policyholders and investors in CLICO since the life of the Oversight Committee came to an end six weeks ago.

For Senator Boyce to say that there is a Supervisor of Insurance in place is to ignore the fact that there was a Supervisor in place when the Oversight Committee was appointed. We must remember that the only real official information the public has received on CLICO has come from the Chairman of the Oversight Committee. He has now been silenced.

Persons who deposited their money will now be confused after listening to Senator Boyce as to whether they will get back their money as the Prime Minister and the Governor of the Central Bank had promised.

To tell the country that debt went up by $2.5 billion in 14 years, but not say that it went up $1.8 billion in 2½ years is to continue to pull the wool over people’s eyes and deflect from the present mismanagement of the economy.

I regret that I called on Darcy Boyce to address the country on the state of the economy. It was agonising for all who watched it and an insult to the intelligence of Barbadians. He was waffling, indecisive, testy and even arrogant.

As I said earlier, there was no clear statement on where the economy is and no direction on where the Government wants to take it.

I am not sure if this was a national address on the economy or a political broadcast to defend the incompetence and lack of leadership of the DLP. In either case, the Barbados Labour Party should be given equal time to address the real issues affecting the economy and Barbadians.

This was merely a PR exercise and a poor one at that. We now understand why it was held on the eve of Kadooment weekend when as few people as possible would be watching.” – Opposition Leader, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.

Here’s the audio of the full statement {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

(2′ 44″) STATEMENT BY HON MIA AMOR MOTTLEY Q.C., M.P. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION & POLITICAL LEADER OF THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY ON THE TELEVISED PRESS CONFERENCE BY SEN. D’ARCY BOYCE Thursday 29 July 2010

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