Ubaldus Raymond says SLP pledges a bluff

Ubaldus Raymond says SLP pledges a bluff

Doctor Ubaldus Raymond has dismissed the fifteen pledges announced last night by Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony.

Raymond is a former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs.

He resigned in August, 2012 to take up the post of Chief Economist in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“All I see is the same old story, the same old bluff, the same old promises just wrapped in a different red cloth,” Doctor Ubaldus Raymond said of the ruling party pledges.

He asserted that the pledges will do no good for this country which needs relief, especially from taxation.

“You cannot be taxing a down economy and you cannot be taxing a country with high unemployment,” the former SLP government official declared.

 He said that would only worsen the economic situation, which is what has been happening in the last four years.

Raymond recalled that when the SLP inherited the governance of this country in 2011, Saint Lucia was on the incline.

But he observed that the country has recorded a decline for three consecutive years, albeit during a period of economic expansion in the world economy and even in the region.

“We have performed worse in the OECS, so I was hoping to have seen something that would have  created some kind of stir in the economy from his fifteen pledges,” Doctor Ubaldus Raymond said of the measures announced by the Prime Minister.

The former SLP government official said taxes have reached the noses of the people.

“We cannot breathe any longer,” he declared.

Raymond was of the opinion that what the government needs to do is restructure the tax regime to create relief not just for individuals, but for small businesses as well.

He disclosed that when he examined the fifteen pledges made by the Prime Minister, it was said said that pensioners making $40,400 or less annually would be exempt from taxes.

“That is bluff!  The question is how many pensioners in this country make more than $40 400? It is an empty promise. It has no effect,” Raymond asserted.

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  1. Good soul
    May 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Answer your name “Ali BaBa

    1. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply

      He is yet to be accused of having teenage girls in his Mahaut office. Give them notes thereafter to get jobs and scholarships.

  2. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Ali baba and the sixteen thief’s

  3. You paire
    May 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Sour grape are you

    1. NAH
      May 21, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply

      The man has given objective criticism. If you can’t take it…toof

      1. Anonymous
        May 21, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply

        Look whose talkibg, Ubaldus. He couldn’t win his seat, Labour gave him a job. He skip town one year later for a lesser job in Turks. Now criticizing the government policy, why couldn’t he stay to contribute to his Country’s cobtinued development? Shame on you coward.

        1. Anonymous
          May 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

          You are a real HACK FEEL YOUR “PAIN”

        2. Lucian@heart
          May 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply

          you are so rite. why didn’t he stay and help out the government & people of St.Lucia.

  4. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm Reply

    “That is bluff”

    1. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

      These foreigners are really doing well in St. Lucia with a no growth economy driving Range Rovers, Benzs, BM’s, Audis, Hondas, Fords, Infinities and wow most women are driving Tacomas. Where are my people? ????

    2. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply

      we listen to one guy and we have so much vemin, what do we want personal favours or development, sadly we as a people are not maturing. they may have made mistakes but they have done work, what is in chastanets 5point plan, the same vat he want to do away with two days after endorses as the best tax. Ubaldus is upset over not being made a minister, he could have serve his people from where he was. we need to be more mature. in our thinking, I am not one who supports party, I support workers and its time we stop voting for personal favours but vote for development of our nation. we need to vote for persons who will vote.lets grow people.

  5. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm Reply

    You fail tarzan

    1. Anonymous
      May 23, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

      the fail tarzan put Turks and Caicos way up with their economy that was worse than Saint Lucia. The fail tarzan resign because he said that he was robbing the country of its finances. They just had him there doing nothing. Emma was not even speaking with him on matters relating to the work. Let them do comething else for the country with that money.If he was going up independent that would be the only time i would vote cuz this is the only person who puts country first.

  6. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Mr Ubaldus ,good job we met in the city…yes. CCSS

  7. Observer
    May 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Just what I thought, staled warmed-up food that will take our country no where. Mark my words.

    We must demand answers from this prime bluffer regarding jobs, jobs, jobs and the 100 million dollars he promised to pump into the economy after the last elections.

    Alas, the average man in our country does not possess the analytical mind that is required to see through this non-performing PM, who said he would have written to investers asking them not to come and do business in our country and said that VAT was a wicked and oppressive tax.

    After making such an unpatriotic and wicked statement whilst in opposition, Kenny comes on radio and tv last evening as shameless as he is, quoting and glorifying Sir John for his intension to introduce VAT before Sir. John’s death. Cearly looking to score political points.

    Doesn’t Kenny recall how he and CalixteGeorge denied Sir. John of a parking spot on the William Peter Boulevard when SLP got into Government in 1997?

    Such is the nature of this plantation man.

  8. francine
    May 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Like your effort sir

  9. Spyfy
    May 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Kenny your bolom strategy will not help you. We need you to tell us how you plan to spend the 1.6billion budget. We are not fools and dr. Raymond saw through you a long time ago thats why you couldn’t stand him. Tanto tanto. Your lodge men can’t you, neither any witchy.

  10. Concerned
    May 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Lol but smh. I voted labour last elections….thats one vote lost and there are many of us out there kenny. You cant expect us to vote for you again after waiting for some of the crumbs from your table which we never tasted. You bluffer!

  11. Ashamed
    May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Oh you thought St.Lucians sleeping on them kenny…we’ll show you on election day. My entire family from Babonneau will teach you and alvina a lesson after supporting labour for so long with nothing to show for it. We coming for you. Thanks for calling de election garcon

  12. Choopz
    May 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Oh you thought St.Lucians sleeping on them kenny…we’ll show you on election day. My entire family from Babonneau will teach you and alvina a lesson after supporting labour for so long with nothing to show for it. We coming for you. Thanks for calling de election garcon

    1. Anonymous
      May 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

      That needs to be repeated….lol. my family too at Babonneau. Alvina and Virginia have made a mockery of Babonneau people. We will teach her a lesson. It will be hard voting uwp but it must be done. Enough is enough! San honte!

      1. Anonymous
        May 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm Reply

        its hard voting uwp. but who have done more community wise, who have given better representation, we got to be objective. don’t just votr only to put someone out just because but rather to get more effective representation, on the other hand Ubaldus WAS IN A POSITON TO SEVE HE CHOSE TO DESERT FOR THE WANT OF MONEY, he was in a positon to advise and create an impact he chose to leave. the uwp has not offered anything substantial, they don’t have a clue as to how to handle whats happening.. Ubaldus is grndng his axe because he wasn’t offered a ministerial post,. sadly unless we open our minds and start to understand life. we wont move forward, we need to stop being so personal and think of the bigger picture. think of our children and heir children and who would provide a better platform for them.lets not vote with feelings but heart and for development, not party but worker

  13. Choopz
    May 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Kenny the heartless man. Worse leader in St.Lucia’s history

    1. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply

      He is yet to be accused of having teenage girls in his Mahaut office. Give them notes thereafter to get jobs and scholarships.

  14. strawberry
    May 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Kenny you must go enough is enough you wicked man! the hand writing is on the wall . The clock is ticking .

    May 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I would prefer the PM making good on the promises he made last elections. The criminals he promised to expose from the previous government, etc. Yet none of the promises have been kept. Is it true that a promise is a comfort to a fool. Are we fools. Are we comforted these 15 promises. Instead we should hold this government accountable for the task that we have hired them to do. Yes hired. We place them there and as a result it their duty to do exactly what they are promising andmuch more. I expected at least the commencement of a new highway from four years ago. It’s being promised again!! Youi can fool some of the people some times but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    1. Ex-pat
      May 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm Reply

      What about the criminals in his administration? Seriously, dude, Kennedy is the biggest criminal we have had in this country’s history. Wish he would be charged and prosecuted for all the crimes he’s done against the people of Saint Lucia.

  16. fue
    May 20, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Psalm 23 for St. Lucia…. no more bluff and wickedness from this heartless politician

  17. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply

    I don’t see no light in either party same shit!!! We need a knew party and progressive people that can keep their word!

    1. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      Start one, or SHUT UP!

      1. True
        May 21, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply

        I agree

      2. mama
        May 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply

        Hahaha hahaha right start one, Or shut the hell up

  18. alan buggery
    May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply


    1. Margaret
      May 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

      SLP calling people arrogant!!!!! Kenny believes he owns St. lucia and he and his greedy cabal are indifferent to the population. Big bellies and let the peasants eat cake.

  19. starry herman branch
    May 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Good things comes to those who needs a change of life and it comes when you not exspecting . you better make full use of it. Make that change now before its to late

  20. abou
    May 21, 2016 at 5:07 am Reply

    Margaret, ou peh!

  21. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply

    Why can we not look at the message and not the messenger. Check the facts for yourself. The truth is we have the slowest growing economy in the in the OECS. The party hacks always quick to say things hard world over. This is so far from the truth. ALL world economies have been growing from 2011. WE NEED RELIEF FORM TAXATION. For an economy to grow the average man needs money in his pocket. SMH. Ubaldus is an economist he knows more about economics than KDA. Just accept that.

  22. Interpreter
    May 21, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply

    I doubt anyone will be turning from supporting UWP last election, to supporting SLP this election but I am sure alot of people who supported this current administration are going to be turning the other way. My prime minister has failed me and I am yellow this time around.

  23. Interpreter
    May 21, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply

    I will give an economist a chance to get my country out of this ditch that this Lawyer/liar has put it in…smh. To Ubaldus Raymond I say, I was upset about you leaving but now I realize it’s because you didn’t want to continue being part of this FAILING government. I see you genuine and not power or job hungry like those sitting in cabinet knowing fully well that some of the pm’s policies suck and not step out because they obviously have nothing to fall back on. hmmm. light is at the end of the tunnel, a brighter face – Allen Chastanet

  24. En rouge
    May 21, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply

    Te poune toute will remove visa to travel to the us aa, and he will remove vat aa, and remove his hotal from st Lucia aa, and remove himself from st Lucia aa, what again he have to remove somebody help me good advice ,te poune toute please keep all your advice to yourself and the bo’weak u w pppp

    1. Anonymous
      May 23, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply

      please don’t be misguided the man said that if we create a st lucia where we all can live freely and happy there will be no need to obtain a visa cause we will all want to stay here
      not your interpretation pee brain

  25. Bebe
    May 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    I have voted SLP most of my life. I will never vote this party once these devil suckers are there. Kenny and his heartless,wicked, blind crew will not get my vote again. Thank you Ubaldus for sharing some light on what was kept in the dark. My entire family has change to yellow. A pity some red devils are still in the dark.

  26. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply

    nonsense ubaldus

  27. Thinker
    May 21, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Those of us who still believe in promises made to us; (even more so those promises made by politicians) need to grow up. When will we learn that you can’t do the same things the same way time after time and get a different result. It’s time we open our eyes and see the entire broken thing which we call a system for what it really is. A PROVERBIAL SHACKLE which we tie to ourselves every 5 years and complain when the masters squeeze it too tight. Good governance is never seen in words said. It’s seen in actions taken for the benefit of the whole.

  28. Mohammed Sacirby
    May 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Just remember Grouchy Ubaldus was appointed Chief Economist of the Turks and Cacois Islands (TCI) Government in August 2012 and under him the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, a so-called tax-haven, has implemented several additional tax measures. Some of these are as follows:
    1. Fuel tax of 75 cents per gallon;
    2. Vehicle License Fee increased from $US 35 to $US 175;
    3. 6% levy on income for healthcare;
    4. A new 7.5% tax on all imports;
    5. 12% tax on hotel rooms;
    6. Rise in stamp duty for real estate sales of up to 10%;
    7. Increase in custom duties rates.

    In addition, on the instructions of the UK Government they are close to the implementation of a board base tax such as VAT or a Payroll Tax.

    According to Premier Rufus Ewing, the tax increases are supposedly temporary and are intended to cut national debt. Further, Governor Peter Buckingham said that the government aims to broaden the tax base, lower the tax burden and increase tax compliance to ensure an “adequate and predictable revenue stream” to finance the provision of education, healthcare, jobs and social services, as well as to service the country’s debt.

    The question is: why didn’t Grouchy Ubaldus advised the TCI Government not to implement these tax measures? If he did advised the TCI Government not to implement these tax measures, why they didn’t take his advice? WHAT HYPOCRACY IS THAT GROUCHY UBALDOUS?

    It is fine with Grouchy Ubaldus that the TCI Government can introduce tax measures to pay its debts and to finance the provision of education, healthcare etc. but it is not fine with him that the SLP St. Lucia Government does the same. MAYBE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE WITH HIM IF IT WAS A UWP GOVERNMENT IN POWER.

    I tell you, mate is just sour and grouchy as it relates to the SLP Government. The reason being he wanted to be made a Minister and Emma his Parliamentary Secretary. BOLDFACED FOR SO.


  29. Anonymous
    May 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

    NO economist needed to tell me that we are hurting on the ground. The man is right Kenny is a bluffer. You bluff me once shame on you, You bluff me twice shame on me. You cannot bluff me with jobs promise, you cannot bluff me with Vat will impoverish us and is that same Vat that is impoverishing me and making Leo Clarke and your mangoose gang rich. You bluff me with 100 million, now is 15 pledges. Bluff your way at the airport when you leave St. Lucia
    on 666.

  30. Cleo
    May 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm Reply

    At lease the Government and people of Turks and Cacois Island is seeing what the monies are being used for?? But we paying all these Taxes, we don’t get Tax returns and not seeing what our Government is doing with it and the Country is in heavy deficit!! Some civil servants get their salaries very late, some are always short paid to be told it’s an error.
    Do you think Emma has the interest of St. Lucia at heart? She was the one who put the age of pension from 55 to 65. You check Obits how many people reach that age to get pension??

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