FORMER MINISTER OF FINANCE Chris Sinckler’s appointment to a special advisory group for current and post COVID-19 Barbados will not revive his political career, says political scientist Peter Wickham.
The director of Caribbean Development Research Services said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s selection of the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative for St Michael North West was a way to form a unified position as the country deals with the virus.
“The Prime Minister is having a challenge with the percentage of Barbadians who are still actively supporting the DLP. In a situation like this, you need to speak with one voice which is apolitical. I think in a situation like this we need to have a unified front and clearly [DLP president] Verla De Peiza is not that person that can help bring that to the fore.”
He added: “His [Sinckler’s] utility is less about the economic knowledge he brings and more about the legitimacy he can bring to hard decisions that have to be taken. This is not a way to resurrect Chris or pick him up and scrub him off and present him to the public. This is a crisis situation and I think he will help respond to the crisis. His political career is no less dead than it was before and that is something to be clear about,” Wickham said today. (TG)