Election will be no walkover, says Inniss

The governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is being warned to prepare for the mother of all battles come the next general election, mainly because the people are hurting.

Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss is admitting that the DLP will have a tough time convincing Barbadians to give it a third term, based on its performance on the economy.

“I can say to you that this upcoming election will perhaps be one of the toughest as a political party. It is not going to be easy to convince folks to see things our way,” Inniss told Barbados TODAY this week.

The Member of Parliament for St James South said voters were concerned about a range of issues, including the economic problems, high taxes, the removal of some allowances, the imposition of university fees, unemployment and health care costs.

These created an “element of despair” among his constituents – and the country – despite efforts to “offer hope”, he said.

“I am very mindful that the economic challenges over the last couple of years are very real to many of my constituents. I am not burying my head in the sand,” Inniss stated.

The legislator, who in the past has been critical of the administration’s commitment to communicating with the public, repeated a plea for his parliamentary colleagues to have serious conversations with their constituents on the issues affecting them.

“. . . people [must] feel a higher level of confidence, not in myself as a parliamentary representative, but in themselves more importantly, and in our country. These are the kinds of conversations you need to have with constituents and the nation,” Inniss said.

Speaking at a meeting of his constituency branch in February last year, a critical Inniss said if it were up to him all Cabinet ministers would be required to hold regular press conferences and be open to fielding questions from the media about the performance of their ministries.

Back then he had lamented that such was not the case, while stating quite matter-of-factly that “Government’s communication with the country leaves a lot to be desired”.

“Quite frankly, I would like to see ministers having more press conferences, and I am not speaking about any staged events, but sitting down with the open media fielding questions. Anybody can ask me anything about anything in my ministry as long as it is not a national security or a confidential matter I ought to be able to answer,” the two-time parliamentarian said then.

Inniss said he was eager for the fiscal deficit to be reduced to a manageable level, even though he was aware this could result in some of the more vulnerable being displaced, and for some state entities to be privatized, merged or closed, pointing out that Government subsidies were too high. He also wants more effective and manageable ways to finance health care and other social services.  

42 Responses to Election will be no walkover, says Inniss

  1. jus me April 20, 2017 at 1:20 am

    OUT ISS!

  2. jus me April 20, 2017 at 1:26 am

    YES ,I agree, its difficult seeing things your way.
    and as as you open to any questions,
    HOW DO the BLIND see_

  3. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin April 20, 2017 at 1:55 am

    “I can say to you that this upcoming election will perhaps be one of the toughest as a political party. It is not going to be easy to convince folks to see things our way,” Inniss told Barbados TODAY this week. FACTS!

    “. . . people [must] feel a higher level of confidence, not in myself as a parliamentary representative, but in themselves more importantly, and in our country. These are the kinds of conversations you need to have with constituents and the nation,” Inniss said. FACTS!

    But the time for any meaningful conversation is long past. You folks have squandered eight years — all with an air of arrogance and condescension for the people of Barbados. I will give it to you that you are the only one who seems to be in possession of a pair of working testicles.

  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 20, 2017 at 4:12 am


  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 20, 2017 at 4:12 am

    BY OW

  6. Santini More
    Santini More April 20, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Not a walk over, more like a crushing stampede.

  7. Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    The thing about these relatively young politicians is the fact that they have no sense of History.

    Elections in Barbados have never ever been easy. They have always been knock down , drag out affairs.

    The upcoming election will be no different. If Donville wants to see really bitter elections let him go back to the 60’s and 70’s. Today’s elections are a walk in the park comparatively speaking.

    So I don’t know what is the point that he is trying to make. In the upcoming elections the Democratic Labour Party will defend its record of forming the Govt., galvanise its base, inspire the independents, again win the trust of Democratic Labour Party Bee’s, and be returned for a third term in office working assiduously on the behalf of all Bajans and our country Barbados.

    If he wants to give his seat to Sandra Husbands then he is free to do so.

    • Randolph April 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Carson,you are delusional.But there is nothing wrong in hoping,however,the Dems will have to fight hard to even hold on to St.John and St.Lucy.Wait and see.

  8. Bradg April 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Barbados cannot afford another 10 months let alone another 5 years of the current incompetent DLP administration.

  9. jus me April 20, 2017 at 7:18 am

    @ CCC
    Wait on Brother, I remember SANDIFORD, now living in luxury at our expense, in China.
    Like it or Lump it.
    He told us.
    This current reprobate ,ent sayin NUFFIN, of any consequence, but lounging about sucking up the goodies and jaunting first class world wide on Freebies.

    Sorry Bro , we ent stupit.
    Nuffin don’t change with you peoples.
    As was, IS, and always will be with the DLP.

    The ONLY HISTORY you need to know is YOURS.

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Inniss you are missing the darn point. It is not much about what you people did to plug the economic hole the island was going down rapidly, but more what proceeded from the mouths of you arrogant, bombastic lot that cause the most damage. Your PM in particular is the worse of the worse followed by Low Lowe who should be investigated for a number of reasons. Then there is you. Donville your psychology cannot work pun a boy. You think anyone will forget your heartless, callous words about you got a family to feed and bills to pay (when thousands were put on the breadline) or the matter surrounding the dump chicken imported by a business person you defended. All of that Don Don is way up there with the PM, Sinckler, Low Lowe, Lashley, Todd, Blackette, Jones and Brathwaithe nonsense. The long short of the matter is: WUNNA DOG DEAD!!

  11. Zabeeda Alli Abdool
    Zabeeda Alli Abdool April 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Just think before voting

  12. Yvette April 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Inniss do not forget Income Tax Refunds. When the BLP was in power I always got back my income tax refund. I will vote the DLP out just for that alone….2013, 2014, 2015……OUT GOES ALL OF YOU

  13. Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    What is fascinating me reading these comments is the fact that those commenting have never voted for the DLP in their lives. So they voting again for the BLP is no loss for the DLP. They will vote true to form, that is for the corrupt Barbados Labour Party.

    The DLP never had their support so the comments that they are making are really meaningless.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I was a supporter of the DLP. I voted for them the last four consecutive elections. After the shyte talk from this party, followed by the evidence that is now the messed up economy and a suffering Barbados, I will only vote for them again, when the likes of Stuart, Sinckler, Low Lowe, Brathwaithe, Kellman and Michael Lashley are out of this party for ever. I never received a red cent for my vote or devotion. How much money are you receiving for yours you insufferable lap dog.

  14. BaJan boy April 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Carson Cadogan as usual you are talking a lot of crap…keep on cursing people and you will win. I saw a hashtag on FB earlier that best describes you and the present government and your snatching goons for ministers #cu$tdatuare…..

  15. cecil brooks April 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Mr Inniss allow me to put it this way. A child brings home his final report having spent six years at secondary school, during these years that child did about 12 subjects and it’s performance was poor. The child CXC returns were poor he only pass 3 subjects, this child wants to go on to a tertiary institution like the Barbados Community college. Some one will let that child know he has to do better in order to be admitted to (BCC).Mr Inniss after 10 years we the people of Barbados have to look at your performance in Housing, education, health, tourism, transport, human resource management, finance, sports etc. In all honesty could you point out to us all, which of the 12 to 14 ministries would get a passing grade. I have found 4, and like that child you need to go back and work out how you will improve your performance for elections in 2023.

  16. Milli Watt April 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

    MOAB………Minister On A Branch, (a very ROTTEN branch).

  17. Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 10:48 am

    It seems as though Donville Inniss is allowing Barbados Labour Party misinformation , disinformation and use propaganda to undermine his morale and weaken his fighting spirit.

  18. Zeus April 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

    SSS you really voted for the Dems in the last election…. If you are speaking the truth what is so different between the last election and now……

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Zeus. I voted for the DLP from the time I could vote. The DLP was always the party I favoured and never the BLP because of a lot of things I knew about them wicked people. The BLP are no so so good. I was willing to give Mia Mottley a chance to prove her worth because in her is the ability to be a good leader and someone who could use all the knowledge she has gain from politics to make Barbados great or even greater. But, the more I see the party image, the more I see the same shyte playing out in this party, the same way it playing out under Stuart. Mottley will not touch certain things to improve the state of non transparent governance just as she will not look seriously at the Auditor General reports to deal with all the ways money enters various persons pockets on their get rich schemes. The DLP under Stuart has insulted the nation of Barbados, hurt me and many like me who supported them, and have caused much suffering and pain that none of them do not feel because they accusations are flying left, right and center concerning some controversial ministers and they so called dealings. Yes Zeus, I was a DLP supporter but I am not supporting these Shytes again, until this entire lot resign from the party and new visonary blood is injected in it.

  19. Kim April 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Inniss said if it were up to him all Cabinet ministers would be required to hold regular press conferences and be open to fielding questions from the media about the performance of their ministries.

    Mr. Inniss forget about courting the press and court your voters! They are the ones the put you there. And they have expectations!
    Mainly most politicians forget their voters until the next elections- 4 years apart. Forget about “the press” they will follow you– that is their job.
    Go to your voters and take the heat if you have done nothing for them to date. THEN GO BACK AND DO SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE FOR YOU!!!

    • Carson C Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Well said.

  20. Helicopter(8P) April 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Here is what’s going to happen! The IMF will set the standards and there will be compliance! Now all tills will be measured, balance sheets and spread sheet analized, performances rated and taxes placed in equalibrium corrisponding to deficate! Like Seranader’s soca piece says ” Like it or lump it”!

  21. Heather Headley April 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    It is all up to election day.

  22. jrsmith April 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    @, Kim , hail, hail, good shot right on the button , must also add bajans must pause ,,,, for minutes,,,,,,,,,,,,,/////////// and think what if this party wins the up coming election ,,, we have had pains for which seems decades at the hands of a non productive bunch of untrustworthy out of control politicians , with no idea how to manage barbados the worst lot we have ever had in Barbados…………
    The world financial organizations ,have all disown the government and the people of barbados as we have the plague , (( we cannot lay claim to ridicule them , when times were good barbados got the highest-est marks as a little island (( who punches way above its weight ))))) for a long time we cant even raise our hands, which should come up with a certain finger in the right position to this government…………………………………………………………….

    We have had enough of bajan politicians , they rude reckless , arrogant , ghetto , rum shop behaviour we cannot risk them to inflict this behaviour on our people any longer.. we must have something to hold over they heads , which would automatically come into force removing them fro office,.. we suppose to have freedom of speech as democracy we must stop putting our hands up ,bowing our heads and not saying anything to anyone , thats not freedom of speech……………………
    What I want to see simply written in all political parties constitution in barbados , the constituency right to have a vote of no confidence in the (MP) him/her and if carried they are out of office, this is the only way we must protect our selves…………….

  23. Johnathan April 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Sunny sun shine don’t let blind clowns like the Carson Carson Cadogans and the Zeus intimidate you. You surely understand the value of a vote. Anytime a government is not working in your favour nor the the people you vote against them. Never be blinded by partisan political politics it destroys your very being. I also voted for the DLP up until 1999 but when I recognized the difference in the way the country was managed by Owen and Mia I have refused to vote for the DLP again. There is a huge difference when the BLP is in office and there is also now a huge difference between Mia and Fundel. There is no way that Maloney would have had over 500 million dollars in contracts whilst small contractors suffer out of business. The DLP has a reason for keeping all the money in a little corner and we all know the reason. The BLP and Ms. Mottley would have spread it and allow it to keep the economy going. These Goons just want it and care nothing about bajans and their hard times. They are all living better than they ever did including the same Carson Carson and Fundel ,Denis Lowe the lot.

    • Carson C Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      It is really amazing no matter what you will continue to vote for the corrupt Barbados Labour Party but at the same time you are trying to persuade others not to vote for the party of their choice which is the democratic Labour Party.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      And with all the evidence stack against DEM that more than likely a nice pay day awaits them after giving Maloney all the big money contracts, Mia Mottley is not going to do one shyte in investigating the skulduggery and laundering happening right before our very eyes. Mia Mottley is not going to do one shyte or investigate any wrong doing that DEM do. So I am voting either Solutions or BIM

  24. A Cadogan 2 April 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Inniss wants just What Thompson his mentor wanted for Clyde Mascoll in 2003. He wants government to loose the election now which he should as they are just a group of clowns. Innis being the most popular thinks he will win his seat and if they loose the government he becomes opposition leader as he is also one of the youngest of the clowns.He will be the next opposition leader on his way to attaining his goal of becoming their next PM. It should be a walk over but for the BLP. Don’t think they will fall for that and I am sure they will work to the last minute to ensure victory as they should. The DLP would be in the dumps again for the next 20 years.

  25. Carson C Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t pay Donville Inniss any mind. Elections have always been tough. I have been through more elections than all of you on this page put together.

    Elections are a test of the courage, fighting spirt and determination of the candidates and the party in general. They are wonderful events full of grit, glory and steel. Elections separate the men from the boys.

    The Democratic Labour Party will win the upcoming elections hands down. If Donville Inniss wants to give away his seat and disappoint the voters of his constituency then that is his business. I don’t think that Sandra Husbands will refuse it.

    The present Govt. has a great deal to be proud of and the voters of Barbados will in the fullness of time be remind what the Govt. has done for us all.

    The crooked Barbados Labour Party led by a man in woman clothes has nothing of any value to offer Bajans.

  26. Lorenzo April 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Carson Cadogan you are the biggest clown ever to post on this blog .you talk as if uou have more than one vote.
    keep talking about your experience in past elections as I doubt the people of St Michael central want to see your face again.I hope to see and hear you after the elections.

  27. Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm


    This is not a salacious blog this is a respectable online newspaper, even you should recognise the difference.

  28. Carson C. Cadogan April 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    The people of Barbados will not return to the Crooked Barbados Labour Party. They vomited them out of their mouths.

    The people of Barbados will not return to their vomit.

  29. Zeus April 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Johnathan I was trying my utmost best not to respond to you but I must …..there is a set of apartments opposite tri mart Worthing ….there is a building called the forensics center in culloden roads I want you to investigate who the apartments belong to and when they were built and also when the forensics center was built and by whom and who was the minister of home affairs at the time ….lets start the corruption conversation

  30. Bradg April 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    All of them engage in unethical and even criminal behaviour , no question about that. We all know that yet still not a fella has ever been locked up. Politians don’t lock up Politicians….., so somebody not doing their job.
    So the real question is how much of this behaviour are we prepared to accept? When is enough…enough

  31. Johnathan April 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    You and Carson Cadogan should be last to speak. Corruption is what has the economy in its current state. See who leasing the water tanks and who bring in a garbage truck when he was trying to put the garbage in private hands and not allow the sanitation workers to do their job. See who get the commission on water works and the molasses tanks. See who getting the commission from the buses and trucks in Kendal Hill. See who ask for the 350.000$ to get permission to start the same hospital project after they had the company do an EIS for 350.000 in the same area that they are now saying the Hyatt does not have to do a study..you guys should be the last to talk about corruption exactly why you all refuse to have the law gazetted stupseeeeee. Bajans have have lost all respect for this gang of Clowns and will not vote for this DLP in its current form in the next 20 years and Donville Inniss is correct.

  32. Greengiant April 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I want to remind all of you that the BLP was removed from office eight years ago for mistrust. I can recall political meetings at Haggard Hall and Independence Square when the late David Thompson exposed the BLP for their corruption where some of their candidates had gone as far as keeping campaign donations for themselves. We have seen the facts reported by Grenville Phillips on the state of our national dept over the last four decades. We would have seen that the BLP had significantly increased our national dept, and caused considerable damage to our fiscal status.

    Now with all that, since in the opinion of so many of you the DLP is corrupt, mismanaged the economy, caused downgrades, and have failed in their attempts to properly address our fiscal deficit to the point that you are certainly replacing them. You all need to ask yourself a critical question. With whom will you replace them? The behavior of the last BLP administration must be held up as a measuring rod. They failed to reduce our fiscal situation, increased our national dept, created several statutory corporations and on top of that after some of them bought plantations, self financed projects within their own ministries and even kept campaign donations. Can you all really see the Bees as the alternative at this time? The opposition leader wants the Prime minister to follow Theresa May’s example and call elections. I warn her and the BLP to be careful what you wish for, there’s so much documented information on the untold dishonesty that occurs during the Bees fourteen years in office, and Barbados will be shocked to know why Owen was forced to reshuffle his cabinet on so many occasions.

    This campaign will indeed be the Grand Master of all political battles and only those with clean hands will survive. I can’t wait for the bell to ring as i’m armed with files and ready to expose the Bees and Dees for what they really are. I really feel sorry for you people who continue to believe that the Bees will offer us an appropriate alternative. You will all be surprised by the news to come when the campaign begin.

  33. Jea Alleyne April 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Before Voting The People should ask for : The Freedom of Information Act, that allows the people to have a say in politics in Barbados.

    • To make government more transparent
    • To make government more accountable
    • To improve decision making
    • To enable the public to better understand decision making processes
    • To engage public participation in politics
    • To endear public trust of the workings of government

    all the progressive nations have it, the USA, UK, Jamaica, Guyana, China, Dominican Republic, Antigua & Barbuda, T & T plus 90 other countries ?????

    plus Jrsmith 4.10 suggestion: the constituency right to have a vote of no confidence in the (MP) him/her and if carried they are out of office, this is the only way we must protect our selves;

    the masses need to use the power they have to demand certain things and if not forthcoming….dont vote !!

  34. Mikey April 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    @ Carson C Cadogan, keep wearing your colour tinted spectacles my brother, also keep a wash-cloth, hand-kerchief, paper towels, and napkins and a big bath-towel, you are going to cry a river of tears within another couple of months. Keep wearing your Blinkers. You are doubting one of your most honest and open-minded politicians ?

  35. Johnathan April 20, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    @greengiant who was corrupt than him. Is he the same person who received the 3.35 million of Clico policyholders money.

  36. Zeus April 20, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Johnathan you speak as though the BLP was never in power …..that this outfit was made in heaven …..Gems ….Greenland ….Dodds …..cricket World Cup ….I can go on ….but it’s true bajans got short memories but for you it’s a convienent one ….I forgot to mention edutech ……by the way tell the public who is the attorney for four seasons also tell them how much that attorney has earned in the past three years


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