Eastmond has lost it, suggests Inniss

St James South incumbent Donville Inniss has launched a broadside against the leader of the fledgling United Progressive Party (UPP).

Slamming what he called “a cheap political joke” after she attempted to blame him for the recent 400 per cent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), Inniss said Lynnette Eastmond had lost all sense of reason.

Addressing a UPP meeting in Haynesville, St James earlier this week to introduce Cristal Austin as her party’s candidate for the St James South constituency, Eastmond said Inniss, who is the current incumbent for the area, had to shoulder the blame for one of the country’s most dreaded taxes.

In fact, she charged that since Inniss was the minister responsible for commerce, small business, manufacturing and international business and those sectors were not producing, he would have to shoulder the blame for the burdensome increase in the NSRL, which was hiked from two per cent to ten per cent on July 1.

In response, Inniss said: “My dear friend Lynette Eastmond is a politician who hitherto exhibited quite a bit of reason and common sense, but in her quest to get elected, I think this is probably her fourth attempt, she seems to have lost her ability to reason.”

In his own defence, he said Eastmond knew full well that when she was still an active member of Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) back in 2010/2011, the Cabinet of Barbados had approved a reduction of the tax on some international business entities in response to changes to the Canadian tax system.

With that decision, Inniss said there was an immediate decline in the amount of taxes collected by the state from the international business sector.

“It was an act we took back then to safeguard the industry and we knew full well that it would result in a falloff in taxes,” Inniss explained, while making it clear that “a reduction in tax take in the international business sector cannot be attributed to me.

“I was not the minister, but I did support the measure as a member of the Government,” he told Barbados TODAY, while pointing out that the number of licensed entities operating in the international business sector had increased by nearly 13 per cent last year, compared to 2015.

The Minister also pointed out that there were a number of unlicensed entities functioning as international businesses, which suggested that the number of operators was even greater, with the sector currently making a $900 million contribution to the economy.

“Eastmond knows full well, as someone who loitered in the Ministry of International Business as the minister a few years ago, that you cannot measure the contribution of the business sector purely on the basis of the tax take,” he said in taking a further jab at the UPP leader.

“The corporation tax take is not the only yardstick
used to measure the contribution of the international business sector to the economy,” he insisted, adding that “I certainly take what Eastmond said in Haynesville as an indication of what the upcoming elections would be like – full of lies, grand talk and big promises, but void of substance”.

The St James South incumbent, who is also under challenge from the BLP’s Sandra Husbands in the western constituency, also sought to make it clear that he had at no time sought to stoutly defend the recent hike in the NSRL.

However, he said it was clear from the time the announcement was made by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30, that the tax would lead to price increases.

“[Therefore], I do not understand why people are now saying that there have been increases in the cost of goods and services when the measure was designed to lead to an increase in goods and services,” he said.

20 Responses to Eastmond has lost it, suggests Inniss

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Country first ….. if you had put country first as minister over small biz there is no way you should every support a tax like the NSRL which is destroying small biz in barbados …..

  2. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 13, 2017 at 12:15 am

    You voted yes in support of a party and not the bajan people …. Eastmond has lost it …. But so have you.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 13, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Mr INNISS is a two edged sword..

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison October 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Mr Innis is more like shrapnel because he inflicts wounds all over………the Opposition, his own party collegues and sometimes to his own self.
      The main problem that Mr Inniss have is that he speaks before thinking otherwise he would realize that most times his criticism are directed at himself because of his past actions.

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

    You Donny vote for NSRL taxes, every taxes the finance minister get the support of your members.
    You didn’t object to the restoration of the 10 percent back on your salary.
    Donny you give full support to this NSRL knowing the citizens cannot handle it . We have not seen an increase in our salaries but the taxes still coming.

  5. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut October 13, 2017 at 5:26 am

    If my memory serve me right ms.eastmond ran the ministry you are running now…I’m am asking who as done the better job so far?….just asking…

    • Hazel Roach
      Hazel Roach October 13, 2017 at 6:02 am

      He blows a lot of hot air stupse

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall October 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Eastmond did a better job than jim,

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall October 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Remember he had tje ministry of health taken away from jim.

  6. harry turnover October 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Donville Inniss …instead of people like wunna seeing who can outdo one another with rhetoric after rhetoric before all a wunna get kick out next year you should tell the Stuart to talk about the performance of the NSRL performance up to the end of September.
    Stuart up to now October 13th has not received ALL THE DATA.so he say he CAN”T COMMENT.
    Sinckler got he in BARE TROUBLE … wonder if he counting the money heself….might come now and say he count $49.5 million jack.

  7. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade October 13, 2017 at 8:13 am


  8. Sue Donym October 13, 2017 at 8:18 am

    BT, first of all I need you to give a clarification – did Mr Inniss say the NSRL “was designed to lead to an increase in goods and services,” or was it to increase the COST of goods and services? They did say NSRL was meant to dampen demand for foreign exchange, but this is the first statement that seems to admit that it was designed to make the GDP numbers appear healthier. Did they once again fail to anticipate the shift in demand – both in the type of spending and the quantities of purchases? Seems like more people loitering than what John read ’bout – right under Donville’s nose and over by Chris.

  9. Darson October 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Donville < why are you worrying about the smoke screen ?
    the fire is out long time ,the PitBull made sure of that.

  10. Darson October 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Donville < why are you worrying about the smoke screen ?
    the fire is out long time ,the PitBull made sure of that.
    i am baffled at the ignorance of some persons when the comment on Offshore and international Business ,
    some don't seem to understand the difference in the TAXES and Fees applied and differentiate between what affects the locals .
    they have no clue what these COOPS make and in most cases would pay the Fees with a smile /

  11. Greengiant October 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Mr. Inniss is perfectly correct about Ms. Eastmond. I say no more.

  12. hcalndre October 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Greengiant you speak like a real green horn, a person that is making their first trip on a ship as a worker. How is it that the MOFailure always speak of the millions of dollars that the taxes bring in and now Innis say $900m is currently brought in, so where is these millions going?

  13. Ann Thomas October 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Surely, Minister Inniss has realised that Ms. Eastmond, in her zeal to get elected, has tried to put significant distance between herself and the Barbados Labour Party.

    Thankfully there are many of us who remember when she was a leading light of that Party. Her new found missionary zeal against many things is amazing. Many of the issues she now crusades about existed when she has a Minister of the Crown and nobody heard a peep from her on them.

  14. Ossie Moore October 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Don thing look ok for you but Sandra may be voted to lead the BLP. She got real stamina!!

  15. Greengiant October 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    @Hcalndre: The $ 900 m is in relation to the international business sector, not the N S R L tax or any other. He’s saying that the contribution from the Financial business sector comes in the form of much more than taxes.

    However, if you read Eastmond’s article entitled “Blame Donville” you will see my comment there, and may get a clearer understanding of why I agreed with the minister. My agreement with him has nothing to do with whether he’s right or wrong. It’s as a result of the pot calling the kettle black. Have a great day mate.

  16. Darson October 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The Business class seem to be holding VAT and other taxes and using it as working Capitol <
    they should have to pay more penalties for that or reduce the cost of goods to reflect the shared profits ,after all it is our tax Dollar the are holding and not paying into the Treasury .


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