‘Lying Bees’

Inniss accuses the Opposition of talking out of both sides of its mouth on the economy

Outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss says he is not about to dismiss the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report.

At the same time, he has taken strong offence to the position taken by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in response to the November 22 Article IV Consultation report, complaining that in one breath the BLP was saying “things are bad” in the country and the Freundel Stuart administration’s policies had failed, and, in another, promising free tertiary education and a repeal of taxation.

“I am saying you know what, it is election season but it does not mean we as candidates must lie to people or mislead them,” Inniss said today, while suggesting that “the conversations about the IMF Article IV Consultation need to be pulled away from the spectrum of pure party politics and look at what is the best interest of the country”.

Earlier this week the IMF issued a warning to the Stuart administration that the likelihood of it achieving its fiscal deficit target this year was slim to none, while suggesting there was need for “urgent” corrective action.

The Washington-based financial institution specifically recommended urgent reform of state-owned enterprises, as well as structural reforms to support growth and improve the overall business climate in the country.

Reacting to that report yesterday, BLP candidate for Christ Church East Central Ryan Straughn said he was concerned about the direction in which the country was headed.

The noted economist said he was particularly worried that despite the introduction of a $542 million austerity package by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in his May 30 Budget, the island simply was not achieving the desired growth  with its reserves having fallen below $600 million at the end of September, the national deficit said to be in excess of $300 million and the national debt currently hovering above 100 per cent of gross national product.

During an Opposition press conference yesterday, another economist, BLP candidate for St Michael South Central Marsha Caddle was also critical of the DLP administration, saying the IMF report suggested that “Barbados is even in further decline” and that the latest fiscal measures had “failed on every front”.

However, while conceding that Government needed to “redouble” its efforts and “do what has to be done to get Barbados on a sustainable growth path”, Inniss, who is the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, was adamant that he did not need the IMF to tell him that.

“I don’t need the IMF to tell me where we have gone wrong or where we are going wrong or where we have gone right or where we are going right in Barbados. I am not for one, going to dismiss their perspective, but the Government has outlined a plan forward. It is being reworked and I hope in a few weeks’ time the Minister of Finance can more frontally address some of the concerns that may be raised,” Inniss said.

At the same time the outspoken St James South Member of Parliament said he agreed there were several areas in need of urgent attention, including public sector reform and the overall business climate in the country.

“I have always contended that the public service in Barbados is too large in size, but more importantly it is woefully inefficient in many respects, which causes additional internal pressure on the public servants themselves and the public service and to the customers and the folks out there,” he acknowledged, adding that “I would love to see the level of taxation in Barbados fall, but it can’t happen unless we make some significant adjustments to the size of the public service and the public sector goods and services and inefficiencies, and unless we really make that commitment to grow the private sector.”

Inniss, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the opening of the new Standard Distributors store in the Millhouse & Home Complex in Cane Garden, St Thomas, said he was equally bothered that there was “still too much of an anti-private sector thinking in this country”.

He suggested that Barbadians were yet to fully embrace the notion of the private sector as the engine of growth with Government providing an enabling environment.

Suggesting that the public sector was sometimes guilty of frustrating private sector individuals, Inniss warned that they could take their investment elsewhere if they were not getting results.

“I pick up too many anti-private sector sentiments in the public sector. It is like, ‘oh, they have money, they can do this or they can wait’. No, they have options, they can take their business elsewhere too.
These are the realities that we have to face,” Inniss said.

54 Responses to ‘Lying Bees’

  1. luther thorne November 24, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Listen my PRIME MINISTER in waiting
    Attack and critique your party leader and look to take the top job.
    I am advising you
    Make the move now
    If you wait too late , you are going to lose out

  2. The Truth November 24, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    The DLP government has lied to the people of Barbados for 9 straight years. Donnie remember that civil servants were promised interest free cars and houses. Remember no one would be sent home?

    Do you remember Donnie Mah Boy that your government promised to keep tertiary education free for its citizens?

    Cmon Donnie.. Dont let us go there

    • Randolph November 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

      I can’t believe Donville is accusing others of lying.The DEMS are the source of lies.I would not attemp to enumerate,they are too many.

  3. John Everatt November 25, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Although I am aware that most voters vote with their emotions and not with their reasoning I think that we have to look at facts. The FX is still dropping and where do you think the government is getting the money now to pay civil service wages? Has there been a sudden influx of money into the BRA? No of course not, they are still printing money and eating up the FX to back it. People, government needs to cut expenditures and of course this is political suicide. They won’t downsize the civil service as that would lose them votes. But no matter what the opposition parties say they will have to send people home and blame it on the DLP. So you see, the politicians need to lie in order to get elected.

  4. David Hall November 25, 2017 at 2:22 am

    The minister ‘seems’ outspoken ,yet when action is required he chooses the safe options.This to me is opportunism. But alas its too little too late. Talk Can’t save the day.

  5. luther thorne November 25, 2017 at 2:47 am

    This Election is about voting for a PRIME MINISTER and not an ABSENTEE PRIME MINISTER or a VAMPIRE PRIME MINISTER sleeping and sleeping and only waking up to Suck the blood out of the dteams , hopes and aspirations of the people.
    Time is up
    Call Elections Now
    Stop the foolishness now.

    Garlic and a wooden stake on order.
    Wha kinda wood yuh want ?


  6. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe November 25, 2017 at 3:18 am

    The reality Mr.Inniss is that it’s simply time for Bajans to elect a new government.

    The economic plan of this time was been reworked, refined, reviewed – and has failed for 9 straight years.

    When will you concede the dismal failures of this government …. when wanna run the foreign reserves down to “0”

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman November 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thank you am just sick of dem and the stupid talking points.

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison November 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Well said James.

    • Anson Sobers
      Anson Sobers November 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Very well said!!!! Increase taxes, increase expenditure yet no increase in wages how will your revenue increase?

      And how can you in one sentence say you are not dismissing the IMF report but Disagree things aren’t bad?

  7. Depablo Zino
    Depablo Zino November 25, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Lying Donnie

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman November 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

      jeez I like da name fa he, could I use it in future post when he open he lying mout.

  8. hcalndre November 25, 2017 at 4:30 am

    @Mr. Inniss; you always say that you take the IMF very serious, but the PM says that the IMF and the other agencies are a bunch of jokers of which Barbados is a member and he pays them no attention. Dunville if the IMF don`t give their findings about the economy, although you have said that you don`t need to hear from them, why don`t the MOF and the PM let the people know the true position of the country`s economy instead of lying or saying nothing, but what do the PM really says that makes sense anyway like the garbage belongs to the people, the rating agencies can`t down grade the people but if the likes of Rihanna had stayed in Barbados she would be downgraded to the lowest degree by her very own.

  9. Cràseta Williams
    Cràseta Williams November 25, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Well soooo how much more,these lies downgraded get on wid thee last resort work no shame go head

  10. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 25, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Ah yo

  11. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith November 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Sure not like the DLP

  12. Ann Ifill
    Ann Ifill November 25, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Sure not the BLP that telling the lies the DLP tell more lies than a wave keep promising and doing nothing everything for them self

  13. harry turnover November 25, 2017 at 6:48 am

    The Don says the BLP telling lies….Don what the RH you telling yourself ? only wunna yard fowls,paling cocks and swamp ducks would believe you

  14. harry turnover November 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Donville Inniss man cah ya RH…DEM lunch time lectures are going to be reduced to grave yard lectures after elections next year,
    The people in Zimbabwe all like now CELEBRATING since they heard that Mugabe resigning …if wunna care bout Bdos CALL ELECTIONS and let Barbadians CELEBRATE TOO .
    Every week it is some body attacking Mia and the Bees as though that is going to stop people from voting the BLP BACK IN POWER.

  15. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 25, 2017 at 7:20 am

    ” … it is election season but it does not mean we as candidates must lie to people or mislead them.”
    But surely you can’t accuse someone of lying about a promise until the time comes for its fulfillment. The DLP could be accused of lying about not laying off people and keeping free university education because they broke both promises. The fact remains that university education was affordable under the last government.

    It is highly presumptuous to assume that because you lack the ability to achieve something that it is an impossible task. I suspect a lot has to do with management of your resources and the confidence which you inspire among investors, in your country.

  16. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman November 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Mercy the pot calling the kettle black, and what’s so out spoken about him? He tows his party line of raping, robbing and tiefing from the poor and vulnerable. Stupse he needs to sthu and try and come up with economic solutions rather than political hacks.

  17. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson November 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Who tell more lies to the ppl of Barbados DLP or BLP. Mr inness check yah self

  18. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison November 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Donville and his incompetent collegues in government are the ones setting the bar for pushing all these false narratives, lies and misinformation seeking to deceive the people of this country, the only consistent thing that they have done since being elected to office almost a decade ago.
    There is nothing in the Opposition’s presentation that suggest that both can’t be or isnt true but this is something that is hard for anyone in the present administration to understand because the electorate has concluded that they are incapable of dealing with more than a single issue at a time and think that the rest of society are just as on one-tracked and feeble brained as their whole useless party.

  19. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus November 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Fine one ta talk about lying…smfh

  20. Greengiant November 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

    @James Austin Bynoe: You’ve hit the nail on the head. “It’s time for Bajans to elect a new government, not a different government”.

    New in this case means a government dominated by a party we’ve never experienced before. Switching from the DLP to the BLP will simply be a change to different lies, selling us to different private sector partners, appointment of different boards. With the same approach to the private sector management, a continuously high dept to GDP ratio.

    Remember, when the Sandiford administration left office, we had a lean public sector, lowered dept to GDP ratio, increased productivity and excellent level of foreign reserves.

    Under the BLP, we got increased Statutory corporations, increased public sector employment, increased borrowing domestically and internationally, increased dept to GDP ratio. These have again become unsustainable because the Thompson administration failed to do what the former central Bank Governor is recommending.

    Over the past nine years the DLP should have been continuously reducing the public sector each year. They should have placed the unions on notice since assuming office in 2008. Each year we have resignations, retirements, deaths, and persons going abroad in the public sector. So if we are losing let’s say 1000 public sector employees per year, we simply do not refill those vacancies fully. At the same time we retrain both permanent and temporary employees who can offer us at least 20 years of public service, lock them into a contract based on educational investment by the state, and reshape the public sector year by year.

    Which of these two parties will do this? None of them historically. They’ve both used the public sector, and statutory corporations as a ‘jobs for votes scheme’. We are reaping the rewards of this system. Their time is up. Come to Independence square tonight and here a new plan, with a new direction, by a new party for Barbados.

  21. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

    U all spent to much time talking about the bees, you all in power get the country back in order or shut to hell up.Because as far i can see the fry pan telling the pot that he black.

  22. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips November 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Donville is trowing out a sprat for the BLP to talk out themselves,but the BLP in that foolish ,he want ideas for the Minister of finance,BLP keep those ideas up your sleeves.

  23. Carlos Eyecon Cox
    Carlos Eyecon Cox November 25, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Mr Minister Sir.. wanna get and tell de ppl that vote wanna in a bunch of lies..
    Lie number 1 and the mother of all lies … “we going lower cost of Living”
    9 years later and de ppl still waiting!

  24. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas November 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Donville.you are thirsty to be head of the DLp. When you lose your seat what you going g to do

  25. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier November 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    This man is the dirtiest politician in Barbados this man just cut throat on both sides of the aisle

  26. Almar H Cave
    Almar H Cave November 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I am not a know it all of economics or politics but one thing I must say. I can’t trust you Mr Innis. I remember when yourself and Mr Eswick voiced concerns about the direction in which the country was going, yet you both sat in parliament and allowed the political whip to whip you into submission and you voted knowing better. You can take your seat now sir.

    • andy g November 25, 2017 at 10:34 am

      this is what politic is all about. you back a party criticize everything the opponent do,then praise the same thing when when your party .do it

    • Kirt Jordan
      Kirt Jordan November 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      You really believed they were concerned? They were pandering to the emotions of the electorate. They are all the same thing.

  27. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph November 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Mr Innis you are chewing on both sides of your mouth so check that out because nobody don’t know what side you on so until you do that we will be talking about lies because it’s a big topic

  28. milli watt November 25, 2017 at 10:16 am

    A bee does bbuuuuzzzzzzzzzzz it don’t LIE DONVILLE

  29. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles November 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I said what I had to say on these people already…no sence beating a dead horse….#DoneWthDLP

  30. Ossie Moore November 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    nah nah nah nah ! ! !

    nah nah nah nah ! ! !

    Hey , hey , hey . . . GOOD BYE NOW ! ! !

  31. Lady Boss
    Lady Boss November 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

    All does old bats need to go home let some younger run the country….smh

  32. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke November 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Mr Inniss, Mr Inniss, Mr Inniss, where there is no vision, the people perished. For nine years now, you all were singing the same old song.boy bye.

  33. Ossie Moore November 25, 2017 at 11:47 am


  34. Big Man November 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Barbados Lying Party on a role

  35. Sade Simpson
    Sade Simpson November 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    And the DLP Tells truth

  36. luther thorne November 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    None of the Alternative parties will come even close to winning s seat so the talk by Greengiant is useless

    They cannot handle. They would be so helpless and hapless. Dont mind the foolish talk. The same BLP and DLP would have to turn around and help them. What the arse SOLUJTIONS Party knows about the complexies of running a Government ? Who would be the Attorney General in a SOLUTIONS or CAP Goverment. Them fellas dont even want to win nothing but a lil seat one seat. Thing is which seat. All the third parties wasting time. Who seat they go win. Study it good. Pelican Island ? Culpepper Island ? Which seat ? Study it good – HOL

  37. Helicopter(8P) November 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    They are two unproductive Cabinate members our Prime Minister has to remove from their portfolios and it may be said and they are Minister Sinckler and Speaker of the House Charmichael; these two have done him a disservice. He trusted them to a capacity and they have let him down. This is point blank and if the comrads of the pary arn’t bold enough to tell them then then we can become as the ostrich in the sand.

  38. Blaazer Gee
    Blaazer Gee November 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    De pot callin de kettle black……( shuts down phone and wallks away)…..smh

  39. Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois
    Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois November 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Well he ain’t getting my vote.

  40. Bajan boy November 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    It goes to show that given a nother chance they will turn Barba for into Haiti 2 of the caribbean. He is such a n assd could shjut his water filled mouth sometimez.

  41. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews November 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    because Credit Downgrades means nothing to the DLP , “stupes”

  42. Camille M. Small
    Camille M. Small November 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    All politicians lie including the Dees!!!!

  43. Lorenzo November 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Big man you serious?You now became involved in politics.Let me refresh your memoryof the DLP manifesto in2008.Every Civil Servant would get duty free cars,one hundred houses in one hundred days,in 2013 no public servant would be going home,tertiary education would remain free,immediate introduction of integrity legislation and I can go on.Prior to 2008 there was talk of corruption,since 2008 not a fellow isn,t at Dodds,there was talk by the late PM of a secret IMf deal,which has not been proven up to today in 2017,another lie,a St John Development Plan.My advice when you live in a glass house do not throw stones as if you throw one,ten coming back at you

  44. just observing November 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Can’t believe what I am readIng though! Fuh true? Check and see where the most are coming from and are still coming.
    I think these people see us as a pack of gullible fools. We have been lied to about the economy, affordable housing, no lay offs, duty free cars cheap lots and this list goes on.
    The famous quote’ to your own self be true and it will follow as the night , the day. You cannot then be false to anyone.’
    I hope the minister takes the first part otf that quote to heart.

  45. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe November 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    All politicians are liars….but we have seen the biggest liars in recent years

  46. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson November 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    After 10yrs of the DEMS, including DONNVILLE, & he calls the kettle….!!!! LOL….


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