Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Ubaldus Raymond, has taken the opposition to task for what he says are attempts to use the tax blacklist to score political points. Dr Raymond says opposition leader, Phillip J Pierre, is intentionally misrepresenting and exploiting the situation. The opposition leader had made it clear that as far as he is concerned the blame for being blacklisted is solely that of the current government. Pierre insisted that all the government had to do was commit to making changes to have been spared the undesirable
placement on the blacklist. Dr Raymond for his part says the matter is one of financial imperialism and the opposition he says, should be supporting the government giving the hoops that any government would have to jump through to meet the EU’s changing standards.