ONLINE READERS COMMENT: It's difficult for the Opposition to find fault with the Government

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It is the duty of the political opposition to make the public aware of the government's failures. With national debt, unemployment, and murder rates declining, school fees being abolished, antiquated dress codes being reviewed, private and public incomes growing, and the prime minister determined to eradicate corruption, nowadays, it's really difficult for the Opposition to find fault with the government.

The same Dr Peter Phillips who recently accused the government of being unreasonable for promising free secondary education for Jamaica's children now promises free tertiary education for every first child, should he become the next prime minister.

The same Dr Peter Phillips who, as Minister of Finance and Planning, on air, publicly made a fool of himself when he couldn't explain his own bank-tax proposal, which he later withdrew, and who had to ask his Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe for help with some simple maths, now promises $100 billion in credit to small entrepreneurs, and much more, should he become the next prime minister. But he doesn't tell us where the money will be coming from.

Jamaica worldwide enjoys the reputation of Paradise island. But thanks to decades of People's National Party (PNP) mismanagement, to most Jamaicans at home, the country is better known as pothole paradise. Now the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government is even fixing the roads.

The PNP, of course, is eager to retain as many seats in Parliament as possible. In a failing attempt to fight for the survival of the PNP Dr Peter Phillips and his comrades desperately resort to far-fetched accusations to berate the JLP government.

Under JLP leadership strong economic growth, averaging approximately six per cent per annum, marked the first ten years of independence. Jamaica, before the PNP took over, was a role model for other nations worldwide. Since then the situation has changed dramatically. Now, Jamaica is back on track again.

Friedrich Bücking

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