FINANCE Minister Dr Peter Phillips has come in for harsh criticisms from Jamaica Observer online readers over claims that the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) derailed economic progress made by his People's National Party (PNP) when the JLP formed the Government in 2007. Addressing a meeting of the PNP's Central St James constituency Sunday night, Phillips told supporters that "the four years of the Jamaica Labour Party set us back in the worst way that you can imagine". Here are some edited comments.
Phillips was part of the PNP-UWI posse who advocated the expansion in Government at the expense of the private sector. Now he is telling us he and his party are doing all they can to promote private sector growth. The PNP has promoted a culture, whereby the urban poor grudge those who work hard and accumulate something for themselves. The biggest challenge for the PNP is how to motivate its base to be productive citizens.
Peter, stop telling Anancy stories. Stop it!
Please just focus on giving the medicine, lest the patient dies. Elections will take care of themselves. We cannot, and must not renege on our obligations under the IMF Agreement, no matter who is going to be voted out of office, or voted in office. Thanks.
I'm one PNP supporter who will not endorse the idea that the JLP has crashed (18) years of economic growth in just four years. This speech is designed to undermine the JLP, and to poison the minds of those who might be thinking of voting for the JLP in the next general election. This is a very poisonous missile fired at the JLP. Both parties have no constructive economic machinery in place in order to enhance the economy. Phillips should be outlining a more scientific economic policy, rather than to have displayed his outdated political slanderous platformism.
If there is no foundation for growth, what do you expect of the Ja$62 billion earmarked from the budget for the private sector to access as loans?
So Phillips STILL does not understand what is wrong with the Jamaican economy... STILL does not understand why we are where we are .... or maybe he is just being disingenuous.
My word! Is this man serious? Or, is he dreaming? What gains were made in the 90s? Tell me, minister.
It is too late for the blame game, but I like the idea of not borrowing anymore. Let's hope the minister doesn't yield to the "run wid it" crowd. The collection of taxes from everyone who owes is a start and if they have to be shamed to pay, so be it.
Really now, Peter Phillips? ...If the JLP was given the opportunity to govern Jamaica for the same length of time as the PNP, Jamaica would have been miles ahead. Just be quiet.
We should remember that this same PNP, of which Dr Phillips has been a vice president and senior member for many years, also governed this country uninterrupted for 18 straight years. He, therefore, has no credibility to make a statement like this. Seeking to assign collective blame is a shameful retreat in the face of abject failure.
Did Peter Phillips really say PNP has not created a foundation to enhance growth? After a total of 21 yrs in power, 18.5 , which was unbroken, the PNP wants idiots to believe that the JLP derailed their train. Ha, ha ha!
How hypocritical! 'Too many people can only think of escaping Jamaica in order to pursue life'.... does a certain senator spring to mind?
When will this blame game end? If the economy can be derailed so drastically in three years then there is doubt how strong the economic foundation was after 18 years of the PNP in the first place! Also, after 18 years one would have expected more than just a 'foundation'! Walls should have been up and the roof ready to go on.
For those of you who don't speak PNP, let me summarise what Mr Philips just said. "For 18 years we didn't have a plan and we still don't have one. I also warned you that if you elected Portia over me for party president then we would become the next Haiti and we are right on schedule."
Peter, are you serious, Really? From 1972 to now the PNP ruled this country for 28 of a possible 42 years and you are now blaming the JLP for where Jamaica is today? During that 42-year period the best period of growth was under the JLP-led administrations, and comrades are blaming the JLP for the "economic debacle"?
My friend once reminded me that "Pointing fingers at broken bones has never been known to heal them".
PNP, JLP...Jamaica is doomed.
Good to know there's no real plan.