||Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018 - 4:07:30 PM
The Prime Minister's National Address on the 29th January offered no immediate economic and social relief.
The PLP has made this fundamental point to the country before. The net result of the government’s fiscal and economic policies to date are higher unemployment and a deterioration in the performance of the public revenue. These results indicate that the economy has either stalled or lost most of the momentum clearly evident when the PLP lost office eight months ago. On a human level, this means increased suffering, misery and hardship for thousands of Bahamian households.
On the issue of national civility, the Prime Minister should bite his tongue. If you go back and examine the language of his ministers about their PLP successors, it hardly stands in his right to appeal in any way for civility in public discourse without first curbing the behaviour of his FNM Ministers and MPs.
His government has engaged in victor's justice, deceit and mass victimization from the date of the May 2017 general election. Targeting hard working Bahamian professionals in the public service only to settle political scores is not only cruel and inhumane but is harmful to the country.
The Prime Minister’s continued acknowledgment of the qualified economic success of the Baha Mar resort is shameless. Without a word of thanks to the PLP, he has embraced Baha Mar as if it were his own. Prior to coming to office, he did everything he could to destroy this project for purely narrow, political and self-serving reasons. Without Baha Mar, he would have nothing about which to boast. He owes the PLP a debt of gratitude.
Tonight's speech was an indication of a Prime Minister filled with ambitious promises but lacking the details needed to demonstrate how his government will translate their efforts into immediate short-term relief.
The Prime Minister did not address the critical state of our country's healthcare system or his government's plans for universal healthcare for Bahamians. Tonight there are no beds in the hospital to spare. There was precious little in the speech when it comes to immediate relief for Grand Bahama and nothing for the other islands.
Tonight’s speech was the same old worn out narrative. Nothing new. Our Leader Philip Davis will fly to Abaco tomorrow 30 January to continue to show that the PLP cares in the face of the disaster there. Nothing this FNM Government does will deter us from the mission of wiping every tear from every eye.
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