THE TRUTH FROM INSIDE THE PARLIAMENT
On Tuesday the parliamentary caucus of the New Democratic Party took a number of questions to the Parliament in an effort to keep track of how this government has continued to short change the people of this nation. What transpired was a marathon of rhetoric, non answers, soliloquies, damning admissions and evasion of the major issues a clear indication that the ULP have run out of ideas, and are not in a position to govern effectively.
The speaker of the House received a severe tongue lashing from the leader of the New Democratic Party the Hon. Arnhim Eustace and could do nothing but cower under the truthful barrage that he conducts the business of the house in a biased and one sided manner. In one of the most cutting outbursts, uncharacteristic of the usual calm Arnhim Eustace, the Leader of the Opposition condemned the Speaker’s approach to his job. He pointed out what some term the Speaker’s ignorance disguised as arrogance, in failing to understand that in an 8-7 Parliamentary dispensation the concerns of the Opposition must not be ignored as nonsense. There is much improved capacity required in this parliament and the current talker is as one sided as they come. The people of the nation are not blind to the bias and it is a shame what passes for talking these days.
NO MONEY NAH DEY FO DE ROAD AN’ DEM
If Senator Julian Francis had his way, he would get up and shout at the top of his lungs to the Prime Minister his cousin, NO MONEY NAH DEY….! Of course to do that he would have to admit what they all already know: The total and utter mismanagement of the government’s coffers, their inability to create sustainable anything in this country has meant that our infrastructure will continue to fail. Representatives Matthews, Cummings and Leacock are all begging for work to be done in their constituencies but the verdict is this….there is no money no money no money and the roads continue to deteriorate. As our roads continue to disappear what is worse…despair, or disrepair.
POLICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING
At the urging of Senator Frederick, the Prime Minister was compelled to come clear on exactly what is, or is not happening in the area of police training insofar as violence against women and human trafficking are concerned. Frederick wondered whether there has been any upgrade to the Police Manual used to train recruits at the Police Training School. Women who have been victims of violence have found it difficult to make reports to the police. The Prime Minister indicated that he would really look to see how the training of police officers was being done, because this issue transcends the cut and thrust of the
parliament and its politics. It affects us all. Mention was also made of the investigations into potential human trafficking cases right here on our shores.
THE FISCAL SITUATION…CIVIL SERVICE GETTING NOTHING
The Hon. Arnhim Eustace always makes a point of looking into the state of this nation’s economy. Without much fanfare the Prime Minister in answer to his question requiring details about the fiscal out turn this quarter, confirmed that we are still running a deficit on the recurrent budget. So, we are still in a hole, and the capital programme is at a virtual standstill He further admitted that he was in no way able to make the 3% salary increase demands of the Unions which he himself had previously legislated as far back as 2011. And even more depressing for the civil servants is his admission that he is uncertain as to when the monies will be paid;
THE GENTEEL POOR
While the energy surcharge continues to escalate, the government is still unable to address the question of affordability, which impacts us all, especially those below the poverty line and the disappearing middle class. In fact, the Prime Minister admitted that we in this country have a new breed of poverty, the genteel poor, who notwithstanding their good homes, are unable to manicure their lawns. He left their problems up to the University of the West Indies for further research. Parliament continues next week, when more money will be filched from the pockets of the air travelers.