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Little-White: Black people deserve write-offs, too

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Little-White: Black people deserve write-offs, too

Former operator of Outameni Experience, Lennie Little-White, is questioning if "black people" should not get government help, as he responded to criticisms that the Government wrote off his entity's debt with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

Yesterday, Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw demanded to know why the Government wrote off an $80-million liability that accumulated on a 2005 investment in the film-maker's entity.

But Little-White is arguing that there was nothing untoward about the Government's decision.

"All those things that brown people in Jamaica get and they're written off. Banks write off things every day. The Government writes off things all the while. Why black people must not get write-off, too?" asked Little-White.

Meanwhile, he is denying claims that the National Housing Trust's purchase was a bailout by the current administration because of his political preference, stressing that the Bruce Golding administration found favour with his proposal to save Outameni Experience.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness claims the Government has irresponsibly used taxpayers' money to "bail out" a private, loss-making entity.

But Little-White is rejecting those assertions.

"Is foolishness Audley Shaw and Holness talking, and I'll tell dem suh in dem face!"

- Jovan Johnson