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Really, Dr Phillips!

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Dr Peter Phillips' presentation on Tuesday evening supporting the Government's stance against a higher wage increase for public-sector workers, especially the teachers and nurses, was a total disgrace.

The Government is yet to prove that it can spend taxpayers' monies prudently. The management of the Riverton dump is a glaring example where they failed to pre-empt an obvious calamity, both in health and a solution to the fires that keep starting from time to time. The last fiasco cost the nation more than $300 million. Where was the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in all that bungling?

I will not even deliberate on the expensive $200 million Obama two-day visit soon after.

The Government has no qualms paying out millions and even billions on public display, but when it comes to looking after the needs of their people, there are all kinds of strains and 'IMF this and IMF that'.

No matter what P or Q you support politically, once you are at a certain level of the economic scale in Jamaica, you will not get any respect until you show up to the table and mean business when you make your demands.

To use a phrase from one of the songs of the late pop legend Michael Jackson "All I really know is that they don't really care about us'.

Mark Trought