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Say we pass the 100th IMF test, then what?

Published:Friday | January 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I'm a simple man and I have a few simple questions for which I crave answers.

We've been taking and passing IMF tests for the entirety of the duration of the People's National Party's (PNP) administration, but tell me, how exactly does this translate to "better" for the average person?

So far we have 10 tests under our belt.Yippee! But, how exactly are we better off?

Have our circumstances changed since the passing of the first IMF test and the tenth? My guess is no, and if you were to stop someone on the road and ask them, they'd probably say the same.

I find that we are bound by the agendas of both the IMF and the PNP, but what of our agenda?

It seems to me that the greatest achievement that the government can boast of is the passing of these tests. However, when you think of it, nothing significant is happening as a result. People are still restricted in terms of their spending power, and taxes are no closer to releasing their chokehold, the economy is still stagnant and our youth are still jobless; but wait, we've passed the tests!

Now we hear about the provision of 100, 000 jobs, but what about the job cuts to meet the demands of the IMF?

We are likely to pass test after test after test, with no real change in our immediate circumstances, so my final question is this; what happens after we pass the 100th IMF test?

Aaron Spellman