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JLP selling empty promises

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 11:10 PM


Now that the elections have been announced, more than ever, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is going around trying to sell well-thinking Jamaicans 'puss inna bag'. Audley Shaw, on the campaign trail, promised that he would increase the minimum wage to $12,000 and that a JLP government would be responsible for the education of every child from the time he was three years old. He has also promised that the JLP would be looking to follow Antigua and remove the personal income tax.

The electorate of Jamaica must not be fooled by the empty promises of the JLP, and they must ask how it is that Mr Shaw and the JLP plan to pay for all the 'freeniss' when we are still in an IMF deal. We must also remember that the opposition spokesperson on technology promised that persons would be able to make phone calls for free to certain numbers. Again, I want the electorate to ask, how is this going to be funded? Are these promises the tenets upon which the JLP plans to move us from 'poverty to prosperity'?

This election should not be about promises. It should be about good and responsible governance. Someone will have to pay for what's being promised 'for free'. Who will that be?

Ralston Chamberlain