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Don't oppose for opposing sake

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Every Opposition, including the current People's National Party, disagrees with the Government's proposed Budget. That is nothing new. The Budget Debate is all about posturing and grandstanding while not achieving much.

Dr Peter Phillips, the finance spokesperson for the Opposition, missed an opportunity on Tuesday to truly revolutionise how it operates, especially with regard to budgets.

The Government has policies, and those policies dictate how the Budget is crafted, so what Dr Phillips should have done in his presentation was to identify those policies of Government that he believed were not in the best interest of the country and propose new ones.

For example, we know that the current administration is implementing an indirect-tax collection policy. It would be useful if Dr Phillips could declare if he agrees with that policy direction. If not, what is his proposal for a better tax system?

To come to Parliament and just simply oppose and tear down does not help our country.

Dr Phillips must understand that this new era of politics will demand a lot changes in attitude. The doom and gloom of opposition parties must change if they are to be credible.