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PM deceitful in NHT flip-flop

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM


While there was overwhelming consensus that egregious was the most appropriate description of the Andrew Holness administration's move to take $11.4 b from the National Housing Trust, the nation's intellect is going to be hard-pressed to find words to describe the prime minister's refusal to explain why, when in Opposition, he condemned the act, but does the same thing when in Government.

The absence of any explanation on the issue by the prime minister is a clear sign that morality and ethics will not be the chief cornerstones in the construct of his economic platform. But no leader of a civilised and democratic nation should be allowed such liberty with subterfuge.

While the prime minister and the finance minister are doing everything to convince themselves that the primary consideration behind the raising of the tax threshold to $1.5 million was a deliberate move towards indirect taxation, everyone else knows it was a reckless political bait. Consequently, it must be seem as another act of deception.

I am still waiting to analysts speak on the moral implications of what the government did by backtracking on its previous position on taking money from the Trust. As a nation, is the issue of morality fallen victim to the 'a nuh nutten' syndrome?

No doubt it is this silence which seemed to have emboldened the prime minister to disregard an explanation.

Scores of government workers are still unable to forget that the present finance minister had promised to double their pay if he was given the chance by the electorate to be the minister of finance in another administration. Not only did he not fulfil the promise, he denied that he ever made the promise.

The Government must realise that whatever mandate it thinks it has received from the people, it cannot afford to forget that catastrophic consequences are just metres away if its moral authority is perceived to be waning.