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#JaVotes2016: Now is not the time to change government, Phillips tells Comrades

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 2:43 PM
Phillips: The question for Jamaica to ask is why change the government now? We don't want to change nuh government now. We want to step up the progress with the People's National Party.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Peter Phillips, the People's National Party (PNP) campaign director, has told Comrades that now is not the time to change the government.

Speaking at a PNP mass meeting in Mandeville, Manchester Sunday night, Phillips said the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) through it's 10-point plan, is telegraphing to the world that it would rip up Jamaica's programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"They are going to take us back to where we were in 2011," said Phillips adding that at least three of the measures would cost $100 billion which would require either the doubling of General Consumption Tax or borrowing more which would increase the debt.

"Look out for the manifesto next week early and you will see the plans, programme and the progress for the Jamaican people," Phillips said.

Phillips, the finance minister, said that the outpouring of support for Simpson Miller is a demonstration of the trust Jamaicans have in the government she leads.

He also said the economic reform programme would not have worked if the people did not trust the government.

"Tough decisions had to be taken. Many of you experienced hardships, but we are now seeing the benefits," Phillips said.

He also said the passage of the IMF tests have led to lower interest rates and a reduction in the national debt.

Citing lower mortgage rates and lower interest rates on car loans as tangible spin-offs from the economic reform programme, Phillips said: "The question for Jamaica to ask is why change the government now? We don't want to change nuh government now. We want to step up the progress with the People's National Party,".

"Under this administration, the price of electricity is going down.  Not just because of the price of oil but because of the efforts of this administration," Phillips said.

"Now is not the time to turn back. Now is the time to step up the progress with the People's National Party," he added.

Phillips also rejected elements of the JLP's economic plan that has been articulated by it leader, Andrew Holness.

He said plans to put WiFi Internet on JUTC buses and to charge  interest rates on the reducing balancing for loans disbursed by the Students' Loan Bureau were announced by the PNP.

"Dem come in like when you deh a school and true yuh caah past test yuh a copy from the next youth book," Phillips said.