Portia should allow new opposition leader to make budget presentation — Crawford
Political Commentator, Richard Crawford, says Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, has created an awkward position for her party and her successor by her decision to contribute to the upcoming budget debate in Parliament.
The outgoing opposition leader and People’s National Party President announced her departure date yesterday, telling delegates at the party’s National Executive Council that she will leave office by April 2.
Simpson Miller said she will contribute to the budget debate on March 21.
Crawford believes that this is a bad move, arguing that Simpson Miller should instead step aside and allow her replacement to make the presentation.
IN PHOTO: Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller kisses a supporter before being whisked away after the People’s National Party National Executive Council meeting held at Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester yesterday.
Speaking in an interview on Power 106 FM this morning, he said while he agrees that Simpson Miller should be given the space to make a farewell presentation, the budget debate is not the right medium.
Crawford said the budget presentation is typically used by the opposition leader to outline plans and proposals for the country, as a government in waiting, and therefore the speech should be made by the new opposition leader.
The budget for the new financial year will be tabled in the House of Representatives this Thursday.
Finance Minister Audley Shaw will open the debate on March 9 and close it on March 22.