Tue | Aug 14, 2018

PNP failure then and now

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The prime minister's comments at the recent People's National Party (PNP) conference were a reminder that a PNP government has never delivered economic prosperity. Comrades simply do not know how to facilitate economic growth and do not understand that government is not the engine for economic growth. That is the job of the private sector. The government is a facilitator through supportive taxation, reducing red tape, and permitting education and crime reduction. On all these inputs, the government continues to fail, thereby making economic growth more difficult. The PNP has governed in periods of worldwide economic prosperity while our economy languished. Over the past 42 years, the aggregate economic growth achieved by successive PNP governments is negative. We are always worse off economically under the PNP. The people do not need patience. They need to change government.

The PNP's dismal perfor-mance is not limited to the economy. It is also clueless on crime reduction. Again, look at the periods since Independence and the record will show the highest periods of murder and crime always occur under PNP administrations. On the social side, the PNP's great call for equality has fallen on deaf ears. Society today is as unequal as ever. The poor continue to be disproportionately affected and marginalised by regressive taxation, economic stagnation, high crime, and police killings.

The 'wannabe socialist' rhetoric of the PNP is now old and stale. The Jamaica Labour Party gave the poor free medical service and free education and the socialist party of the PNP wants to take it away. Social justice has been derailed and locked into garrisons where our people are robbed of their basic rights.

The PNP has mastered the hand-out culture that dooms the people to dependency. The PNP is preparing us for the 2030 REVISION and deserves no more years.