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LETTER OF THE DAY - Pro-tax noise deafening

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The advertisements by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) seeking to persuade the Government to accept the tax reforms proposed by the Private Sector Working Group (PSWG) are an example of class warfare in Jamaica.

Everyone knows that the main proposal of the PSWG is that GCT should be on basic food items. This proposal has been condemned by a wide cross section of organisations in Jamaica on the grounds that it would place a greater burden on the poor than they are bearing at present.

In the past, successive administrations have sought to ease the burden on the poor by exempting basic food items from GCT. But this is of no concern to the PSOJ. So this aspect of its tax-reform proposals was not as widely promulgated in advertisements. Instead, the advertisements tended to deal with electricity and other matters.

Normally, in competitive environments, the opposing firm would put out contrary advertisements supporting their case in opposition to the other advertisements.

But the sad fact is that the poor cannot advertise. They have no money for this. Only one set of advertisements are pelting the ears of the Jamaican population in an attempt to influence public opinion.

So while money talks, the poor remain silent. May the Government be divinely directed.


Spaldings, Clarendon