Tuesday 26th July 2022 -- With just 10 days until election day, more and more voters are basing their decision on which party can best manage the economy.
Labour’s record while in Government has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks with the People’s Labour Party reminding voters that the previous Labour administration ran up $2 billion of debt. 1,200 acres of land was given away to pay this off, alongside higher taxes and electricity bills increased by a staggering 80%.
However, under Prime Minister Timothy Harris, the PLP has delivered a stronger economy with more jobs and lower taxes. Harris’ leadership and economic management meant he was able to see the country through the COVID pandemic better than many other countries, and without any new taxes or charges.
With this stronger economy, the PLP Government have been able to protect the people by launching the Peace Programme, delivering PAP to support people pay their bills and introducing COVID support schemes to help people through the pandemic and beyond.
But when it came to rebuilding the economy after COVID, PAM, the PLP’s former coalition partners, ran away from their responsibility - with their leader, and then Deputy Prime Minister, Shawn Richards not turning up to Cabinet meetings for over 90 days.
Recently, more doubts have emerged about Labour leader Terrance Drew and his ability to work with his predecessor Denzil Douglas, raising fears that any future Labour Government would be too distracted by an internal power struggle to focus on managing the economy.
A PLP spokesman commented, “Both Drew and Douglas want to be Prime Minister. Drew forced Douglas out, and Douglas didn’t want Drew to be Labour leader – he even called him disrespectful. They will be more focused on fighting each other than protecting your job, your family and your future.
“Voters are telling us that they’re nervous about Labour because they can’t be trusted with money. Their record shows they will leave you poorer – with more debt, higher taxes and higher bills. While PAM can’t be trusted to show up for work and put in the hard yards to rebuild our economy.”
The PLP are best placed to manage the country’s economy and deliver a secure future for the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
A spokesman added, “The PLP have seen the country through challenging times, and under the leadership of Dr Timothy Harris we have the record and the plan to grow the economy, protect the people and create jobs.
“Voters face a clear choice. Vote PLP for a growing economy which means we can secure and increase the PAP, reduce VAT, build more homes, and invest in our fisheries, agriculture and tourism industries. A vote for anyone else risks lazy or inexperienced leadership and a Labour Government that will leave you poorer.”
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