Posted: Friday, March 25, 2022. 12:50 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Taking as her starting point the view that “if it ain’t in the Budget, it’s not a policy of the Government,” Albert area representative Tracey Taegar-Panton developed multiple lines of attack in support of her thesis that in spite of all afforded them, the Budget fails to meet the principles of fairness and inclusion argued by the Prime Minister.
Starting with the wholesale replacement of supposedly UDP apparatchiks with PUP ones, Taegar-Panton noted that the Public Service numbered 15,024 in 2020, went down to 14,788 in 2021 (a reduction of 236), and is projected to rise to 15,021 for 2022 (a rise of 233). There could be no other explanation for this, she said, but “naked victimization” in the name of replacing the “limited talent” available.
There was no effort, she said, to develop lines of finance for entrepreneurs; no attention to Human Development in a time when many still struggle to put food on the table and have become used to the Food Pantry and more recent Food Assistance Program; a cut in citizen security initiatives and the Judiciary, jeopardizing the continued administration of justice and legal services; and static movement in education.
Taegar-Panton argued that the Budget does not reach far enough and threatened that while they continue to excoriate the past administration, its achievements speak for themselves, and if the blue does not get going, their time will be over before it’s started.
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