Saturday, June 2, 2012

Budget Is 'Poison Pill'! testy exchange in Parliament.

Portia Simpson Prime Minister

Andrew Holness speaking in Parliament on as Leader of the opposition Jamaica on the 2012-2013 Budget  the new measures of taxing basic food items were "poison" and had the effect of further impoverishing the poor, "killing businesses" and reducing growth in the economy. "Madam Prime Minister, you played to the fears and vulnerability of the poor and told them you could do better. The people believed you and gave you power ... . With this tax package, the people are slowly coming to the view that you have deceived them".

In a sotto voce comment, a seemingly agitated Simpson Miller charged: "You wreck the economy and put us in this position. I will deal with you on Tuesday. Rubbish!"

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