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Holness says Gov't has made economy unsustainable

PNP has no plan for the country — Holness

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 28, 2013    

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OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness yesterday said that his party was Jamaica's only hope for economic stability, while blasting the Government for what he said was poor leadership.

Holness said the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has a track record of growing the economy, and painted the ruling People's National Party (PNP) as bad managers, who "care more about money and their pockets" than they do the citizenry.

"It's undeniable that it's the Labour Party that grows this country the most...," said the former prime minister in an address to an Area Council One meeting in his West Central St Andrew constituency.

He said it's obvious that the PNP has no clear plan for the country, likening the Government to a ship with no destination. "Wherever it ends up, that's its destination," he said.

He said, under the current Administration, the economy has not only become "unstable" but "unsustainable".

Holness said the JLP is the only alternative to the Government, and his party has the "better plan". The plan, he said, include crime reduction, access to education and health care, job creation, and reducing the cost of living.

The small gathering at the Olympic Gardens Civic Centre went into a frenzy when he said he was "not the same as those PNP people". He said he never misled anyone to secure votes, and that he was straightforward about what was needed to move the country forward. "So don't mix me up with them," he said to favourable response.

He also said that the PNP did not have the moral authority to lead the country as it was asking public sector workers to accept a wage freeze and at the same time buying expensive vehicles for its Cabinet ministers.

Holness urged "young" people who are frustrated with the hike in the cost of living, crime and hardship to get enumerated to have their say at the polls.

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