[Updated] The most important thing on the Government’s agenda is to tear down whatever we say on the issues to deflect people’s attention from their record, the One Bermuda Alliance said.
“This kind of attack on our initiatives brochure is to be expected,” a statement from the OBA said.
“The most important thing on the Government’s agenda is to tear down whatever we say on the issues. By doing that, they hope to deflect people’s attention from their record and from the fact that they have no plan to get Bermuda working again – no plan that says to the unemployed, to struggling businesses and hard-pressed families that better days are ahead.
“The OBA this week put forward a preview of its plans to re-start the economy, grow good-paying jobs, restore safety to our neighbourhoods and provide our children with great schools.
“The PLP attack puts forward numbers that can only be described as ridiculous, and its sensitivity to how much things cost is laughable given the state of Government finances today.
“Here are a couple of facts to keep in mind when considering the Government attack:
- Government increased the people’s debt more than 700% since 2005
- Government’s own austerity programme has resulted in significant job layoffs and severe cutbacks to community support programmes.
- There are more than 3,300 Bermudians unemployed, with youth unemployment at more than 30%.
“The OBA is putting forward sensible ideas such as payroll tax breaks to employers for all new Bermudians hires and directing more government spending to small businesses. These and other measure are designed to protect and grow Bermudian jobs. It amazes us that a so-called labour Government would speak against them.
“The OBA economic plans for Bermuda will take time to bring to fruition – in part because of the terrible financial hole the Government has put the Island in. But we believe a change in government followed by the implementation of steady, responsible pro-growth policies, transparency and a more welcoming attitude toward investors will restore confidence and trust in the Island, jobs for Bermudians and hope for the future.
“We will leave it to the people to decide if they want this change, or more of the same,” concluded the OBA.
Update 10.21am: The PLP responded saying: “The OBA will continue to try to deflect the public from the fact that their plans do not add up. They will continue to peddle the fairy tale that they can cut taxes, increase spending, and reduce the debt.
“The fact is that 2+2 does not equal 0, and their plans will cost $500 million over 5 years. No amount of statements that the OBA release, and no amount of slick ads that the OBA produce, can deflect from the fact that their plans don’t add up.
“For the OBA plans to add up, there will have to be deep cuts to other government programs and services, however the OBA have been typically silent on what they would cut.
“We will leave it to the people to decide if the OBA pledge to increase spending, cut taxes, and reduce the debt adds up.”
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