The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has been engaged in feeding the nation half-truths and misinformation as the debates on the 2017 Budget unfolds, since according to Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge “do suh nah like suh.”
Greenidge delivered this charge to the National Assembly yesterday and accused the PPP/C of peddling fabrications as it promulgates its thesis that economic growth only ever took place under that Administration.
Looking to set the record straight, Greenidge who served as Finance Minister pre-1992, said the PPP/C in fact inherited growth in the economy’s Gross Domestic Product at six per cent.
Lamenting the contributions of the Opposition speakers, Greenidge said there was no mention of the illegal expenditure that obtained under the PPP/C.
According to Greenidge, the PPP/C’s presentations also omitted entirely the no-confidence vote or the prorogation of Parliament, neither was there any mention of illegal actions of the former Finance Minister’s on the advice of a rogue Attorney General – a statement he was forced to withdraw by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.
Greenidge told the House that the PPP/C speakers have instead been pre-occupied with repeated tales about alleged misbehaviour of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government during its 18 months since taking the reins of the Administration.
He further told the House that it was disappointing to see Opposition speakers attempt to relegate the debate to focus on race and ethnic division.
According to Greenidge, the ‘crocodile tears’ employed by the Opposition in seeking to stoke a racial divide, especially among the indigenous population, was disappointing, adding that “we have seen the croc in action and the tears fool no one.”
Vice President Greenidge told the House that during the 23 years the PPP/C had been in office, they bludgeoned the public with selective economic indicators.”
According to the Vice President, “We find ourselves in which the discussion of the budget is couched and surrounded by a set of largely irrelevant issues and attempts to divert attention from the substance of the Budget.” (Guyana Times)