Control crime to restore hope, Phillips advises Government
Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips
Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, used his maiden Budget presentation on Thursday to tell the Andrew Holness-led Administration that there is an “urgent need to control crime in order to restore hope in Jamaica’s future”.
Dr Phillips said the Government has not done a good job at fighting the crime monster, and, in fact, blamed the Administration for an increase in the murder rate.
“Murders last year were higher than the year before, and this year so far, they are six per cent higher than they were at this time last year….” Dr Phillips said.
He’s indicated that the Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson, will elaborate on the Opposition’s anti-crime measures when Jackson speaks in the Sectoral Presentations in Parliament.
in a wide-ranging address that lasted more than two hours as he made his contribution to the 2018-2019 Budget Debate, Dr Phillips also blasted the policies of the Government, which he said have made the poor even poorer. He said the “trickle-down theory” of economic development has not worked and it was time for a change.
“The transformation of the economy and the restoration of hope will not flow automatically from macroeconomic stabilisation,” said Phillips.
He said the experience of countries that have achieved developed status “shows us that tinkering piecemeal measurers and a commitment to the trickle-down theory of economic and social development won’t get us very far.”
According to the Opposition Leader, “to build the kind of Jamaica that we seek, we have to dismantle and transform the social arrangements which continue to form barriers to the advancement and upward social mobility of the poor.”
“This is what we have to do if we want to build a society that offers greater social and economic equity,” he added.
Dr Phillips reiterated that what Jamaica needs is a radical approach to social transformation, and not piecemeal tinkering.