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FNM Deputy: Christie is Most Incompetent PM

Free National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said Prime Minister Perry Christie is the most “incompetent and irresponsible prime minister and minister of finance since the advent of Cabinet government in The Bahamas.”

In a press statement released yesterday Mrs. Butler-Turner said Prime Minister Christie is very good at pleading ignorance and very poor at accepting responsibility.

The FNM deputy leader quoted a portion of the prime minister’s recent speech in the House of Assembly (HOA) where he spoke of both the minister of finance and the prime minister “as if they were two different people.”

Mrs. Butler-Turner described it as a statement by a prime minister who is utterly confused, out-of-touch and incompetent on issues of finance in general, including matters pertaining to Value Added Tax (VAT) and other taxes.

“Bahamians do not trust the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on financial matters and are concerned about how the PLP is spending public funds,” she said.

“Even as the PLP is raising taxes and wants to increase the tax burden even more it went ahead and gave out $20 million dollars in untendered contracts in Andros. We can’t trust the PLP with our money.”

She added that Mr. Christie is failing to do his job as prime minister and as minister of finance.

Mrs. Butler-Turner also questioned if the prime minister was in fact up-to-date with his real property taxes.
The government’s key man on VAT recently revealed that he was behind in his real property taxes, prompting the opposition to criticise the government.

The Opposition deputy leader also blasted the nation’s chief for saying that he will now look into finding which government officials are in arrears with their taxes.

“Why is he just doing this now, nearly two years after returning to office and on the eve of introducing legislation on VAT, legislation that has been postponed on three occasions by an incompetent government?” she asked.

“He wants the Bahamian people to pay taxes and wants to raise taxes on law-abiding citizens, including the poor, but doesn’t know who in his own ranks are paying taxes? Is there one standard for the Bahamian people and another standard for PLP parliamentarians?”

Mrs. Butler-Turner insisted that the current government is one of double standards.

She added that according to the actions of some of them, it does not matter if taxes are raised or lowered, they simply do not pay them.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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