Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Lee: Focus on 'real' issues

The United National Congress (UNC) has accused government of attempting to sway the national conversation and perception away from the “real issues at heart”, including an escalating murder rate, job losses, and economic growth.

UNC Chairman David Lee has lashed back at detractors who have suggested that the party has not been able to inspire confidence in citizens.  

He questioned why the discussion is focused on the Opposition’s ability to inspire confidence while government continues to “suppress” and “fail” citizens.

“The national conversation and perception must never be swayed from the real issues at heart which surround the fact that our nation continues to battle a murder rate which has escalated to disastrous levels, over 20,000 individuals have lost their jobs, economic growth continues to contract and many families are finding it tough to maintain a proper standard of living.

Therefore it is the Government who has failed to inspire confidence within the citizenry and as a nation we must continue to highlight these issues as it is the Government who has the constitutional power to change our nation.”

Lee defended the party’s efforts, stating that the Opposition has not only remained steadfast in its goal to ensure government is held accountable for its actions, but all party members are united behind the leadership of UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the protection of the rights, liberty and welfare of  citizens.

He added that Opposition has been proactive, demonstrated in its approach to the FATCA legislation, the action taken against government in the process for the selection of a Police Commissioner, the present action against property tax, unemployment and crime, and other issues Lee said the Opposition has “championed each week” in Parliament.

“Even the Opposition’s efforts to reveal the real rationale for the TSTT acquisition of Massy Communication signify our intent on ensuring Government accountability,” Lee said.

The UNC Chairman added that its Monday Night Forum, local government election results and constituency representative bodies also support its “strong sense of national activism”.