The Prime Minister’s interview broadcasted across most major media platforms in the country on Sunday night was deceptive, hopeless, and a work of fiction. That’s the sentiment being expressed by members of the Opposition yesterday.
In the 90-minute interview, Dr Keith Rowley addressed a wide array of topics which were prominent in the public domain over the past five years. Among the issues discussed were crime, the country’s economic status, the restructuring of state-owned Petrotrin, marijuana decriminalisation, and the future of the People’s National Movement (PNM).
In a release, the United National Congress (UNC) described Dr Rowley’s interview as a “political campaign advertisement” which was a “pathetic attempt to bolster his party’s image” to which he failed to accomplish.
It said the prime minister deflected on critical national issues such as unemployment and the state of the economy while “offering no solutions, policies or initiatives to improve our circumstances”.
The party disputed his claims of having averted economic collapse as “a work of fiction” citing that over 60,000 citizens lost their jobs during his tenure. It also cited that the country’s “revenues are declining, foreign direct investment is slowing and businesses are closing down”.
However, the party took a special interest in the Prime Minister’s defence of spending millions of tax-payer dollars on restoration projects during a time when it said: “Our health system is in crisis, several schools remain closed or incomplete, and critical infrastructure needs such as roads and drains are neglected”.
“While we recognize the importance of preserving our national heritage, our view is that addressing the critical needs of the people should be prioritized,” the release read.
UNC Chief Whip David Lee described Dr Rowley’s claims that he “has put the energy sector in a much better place than it was in 2015” as delusional as he cited the 40 per cent unemployment rate within the sector. He also cited media reports that Titan Methanol may be shutting down its plant due to difficulties with natural gas negotiations.