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OPINION | THE OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP)

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Yes, I understand that our democracy is supposed to be built on open and fair battle among political parties who are jostling for the seat of government.  

 In our case, it has been a history of a two-party system, i.e. the Peoples Political Party (PPP) versus the St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP): the SVLP versus the New Democratic Party (NDP); and the NDP versus the Unity Labour Party (ULP).

I understand that there will always be an opposition voice.  But what bothers me is that it becomes difficult to figure out what is the real intent and motivation behind some of the NDP’s positions on national issues and the programmes they suggest.

Very often I am led to conclude that all the NDP wants to do is oppose and in so doing it obstructs progress.

Look at what it wanted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It called for a shutdown of the country, which was totally unnecessary, only because other countries were doing it.   

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Look at what it says we should do with VAT.  They want us to lower the rate, they don’t say how much revenue we are going to lose and worse, they gave no idea about how they are going to go about making up for that loss.

And then all this talk about creating jobs as though that is something they can do overnight.

I tell you, Mr.  Editor, if they don’t wake up soon, they will be banished to the halls of opposition politics for the rest of their existence.

By the way, am I correct in saying, dating back to 1979, that the ULP has spent the least time in Opposition, 1998 – 2001?  

Trevor 

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