DLP a party of taxes – Straughn
The Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) image as the party for poor people has been shattered since it was returned to power in 2008 and it has become the party of taxes, according to Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spokesman on economics Ryan Straughn.
Addressing a BLP Christ Church East branch meeting lastnight, the economist detailed a number of levies introduced, and subsidies taken away, by the current administration.
“Everything that the Barbados Labour Party put in place to ease the stress for poor people the Democratic Labour Party has systematically dismantled,” he charged at the St Christopher Primary School.
Straughn made mention of the removal of the diesel subsidy, the halving of the tax credit and the increase in the Value Added Tax from 15 per cent to 17.5 per cent, as examples of the administration’s appetite for taxes.
“Now, this year you come and introduce a two per cent National Social Responsibility levy,” he said, adding with, “the party that is proposing to be representing poor people . . . and these fellows increased their salary by ten per cent”.
Attacking the DLP administration for employing “faulty economic strategies” that resulted in a national downturn, he said, “You cannot through flawed public policy compromise the wellbeing of almost every household in the country, and then seek to look after yourself by increasing your salary by ten per cent. Not now”.
“We have come now to accept that all the Democratic Labour Party sees in us . . . they just want some money out of your pocket. All they see is tax”, he added.