Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, has laid out what he calls the “economic facts” which he says point to the failure of the Portia Simpson Miller administration.
He’s accusing the Prime Minister and the governing PNP of attempting to twist the facts and confuse the public.
The Opposition Spokesman says Mrs. Simpson Miller has access to the economic facts of the country, but is attempting to re-write Jamaica’s economic history in a manner that’s favorable to her government.
Mr. Shaw made the comments today at a press conference held at the JLP’s Belmont Road headquarters.
Mr. Shaw says the kind of mis-information being spread by the PNP for its own narrow political objectives is unprecedented.
He says the Prime Minister’s comments that she inherited an economy from the JLP that had recorded 14 consecutive quarters of decline was only one of many bits of mis-information being spread by her administration.
As such, Mr. Shaw attempted to set the record straight regarding the economic management of the previous JLP administration.
He says when the JLP left office at the end of 2011, it was the first time in decades that all the economic indicators were pointing in the right direction.
Mr. Shaw also challenged Mrs. Simpson Miller on her claim that the country had seen a decline in its stock of debt since the PNP took office in January 2012.
Mr. Shaw says the facts cannot be contradicted and admitted that there were several quarters of negative growth during his administration.
But he says the global economic environment was in a very different state at that time.