The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has once again boxed in itself by taking up membership on the Steering Committee of the National Plan 2030 being put together by the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
The NDC advisers are lacking in vision and seemingly cannot see that they are allowing PM Mitchell to dictate the pace of things in the lead up to the next general election.
Congress should shy away from anything to do with NNP given its experience on the Constitutional Review Commission.
At the core of the next election will be the issue of “bread and butter” to be put on the table of the electorate.
It is in the NDC’s best interest to put together its own economic plan for the development of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and try and sell to the people as “the best on offer”.
As a party, Congress should leave PM Mitchell and his group to put together their own plan and present it to the people for the next election.
Dr. Mitchell and his group sold the people a plan in 2013 and they bought into it.
This particular plan was sold under the banner of “we will deliver” and the electorate bought into it out of a belief that thousands of jobs will become available and money will flow once again on the streets of St. George’s because there will be “a new economy.
The people never catered for an NNP plan that was laced with bitter medicine – taxes left, right and centre. Where is this new economy that was promised by Dr. Mitchell and his chief policy advisor, Dr. Patrick Antoine?
What will Comrade Nazim Burke, the new Political Leader of NDC, sell to the people in the next general election to get them to vote in his favour and not once again with Dr. Mitchell?
Surely, he cannot sell anything outside of the National Plan 2030, which Congress through its representative would have agreed to as a member of the steering committee.
That being the case, the NDC would be sending a signal to the Grenadian people that the National Plan 2030 is the way to go for the country.
If disagreements surface, will Comrade Burke and company pull out of the Steering Committee similar to what they did in the case of the Constitutional Review Commission?
THE NEW TODAY is fully aware that the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) is running the policy directives in the country and NNP has no choice but to dance to the beat of the music being played.
Regional economists are right now asking serious questions about the authors of the recent Fiscal Responsibility Act that the Mitchell-led government recently took to Parliament.
The experts are saying that the legislation is similar to those imposed on Jamaica by the fund as part of the deal that was agreed with the Jamaican government.
As one regional economist questioned – why the Government of Grenada felt it necessary and expedient at this particular time to introduce these bills in the Grenada Parliament?
The answer is simple – the Mitchell government has no say in the matter and understand the consequences if they do not bow to the dictates of the IMF.
The current policies being pursued by the NNP run very contrary to what PM Mitchell has been preaching for the past 30 years – economic activities can only take place when the people have disposable income in their hands.
Today there is no disposable income as the people are heavily taxed as part of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) that had to be implemented mainly on account of the unwise policies pursued by the NNP in 1995-2008 of borrowing at high commercial interest rates and spending on all kinds of ill-thought out projects.
THE NEW TODAY is calling on Comrade Burke to inform his party supporters and the rest of the nation with respect to the role to be played by Congress on the Steering Committee.
Will it be an adversarial role or co-operation and going along with the ideas of the NNP who will have the final say given that they control State power?
Secondly, once the National Plan 2030 is formulated, will the NDC be also adopting it as its road map to prosperity for the Grenadian people?
The NNP is very much interested in the creation of a one-party State and Comrade Burke and his team might well be aiding and abetting them in their scheme to ensure political hegemony in Grenada.