REAL NEWS – All Saints West MP Anthony Smith, Junior is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
He made the call from the platform on Monday night, at a rally held in support of his colleague, St. Mary’s South candidate Kelvin “Shugy” Simon.
It was Simon’s resignation from the House of Representatives that paved the way for the by-election slated for October 24.
But Smith says Simon should not have resigned on June 7.
Instead, the resignation should have come from PM Browne and his administration, since they have been such big failures.
Smith charges that they have messed up the economic fortunes of the country, among several other missteps that have left the people struggling.
He notes that living in Antigua and Barbuda today is hard for even members of the business community, for whom things continue to decline.
In fact, the MP says, everyone – the poor, the middle, and the upper classes, included – is trying to make ends meet on a daily basis.
According to him, after making payments on their mortgage and car loans, among other debts, many in the middle class have no money to save or invest in a worthwhile venture.
Smith points out that the less fortunate are faring the worst – having to decide whether to pay their bills or to buy food, or to buy food and have their utilities disconnected.
Further, he says, he has spoken with operators who have shared the true financial state of their businesses, since, as he notes, there is “no money stirring.”
Many of them, he says, are owed millions of dollars by the Government, and they are having challenges to be paid by the Treasury.
MP Smith notes that the private sector should be the engine of growth in any country, investing and creating employment; but it is unable to do so when the Government is crippling their businesses by not offering incentives.
In the meantime, Smith says that public servants continue to cry, and when they decide to take action they are met with threats of retrenchment from a leader who needs to resign from the Government.
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