UPP points to disregard of manifesto promises


A potential candidate for the United Progressive Party has pointed to a “cavalier” attitude in which the Labour Party treats promises made in its 2014 manifesto.

Joan Underwood said the manifesto is a social contract which resulted in a 14-3 victory for the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party.

But she said it was being cast aside by the ruling party and argued that broken promises were not being explained.

She told a local radio programme that while on one hand the government enacted updated environment laws, “We also have had significant attacks and damage done to our environment.”

Underwood said the YIDA investment is an example of “damage that has been done to our wetlands.”

She said there are reports that the development of new lands will benefit “some members of cabinet” and argued that the water problem has only improved “marginally.”

The UPP caretaker for St. John’s Rural North Constituency, said the shifting of the goal post for the 500 homes in 500 days project is a prime example of a failed manifesto promise.

On Monday, the government will hand over 48 keys to the homes after three years.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Senator Lennox Weston said that at the end of the day it will not matter to people whether the houses were completed in 500 days or not.

He said after inheriting a huge debt from the UPP, manifesto priorities had to be realigned.

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