As the country continues to grapple with the tidal surge in Covid-19 cases inclusive of the new variant, the Rowley administration is hell-bent on creating greater hardship on the poor and low income earners of this country.
Notwithstanding the need for stringent measures to address the escalation of the pandemic, the Government’s knee jerk reaction was simply to lockdown malls and small enterprises whose operations provided sustenance to low income owners such as (store clerks, food handlers, counter assistances, cleaners etc.…)
How are these persons expected to pay rent, buy groceries, pay mortgages etc. when the immediate outcome will automatically be NO WORK NO PAY since business operations at these facilities will be curtailed.
The absence of any caring, meaningful and social thought processes are reflected by a complete absence of any “fallout” measures such as relief grants, rental grant etc. to buffer against these restrictive measures.
When would this administration recognize that the issues and failures from the first lockdown have not been addressed and another is currently imposed?
What are the learnings from the first lockdown?
Further, where is the compassion and empathy from this government, as it relates to the poor and vulnerable persons in these challenging times?
Finally, will the Prime Minister advise, how is poverty addressed under these grave circumstances?