MP Tancoo has slammed another PNM Minister for yet another insensitive comment.
During his Budget response last week, the Opposition Finance spokesperson Dave Tancoo, lambasted Minister in the Ministry of Finance Brian Manning, who stated that there should be no subsidy at all on Premium Fuel. Tancoo demanded that the government explain unequivocally whether it was the PNM’s policy to increase fuel costs once more, by eliminating the entire subsidy. Tancoo questioned if removing subsidies for other goods and services was the government’s overarching goal. In addition to financial matters, Tancoo claimed that the Minister is “completely clueless” about the realities of the crises that affect citizens.
Prior to that, PNM Minister Cudjoe, claimed that she didn’t understand why it was so difficult for people to make more sacrifices, even though she was aware that people were in such difficult situations that they had no savings. Although it is evident that the Minister was utterly unaware that her administration was forcing people into poverty by increasing fuel and food prices, property tax, etc, the fact that she subsequently stood by her remarks, should serve as a warning to the populace about their lack of awareness of the crisis faced by individuals.
Yesterday, another PNM Member of Parliament demonstrated his own disdain for the population when he chastised them for complaining about rising prices and falling standards of living. According to MP Tancoo, “This is how this PNM government views citizens. While they give their friends, family, and financiers billions of taxpayers’ dollars, the PNM’s recommendation to citizens is to go back to coal pot and bicycle.”
Tancoo had a recommendation for MP Scotland and the PNM: “ALL of them should ride their bicycles to Parliament on Monday but do so like normal citizens: without a police escort and the water stops.”