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Robin Hood in reverse!


ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

Robin Hood in reverse!

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GOVERNMENT has been accused of being a “willing accomplice” in robbing poor Barbadians, with Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Budget reversing the Robin Hood approach.

The charge came yesterday from Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn, in the Senate during debate on the Appropriation Bill 2019.

In his more than 90-minute contribution, Franklyn blasted the Mottley administration for heavily taxing the poor, increasing bus fares while easing taxes for slot machine owners, and sending home hundreds of workers at the bottom while bringing in big-salaried consultants. He also accused it of repaying those who supported the Barbados Labour Party during the 2018 election campaign.

“Now, the IMF [International Monetary Fund] has come down and we allow them to manage our show. They see numbers, they don’t see people, and that is what they [Barbados Labour Party] were all elected to look out for, the people, the most vulnerable, and the people who are most vulnerable are not be assisted.

 

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