During the media briefing the message communicated by the parliamentarians who are representatives drawn from the People’s Action Movement, PAM and the Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM, was, ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to the government’s failure to pass the public in integrity life and the freedom of information bill.
The Leader of the opposition Mr. Mark Brantley said the reasons for boycotting he Budget Debate was because they thought that enough was enough and they thought that a stance was needed to be taken now, “But we do not wish to minimize the seriousness of the budget and the fiscal mire in which the country finds itself; but a strong statement had to be made.”
Brantley said “We are not satisfied and we believe the nation is not satisfied with the manner in which Dr. Douglas has managed the fiscal related affairs of the country. “
The Leader of the opposition also disclosed that the opposition is discussing what other efforts can be made and it would be premature to say whether or not the boycott will continue after the budget and that they have no intentions to attend the budget sessions at all.
Brantley added, “This demonstration is a rejection of all things that have been happening in this country and the manner in which they have been happening. Why is it, do we feel comfortable having laws to govern our citizens, but refuse to pass laws to govern our Ministers and leaders in government?”
Parliamentary Representative for Constituency Number Five, Mr. Shawn Richards, of PAM, said that the Integrity in Public Life and the Freedom of Information Act would have given the general public the opportunity to view the cheques and balances outside of The Budget Address and also give the opportunity to hold the Government accountable and will be able to see if any wrong doing is taking place.