(CNS): The People’s Progresssive Movement, a.k.a. the Progressives, has begun an online campaign disputing the claims that have been consistently made by Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush in various public forums about their track record. With six months to go before Nomination Day and the official start of the 2017 General Election campaign, the ruling party has already begun specifically targeting the CDP/UDP leader, accusing him of spreading “falsehoods” and taking aim at his time in office, while promoting what the party claims are the current government’s achievements.
On the party website the Progressives list a number of claims Bush has made about the PPM, from the proposed controversial cruise berthing facility to unemployment statistics. The party takes aim at the former premier, pointing to some of Bush’s more controversial moves when he was premier between 2009 and 2012.
The opposition leader has accused the PPM of being instrumental, when they were in opposition, of undermining and helping to stop the cruise berthing project that he had tried to get started. But the Progressives are hitting back, reminding voters that the UK pulled the rug on the deal with the Chinese company Bush was working on.
On their website they recap the controversial changes of plan the UDP went through, from the first failed negotiations with Dart to build the facility through to the controversial and costly cancellation of the GLF contract, and remind voters that there has still never been an explanation for why that deal was pulled directly by Bush.
“The awful track record and the action of McKeeva Bush caused the proposed UDP cruise dock project to implode, costing the country and taxpayers millions of dollars,” the PPM stated in its attack on the opposition leader.
In addition to claims about what the PPM did to him while he was leader, Busg has also condemned the PPM’s record in office, accusing them of selling government land for less than it is worth, misleading the public about the level of unemployment, and doing nothing to address what he has said is a worsening economic environment, in which people are losing their homes and their businesses.
Bush has also accused the PPM of doing nothing about the landfill in George Town — and there are many who back the opposition leader on that issue, given that with just six months left in office, the plans to introduce a new integrated waste-management solution is still some four years away.
The Progressives, however, claim they are moving ahead with the landfill and have done much more in power than Bush, who presided over a “dangerous and badly managed dump”, as they have invested in the necessary equipment and fixed the immediate mismanagement problems.