Describing the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) as dishonest for claiming that the current Labour administration has not achieved, Education Minister Doctor Robert Lewis has said that when in power the UWP was preparing to implement Value Added Tax (VAT).
“The last UWP administration was saying it would have implemented VAT and had done all the work in terms of the various arrangements; but when election came we in the labour party put in our manifesto that VAT would be introduced,” Lewis asserted.
According to the Castries South MP, the labour party knew that VAT was going to be a bitter pill to swallow.
However he said that leadership is about making decisions with long term benefits in mind.
“At your own home there are things that your children will not like or even you would not like to implement, but if it is going to be beneficial in the long term you must take that decision,” Lewis declared.
The UWP has consistently criticized the current administration for the imposition of VAT, describing the measure as an added burden for citizens to bear in the present challenging economic environment.
Lewis observed that the labour government’s achievements could be determined by comparing what it has done with the promises made in the labour party election manifesto.