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Just about everything in Saint Vincent is in a state of regression. Poor people are worse off now than any time during the last 75 years.
The threesome of finance in the 2018 budget announced measures to cut out the import of older vehicles.
Which we can be sure is an approved budget by his spokesman ‘come back to papa’ who is most likely still the ghost minister. Makes the boy look good when considered for PM.
They have been charging an environmental tax on imported older vehicles now for years. That tax is supposedly there to enable the government to dispose of old cars, abandoned and dumped.
But generally old cars are sold to dynasty supporters who are leading breakers and they earn a fortune from the procedure. The occasional disposal of old abandoned car bodies takes place at the Diamond landfill tip.
But it is only about 1% of imported vehicles. So why do they charge the environmental tax? Because they can and it’s just another way or ripping off the public. It doesn’t affect the rich who can afford modern or new vehicles; it is designed only to affect the poor.
Now if older vehicles are halted in the importation market it only affects the poor, not the middle class or the rich. Just the poor, the old vehicle already here will also rise in price because of a shortage of older vehicles, again affecting only the poor and benefiting the rich when they dispose of their skettel vehicles.
Because of the situation, we are in and because farmers are now considered among the poor due to actions or inactions by the ULP government. Seeing as we are now going back 75 years, it must be time to reintroduce the donkey and mule as a form of transportation.
The donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae, originating from East Africa. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years.
There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are still kept in SVG but there needs for a serious increase.
The donkey is commonplace in backward countries like Venezuela and Cuba. So there can be no political reason not to put them to good use again in SVG, as those countries are politically approved by our prime minister.
So to conclude if they can stick it to you on taxing something as simple as salt, why not old cars. It’s all part of the ULP loves you campaign.
HeeHaw Jolly Green