Government for the rich and by the rich

By Alvette “Ellorton” Jeffers

Government ministers, who took part in the virtual meeting of Parliament held on March 31st 2020, confirmed for the working class what they have always suspected; the government of Antigua and Barbuda is a government for the rich and by the rich. Parliament met specifically to authorise a twenty-four-hour curfew and to warn people of the severe punishment they would face if they refused to comply with its mandate. The curfew, government ministers and parliamentary opposition reasoned, was necessary to give the State the latitude that it requires to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus, especially when some people were daring in their disregard for all entreaties to practice social distancing and the government was too financially lean to pay for all the medical necessities indispensable to the prevention of a rapid spread of the virus and its treatment…

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