Monday, April 2, 2012

The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr has called on commentators of the New Patriotic Party to be honest in all political debates.

Mr Pratt made this appeal in relation to recent comments by some NPP propagandist that "people don't eat inflation".

The Mills lead administration upon assuming office within the period of three and a half years have been able to bring inflation down to a single digit - as low as 8.5 per cent, the lowest the country has never seen in the past 20 years-.

Mr Pratt contributing a discussion on a local radio station recounted that the NPP propagandists have claimed and continue to claim that as at the time when they took over power in 2000, inflation was hovering around the 40 per cent mark and after 8 years, they brought inflation down to 18.1 per cent before handing over power to the ruling party NDC.

"It took the NPP 8years to bring inflation from around 40 per cent to 18.1 per cent but the NDC since assuming power in 2008 have reduced inflation from 18.1 per cent to 8.7 per cent, which is still less than half the figure they inherited . Yet the NPP considers this a very very significant achievement," Mr Pratt quizzed.

"When you listen to the NPP propagandist, their retold is simply that people don't eat inflation. If inflation was not important, how come that in their manifestos for 2000,2004 and 2008 election they emphasized the point that it was absolutely important to reduce inflation to single digit? If inflation is not important, why then did they highlight it," Mr Pratt noted.

He further quizzed that "why do the NPP up to date still insist that one of their major achievements was to half the rate of inflation whiles they were in power."

"I think some honesty in discussions relating to this area is required, some honesty will do all of us some good," Mr Pratt said.

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