Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar referred to the Prime Minister’s Address to the nation on Thursday as, “long on words but woefully short on ideas.”

In a press release, Persad-Bissessar wrote that Dr Keith Rowley’s appeal to citizens at this time rings hollow, especially on the same day when the highest amount of deaths were recorded.

On Wednesday this country crossed 2,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Persad-Bissessar said the close to one-hour long address failed to provide any hope or comfort to citizens and has no plan to deal with the situation.

She said since this pandemic began the Government’s policy prescriptions have revolved around three areas: –

One, asking citizens to “follow the science” but without providing any data: two, congratulating themselves without any justification and three—dismissing all critics as “naysayers” or “unpatriotic.”

Persad-Bissessar said judging by Rowley’s address to the nation, nothing is going to change.

“It is unacceptable that the Rowley led Government is comfortable doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” she wrote.

The Opposition Leader sent prayers to people affected by the pandemic and said thousands were concerned and worried.

“Our nation simply cannot go on like this,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar said sound leadership and decisive action are needed to mitigate the current crisis.