The GSD yesterday distributed leaflets to the six Government housing estates it says have been ‘mortgaged’ by the Government in order to borrow £300 million.
“If the GSD Government had mortgaged Government housing estates to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds, the GSLP-Liberals would have been up in arms about it,” the Opposition said in a statement.
“At the last session of parliament in July 2016, the Opposition had filed many questions about this and the Chief Minister postponed the session until the 9 September 2016; the day before national day when everyone will be focused on our national day celebrations.”
The leaflet, which carries the headline ‘Picardo Mortgages your Housing Estate’, lists the buildings and housing estates “mortgaged” in the deal.
The GSD said it will keep pressing the Government on this issue including whether the £300 million borrowed will be used to repay existing debt or is extra money the Government has borrowed.
If it is the latter, the Opposition said, the debt owed by the Government directly or through Government owned companies will have exceeded £1.1 billion.
“This is eye watering debt under any circumstances but certainly for a party who claimed the GSD Government was addicted to debt when our public debt was a small fraction of that.”