What is it about our politicians that they cannot understand how to be completely honest with the people? I refer particularly to Finance Minister Colm Imbert mamaguying the population after he delivered the 2019–2020 Budget speech earlier this month. He said, “This is not an election budget.” Well if it wasn’t, I would hate to think what is?
Here was his defence when he spoke at the Breakfast Post Budget sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce at the Hyatt Hotel: “This year’s budget, we tried to balance. After three years of hardship, we had to do things to create the necessary revenue to keep the economy going and give it the boost that it needs to grow.”
He admits therefore, that in previous fiscal packages, people were ‘ketching hell’. So, with elections around the corner, it was time to give the people ‘a lil ting’.