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Trinidad: Kamla hits ‘Hansel and Gretel budget’

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said no-one will be fooled by the “Hansel and Gretel budget” where crumbs were thrown to people without jobs.

She was speaking to reporters at the Parliament after the budget was read by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

Persad-Bissessar said vague promises which will not materialise were repeated from past budgets and the presentation was nothing more than a continuation of bitter pills, but with a few spoonfuls of sugar added.

“Between now and next year it’s not going to happen, but they all sound good don’t they?”

While Imbert had quoted Bob Marley, Persad-Bissessar said the singer had once warned, “All that glitters is not gold.”

Saying people want jobs not light bulbs, she chuckled, “The brightest idea is bulbs? Are you for real?”

She claimed she had empirical proof of 63,000 people losing their jobs under this government, and the sum could be 100,000 based on personal anecdote.

Persad-Bissessar also asked why CEPEP and URP workers earn less than the new minimum wage of $17.50 (which she wished would be $20 per hour.) “It makes no sense.”

She said Imbert sounded unconvinced by his own budget which, she dubbed, “A screenplay from Balisier House” and “not a budget, but an advert.”

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