“It’s an old talk budget”. That’s the cry from Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, during an interview earlier this week, on State Owned DBS Radio. That was his response to a question posed to him by the host of a show on DBS, as to what he thought of the 2016/2017 national budget.
The opposition leader expressed the view, that the initiatives taken in this year’s fiscal budget are not original to this government, and that they were similar to some provisions in previous budget presentations.
Linton was challenged on these views, and attempted to substantiate his position, but was not allowed to do so, due to constant interruptions from the interviewer, who is also the DLP Government’s Press Secretary. However, evidence has surfaced which proves that the 2013/14 fiscal budget did contain very similar provisions.
In his budget presentation in 2013, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit spoke of $10 million dollars which would be made available via the aid bank to assist hoteliers who wish to upgrade their hotels, which is what Linton said to the host in the first place, but she insisted that he was wrong, and that the provisions in the 2016/2017 budget were never presented in any past budgets.
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