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Give us hard evidence, Mr Imbert

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Finance Minister Colm Imbert delivered a parting gift to legislators in the House yesterday morning when he shot back at detractors of his Mid-Year Budget Review and Government’s fiscal management policies.
Conceivably, he could not understand why some sectors of the society were sceptical about the relatively-positive outlook he gave during his presentation.

His response was to lash out at the naysayers, even naming economists he believed were up to no good in their continuous negative forecasts of the economy and Government’s policies aimed at getting the economy back on track.

Quite frankly, this newspaper finds it hard to fathom why Mr Imbert would be so angry about the mixed responses to the mid-year review. Indeed, in the build-up to his presentation there had been nothing to suggest the brighter days ahead forecast which he gave in his adjective-laden speech.

None of the reports from the major international agencies, including the IMF, had suggested anything but minor movement in the main areas where Government derives its revenue. And this was even strengthened moments before when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, in response to Opposition questions prior to the mid-year presentation, again explained that Government could not do everything it planned and on the same levels because it simply did not have the money.

Even on the sheer basis of what transpired before his presentation then, Mr Imbert could not have expected the entire society to buy into his forecast.

Of course, the minister, who despite his positivity still cautioned we were not out of the woods yet, can still shut up all the detractors by simply providing the raw evidence to show the impending boom he’s forecasted in both the energy and non-energy sectors.

Where’s the new crime plan?

This past week has been yet another traumatic one for law-abiding citizens of T&T, as killers seemingly ran rampant, particularly in the west, where there were several brazen attacks in which multiple people were killed. From all reports from the police, several of the killings were gang-related.

Looking ahead then, can the public expect that shortly, once the Anti-Gang Bill is assented to by the President, that the majority of these gang members will be taken off the streets?

This bill was seen as one of the major tools the police would need to stop the upsurge in gang-related activity.

But should we even have to wait until this new legislation is rolled to see relief?

It’s time for National Security Minister Edmund Dillon and acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams to revisit the drawing board.

Well done Yolande

Congrats to Tobago-born tennis player Yolande Leacock on her efforts at the ongoing ITF Women’s Circuit event at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua.

She will jump 200-spots up the next ITF ranking and we must now give her all the support she needs.


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