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Opposition Leader calls budget “lifeless”

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

The budget debate will take place two weeks from now, when the government and opposition will have their chance to dissect it and support or reject it. But already the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) Leader, John Briceno came out swinging after Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented the budget on Friday.

Briceno described the budget as “lifeless” and having “no glitter and no substance.”

“There’s nothing in that budget. He talks nothing about crime; about the social ills that are affecting us…the only thing is, remember when he used to criticize the PUP for the “below the line” items. We have the BTL settlement which he says now he’s treating as a “below the line” [item] – something that we paid for from the budget. If you were to include that, we wouldn’t have enough money to pay the rent, pay light bill and pay teachers. That is why he has been living off borrowed money,” Briceno criticized.

The budget debate is scheduled for March 22 and 23 at the National Assembly building.

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