Friday 30 October, 2020

Budget will go down as one of the worst in history - Anthony

Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said the 2018/2019 budget presented by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet this week will go down in history as one of the worst ever to be presented in the House of Assembly.

Anthony described the budget as comprised of declarations of intent, grandiose promises, fleeting proposals of no programmes or projects to reflect the decisions taken by the prime minister.

The prime minister, Anthony noted, touches an issue, drops it, then runs to another one, never adequately handling the matter at hand. Anthony said this resulted in a “tip and run budget” referencing a cricket game in which the batsman must run once his bat has touched the ball.

But Anthony’s presentation in the House was not focused solely on the $1.4 billion budget. He took aimed at Prime Minister Chastanet who earlier had spoken of launching an investigation into what he termed ‘suspicious undertakings’ of Anthony’s administration during its 2011 – 2016 tenure in office.

According to Chastanet “it appeared in some cases that deliberate attempts were made to cover tracks and make investigations pointless” by the Anthony administration.

Chastanet said that there is still a lot of blinding smoke to be cleared from around a number of public concerns such as how St. Lucia became embroiled in the marital affairs of Saudi billionaire, Walid Juffali; what induced the former prime minister to partner with American oil speculator Jack Grynberg, known to be notorious for his business practices; the St. Jude Hospital quagmire, Robert Lindquist, etc.

But Anthony reminded Chastanet that he had been through persecution before, more than once, but Chastanet himself must never come to the Altar of Justice with unclean hands as he will pay the price for doing that.

“What I promise the Minister for Finance (Prime Minister Allen Chastanet) when he embarks on whatever he embarks on. I will make sure that he reaps the whirlwind for his actions,” Anthony said.

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