Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

‘FINAL RITES’ FOR ECONOMY: Members of the Opposition at yesterday’s presentation of the 2020 budget in Parliament. From left are Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Naparima MP Rodney Charles and Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan.

Breadcrumbs and bulbs.

This is what Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Finance Minister Colm Imbert, whom she described as a “snake oil salesman”, has given to the population.

Speaking to the media following the 2020 budget presentation yesterday at the Parliament, Persad-Bissessar said she does not believe the population would be fooled by an “electioneering” budget that has placed band-aids on major issues such as a dead economy and massive job losses.

“All that glitters is not gold. So all these promises that are being made, repeated promises that are not being kept. No gold in there for the ordinary citizens. People want jobs, not bulbs....I mean that is the brightest idea in the budget, I mean really, are you for real?” said Persad-Bissessar.

The former prime minister said Imbert performed the “final rites” on the economy with his “boring” three hours and 21 minutes long presentation in which he demonstrated the cumulative failure of the Government over the past four years.


THE Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force military uniform is one which is quite distinctive, and what was shown in a video recording and photo by the Sunday Express yesterday, is not military attire.

So says retired Major General Ralph Brown in an interview with the Express yesterday.

Brown was responding to questions from the Express about the procedure used by the military, when choosing soldiers to assist the T&T Police Service, in exercises and the attire of these soldiers.

IT was a soldier, not a policeman.

And an investigation will be launched to determine whether the member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) committed any criminal act following the release of video footage showing an officer secretly pocketing an envelope during a raid in La Horquetta last week where $22 million in cash was seized from Drugs Sou Sou (DSS).

A captain and the majority of the crew on board the oil and chemical tanker Star Balboa have contracted the Covid-19 virus.

Attorneys are claiming that local law enforcement infected the crew as scores of them have been on board conducting searches of the ship for narcotics. However, to date nothing has been found.

THE National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) has announced a nine-night television and social media event to replace this year’s Divali Nagar.

Divali Nagar 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Yaadein, the virtual event, will begin on November 5 and continue until the night before Divali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal will not be vying for leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) when internal elections are held.

Vasant Bharath is however likely to challenge incumbent political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as he said he will be considering throwing his hat in the ring.

UNC leadership and national executive elections are due by November 2020.

No official date has been set yet.