Ronald Ramkissoon

Dr Vanus James (Left) Dr Ronald Ramkissoon

Economists have raised a red flag over Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s 2020 national budget, saying it is full of election goodies but lacking in long term sustainable measures to create revenue.

The Express yesterday spoke to economists Dr Vanus James and Dr Ronald Ramkissoon — who questioned where were the measures to generate revenues and create employment. They also asked where the money is going to come from to sustain recurrent expenditure as it relates to the increased wages and infrastructure development programme.

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“Thank you very much and goodbye.”

This is essentially what outgoing D’Abadie/O’Meara MP Ancil Antoine was told by the People’s National Movement (PNM) leadership yesterday.

Antoine was summarily removed as the party’s candidate for the 2020 general election following his “insensitive and objectionable statements” at a campaign meeting on Saturday.