Lower PAYE (pay as you earn) and corporation tax. No Revenue Authority. These were some of the campaign promises made by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she delivered her budget reply in the House of Representatives yesterday.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel, with or without LED light bulbs,” she satirised. The prime minister’s announcement of the local government election via news release one hour and 45 minutes into Persad-Bissessar’s contribution gave the Opposition Leader’s political pitch added relevance and turned yesterday’s debate into a rowdy session, in which both sides pulled no punches, hitting each other sometimes below the belt.