Kamla Persad-Bissessar

ON THE ATTACK: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar responds to the 2020 budget at yesterday’s sitting of the Lower House in Parliament at the International Waterfront Centre,

Port of Spain.

—Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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.

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