By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira delivered a sound thrashing to the APNU+AFC government when she made her presentation on the 2015 Budget to the National Assembly on Thursday, August 20.
Teixeira – the penultimate speaker for the evening – spared no effort as she criticized almost every controversial move made by the new government since its 92 days in office.
According to the People’s Progressive Party Chief Whip, “the Opposition seems to be having problems getting used to the fact that they are the government.”
She went on to describe the budget presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan as one of the worst in history indicating that it was “politically loaded” and the “most divisive document – more than any other budget” that has been presented to the National Assembly in years prior.
The Parliamentarian indicated that one of the primary functions of any budget would be nation building and this budget lacks that aspect.
“I would have seriously looked at building issues of trust and confidence,” said Teixeira adding that “it has brought in what I call touch up things.”
Turning her attention to the Local Government Ministry, Teixeira was very critical of a government announcement to have flags for each administrative region.
“In what brain does someone conceptualize that you have regional flags? I mean seriously you are Bulkanizing this country,” said told the House, referring to Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.
“Local Government Elections Coming – we gon beat you again,” she went on to say. She also ranted against the decision not to renew the employment contract of University of Guyana Vice Chancellor Professor Jacob Opadeyi, stating that in turning around the University, Opadeyi would have had to make some enemies, hence we was on the right track.
“I am watching to see what democratic person you will hire…I am watching to see cause another 350 shades of gray is coming in from overseas,” she stated.
“When the APNU+AFC said it is time, it is time for the QC (Queens College) men and the fifty shades of Grey,” she stated.