Govt should have discussed this

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BUSINESSMAN Balliram Maharaj said Government should have engaged in wider public consultation before bringing the Finance Bill to Parliament which sought, among other things, to add 99 food items — including milk, butter and flour — to the VAT list. He is now worried this move would see shoppers, especially those in the lower income bracket, struggling to put food on their family tables.

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HOUSE OF RUM

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley caused an uproar in Parliament Monday night, when he revealed that a substantial amount of alcohol was stockpiled at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s during the tenure of his immediate predecessor and current Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.