This week, Finance Minister Colm Imbert showed us exactly why citizens need to keep abreast of current happenings, using sources OUTSIDE of political influences.
On Monday, Minister Imbert presented his Mid-Year Budget Review, and sought to paint a picture of sunbeams peeking though rainclouds – he insisted that the economy was recovering, and lambasted anyone that did not take his word for it. He criticized anyone who dared to question his assessment, and immediately wrote them off as pessimists who were against the good of the country. And, most shockingly, he sought to undercut an energy company’s assessment of their own affairs. The latter, if you haven’t yet guessed, pertains to BPTT, and its forecast regarding gas supply to Atlantic LNG’s Train One. Over the weekend, BPTT said it was experiencing ‘disappointing’ results from recent infill drilling, which it expects to have a material impact on forecasted production especially in 2020 and 2021.
Please note that following this statement, members of the media contacted the Finance Minister for a comment, which he allegedly refused. He then went to the House of Representatives on Monday and accused the very same media persons of carrying false news. With an election right around the corner, one has to wonder if this is an attempt to discredit the media ahead of time. But, that is wild speculation for another day.
During the sitting of House, as he presented the Mid-Year Budget Review, Mr Imbert took an apparent jab at BPTTs CEO, Claire Fitzpatrick, saying she was an accountant and not a geologist or petroleum engineer. He then seemingly suggested that she would not know what she was talking about, saying she would have to rely on the technocrats to make key decisions.
Mr Imbert clearly has no qualms about taking a shot at anyone who disagrees with or questions what he says. We would like to remind him that we are citizens of this country, and the state of its economy will weigh heaviest on us, the average citizens. If we have concerns, we have a right to ask questions. And just because we do does not mean we are automatically on the side of the Opposition. It simply means that we are genuinely concerned and demand transparency.
We expect this attack on opposing voices to grow in the coming months, after all, we are in election season. Citizens, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the real issues. Do your own research, and do not wait for a politician to tell you what to think. Because at the end of the day, they all have the same goal – to get into government.