Leader of the Opposition Bernard Grech said the Government’s 2021 Budget “ignores tomorrow”, at a press conference following Monday’s night’s Budget announcement.
He said the Prime Minister and the Government for “failing to understand that the situation in the country is the result of the laisse-faire leadership of Robert Abela”
“One would have expected extraordinary measures for these extraordinary times. This Budget is an exercise in recycling previous years’ ideas by a tired Government which has no material vision for how to lead the economy out of this crisis, let alone save it.”
He said that some measures were positive, while others have been recycled.
Dr Grech also said the Government was ignoring the realities faced by the health and tourism sectors.
He said that the Government should have established pillars for the economy of tomorrow, rather than solely focus on the immediate challenges.
The Opposition Leader criticized the Government for giving out COVID-19 aid that amounted to less than €400 per capita and failed to include reductions in energy tariffs and fuel prices.
He also noted that nothing was mentioned about how the Government would flatten the curve of coronavirus infections.