THE ISLAND, Nov 9
Bishop: “I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg, Mr. Jones!”
Curate: “Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!”
– From Maurier’s cartoon, True Humility, (1895)
Another budget has come and gone. It is already as good as passed because the government commands a two-thirds majority in Parliament. The debate that has commenced is of little use; nothing much will be discussed.
Described as growth-oriented, Budget 2013 has elicited a positive response from a section of the business community while others have expressed displeasure. It has left the people trying to figure out what they have got and what they haven’t. What is given with one hand is dexterously taken away with the other. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, or whoever prepared the budget, has demonstrated his adeptness at sleight of hand. After all, that’s the name of the game!