…with Budget prioritiesIf there’s anything that’s revealed why our economy’s been adrift and slipping inexorably into the abyss of stagnation, one just has to explore the revelations coming out of the recent meeting with Budget Agency heads.From his comments, Jordan has a fundamental disjunct about what a central government budget is all about in a mixed economy – one where there are both public and private productive enterprises. The Chronic’s headline summarised his confusion with his charge: “Deliver the goods…Min Jordan says gov’t will make resources available”!! It is now confirmed that Jordan and his PNC Government needs help for development of the country.Rather, THEY’re driving the process of spending the Government revenues as THEY see fit!! Talk about the tail wagging the dog!! No wonder Guyana’s slip-slidin’ away!!So your Eyewitness will offer him a quick tutorial of what Jagdeo and other economists were doing in the front room while he was filling in numbers in the back room: They were conceptualising the Government’s economic, social and political policies which would guide the budget process!! First, the Finance Minister should’ve briefed Cabinet about the state of the economy; and with ours in reverse gear, should’ve mapped out a plan for the “reallocation of resources” to promote growth!!But what did Jordan tell his budget agencies about “reallocation of resources”? He boasted, “We have consistently improved wages and salaries; undertaken sweeping tax reforms to improve tax administration, and bring greater equity to the tax system”!!! Here’s a man boasting about improving tax collection so that he can increase public sector wages!! What’s this?? Budget-making on the Robin Hood Principle?? But even under that principle, there had to be enough RICHES to share! And if “social welfare” is the concern, why close those sugar estates so precipitately? It’s all about politics, isn’t it?…and no ferriesThe bidding process for the Indian Government-funded ferries to the North West District was a revealing exercise: there were no Guyanese bidders. Now, you readers might be wondering whether your Eyewitness isn’t hanging Guyana’s hat where its hand can’t reach!! But that simply shows how quickly we’ve forgotten the destruction wrought by the first PNC Government under their founder-leader Forbes Burnham.When he was installed into power by the CIA, the PPP Government he replaced had already built a ferry locally at Sprostons – the MV Torani. After he nationalised Sprostons and changed its name into GNEC, Burnham politicised management so viciously that CEO Carmichael had to flee to Barbados. GNEC never recovered from the destructive policies of Burnham, and like what happened at Linden, a cadre of African-Guyanese craftsmen and engineers, painfully created in the century and a half after the abolition of slavery, was destroyed on his whim.Granger, the present leader of the PNC, has vowed to ‘complete Burnham’s legacy”.The question is: what industry built up under the PPP will be destroy?…with Police deploymentThe putative Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, (well, he at least collects the salary!!) announced that Police “F” Division of the hinterland will be ‘rejigged”.Did he check with Felix, so it won’t be re-rejigged??
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Arsene Wenger has targeted £45million-rated Brazilian star Malcom to replace Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City have held discussions with Arsenal over signing Sanchez this month, but have been told the Gunners want a replacement before they will sanction any move. Boss Wenger has Bordeaux forward Malcom on his radar and Arsenal have held talks with the French club about signing the 20-year-old this month, amid rival interest from Tottenham and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham have made moves to tie down Dele Alli with a new contract. England star Alli has become one of Europe’s hottest properties, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among his admirers. But Spurs are confident the 21-year-old midfielder will sign up to a new deal. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool want to reward striker Roberto Firmino with a new contract keeping him at Anfield for the rest of his career. Firmino still has two years remaining on his current deal but will be offered the opportunity to commit longer. Having lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool will move to ensure their other prized assets are not similarly tempted to go should record breaking bids materialise. (Daily Telegraph)The Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has announced that the club’s 17-year-old phenomenon Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold this month, amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among others in the England Under-19 international. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United will have to pay up to £27m to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker in January, according to the club’s general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck. United made an enquiry about the 22-year-old after he made a big impression against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League quarter-final back in April. (Manchester Evening News)Crystal Palace believe they will wrap up the signing of Diafra Sakho by the end of the week. Sakho, 28, is understood to be eager to end his unhappy spell at West Ham by moving to Selhurst Park. The Eagles are also keen to reignite their interest in another Senegal frontman, Khouma Babacar of Fiorentina. (Daily Mirror)Alex Pritchard is due for a medical at Huddersfield Town on Thursday after Norwich accepted an £14million bid. (Daily Mail)West Ham have been told that they will have to stump up £15million for Bournemouth’s Harry Arter. Irons boss David Moyes is keep to add more mobility to his midfield this month while Arter is ready to quit the south coast for London. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?The transfer rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez continue to swirl and Manchester City look set to pounceInter Milan have been offered the chance to sign former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle on loanEverton, Southampton, Watford and West Ham United are all reportedly chasing Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas GaitanArsenal and Everyon target Andre SilvA will not be leaving AC Milan, according to the club’s sporting director