The Minority in Parliament has described the 2011 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the government presented to the House by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning yesterday as "wicked", "anti-private sector development" and a "fear and panic" budget.

Even though the usual inscriptions on sheets of paper to convey their sentiments about budgets were absent, interviews with some members of the Minority showed their disapproval of the budget in general and the introduction of taxes in particular.

The Majority, however, debunked assertions by the Minority and explained that the budget would bring hope to Ghanaians after the government had used the past two years to repair the economic mess it inherited.