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Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

I took off the month of September due to the national celebrations, but things are heating up again in the realm of Belizean politics, which gives us food for write, so to speak. So let me jump right into it.

The Leader of the Opposition made a bold and calculated move on his inner-party opponents last Saturday 30 September when he set an early date for their national Party convention to elect new or same leadership. The winners will take the PUP into the next General Election and Mr. Briceño, if successful, seems not to want to go through the whole rigmarole of a challenge to his leadership like the last time too near the big date. Plus he probably is projecting, as many pundits are, that the outcome of the next municipals will most likely end up 60/7 at best for the PUP. But in Belizean politics today, everything is fluid.

The PUP Leader has been in the news a lot lately, projecting himself as the head honcho in his Party  to discourage any ambitious moves against him by Kareem and Francis leading up to November 2020. I respect his cunning.  Mr. Briceño’s protest on September 6 in Orange Walk Town did not yield much political points for the said PUP Leader, but it showed his followers that  he is willing to  take one on the chin and teargas in his  lungs  to maintain his seat at the table. As I told you in an earlier article, I am not against protests since I firmly believe that we need political parties in our democracy to carry the mantle of being a check and balance in the governance of our young nation. Just let it be a worthy cause, man, instead of frivolous, petty motives.

Recall that the UDP is leader when it comes to organizing protest rallies and marches when in Opposition.  In fact, I can remember that each Tenth of September parade was an opportunity for a show of protest for the UDP during the 34 year rule of the PUP, until December 14, 1984 when there was the first change of government.

Speaking of protests and protestors, the quasi-political organization called the BNTU is once again rearing to spring into action. Let’s see how this one goes, Miss Leny, since everyone knows that your primary objective is to show up your predecessor and want to be regarded as the “baddest”   Trade Unionist in the land. Personally I think the BNTU has bigger problems other than trying to peepee further than the Prime Minister. They have the Public Sector Workers Trust fund to worry about, i.e. giving account of monies dispensed, invested, spent, or paid out, since, from what I hear, an enforcement order from the Supreme Court may be sought shortly by the applicants.

Anyway, my advice to them is to play their hands safe since the public may not be as inclined this time around to be as tolerant especially with the last PSE results and the present heated political climate. A  couple of  talk show hosts  have suggested that with the recent PUP announcement of an early national convention, the leadership of the BNTU should take this opportunity  to throw their names in the ring on November 26 for leadership positions. With their claim to “have our backs” let us see now who has their backs!

I hear Señor Sulph wants lower gas prices, like all of us do, and is going to protest for it even after the PM explained why this happened and promised to address this issue by mid-October. This gentleman will not accept that he will never garner any significant following in Belize. He won’t even wait to see the new gas prices and Bam, Protest time!. What a waste of time.