Christmas is here and so is the economic activity it brings Print E-mail
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Written by By Jacklyn Burns   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Throughout this entire year and dating as far back as 2008 the PUP and their operatives have been saying that things are bad economically for the ordinary Belizean man and woman. They have gone on record to say,this Christmas will be a “ BRUKPOCKET CHRISTMAS” for most Belizeans. However based on what we at this newspaper have seen so far, we can now certainly borrow the slogan of PUP’s very own Darrel Carter and say “NOT SO.” For the last month or so ever since after the Garifuna Settlement Day went by, we’ve been monitoring the activity at and around the major shopping outlets across the length and breadth of this country and all we’ve seen so far is a bevy of activity.

It is not a case where Belizeans are only window shopping either. They are actually shopping and enjoying themselves. The things that we’ve seen them buying, includes furniture, appliances, carpets, marley, high end gadgets, which include cell phones, tablets, laptops, computer games, cellphone accessories, Bluetooth devices, drones, bicycles, vehicles and the list goes on. There is also the food, drinks and other Christmas treats that are being bought. Then there are those persons who are making improvements to their properties, with a little repair and addition here and there. Some people have even built fences and driveways. It is almost impossible at this time to find a trades person who is not busy.

There are those naysayers who will say that the things we have mentioned have only  been made possible because of loans. Well we would be lying if we were to say that some people have not taken out loans in order to do the things that they are doing. Sure there are people who have taken on loans, but they have done so because they are working and have an income that they will use to service those loans. See the COMMERCIAL BANKS are not like a PUP lead DFC or Small Farmers Bank that would approve unsecured loans just based on the nod from a minister or a PUP hustler.  The banks do their due diligence to make sure that they will be able to collect their money.

The long and short of this essay is that there is money in this economy and Belizean are spending. That creates a trickledown effect that sees Belizeans happy and sees the PUP leaders sad. Readers must not just take our narrative as gospel, all they need to do is to walk any of the main streets in any city or town or better yet look at their neighbours who are returning from shopping and they will see the evidence of the economic activity. We are sure that along with those people who are better off economically at this time, there are other persons who are going through hard times, but their relatives, friends and those aforementioned economically stable persons, have been sharing their good fortune with those persons who are in need at this time. Christmas is about caring and sharing. Belizeans are caring and sharing people.  We at this newspaper would like to take this opportunity to wish all Belizeans a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.