Prime Minister, Hon Dean O. Barrow versus the Leader of the Opposition… Who has answered the BIG Questions? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:00

When the Belizean people asked what would happen to avert the possibility of prolonged blackouts, the Prime Minister proactively reacted and met with the pertinent stakeholders to determine a way out. As far as we know, the Leader of the Opposition did not have a position and piggy-backed on the Chamber of Commerce’s position. The Prime Minister emphatically stated that decisive actions will be taken even if it meant acquiring BEL in the best interest of the Belizean public, which he did. The PUP leader is yet to fully make his position known, but as we know he became Siamese twins with the Chamber. Mr. Leader of the Opposition, where is your fortitude? You have shown us that even if the call to save Belize was made in the waking hours, not at 3am, our beloved jewel would be lost under your watch. In fact, if we remember when Mr. Leader of the Opposition was asked specific questions, he did not have answers and kept asking “what is the question’ or “next question”. Prime Minister Barrow 1, Mr. Leader of the Opposition 0.

Yes, there is a need to focus on the economy, crime, and job creation, but if we ask ourselves once more, who has a plan? I have only heard the Leader of the Opposition say that in time they will roll out a plan. Now let’s consider something here. The PUP was in government for some 3,650 days and the UDP has been n government for some 1,314 or 36% of the last 15 years. I would venture to presume that the UDP should have inherited an economy, which exhibited robust growth, high employment, reduced debt, and an economy where the social well-being of the Belizean people was thriving. They keep talking about the high level of poverty, but they fail to tell the public that the unemployment rate was high, poverty, especially among the indigent was high, and the debt had ballooned to almost a 100% of the gross domestic product during their time in office. The UDP inherited an economy saddled with debt and liabilities, which they continue to honor to ensure that the credit rating of this country is at a level that allows us to continue to borrow funds for much needed investments and expansion in the economy. The statistics show that the UDP, as a party and Hon. Barrow as Prime Minister has garnered the respect of the international community and created a level of stability. Crime should not be a political issue, but again it must be stated that it was inherited and much has been introduced to fight crime, but crime reduction cannot be solely the responsibility of government. UDP 1, PUP 0.

The next big question has to be “Who has the testicular fortitude to fight Lord Michael Ashcroft?” In the National Assembly, we heard categorically that the Prime Minster is willing to spend political capital to ensure that no one owns or controls the government or interrupts the governance of Belize. The Leader of the Opposition refused to attend the House sitting and accused the Speaker, which was such a cowardly disguise because of the fear of taking a position in the best interest of the country; a position that could have accelerated his demise which  has been written on the proverbial wall a long time ago. In the media and even at their failed press conference the Leader of the Opposition seemed confused as to the position of his party, which really has no position. Prime Minister 1, Mr. Leader of the Opposition 0.

On the matter of the Constitution 9th Amendment, yes we all understand that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but was the Constitution intended to be hardened in stone, even though Belize is transitioning? There will be consultations and people are asked to voice their opinion, which is a fundamental right. The fact that the government has decided to amend the Constitution to enshrine public utilities and to ensure that at all times government maintains “majority ownership”, which means the holding of not less than fifty one per centum (51%) of issued share capital of a public utility provider. The amendment specifically states that the acquisition of property by the government under the terms of the: (a) Electricity Act, as amended, and the Electricity (Assumption of Control Over Belize Electricity Limited) order, 2011 (hereinafter referred to as “Electricity Acquisition Order”) and (b) Belize Telecommunications Act, as amended, and the Belize Telecommunications (Assumption of Control Over Belize Telemedia Limited) Order 2011, (hereinafter referred to as “the Telemedia Acquisition Order”.  To ensure that these properties be deemed to vest “absolutely free of encumbrances” is not wrong. Let us be reminded that legal challenges have been lodged at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), challenging these actions. Should any one person, because of wealth be allowed to control a country like a yo-yo. The answer is no, but again we must ask where is the Leader of the Opposition? Belizeans, be a part of the consultation so it all can be explained. If the intent of the Executive was to railroad, there would be no consultations. Prime Minister 1, Mr. Leader of the Opposition 0.

The biggest question Belizeans is “Who do you want to lead you against the existing and future challenges faced by Belize? A leader is “someone who will take you to places you would not go by yourself.”The world is faced with global challenges; if we watched the television over the last few weeks, we would have seen the challenges faced by the United States in the discussions related to raising the debt ceiling. At the 98th or 99th minute, there was an agreement, albeit not the best, but a possible catastrophe was averted; averted yes, but the global markets reacted with stocks falling in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States. The global repercussions will be far reaching and developing countries, such as Belize are not immune. Would we want someone who is willing to move decisively or someone who doesn’t have an answer, but keeps asking “what is the question? Belizeans this short analysis shows clearly who should remain Prime Minister when the next elections are called…without a doubt, the Hon. Dean O. Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize.