I’m referring here to the resignation of Gaspar Vega, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UDP and the protagonist in the latest scandal to ooze out of the GOB. I actually had to read the report in the Amandala twice, not believing at first the monumental arrogance, ignorance and indeed, criminality—not to mention the implicit contempt for the people of Belize—at the heart of this most recent example of malfeasance by another “Honorable.”
It boggles the mind! There are at least three or four people here who should be on their way to Hattieville, but you know that won’t happen. Vega has been quoted as saying, “I am not a normal person in Belize.”
Yeah, that’s for sure Gaspar, nothing normal about you — thanks for your candor !
As a recent editorial in this newspaper pointed out, when governments start to believe their own bull…t and stop listening to the people —their employers— various scenarios become possible when dealing with those who are desperate to cling to power.
Inspiring actions from inspirational people:
In 1979-80, which isn’t exactly ancient history, Lech Walesa, himself a blue-collar man, galvanized the membership of the Electricians Union at the Gdansk shipyard in Poland which gave rise to the movement aptly named SOLIDARITY! Living there at the time, I saw firsthand the changes effected by these brave strikers and the high price some paid (many were shot and killed by governmental factotums) in their search for truth and justice.
No sun-dappled beaches and palm trees on the shores of the frigid Baltic Sea, and with neighbors from the harsh Russian Federation on their borders, these men and women, in their steadfastness, ignited the entire country over the moral legitimacy of their cause.
Fed up with doing all the heavy lifting in the economy (along with the Coal Miners Union and others) and getting little in return, while the caviar-eating elitists in government criminally plundered the treasury, ruling with no transparency or accountability, the PEOPLE in SOLIDARITY, were able to consign the government to the dust bin of history, where they belonged.