Ralph Fonseca, the PUP?s Super Minister, thinks that sports are just a waste of money. But Ralph is not the Minister of Sports. Cousin Francis is.
The point of this note is that if there is no semi-pro basketball tournament next year, then Cousin Francis will be the first Minister of Sports, PUP or UDP, who has allowed semi-pro basketball to miss a tournament for two consecutive years. This would be bad, bad news for Belizean basketball.
It is evident that the Government of Belize has adopted a new economic philosophy ? Ashcronomics. It is about further enriching their lord, Michael Ashcroft, and further impoverishing the middle class and the poor. You won?t learn about this in any economics textbook, but there are plenty of practical examples of exactly how this Ashcronomics works right here in Belize.
We have talked about the need for political reform before, and indeed, many citizens have begun to realize that meaningful political reform is necessary before the quality of our lives can improve significantly. The citizens have talked, but it is obvious by now that Prime Minister Said Musa and his Cabinet have lent nothing but a false ear to the cries for reform.
The United Democratic Party today, Wednesday, September 28, 2005, officially endorsed the bid of Zenaida Moya, union activist and economist, to represent the party in the mayoral elections due next March. We say this because a personage no less than the Hon. Michael Finnegan, one of the party?s most experienced and formidable politicians, has officially stuck his neck out for her as campaign manager, against possibly five other party candidates.
The Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB), which emerged out of the political ferment of August last year, is organizing a demonstration in Belize City for Saturday morning, September 24. The demonstration is a response to the Government of Belize?s audacious and defiant move in taking $10 million of Social Security Board moneys to lend on concessionary terms to a Lord Michael Ashcroft?related company ? Sunshine.
One of the issues that is not discussed much in Belize is that of casinos. The PUP Government introduced casinos into Belize, a Christian and God-fearing nation, by lying to the people of Belize. The Cabinet told us that the casinos would be only for the foreign tourists, and that the only way Belize could be a regional class destination was if we had casinos as part of our package. In fact, it is only Belizeans who are patronizing the Princess Casino, and the machines are rigged. Belize has been proven to be an ecotourism destination, not a casino destination.
A British battleship will be anchored off English Caye on Thursday and Friday of this week. The press release, which was e-mailed on Wednesday from the British High Commission, spoke of the Queen?s ?commitment to the Caribbean,? and later mentioned ?humanitarian relief? and anti-narcotics operations.
We Belizeans had reasons to dislike British Honduras in the colonial days. Probably the greatest cross we natives had to bear was the system of canals in the old capital. The canals were open sewers which were eyesores and ?nosesores? which ran across the heart of the colony?s largest population center ? Belize (City).
Seen from a certain perspective, the three governments Belize has had since 1993, have been coalition governments. The 1993?1998 UDP administration was in a coalition with NABR, and the last two PUP administrations were in a coalition with Kremandala, until December of 2004.
By mid-term in late 1995, even though NABR Leader, Philip Goldson, was a Minister in UDP Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel?s Cabinet, it was clear that the UDP would not, probably could not, honor the main promise they had made to the NABR in the coalition agreement: The UDP would not repeal the Maritime Areas Act of 1992.
William ?Bill? Lindo, and/or one or more of his companies, is suing the Government of Belize for $60 million plus. Mr. Lindo is an executive member of the ruling People?s United Party, but his lawyers are UDP stalwarts ? former UDP Leader, Dean Lindo, and former UDP Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts. Despite his suit against a ruling PUP administration, Mr. Lindo remains a member in good standing of the PUP executive. It is most interesting.