Belly of the Beast

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Please Don’t Go
According to a release from the government, all Ministers have gotten down on bended knees to beg Mr. Barrow, bad back and all, to stay until 2020 and not to leave office in 2019. The people of Belize are expected to believe that it was a kumbaya moment, with man hugs and grins all around. What it is, is a sick joke. Nobody believes that. The UDP is in crisis mode, no potential leaders anywhere to be seen. That is the bottom line. There is nobody who can lead the UDP. What is it that crazy glue Hubert Elrington once said? The UDP ship of state is no longer heading toward the reef. It has hit the reef. And every single one of them can hear the bells tolling. And as we say in the PUP, and actually all across the country – it doesn’t matter if Dean Barrow goes now, in 2019 or in 2020. He is a lame duck now, he will be a lamer duck in 2019 and he will be the lamest duck of all in 2020.
Poor Patrick
The Belize Times has been reliably informed that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber had to be sedated after he was informed that nobody thinks he has the bolas or the brains to lead the UDP. It could be that nasty habit he has of drinking way, way too much. There are so many nasty habits dogging Patrick, take your pick. Or it could be any number of other stupid things he has been involved in – like finding out his Government vehicle doesn’t float, or getting detained in Atlanta at gunpoint when he allegedly acted like a fool outside a school. Take your pick. But nobody – and I mean nobody in the UDP is willing to publicly support this guy. He’s become a political joke. Just ask his colleagues or ask a teacher. You can stick a fork in this guy because he’s done.
Mike in Queen Square
Mr. Barrow says Mike is his good, great friend. Well, that seems obvious, since he’s now trying to push the big guy into Queen Square. He’s in a real quandary there. He’s tried Port with no luck. We hear he tried to get Darrell to back down in Caribbean Shores, but Darrell wasn’t having it either. He tried talking to Shyne, we understand, but Shyne said NO. So he’s back to square one – Queen Square that is. Except that Sister B already has her eyes set on that prize and doesn’t want to move, even for Mike. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. One thing about Mike – he may not have staying power, but he’s like that little train that kept on trying.
Color Blind? Yeah Right
Has anybody noticed that a company called Color Blind Productions has gotten the contract to do all the PR/Advertising for the Government’s ICJ campaign? Wouldn’t be a problem right, except that Color Blind is owned by Audrey Wallace, who happens to be the CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister. Sick people. I guess if you ask the Prime Minister he’d say that Color Blind is the best in the business. Just like when Belizeans asked why his brother was collecting millions fighting Lord Ashcroft. Under the Barrow administration, nepotism has become a household name.
Anwar et al
The Belize Times has been hearing that there is a lot of contention in the Boardroom of the Belize Electricity Limited, and reportedly the CEO of the company has threatened that he will not be renewing his contract. For a long time now we’ve been hearing that the First Son is pushing a dam project in the South of the country to provide more electrical power to BEL’s grid. Except that we understand that there are some terms in the proposal which have raised eyebrows and hackles among the less politically tainted persons at BEL – so much so that the CEO has allegedly said that if the contract gets approval, he’s gone. Might as well pack your bags there, buddy, because if it comes to a pissing contest between you and the First Son, you’re not going to win that one.
Beware UDP Gluttony
The other day the UDP made a lot of noise when the media showed pictures of the deplorable condition of the Fire Station in San Ignacio. It was a total shame and disgrace. Minister Castro was quick to say that the UDP is looking to move the Fire Station to a piece of land near the Center for Employment Training, but he didn’t say that the UDP has been talking about doing that since 2008 – and NOTHING. He also didn’t say that UDP Chairman Alberto August has allegedly been given that piece of land allocated for use by the CET. It would be interesting to get a look at Alberto’s assets before he became a big-time in the UDP, and his assets now. That’s what the Integrity Commission needs to take a look at for sure.

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