By José Jiménez
Friday, April 26, 2019
Belize’s mother of all referenda is reset to just before Mother’s Day on Wednesday May 8, 2019. Eight days after the under-injunction April 10, 2019 referendum date, the UDP had the Queen of England’s representative hastily signing another set of writs for a referendum. This was done with a new law, the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum, passed as a ‘fix’ in just five days, by the House and Senate. Last time, the writ was secretive so that is a little change. Wow! If only the UDP could be that expedient with the issuing of land to all Belizeans, and all the general governing of the nation.
How anxious can they be to gamble out our country? They are on record saying that losing at the International Court of Justice would be the end of the matter. We(Belizeans) would likely become refugees, according to the UDP. The ICJ trial is like a monopoly game. The UDP truly sees Belize’s borders with artificial significance. Such rhetoric is not surprising coming from someone who has asked his constituency to vote in elections for someone who is like them…and not to vote for George C. Price.
The entire United Democratic Party does not comprehend that ALL of Belize’s land and maritime boundaries are intertwined in the very Belizean spirit and DNA, so far and beyond artificial. It is only in some power stupor that this administration is choosing the way of the Dodo birds—rushing blindly to the edge of an abyss.
Has anything changed since April 10 as Belizeans are artificially given another target date even as the Chief Justice is yet to have his say on Monday April 29(hold on tight)?
Updates, let’s see, One: The United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union meddled in our process by making a joint statement on our ICJ referendum. They should know better than to interfere in someone else’s democratic process. Russia-Brexit-Mueller-Trump…a few key words. The content of their release gets lost as pure Belizeans think “none a yu bizniz.” Really? Did Trudeau and May and all European Union presidents/PMs chime in and knew about this letter? Or did some ‘poco-tiempo’ set of diplomats forge it. Sincerely, it rang out like fake news. Since when are the British and European Union in agreement on something?
Two: The outgoing Guatemalan president has publicly urged Belize to have the referendum in a sort of dog whistle. He also spited us by showing some innocent children how to wrongly draw Belize as part of Guatemala. He is truly a comedian at heart. Belize asks him to please get Belize out of his imagination and possibilities.
Who has not flinched is the People’s United Party and its resolve to push the UDP administration to get the ICJ referendum process on its correct legal footing and educational soundness. It is probably impossible for the PUP to go wrong since they have all the people behind them as can be ascertained in the all-powerful People’s Declaration. A la George Price, John Briceño braved visits with all our 31 constituencies in order to Get the PUP’s Position Right. The UDP can learn from that but their leader wishes to ignore the glaring writing on the proverbial and social walls.
PUP Representatives and Standard Bearers stand on solid moral footing when they show their hearts, and whenever they look into anyone’s eyes to say no to the UDPs ill-conceived referendum process and, still, No to the ICJ.