Last night we had extensive coverage of the Budget Presentation and the other business at yesterday's House Meeting. But what we couldn't wait around for was the marathon debate on the no-confidence motion. That went for just about 7 hours!
As we told you the PUP brought the motion - with very little prospect of success since they would need support form across the floor - and they had none.
So, it was kind of a stunt, but a very use one - because the PUP members got to expound at great, great length on all the reason why they felt the Barrow administration has to go. So, it was kind of like therapy for the opposition, and here are a few excerpts:..
Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP Caribbean Shores
"You have the man who got money by stacks and you have the man who like money in his socks. You have raccoon dropping through the roof, then you have rat going into the baby cubicle - all of those things are happening. It's the real world we are living, but it's as though they are not really living in this world."
Hon. Cordel Hyde, PUP Lake I
"Too many people for the last 12 years have been living in broken down houses. Mothers and fathers breaking under the strain of the economic hardship. Fathers can't find work, mothers have to do what they have to do to put bread on the table. Our families are falling apart for the last 12 years. We have people suffering mental issues because of the hardship of the last 12 years. We don't want to discuss these things, but these things are real. That's the job of a government to make sure that the people's aspirations are met, that the people are comfortable, that they dream and aspire for better and that they can see better, but what we've had is just a general malaise because it's only a handful of people getting everything and the vast majority have nothing. You guys failed the people of Belize. You failed the southside of Belize City. You were supposed to be different. That's what you promised, but you haven't delivered. Yes, you've won elections after elections, but success is not defined by election victories, its define by how much our people's lives are improved. The proud people who I represent they got enough of this, they feel like it's time for you all to go. They don't feel like they should have to wait 9 months for this. We should deal with it now. There has to be a new day. There has to be a new way."More on Channel 7