He has not spoken on his party’s matters since leaving office, but former Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow broke his silence yesterday on the troubles of the UDP. As we’ve reported several times, the party has continued to deal with a series of internal issues. When asked about the party that he led for twenty-two years, Barrow said that UDP needs to get its act together in order to meaningfully respond to the national burning issues and be able to challenge the government on them.
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “I would have to be living under a rock if I weren’t keenly aware of the unfortunate state of affairs. I’ll be careful because I’m certainly not going to cast blame on anyone. I will just say that I think it’s a great tragedy in terms of all the burning national issues and the fact that there is an I say this with no rancor or malice I am not in politics but the scorecard of the current administration is not exactly one that they can feel proud about and certainly I think with respect to some of the issues of the day there is very strong public sentiment. Take this whole BTL saga and so it is a pity where that is concerned and where other issues are concerned the democracy of the country is suffering, has been dealt a blow by the fact that the opposition does not have its act together and is in – to put it bluntly a state of turmoil. I can only hope and wish that a repair job will be done as quickly as possible, that the personalities who so far have been unbending in terms of the divide that has racked the party.”
Reporter: Wouldn’t it be your son also —
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “Indeed, indeed but I’m saying I’m not personalizing it and I told you right at the start that I’m not going to be blaming a soul I’m just going to express the hope and say that I do so with a sense of urgency that a way can be found out of this impasse because I think those personalities , the party, the members of the leadership owe it not just to the party but to the country to reestablish themselves as constituting a viable opposition. You cannot have this sort of a vacuum in which the government even if it’s not doing a particularly good job of inoculating people against COVID is doing a hell of a job in inoculating itself against the blowback and the disapproval that has attached to very many of the things they have done. In other words the absence of a credible opposition at this point confers, I think, a sense of impunity on the government and that is most unhealthy for our democracy.”