Fort George Representative Defends Government’s Integrity Amid Opposition’s Accusations

Fort George Representative Defends Government’s Integrity Amid Opposition’s Accusations

And today the Area Representative for Fort George Henry Charles Usher responded to the LOO’s statements. Usher spoke in detail about the government’s continued efforts to implement good governance measures and enact legislation to combat corruption. The Chairman of the People’s United Party also refuted the LOO’s claims of the government misrepresenting the unemployment figures. 

Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service: “Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister, in addition to presenting the budget for 2024-25, also gave a report on the state of the Belizean economy. And this report, Mr. Speaker, is verified by our international partners and independent agencies. So when the member from Mesopotamia, the interim leader of the opposition, we don’t know how long that tag will be, spoke on Wednesday, like Disney it was all make-believe. It was all fantasy. He called it a budget of lies, a silly statistical game of deceit. And Mr. Speaker, while the opposition can certainly criticize the spending priorities in a budget, for the Leader of the Opposition to come in here and try to discredit the hard-working public officers who did all the technical work, to attack them in the way that he did was quite disgusting. But it once again showed his depraved mentality, his abusive pattern of behavior. He said he didn’t get any sleep. But the real reason he didn’t get any sleep or he couldn’t sleep is because he knows that they are coming for him. Yellow Man is only the first member from Mesopotamia and no deed of settlement will save you. Imagine, imagine this the Leader of the Opposition is so afraid of a fellow UDP that he is forcing him to sign a deed of settlement that prevents Yellow from going into Mesopotamia. It forbids Yellow from talking about him or talking about the UDP publicly or privately in perpetuity. In perpetuity Mr. Speaker, forever. Exactly, just two and a half weeks ago he contested the elections in Belize City on behalf of the United Democratic Party. He lost significantly, but nevertheless he is a UDP. And what is the Leader of the Opposition offering Yellow for a lifetime of silence? $7,500. Half down and then you don’t get anything if you talk.”

Usher went on to comment on the address of Collet’s Area Representative. He says that while Faber spoke for almost three hours, his speech lacked substance. 

Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service: “Like I said, it was a lot of ranting, it was a lot of noise, it was a lot of screeching. But in reality, it was a whole lot of nothing. It reminded me, Mr. Speaker, of Shakespeare in Macbeth. I don’t know if you read that one, Mr. Speaker. But in Macbeth, Shakespeare said, “it was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing.” A tale told by an idiot, Mr. Speaker. But, Mr. Speaker, it seemed that the member from Collet wanted to give a history lesson. And maybe that is his objective to become a history professor in one of the universities that he is studying in. But he has to finish school first, Mr. Speaker, because it looks like he can’t finish school yet. He has to at least finish school before he could try teach history. And what he did today really was a disservice to the nation because he tried to mislead the nation on a number of issues and I will only point out a few of them Mr Speaker. He spoke about the unemployment rate and how it is calculated but what he failed to tell the nation is this new methodology, this new calculation was actually started under his administration, under the UDP administration. This is not something that the PUP brought in, Mr. Speaker. It was done by the UDP. But the reason why they didn’t even try to implement it or make it public is because no matter what calculation that they did unemployment was still going up and up and up under the UDP and he cannot deny that. It does not matter the methodology. It does not matter the calculation under the UDP unemployment was going up. And Mr. Speaker for him to call Belizeans that are not actively seeking work criminals, Mr. Speaker. He got up in this house and said, all Belizeans, all you Belizeans, and I hope for the record everyone was listening, that if you are a Belizean and you are not looking for work the member for Collet called you a criminal. Disgusting, right?”

Usher also spoke about the work his ministry has done to improve government services across the country.

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