There is no doubt that the Barrow administration will have to come good in the next few months to counter the clouds of allegations being brought against some of its members. The Prime Minister has conceded that he is concerned about the issues but in defense of his party, he told the media yesterday that what stands now is small compared to the previous administration.
Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: It’s a pity that my party can’t go into the next general elections with a clean sheet but nobody was ever Simon Pure. I would have hoped that the blemishes would have have been less than they are, I would have hoped that at this late stage this kind of development would not have occurred but not withstanding all that you will never be able to convince me, your argument I would reject out of hand if you ever tried, ever be able to convince me that the People’s United Party in its current incarnation which is hardly different from its previous incarnation is a better option than the United Democratic Party or if you want to insist on framing it more negatively that the UDP could ever be as bad as the People’s United Party. These are the only two choices we have, I hope that when people make the judgment and weigh up the good against the bad they will find that the absolutely phenomenal track record of the UDP in terms of physical and infrastructural transformation, poverty alleviation, nationalism all the rest of it would outweigh the definite faults to which we have to concede and which are glaring. If they don’t I completely respect the judgment of the people but I remain convinced that if my party approaches this election on a constituency by constituency basis and is able to point to the majority of constituencies in which area representatives have been without blame in the sense of actionable wrongdoing and have done a fine job of work for the people, you take that approach I am convinced the UDP can and still will win the next general elections.”