Foreign Affairs Minister and Area Representative for the Pickstock Division, Wilfred Elrington has confirmed his exit from party politics. The 71-year-old politician has been serving in the Pickstock division as the duly elected representative since 2008. His decision to retire from politics comes on the heels of Sunday’s leadership convention that saw Patrick Faber sworn in as the UDP’s Party Elect. Aside from refusing to serve under Faber, Elrington is jumping ship indicating that things will not get better any time soon.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Foreign Affairs Minister, Area Representative Pickstock Division: “I’m just sorry that I’ve not been able to do more for the people, unwed mothers, the families, the poor kids who are being harassed and imprisoned and detained that is not normal, that is not natural. The difficulty that the poor kids have in trying to get into school get an education, the fact that they’re doing so dismally at the end of the school term those things weigh very heavily on me and it certainly does not bode well for the future of the country. So I am saddened at the fact that these things are happening, I’m also saddened at the fact that times are going to be exceedingly hard but as I said there comes a time when one has to exit the stage and I think that this is my time now. To be honest with you I think very few Belizeans who get into politics can really afford it and because it’s so expensive and difficult to a very large extent while we politicians are in office to my mind I think we in many cases do more disservice to our people than good. Those are things that weigh heavily on my mind you know and those are the things that concern me. I don’t want to continue in a system where things appear to be getting worse on a daily basis and I’m a part of it. I mean I can’t escape it so to the extent that I can disassociate myself from the situation in a reasonable way I think that is my duty. To my own self I’ve got to be true to my own self and of course certainly to the Pickstock people and the people of Belize whom I think are some of the best people in the world.”
Elrington had indicated in a previous interview that while he had put in his name for the leadership race, it was not a win he was banking on. He added that he would not want the burden to carry the country through the hard times ahead.