By BBN Staff:Lord Michael Ashcroft, in an interview with Channel 5 News from Washington this week, spoke on a number of issues related to the government’s current state of economic affairs and openly questioned whether or not the government’s decision was worth all the trouble Belize now faces.
Ashcroft, pointing to the fact that the current administration seldom accepts blame for the current state of affairs and instead prefers to heave responsibility on administrations now three terms removed from government, called it the “dead cat” strategy. “…it’s when they’re losing, basically, the argument or the cases; you throw something else onto the fire to arouse the passions of people or the electorate,” he said.
Ashcroft then fired off a series of questions for Belizeans to consider: “Should the Government be in the position it is now on these issues? Could it have handled it differently? Should it have compromised it years and years and years ago, rather than let it fester to where it is today? Was the nationalization really in the national interest at the time? Was it?”
“Is it the fault of these people that this Government has run the economy into the ground, at this particular stage? Is it because the Government has got itself into this mess, that it’s wasted the Petrocaribe money; that’s mishandled the bond negotiations, and now finds itself in economic problems with its economy contracting?” he continued.
Finally, Ashcroft said these matters could have been settled years ago. He added that he is still willing to reach a settlement with the government to take some of the immediate pressure off of Belize.
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