By Aaron Humes: In an official message, Prime Minister John Briceño extolled the legacy of the Father of the Nation, the Right Honourable George Price, ahead of the second observance of his birthday on January 15 as a public and bank holiday.
Briceño quoted with agreement former People’s United Party leader and Prime Minister Right Honourable Said Musa’s summing up of Price’s legacy: “To think of George Price is to think of Belize. His life, beliefs, and values have been the guiding light in the destiny of Belize, taking it from a once backwater colony of Britain to a young, dynamic, sovereign, democratic Central American State in the Caribbean region.”
For himself, the Prime Minister said it was his “great honour to work with Mr Price – around the Cabinet table, on the campaign trail, and inside Independence Hall…No other political leader has had a greater impact and influence on our identity and sense of being Belizean than George Price.”
But many never grew up knowing of the great man, and so, according to Briceño, “it is important that we continue to build on our respect for this National Hero. His humility, dedication, insightfulness, and patriotism must thunder across this land.”
Price and Belizeans living before 1981, Briceño said, were determined to see Belize become independent despite the many obstacles and territorial threats. We, their heirs, he said, must build on that determination by moving “beyond the usual and tired ways of institution, organization, and bureaucracy by developing new ideas and pathways; we are making our destiny out of a pandemic and 13 years of UDP mismanagement.”
The Prime Minister exhorted in conclusion, “Let us be bold and determined in the spirit of Mr Price; let us unite and get on with the task of nation-building.”