Michael Finnegan Trashes P.U.P. Explanations for Superbond
In his usual inimitable style, Mesopotamia area representative Michael Finnegan hit back at the Opposition’s defense of the loans they made under their administration which have become the Superbond. Referencing an old Supreme Court case, Finnegan described the other side as being “giddy-a-giddy” – or crazy for power – and hoping the Belizean people will forgive and forget. He supposed that the former might happen, but was explicitly opposed to the latter.
Michael Finnegan, Area Rep., Mesopotamia
“You imagine how dehn lot a millions of money weh dehn borrow, could they expect – and when you gah wah bad lender weh deh seh, you got wah bad borrower? Dehn people need some lashing too, because dah chance dehn wah chance Belize. And Madam Speaker, they went to their famous International Bank of Miami and borrow forty-eight million U.S. dollars – this one eena various amount in 2002 and different times: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; interest rate between nine and eleven percent, all payment due between 2008 and 2012 – deh people must “giddy-a-giddy”; and the member from Caribbean Shores got the nerve to get up and talk about U.D.P. corruption? Madam Speaker, anybody in their right mind borrow dehn kind a money, ina dehn short term a payment, with dehn high interest rate – something [must be] wrong with them! My goodness gracious me! This is dishonesty, this is corruption; Madam Speaker, this is stink to the highest heaven – if dehn deh out pa street and deh deh da di market, you no even have to put bell round them neck – as you get da di market you staat to smell them – dehn stink! Dehn stink! (Applause) And this member from Caribbean Shores and this member from Fort George, have the gall to come to this House and get sanctimonious, and wrap their hands, and they so good and pious and so sweet and dandy, like lone brown sugar deh pah dem, after committing this crime on the poor of this country – only in Belize could you come back to Parliament. Anywhere else deh heng unu dah Big Bridge; any next country dehn heng dehn da bridge.”