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Jun 21, 2019

Opposition Leader Calls for Order, to No Avail

Dean Barrow

While things got testy between the PM and Espat, Opposition Leader John Briceño attempted to have order returned to House and despite the Speaker’s intervention, the cutting remarks kept coming.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Again, that act…  He… but I think all schizophrenics are actors.  But I shouldn’t have said schizophrenic again, I apologize.”


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Madame Speaker, a point of order.”


Laura Longsworth, House Speaker

“Honorable Opposition Leader, give me a break.  Just one minute.  Honorable Prime Minister, can we kindly move on.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I wahn deh ya all day di crisscross unu back with di lash yoh know, if unu continue, so betta unu shut up.  Madame Speaker….”


John Briceño

John Briceño

“Point of order, Madame Speaker.”


Laura Longsworth

“What is the point of order?”


John Briceño

“Just last week we had a tragic incident of people with mental health issues, Madame Speaker, and it’s, I think, shameful that the prime minister is trivializing something like that…”


Laura Longsworth

“Honorable Opposition Leader.  Kindly proceed, Prime Minister, with some sensitivity…”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The last time when he got up, he came with this poorthingfied act now of his being a mere representative of a rural constituency as though he is the repository of the sorts of rural virtues that we associate with good, hardworking farmers.  But it is as I had said to you a long time ago, but I think it bears repeating: you want to play campesino but you’re not a campesino, you’re nothing but a peasant.  Now, Madame Speaker, let me continue.  …and there is nothing wrong with the word peasant.”


Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

“Madame Speaker, I appreciate when the prime minister calls me a peasant you know…”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well then sit down and take it and shut up…”


Julius Espat

“Because a peasant is a hardworking, rural person.  I have absolutely no shame in being called a peasant.”


Laura Longsworth

“Have a seat then member.  Prime Minister, this is getting testy, maybe we need to move on.”

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