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Mar 5, 2020

“Tek Yoh Simple Pill” – Barrow to Briceño

Dean Barrow

The Opposition was quick and nimble on its feet today. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño pointed out that because of the recent leadership election in the U.D.P., Prime Minister Barrow ought not to be sitting as Prime Minister. Briceño’s suggestion brought PM Barrow to his feet, telling Briceño to take a “simple” pill. The House then broke into a contentious back and forth.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“On a point of order Madame Speaker, the Belize constitution dictates that the leader on the side of the government should be acting as prime minister but the prime minister is no longer the leader.  As far as I know that they had a convention and that the honorable member for Belmopan was the leader of the party.”


Laura Tucker-Longsworth, House Speaker

“Have a seat honorable member.”


John Briceño

John Briceño

“So he should be prime minister, Madame Speaker…  May I add one more point Madame Speaker,…”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Madame Speaker, I will tell the House and the gallery that I had to call you this morning to ask your apologies because I needed to be late.  What happened was that I left Belize City; I was in such a rush that I had forgotten that I did not take my painkillers and so I had to turn back around to get my painkillers.  I wish that you had turned back around, sir, to get your “simple” pills.  That’s what you should have done.”


John Briceño

“That is the problem Madame Speaker, this man is taking so much drugs.  All di drugs di get to fi he head.  The drugs that he has to take for his pain di start to affect his head, that is the problem Madame Speaker.  That is why he behaves uncouth in this House, Madame Speaker.”

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