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Jan 12, 2021

Introducing the Opposition, United Democratic Party

Patrick Faber made his debut as the Leader of the Opposition during the Sitting of the House on Friday.  It is the first time he and his elected members are sitting on that side of the House.  And while they may be few in numbers, they are strong in debating. Here is that story.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

They are The Few, the Proud, the Opposition. For U.D.P. Leader Patrick Faber and his only four winning candidates, Hugo Patt, Tracey Taegar Panton, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, and Denise “Sista B” Barrow, sitting on this side of the House is a foreign feeling but a feeling they will have to get used to for the next five years.

Sitting next to Faber is his Deputy Patt of Corozal Southwest and beside him is Panton Taeger, who acts as a bridge between the experienced and the inexperienced. Both Barrows are at the end, with “Sista B” at the very end. It’s five of them against the powerful P.U.P. government of twenty-six members. But Faber says he does not fear because while they may be a few, they will be heard.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Leader of the Opposition 

“Madam Speaker, I place on the record our opposition to even putting this, of course, we are now not very strong in numbers and what we say is we have to have our say which is why Madam Speaker I made the point and since we are on governance again that it must be that in this honorable House that you will afford us and ensure that we get the opportunity to speak.”

 

But in the next few sittings of the House, like on Friday, the only speaking they will do is by responding to corruption findings in the past government.  And whatever those findings are, Faber says his members will not defend the actions of the then U.D.P. government.

 

Patrick Faber

“I’ll remind people Madam Speaker, and I say it here again, and I put myself on the record again that what has happened under the last administration don’t expect this Opposition to defend. There are some, I will go on record to say it again, there is some nonsense picking that you are doing, and maybe I shouldn’t say some. There s a lot. There is a lot. But the kind of thing that you expect that we will defend, wrong is wrong. The people of this country voted out United Democratic Party because it thought that it was entangled in much wrongdoing. that is why we are over here, and you are over there.”

 

And Faber says that as the opposition, they won’t simply oppose for opposing sake.

 

Patrick Faber

“We are not only here to oppose. Where it is something good is happening, and you will hear us speak on something good in a minute. When it is the government is doing something good, then we will be happy to speak on that.”

 

But during its trial run, the Opposition opposed, mainly. They stood against the Briceño’s Good Governance Motion, saying it’s just a motion and nothing else.

 

John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“Like everybody on this side, we are registering our great disappointment on the Opposition who have said that they are prepared to work with us, and when we bring the first motion where we are laying out the agenda of good governance, they stand up and criticize.   Madam Speaker I am not a person to speak out when we speak in private, but since the Leader of the Opposition wants to do then let me point out to him, he was the very same one who said, we are not going to cooperate with you the government because you want to arrest Montero. That is what he said because we want to arrest Montero. We shame of this man.”
Patrick Faber

 “Madam Speaker…”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño 

“The very same people…No, no, no.”

 

Patrick Faber

“On a point…”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño 

“I am not yielding. I am not yielding, Madam Speaker.” 

 

Patrick Faber

“Madam Speaker on the point of order.” 

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“What is your point of order?”
Patrick Faber

“The Prime Minister is lying on me.”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“That is not a point of order. You said to Stuart Leslie, and I was there when you said it to him….”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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