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Jan 3, 2008

…But don’t forget Philip Goldson, the man

Story PictureAnd while the tempest over the bust may play out for a few more days, lost in the storm is the very man immortalised in bronze: Philip Goldson. For those older folks who may not remember or younger ones who didn’t pay attention in school, Philip Goldson, born in 1923, was one of the giants of Belize’s nationalist movement. He, along with John Smith, Leigh Richardson, and George Price formed the founding leadership of the People’s United Party in 1950. Goldson and Richardson were cruelly jailed for a year by the British Colonial Government on sedition charges arising from an article published in the Belize Billboard newspaper. Six years later the pair broke with the P.U.P. with Goldson eventually forming several political parties. For a number of years he served on the Belize City Council and as the sole member of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, representing the Albert division. Following the U.D.P. victory in 1984 Goldson was appointed Minister of Social Services. This is despite the fact that he had been left blind by glaucoma since 1978. In 1982 he broke with the U.D.P. over its support of the Maritime Areas Act, which he felt ceded too much to Guatemala, and formed the National Alliance for Belizean Rights. Philip Goldson died in 2001, having received shortly before his death, the Order of Belize. In a time when political beliefs are routinely sold to the highest bidder, the career of Philip Goldson remains a study in steadfast adherence to principle and national welfare.


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