I'm reminded of the young man who stabbed another man, who was acting as peacemaker between two fellows who were quarreling. Took out a knife and fatally stabbed the Good Samaritan peace maker. Now he goes up for MURDER ONE. Kind of like the CGA. They get millions to pay off their debts, millions invested in new product lines and factory rejuvenation expansion and like the murderer with the knife, is pleading innocent, or extenuating circumstances, of why he should not be sentenced for murder. Lost his temper, it was an accident, I didn't mean it, etc., etc., etc. When you take actions there are CONSEQUENCES. The CGA need to take the CONSEQUENCES. You cannot welch out of your committments. They got their loans covered and saved themselves from bankruptcy and loss of it all. Now the factory is turning profitable, they want the government to muscle the financial rescuers out of their millions, and refuse to be a man and take the CONSEQUENCES. Change your CGA leadership, maybe you will get someplace again, rebuild your organization?
What I don't see mentioned, is that the majority PRODUCERS of citrus, of the CGA, the media say; is that they left the CGA over the bad leadership. They formed their own CITRUS ASSOCIATION. Now if these losers that are the old time CGA relics, want to show integrity, they should hand over to their former members, their share in the factory of shares, based on production, of the FACTORY shares, to the new ASSOCIATION. Or is it all gimmee, gimmee, gimmee and screw you other citrus producers?
They did raise a technical point about the CITRUS ACT, done to give a MONOPOLY and political control in the past, and the price rate and starting date legislation. To me that is no longer valid and should be deleted from the LAWS OF BELIZE. Court cases have changed the dynamics of the citrus producers and the CGA no longer represents ALL the citrus growers. There are OTHER citrus growers in another CITRUS ASSOCIATION with rights too, ( the media say they also produce more fruit ) also if you wish to press the point, also have RIGHTS to some of those SHARES held by the former CGA.
From: Francis Gegg ( the other side of the argument )
Ray's argument for the majority shareholders to give up their controlling interest doesn't make him a "fucking capitalist." His argument is not at all reflective of a traditional capitalist point-of-view or mindset. Ray is ignorant about a lot of the dynamics in the industry and he likes to try to be provocative by making rash uninformed statements that appear to be outside the box thinking. As the majority shareholders, I would think that the CGA are the ones who would want to engage by the rules of capitalism. Nothing wrong with that. Belize needs more capitalists and fewer opportunists.