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The scatter-brained hope of the PNPYO

MARK WIGNALL

Saturday, February 08, 2014    

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As if totally divorced from the deep divisions etched into this society by decades of bad tribal politics, the youth arm of the PNP has suggested the introduction of political clubs in our high schools.

The PNPYO (People' National Party Youth Organisation) is dissatisfied with the headache that tribal politics has caused us. Instead, it wants to try for a full-blown explosion of a blood vessel in the head.

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) Generation 2000 (G2K) President Floyd Green was given an all too easy political opportunity and he correctly captured the times in a release from G2K, a part of which read: "While we strongly believe that young people should be introduced to proper principles of governance and democracy, we are however wary of wanting to introduce minors to political clubs, especially in our current tribal system of politics. What is needed is a strong civics programme where students are made to understand the concept of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that are embodied in that concept and how that interacts with the political process."

It may be that too many high school students are already burdened by the traditional political boundaries, no-man's-land and the spaces held by the enemy in their communities. The 'enemy', of course, would be...

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