'We are becoming an ungrateful people', says Mandeville mayor

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, ManchesterMayor of Mandeville, Donovan Mitchell, has made a call for politicians as well as parents to guide the next generation on personal values as well as in relation to their expectations of political parties.

Addressing a People's National Party (PNP) Mandeville Divisional Conference at the Manchester High School Sunday night, Mitchell said many people had benefited from the work of the PNP but still spoke ill of it, influencing their children to do likewise.

“The fact is that all of who inside here so right now a go vote PNP… But there are some out there who we need to go engage because, hear me, even though… dem mother did get a house, dem mother still cuss PNP so dem cuss PNP to ... We are becoming an ungrateful people,” he said.

To applause, Mitchell said it was time to move away from that mindset in order to get to where the party needs to go.

The divisional conference was hosted by councillor for the Mandeville Division, Jones Oliphant, under the theme, “Empowered and Engaged.”

An impassioned Mitchell said some constituents were too dependent on political representatives to take care of life events such as funerals. Instead of saving and investing for the future, too many people were spending on luxuries and non-essentials, he said.

“... any Credit Union you go now you can put dung one thousand dollar a week…,” he said, suggesting that politicians needed to manage and re-set public expectations.

Mitchell said that the PNP has always been the best for the country, evidenced by improvements in areas such as infrastructure and social changes.

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