Hanover Western deserves better

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I am 22-year-old resident of Green Island in the constituency of Hanover Western, which is represented by Member of Parliament Ian Hayles. I recently attended a Talk Up Yout town hall meeting in the parish which was dubbed 'YoutFiChat' and was also attended by MPs Dave Brown and Ian Hayles.

I became jealous to learn of Brown's accessibility to his constituents when the roomful of youth were asked if he was truly accessible. They replied, “Yes!”

Out of amazement, at the end of the meeting I went to interact with youth from Brown's Hanover Eastern and I learned that MP Brown could have been accessed by phone call and regular constituency office visits. The opposite is true for my MP.

I watched him announce his cell numbers, but I have tried to reach him on many occasions with no success. I have also tried to visit him at his constituency office without avail. There is a general perception that he is physically absent and mentally detached from the issues that affect the parish, especially among our youth cohort. Apathy among the youth is closely linked to the continuous false promises that our elected officials make.

A number of issues were highlighted at the town hall. It is very difficult to access regular public transport as they either charge ridiculously high prices or they do not traverse my route as the road conditions are poor. The solution to this is either to walk or take a robot taxi. A young lady sitting on the platform asked the room to stand if they had “no difficulty getting transport to attend the day's event”. I wasn't surprised when no one in the room stood. Hayles, in responding to this situation, remarked, “Just when I thought I was getting away with this...” I wondered if he thought there was a joke in our ordeal.

Our water system is in shambles. There are still communities which have to rely on rain in order to have a regular source of water. We deserve better.

My generation will reject the handout type of politics as we recognise that it is stifling our parish's growth. The constant turning up close to election time and whispering sweet little nothings for our votes is not sitting well with my generation. It is time for action. We deserve better leadership for my country and my beloved little corner of Hanover.

Sachin Belgrave

kemoy.a.lindsay@gmail.com

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