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G2K rejects PNPYO's 'retrograde' utterances on PM's policies

Monday, September 10, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) affiliate, Generation 2000 (G2K), has rejected utterances by the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) that the Andrew Holness-led administration is copying the policies of the Opposition PNP.

The comments were made by PNPYO President Krystal Tomlinson at a constituency rally in East Central St Andrew, according to media reports.

G2K President, Stephen Edwards in a release today, argued that “All sense of logic seems to have escaped Ms Tomlinson when she made those retrograde utterances on the political platform. All well-thinking Jamaicans should reject her backward comments as the nation has long moved past that style of politics.”

“The people of Jamaica have been yearning for Jamaica's politics to mature to the point where there is continuity with government policies and initiatives. Fortunately, we now have a responsible government that has risen above the fray to make this a reality,” Edwards continued.

He further stated that “as youth leaders, we must remain cognisant of the fact that we have persons who are looking to us to lead by example with new ways of thinking. True transformational leadership should be bold enough to focus on issue-based advocacy and resist the urge to play to the gallery.

"This is why we at G2K have taken the position that we will focus on putting forward solutions that will help Jamaicans overcome common challenges and advance the nation as a whole.”

G2K General Secretary Oludiad Brown in the meantime argued that Tomlinson's “utterances do nothing to help Jamaicans to overcome their real-life issues.

The group argued that the record will show that it has led discussions on a number of real-life issues, which recently included gender-based violence which it argued is a real problem.

Added to that, G2K said it led discussions on benefits of aligned interests in public sector negotiations, amending criminal laws to allow compensation for victims as well as using tax policy to incentivise efficient use of water.

Generation 2000 in its statement called on all political youth groups to join them in lifting the bar of advocacy beyond the status quo by devoting their energies and resources to issue-based politics

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