I read the Sunday, March 15, 2020, column by Freddie Kissoon, which was published by the Kaieteur News and had reason to pause halfway through because of a few troubling lines.
Kissoon prophesied: “Why would young leaders want to continue in the PPP only to give blood, sweat and tears, and to see their political careers stagnated forever in the opposition benches?”
He adds that: “By what rational thinking would a young politician want to stay in the PPP’s leadership after March 2020?”
Editor, as a young, educated candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), these comments insult the work that has been done by scores of young people and borders on disrespect.
For clarity as to the intention of many of the young PPP/C candidates, like myself, several of whom have political ambitions, let me explain – when one believes in something, just and right, they do not just sit idly by and do nothing. As a reminder, integral to the fight at GECOM were young women, like Sonia Parag, and others.
Mr. Kissoon would do well to remember that: “The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men (AND WOMEN) to do nothing.” This is why young politicians will stay in the PPP’s leadership after March 2020.
Call me naïve, but I believe that we still need to fight even when all seems bleak.
PPP/C National Candidate,
Political Science BA (York University)