I am still flabbergasted, dumbfounded and in a state of shock that after the Opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) used their election campaign to hype up young people, not one young person is represented in Parliament on the opposite side.
Today four senators were appointed. I have nothing against these “seasoned” men and one woman, but Alas, have the UPP been suddenly diagnosed with amnesia that they totally and completely forget the promises made?
Have you got no regarded us anymore now that you no longer need us? Is our politics so transactional that promises made are totally brushed aside?
While we understand that you may have wanted Shawn Nicholas to secure her pension and decided to keep her another two years, and perhaps you wanted the workers union to be presented, what about Johnathan Joseph and Alex Browne?
I mean seriously speaking did Jamal Pringle the UPP Leader hand pick these people? Or were they handpicked on his behalf?
Youth is considered anyone under the age of 35 and the new senators are over 50 and counting, I’m sure. Please, this is not being disrespectful or discriminatory, but what about our youth?
The UPP came to the Youth Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, pleading with young people to vote for them. To give them a chance. Promising that our voices would be heard. Promising this and promising that.
Ok…Well, the excuse can be that the UPP did not win the elections…But there was an opportunity to elect one young person.
What about Guishonne Powell? In my view, he is just as bright as the ABLP’s Caleb Gardner.
Let me put it on record that I am very disappointed in the lack of youth representation in parliament on the UPP’s side.
Perhaps we need to jump ship and support the party that seemingly cares about young people. Perhaps Mr. Pringle?