Political Leader Harold Lovell has expressed his dismay and anger over a video recorded on the grounds of a certain secondary school, and is calling on the Ministry of Education to issue a statement declaring all school plants campaign-free zones. He is also calling on all political party leaders to publicly condemn what transpired.
The activity captured in the video reflects the worst of our society. In the obscenity-laced recording, ABLP operatives are clearly seen throwing campaign tee-shirts over the fence onto the school compound, while students congregate in the vicinity and rush to grab the shirts. Some students are shown wearing the tee-shirts over their uniforms, while others can be heard condemning the behaviour.
While the time around general elections is traditionally referred to as the “silly season”, the United Progressive Party is of the firm opinion that we should be able to agree that certain things are simply not acceptable – no matter what season. Any notion of involving students on school premises in political wranglings should be roundly rejected by all political parties. Any party which is willing to manipulate impressionable students for political gain or to condone such manipulation simply is not fit to govern.