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Is Santa Claus a Labourite?

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Let me commend those persons who took time out during the Christmas season to visit shut-ins and bring good cheer to many children through treats and otherwise in many communities. Truly, Christmas is the time of year when we remember the gift that God gave us to redeem man from sin. We do this by sharing what we have and bringing happiness to our neighbours and friends.

What is of concern to me, though, is the attempt in North East Manchester to politicise Christmas and bring division to the communities of the constituency by visiting them with a Santa Claus dressed in a green suit instead of the traditional red suit we have known all our lives.

It is my view that this is at the very least distasteful, underhanded, and simply put, an act of desperation by the team of Member of Parliament Audley Shaw, who has seen the handwriting on the wall and who knows that he has been tried in the balance and found wanting.

Why would they dress Santa Claus in green? Is it that they think that the children of People's National Party supporters wouldn't want to take anything from a Jamaica Labour Party Santa Claus and so it would cost less as only Labourite supporters would receive gifts?

If the JLP can politicise Christmas, consider what happened with back-to-school assistance, Christmas work, and other assistance given by the MP's office.

It was also observed that the snacks (Cheez Trix and sweets) were thrown to the ground for the children to pick them up like animals. I say shame, shame, shame for disrespecting the children of North East Manchester.

Children are not political; they don't really take sides. They will play together even if their parents are vexed with each other. As a constituent of North East Manchester, I call on Audley Shaw to apologise to the children.