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Patterson warns young Comrades against 'political opportunism'

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has cautioned young Jamaicans to steer clear of representational politics if their desire to serve is not grounded in good intentions.

Patterson told supporters at the Peoples’ National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) inaugural annual lecture yesterday evening at the Excelsior High School that there was always a price to be paid for political opportunism.

Patterson, who was speaking in relation to the role political youth organisations play in the political landscape, warned young comrades that every affiliate of the PNP must also accept the supremacy of the parent party.

He said the principles and objectives of the PNP must override that of all other affiliate groups if the unity and purpose are to be maintained.

Patterson declared that ambitious youth who try to move hurriedly to the top could find their path blocked if they lack the ideological content or do not benefit from sober apprenticeship.

But the former party president said the PNPYO had every right to resist any attempt to compromise on the Party’s objectives and to complain when the parent body is slow in advancing the agenda for social and economic change.


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