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Remembering the poor

St. John MP Mara Thompson and candidate Patricia Inniss.

St. John MP Mara Thompson and candidate Patricia Inniss.

Democratic Labour Party candidate for St. Michael North East, Patricia Inniss, believes that Government’s decision to allow school children to travel free on Transport Board buses would not be forgotten by poor parents when they go to the polls.

Inniss expressed this view on Friday night while speaking at the official opening of her campaign office on Spooner’s Hill, St. Michael. The DLP candidate recalled that when she was at school, her father who was a taxi driver would go to work on Fridays to ensure that he could buy the bus tickets for school on Monday.

The former Government senator said: “Finding money to buy bus tickets was a challenge for poor families. Parents no longer have to go looking for money to buy bus tickets. My father was a taxi driver and every Friday he ensured that he earned the money to buy the bus tickets for school on Monday.

“A woman in Lewis Gap, cried with joy because she no longer has to secure money to buy tickets for her five children.

Taking a “critical look” at her political opponent, Mia Mottley, Inniss said she (Mottley) never experienced poverty in her life.

“When I was at school I did not know what was a hair drier or a washing machine. Even though my family was financially challenged I never realised that I was poor,” Inniss said.

Inniss, who is a part-time lecturer in the Biological and Chemical Sciences Department at the Cave Hill Campus said “with Patricia Inniss you have a person who knows how to succeed in spite of financial challenges”.

She stressed that the DLP had selected a team of young, bright persons to carry the party’s flag in the upcoming general election.

“Do not pass on the negativity you hear out there in the wider society being spread by the party’s political enemies,” Inniss said.

She charged that elector’s votes were being debased with the heightened interest in the power of money. Arguing that mendicancy was introduced by the BLP, Inniss maintained that it must be brought to an end with everyone realising that there was no gain without pain.

Stressing that she did not see herself as a nuisance candidate, she said she expected the fullest support from the party during the general election.

Noting that she had assisted in debushing the area near the campaign office, Inniss argued that if she was doing the work in the constituency, she should be given the authority by the constituents. (NC)

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