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Aug 17, 2015

P.U.P. National Tour Heads South

The People’s United Party gathered en masse in Big Falls on Sunday where the leadership of the country’s oldest political organization met with its rank and file.  The southern leg of the tour comes one week after a national campaign was launched in San Ignacio Town and, by all accounts, it was generally well attended.  While Party Leader Francis Fonseca, as well as area representatives from Toledo East and West were on hand to address supporters, others within the seemingly fractured outfit were noticeably absent.  Among them was Pickstock Standard Bearer Dr. Francis Smith.  He is one of eleven candidates, informally referred to as the G-Eleven, who have raised concerns about the current state of affairs within the party.  According to Smith, there is no internal strife within the party.  Instead, the group is merely echoing the sentiments of the people.

 

Francis Smith

Dr. Francis Smith, Pickstock Standard Bearer, P.U.P.

“There is no fighting within the People’s United Party.  We are not there to undermine the party leader.  We, the P.U.P., we are going through a process that is quite normal that many businesses, many organizations, corporations go through.  It’s a process of quality assurance by which one ensures that the final end product meets the high expectations of the consumers.  Put in the political context, all we are saying is there are those of us within the People’s United Party, there’s a movement trying to ensure that our leadership, all our thirty-one standard bearers meet the very high expectations of our voter population, ever mindful that we are in a new era.  We are facing a population that is increasingly more sophisticated, well-educated, thinking, cynical, skeptical. We want to demonstrate with this movement what we think is necessary in both political parties, that people, while in the position, and by practice, we lead by example; we are not afraid and we want to encourage this in the population, to be intolerant, to have zero tolerance for irregularities and for corruption.  The only way you will achieve this is if we the leaders, the standard bearers lead by example.  We have to demonstrate to the public that we are not afraid to voice what the people on the streets are voicing.  What are they saying?  Conclusively, they are saying, “Doc, we noh wahn back di same thing weh we vote out eena 2008.”  We cannot be afraid to tell this to the hierarchy within the People’s United Party without fear.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Doesn’t that make you then, anti-establishment, in a sense?”

 

Dr. Francis Smith

“Not at all.  We need to demonstrate that we cannot be muzzled and shackled because we fear that we will not be rewarded with a government ministry with which to hustle.”

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