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Jan 15, 2014

The P.U.P. launches social justice agenda

In politics….National and political icon George Price died on September nineteenth, 2011, following a fall in his Belize City home. The man hailed as the father of the nation would have turned ninety-five today. In tribute to his memory and in keeping with his legacy, the political party he served faithfully for more than six decades this launched their social justice agenda at its headquarters. Social justice was a philosophy to which Price devoted his life, and the P.U.P. is going back to those roots. Mike Rudon was at Independence Hall today and has the story.

FOR VIDEO CLICK HERE: SOCIAL AGENDA LAUNCH

Mike Rudon, Reporting

George Price would have turned ninety-five today, and to celebrate his birthday, the party’s executive and supporters laid wreaths on his grave early this morning. The birthday of the man who led the P.U.P. for almost fifty years is a very special occasion for those who now seek to serve in the manner for which he advocated.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

Francis Fonseca

“It’s always important for us in the People’s United Party to pay tribute to Mr. Price on his birthday. We have, as I’ve said every year…a special duty, a special responsibility, a special obligation to keep Mr. Price’s legacy alive.”

 

That legacy is firmly rooted in the principles of social justice, and to celebrate the special day the P.U.P. launched their ten point social justice agenda. That agenda promises commitment to issues like poverty, education, health, employment, land, legislation, human rights and the economy.

 

Francis Fonseca

“This is a new P.U.P., this is the P.U.P. of 2014, and social justice may not have exactly the same meaning as it had in 1950 because of the changing world that we live in but we have to remain true as a party to that core philosophy that Mr. Price inspired in all of us. And that is what we wanted to make very clear today, that as a party we remain absolutely fully committed to that central philosophy that has been the heart and soul of the People’s United Party, particularly under the leadership of George Price.”

 

The launching of the agenda may seem somewhat premature. After all, the next general elections could be as far off as 2017. But the P.U.P. is taking care of these issues now, on the way to constructing more significant reforms in the months ahead.

 

Francis Fonseca

“Words are never enough, but let no one doubt our resolve. The People’s United Party shall enshrine these principles into the three pillars of the new revolution – governance, economic and education reform…and thereafter into the policies, legislation and actions of the next P.U.P. government.”

 

So how does the P.U.P. leader deal with criticism that the party has departed from those social justice roots so cherished and nourished by George Price?

 

Francis Fonseca

“I reject that completely. We did not abandon that philosophy. But as I said in presenting the social justice agenda, that yes at times we have strayed away from that agenda, but as a former Minister of Education in the P.U.P. government I can tell you that we spent unprecedented amounts of money on education, building schools, providing scholarships to young people, creating educational opportunities for people, so we never abandoned our social justice philosophy, but it is fair to say that at times we have walked away from the straight path that we should have been on.”

 

Reporter

“Everything you’ve said today looks good on paper and sounds good, but is the P.U.P. prepared to step up its game and to advocate for some of these things that you’ve mentioned today?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Absolutely, absolutely. We are making them public for that very reason. We want to advance the discussion on these issues, and these proposals, these principles and objectives we set out today haven’t come out of thin air. They have come out of our own discussions and travels across the country meeting with people. But we want to strengthen them, as we said. We want to widen the discussion, we want to have and encourage a national dialogue on social justice.”

 

The launch was attended by Party executives and faithful. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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1 Response for “The P.U.P. launches social justice agenda”

  1. Rod says:

    Look into all the illegal Africans in this country they need to be deported

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