Your money, class and family connections will not get you into positions of power in the United National Congress (UNC).
So said Opposition Leader and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a virtual party meeting on Monday night.
She pointed out that former prime minister and UNC founding father Basdeo Panday had said the “UNC is not a cow that you could take the rope and hand it over to someone else”.
The UNC, she said, is a democratic party governed by democratic principles, “so don’t come and say your uncle or your father was an MP or you believe you have money, you think you have some high caste or high class, you never worked for the party and you must get a seat, it cannot work like that”.
She said all rank and file members must be treated with respect, adding that members should not get side-tracked following the “haters”.
Persad-Bissessar said they should continue educating and qualifying themselves and their children and they will have an equal chance in the party to fill any position. She said current parliamentarians who are lawyers and economists include children of a taxi driver and roti shop owner and they worked hard.
She boasted of the accomplishments of Moruga/Tableland MP Michelle Benjamin who worked as a councillor and then brought victory to the UNC by winning the seat in the August 10 general election.