Opinion by Leopold James: Rotten apples

POSTED: 08/19/14 11:31 PM

Allow me to make the following pledge towards all the parties and their candidates, who are participating in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, slated for August 29.

In all my comments, as president of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement, I will do my utmost best to stick to the issues and not to engage in any irrelevant personal attacks on any candidate, as some have been doing.

In general, in assessing the candidates, our focus will be on the extent they are willing to go in order to recognize the legitimate concerns, needs and wishes of the native, indigenous St. Martin people, without compromising the legitimate rights of all others.

In that process, we might come across as ‘hard-core’, for which we do not apologize.

However, in all fairness, the public is free as well, to point out to us whenever we cross the line and become personal, because we too should be held to a higher standard.

At this time, I would also like to make use of the opportunity to say a special word of understanding and fairness to those members of the UP party who have contacted me even up to last Saturday.

Be assured that despite the very irrational behavior on the air and in private, of your number 22 candidate (Julian Rollocks – ed,), I will not respond in a similar very irresponsible and spoiled-child tit-for-tat manner.

My response will come – at the right time – and at one of my own choosing.

I recognize a number of very promising young candidates on the UP-list, as well as on the other lists and I would be out of my mind to jeopardize their chances to be elected, because of one or more rotten apples.

Again, although our movement has committed itself to fight hard for the preservation of the native, indigenous people, including for you candidates and your children, I will do my best to do that in all understanding and fairness towards all parties and their candidates.

I once more thank those of you, who contact me on a regular basis to seek my consultation and I remain available to continue doing so, whether you are from the NA, DP, US, SRP or the UP-party – I am honored for your confidence.

May God bless you all and guide you to do what is in the best interest of the native, indigenous St. Martin people and the other residents as well and to make greed and corruption something of the past.

One love.

drs. Leopold James,

President of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement.


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