Opinion: Election time

POSTED: 05/20/14 9:40 PM

It is an election year and that does not go unnoticed. Political parties are suddenly eager to issue press releases about matters that touch their potential voters. Point in case is the press release from both the United People’s Party, the one from the Democratic Party and the one from Prime Minister Wescot-Williams that all condemn the violence of last week – the murder of Anan Daraghma in French Quarter and the ill-treatment of a 9-year old girl by a mentally unstable man in South Reward.

In the middle of all these election-tears we found however one remark that ought to be kept on record. The United People’s party called for more funding for the Mental Health Foundation. That’s a good one, because just this year the government cut the MHF-subsidy by around 200,000 guilders. That money went more or less to Turning Point, where MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson is involved.

Richardson is also going to join the UP for the next elections, so there is going to be an interesting discussion about how to divide the available funds between these two institutions. We figure that Dr. Richardson will excuse himself from the debate about this issue.

In the meantime, we will keep an eye on the moment the 2015 budget comes out in a couple of months. It should contain good news for the Mental Health Foundation – but only if the UP sticks to its commitment.

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