Though keen not to outrightly name the perpetrators of the political mudslinging that has been largely directed at him, NDP Chairman Myron Walwyn has given innuendos about who he believes is behind the character assassination attempts.
He described the practice as nonsensical ‘gutter politics’ coming from “a team” desperate to win the February 25 elections by any means necessary.
“The last time I checked, the bottom of a gutter was green. My colour is one of strength, one of determination, one of love. Our colour is red and the gutter is not for us,” Walwyn said at an NDP rally in the Eighth Electoral District on Saturday evening.
The upcoming elections mainly comprise four parties — the NDP whose signature political colour is red, Progressives United whose signature colour is orange, the PVIM whose colour is blue, and the VIP whose signature colour is green.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe?
Though denouncing the practice of mudslinging, Walwyn explored some of the topics he would broach if he was to ‘take up temporary residence in the political gutter’.
He listed a number of controversial allegations and scandals that have bedevilled at least one member in one of the NDP’s challenging parties for the elections.
“If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I would ask for the explanation, once and for all, on that FBI investigation that is still outstanding,” Walwyn said without going into detail. “Some of the questions that would come to mind right away if I took up temporary residence in the gutter would be to ask what happened to the close to $1 million for the neighbourhood partnership project when nothing was done?”
The NDP Chairman continued: “If took up temporary residence in the gutter, I can ask about the $750,000 that was given to a spiritual advisor to give a review of the education system that yielded no results because the person was not qualified to do the job. If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I would ask about that minister who used to go to the treasury and collect the cheques for the contractors and then wait for his portion when the time comes.”
In concluding the rant, Walwyn cited the biblical scripture that challenges any person who is without sin to ‘cast the first stone’.
“I say to you today that these things (political mudslinging) do not improve the quality of your life and so I wouldn’t go there. Let us endeavour to do right by our seniors and other citizens to present our case to them in a decent and proper way and trust them to make the right decision for this country on the 25th of February,” the NDP Chairman said.
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