Thursday, 10 April 2008

PNP needs rebirth

PNP needs rebirth - C o o k e - But founding member hails party for social reformpublished:
Thursday April 10, 2008
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Challenging officials of the People's National Party (PNP), former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke says the party desperately needs a renaissance to attract youths to the movement.
On the eve of the party's 70th anniversary, Sir Howard, the only surviving founding member, who was honoured by Region Six members on Tuesday, lauded the party for its contribution to Jamaica's development.

"It is a fact that the social changes and the social revolution in this country have been led and forced upon the people by the PNP," Sir Howard noted.

His inspiration
He noted that it was imperative for the party to look at a new paradigm, interrelated with successful methods used as far back as the 1930s, when he received his inspiration from National Hero Norman Washington Manley.

As he spoke to the intimate group of members representing second-, third- and fourth-generation Comrades, the founding father said his spirits were lifted by the occasion. "What a wonderful experience this is," he stated, while urging the party to do more to honour its stalwarts. The group, led by Region Six Chairman Dr Wykeham McNeill, Senator Noel Sloley and former Ambassador Frank Pringle, praised Sir Howard for his contribution to the reformation of free education. "Seventy years as a member is quite an achievement and a feat. People like you made the foundation that makes us proud to be members of the PNP," Sloley proudly stated.

Always on the move
Sir Howard's wife of 69 years, Lady Cooke, also spoke of the man she described as the "most kissed man in Jamaica, a man who was always on the move".

She said, "I turned down prestigious jobs and scholarships to remain with this man."

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