Minister of National Security Stuart Young.

The People’s National Movement’s National Youth League and National Security Minister Stuart Young’s Port-of-Spain North constituency have backhanded the United National Congress’ motion of no-confidence against Young.

The Opposition recently announced the motion, criticising Young’s performance and questioning the law allowing Young to make decisions on COVID-19 travel exemptions. After Young rebutted accusations, UNC yesterday maintained its position, adding he hadn’t said what law empowered him.

But PNM’s Youth League condemned “the comical no-confidence motion as that of a desperate and failing attempt by the UNC grasping on the final straws of political relevance.”

“Minister Young has, in his usual fashion, brought a dynamic sense of energy to the ministry, capturing the portfolio by bringing forth a hands-on, no-nonsense approach. This is the same Opposition Leader (Kamla Persad-Bissesssar) who continues her attempts at stalling Government’s legislative agenda…she’s rejected her responsibilities as a parliamentarian, objected to her oath of office and objected entirely to the notion of putting country before party and self-interest. Mrs Persad-Bissessar can never stand before this country and be taken seriously as a politician,” the Youth League said.

“Her Monday Night forums are a breathing ground for far-fetched conspiracy theories and objectable humour.”

The league added, “This is no time for politician games, we are in critical times and we need serious and effective leaders, with a clear mandate to govern and we have that here in PNM. It’s on that basis we must reject the UNC and Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s nonsensical, vacuous attempt at wasting the nation’s and Parliament’s time—she can learn a thing or two from the Honourable Minister, as a gold-standard politician.”

PNM’s PoS North constituency PRO Hillen Morean also listed bills which the UNC didn’t support, dismissing the Opposition’s move.