The PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali, has said on at least two occasions that the PPP/C will double the Old Age Pension; at Linden and Anna Regina, this was greeted with effusive applause. Imagine my surprise when I saw an article in today’s Stabroek News saying that Robert Badal of Change Guyana was now proposing to do the same thing if elected. The name of the party may be ‘Change’ but this is the same old Badal, poaching ideas without compunction. I would ask that journalists inquire of Badal if he has done any research as to how much this would cost and how and where he expects to garner funding for the initiative. I am sure the answers or lack of will provide enlightenment. The parroting of ideas, policies and plans without the requisite research and interrogation dilutes the public confidence in political parties and the democratic process as a whole, it is irresponsible and should not be condoned by the mainstream media. While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I just wish the hard work ethic was so readily imitated by the pretenders.