Seaga says 1980 victory was the prize
|SEAGA… represented West Kingston
from 1962 until he retired in 2005
change I don’t know where we may have been in terms of the future of
this country,” he said yesterday.
(JLP) was speaking to the Jamaica Observer on the eve of one of the most
important events in his life, when both Houses of the Jamaican
Parliament honour him at Gordon House today, starting at 2:00 pm.
to pay tribute to Seaga for his role “in crafting the post-Independence
parliamentary landscape”. The ceremony will also be attended by former
members of parliament (MPs), public officials and members of the
the defeat of the democratic socialist Government of Prime Minister
Michael Manley ended the People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) experiment
with socialist economic policies.
elections, the first being the PNP’s 52 to 8 thrashing of the JLP in
it was regarded as the bloodiest election in Jamaica’s history, and it
probably marked the only the time the Jamaican electorate was ever faced
with such a clear-cut ideological choice between socialism and
unusual” occasion, as no one has accomplished as much as he has as a
never; so it is a record which may stand forever,” pointed out Seaga
whose 45 years include two years as a member of the Legislative Council,
the pre-Independence legislature.
of the team that drafted the Jamaican Constitution, and one of three
surviving members of the first Parliament of Independent Jamaica.
having represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until he
retired in 2005.