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Editorial: Gregory Mair echoes Seaga

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Before Gregory Mair joined the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), he was an acolyte of Bruce Golding in the National Democratic Movement (NDM), which Mr Golding left the JLP to establish. He went to the JLP when Mr Golding returned to that party.

During his NDM reign, Mr Golding represented a St Catherine constituency that he won on a JLP ticket and from which he was advised by the then JLP leader, Edward Seaga, to "run, man, run, the owner man a come". There were echoes of that anti-democratic, proprietary sentiment in Mr Mair's complaint that a JLP colleague, Sharon Hay-Webster, may be seeking to unseat him from his St Catherine North constituency, so as to represent it herself.

Mr Mair must know that in a democracy, there is no proprietary right to political representation.