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Vaz scolds Hylton for calling Seaga an arm chair politician

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:25 PM
Vaz has labeled as disrespectful Hylton's characterisation of the former JLP leader, as an arm chair politician

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Member of Parliament for Western Portland Daryl Vaz has launched a scathing attack on the Minister of Industry Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton in defence of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

Vaz has labelled as disrespectful Hylton's characterisation of the former JLP leader, as an arm chair politician.

An armchair politician is understood to mean someone who has poorly based opinions and defends them with little evidence.

READ: Anthony Hylton calls Edward Seaga an armchair politician

"I want to sound a word of warning: for a big minister to respond in that manner is very disrespectful," said Vaz who has endured a rocky relationship with Seaga.

"We must be respectful of all our Prime Ministers of Jamaica," he declared.

He said while he was not at last week's meeting in Clarendon, where JLP councillor Winston Maragh referred to former Prime Minister Michael Manley as a "little idiot" he felt compelled to apologise.

Maragh has also said sorry.

READ: JLP Councillor apologises for calling Michael Manley an idiot

"Whatever was said that was not appropriate, I want to apologise on behalf of the Jamaica Labour Party, " he said.

Vaz had a parting shot for Hylton,  the current MP for Western St Andrew, who was defeated by the JLP's James Robertson in Western St Thomas.

"You run left James a St Thomas, if you think you bad, go back deh."