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It happened this week in politics in 1967, October 15 to 21

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 4:15 PM


n Minister of Finance and Planning Edward Seaga announced that as far as the performance of the rate of growth as against projections in the first Five-Year Plan was concerned, the plan has been true to expectations. Beneath that, however, Seaga said there were areas in which the plan had not reached its targets, and in some areas, it had exceeded targets. Seaga was speaking at his ministry to members of the four-man United Nations team here for the purpose of evaluating the First Five-Year Plan. Seaga told the team that the Government thought an evaluation of the first plan was a logical course to follow to flow into the framing of the second Five-Year Development Plan, and that it would best be done by outsiders who could see matters more objectively.

n Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, on his return from Europe and the United States, declares to a crowd at Palisadoes Airport: "Now that I am back, I will settle down again as of tomorrow with my colleagues in our programme of work to be done because we have some urgent and big problems to tackle in this country. The important thing is that, big as they are and serious as the problems are, my team of ministers and the other members of the Jamaica Labour Party who make up the Government of this country, we all recognise the responsibility on our shoulders and our obligations. We are not at all frightened by the magnitude of the problems. To the contrary, we are facing the job with confidence and we know that we can rely on good sense and we can rely on the richness in this country: richness in ambition, richness in courage and richness in self-respect, to face those problems which are the responsibility of all of us."

n Leader of the Opposition Norman Manley, in an address to the 15th annual Congress of the National Workers' Union, stated that the solution to unemployment in Jamaica could not be done by orthodox means and "somebody is going to have to tackle it by radical methods". Simultaneous with his statement, Manley declared that whatever proposals were put forward for solving the unemployment problem must have the support of all the workers of Jamaica before they could succeed. On this note, he challenged the union to give thought to the problem and come up with their own proposal and secure the backing of their followers.


n The hearing for the election petition brought by Holroyd Thompson against Talbert Forrest, member of parliament for Western St Mary, and the returning officer, W.E. Wood, scheduled to begin in the Supreme Court, was adjourned. Justice Smith, presiding in Court 6, adjourned the hearing after David Coore, QC, himself a member of parliament, drew the court's attention to the English rule that a member of the Bar, who is also a member of the House of Commons, could not appear in an election petition.


n Arnold Jackson, member of parliament for Eastern Hanover and parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, claims reports have reached him that People's National Party adherents in Eastern Hanover have refused to be enumerated when called upon by the enumerators in the constituency. Jackson said he is asking Michael Manley to visit the constituency or send someone to get the people enumerated or else he would have to hold his peace if he failed to persuade them to be registered or enumerated. "I like a man to give me a good fight. I don't want any easy walkover," Jackson declared.


n Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, speaking at a public meeting in support of Glen Mitchell's campaign in St Elizabeth, said that he was very impressed by the actions of Mitchell, the candidate selected to run in the by-election in South East St Elizabeth. Mitchell, though yet to be elected, had started to make intelligent and effective representations for his constituency, Shearer said. "I am very impressed with the young man and I am very pleased with his interest, and having taken such interest, I am proud to tell you that as a result of his representations, certain decisions have already been taken on a number of outstanding matters concerning St Elizabeth," the prime minister continued. "Vote for Glen Mitchell," he urged them, "and I will do the rest, as the Government of the country."


n The Supreme Court, in a reserved judgment handed down by Justice Smith, held that Winston Brown (JLP), who was nominated to contest the election to the Parish Council of Trelawny last year June, is entitled to a declaration that: The act of the Parish Council - the defendants in the action - in purporting to declare the seat vacant, was improper and illegal. The judge, in a written judgment, also held that the plaintiff, Brown, is entitled to the injunction claimed - to restrain from taking any further steps to declare the seat vacant, or to hold any election or by-election to elect a councillor for the division while the appeal against the decision of the chief justice is pending.

n Leader of the Opposition Norman Manley, in a fiery speech punctuated by loud applause, told the people of Lititz, St Elizabeth, that they should go out on by-election day and "light a torch" in the constituency of South St Elizabeth to show all Jamaica that the People's National Party (PNP) was on the road to power and that the party would be restored in a short time. This, Manley told his followers, would be the best method of demonstrating their dissatisfaction with the actions of the present Government. Manley, who was leading the campaign in the constituency in support of PNP's candidate, Vivian Blake, in the by-election, told the meeting the by-election was by far the most important one in Jamaica's history. It was, therefore, not only important that PNP supporters in the constituency do everything to ensure the party's victory, but to secure victory by a tremendous majority.


n Leacroft Robinson, QC, leading counsel for the petitioner, in the election petition brought by Holroyd Thompson against Talbert Forrest and the returning officer for Western St Mary, W. E. Wood, completed his final address in the Supreme Court. Justice Smith, who is hearing the petition in Court 6, is to hear submissions from Harvey daCosta, QC, leading counsel for respondent Forrest, when the case resumes. Thompson, the defeated People's National Party candidate in Western St Mary in the February 21 general election, is seeking to have the court determine that Forrest, the successful Jamaica Labour Party candidate, was not duly elected or returned, hence, the election and return of the candidate were null and void.