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Michael Manley was an idiot, says JLP councillor

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Andrew Holness (left) and Ruddy Spencer.
Mike Henry arrives for the JLP mass meeting in Lionel Town Clarendon.

Winston Maragh, a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor in Clarendon, has described former prime minister Michael Manley as an "idiot".

Maragh, while moderating a JLP mass meeting in Lionel Town Clarendon, said that through his actions, Manley, who was president of the People's National Party (PNP) was responsible for crashing the economy in the 1970s after it was built by the JLP.

Before the characterisation of Manley as an idiot, Maragh, councillor for the Rocky Point division, spoke glowingly about the growth of the economy under JLP administrations during the 1960s and early '70s.

“When [Alexander] Bustamante fought for Independence, and Jamaica got Independence in 1962, the economy grew so far, till by the time Hugh Shearer took it over in 1967, the economy of Jamaica grow by 12 per cent in 1971 going into '72. ... And Michael Manley come in a fool everybody with one tin o' condensed milk,” Maragh said.

“One tin o' condensed milk, one tin o' condensed milk, and a piece o' stick weh a Rastaman give him, talk bout rod of correction, and the whole Jamaica go vote fi dis lickle idiot. And yuh know what happen to Jamaica, the economy went down to minus 17 per cent,” he stressed.

In begging Labourites to go out and vote for the party. He said that it is scary to imagine the PNP in Government with the Zika virus threatening Jamaica.

"Over 3,000 died from chikV," Maragh claimed.

There is no evidence to support the claim of 3,000 persons dying from chikV.

But Maragh insisted that "we can't tek any chance with PNP when dat one [Zika] come yah."

According to Maragh, despite telling people to avoid getting pregnant because of the risks associated the Zika, health centres are short on contraceptives such as condoms and injections.