Seaga tak­ing demo­cratic so­cial­ism out of con­text

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: FOR­MER PRIME Min­is­ter Ed­ward Seaga, in an ar­ti­cle in The Sun­day Gleaner, Oc­to­ber 23, 2016, ti­tled ‘Fear­ful fu­ture of the PNP’, in com­ment­ing on PNP Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Ju­lian Robin­son’s state­ment on the party’s 76-year com­mit­ment to the phi­los­o­phy of demo­cratic so­cial­ism, has re­verted to a onesided my­opic view of the 1970s. His ar­ti­cle lacks con­text, as well as an un­der­stand­ing of the dia­lec­tic.

It was Mr Seaga, in com­ment­ing on the re­sults of the De­cem­ber 15, 1976 gen­eral elec­tion that was won by the PNP, who stated: “I think the PNP scored a very clear and de­ci­sive vic­tory ... . In my long pe­riod of po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing, I have never seen the peo­ple of Ja­maica re­act so much to a government in power.” (Daily Gleaner, De­cem­ber 16, 1976)

What a dif­fer­ence 40 years has made!

It may be useful, in an­tic­i­pat­ing the recog­ni­tion of the 40th an­niver­sary of the De­cem­ber 15, 1976 elec­tion vic­tory by the PNP, to re­sume an in­formed di­a­logue on that pe­riod. Many of us would be will­ing to be part of this con­ver­sa­tion. Mr Seaga’s con­tri­bu­tion, I am sure, could be useful. D.K. DUN­CAN dk­ For­mer Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, PNP

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