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#1 Oct 17, 2018 9:18 am

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Michael (Bloodclaat) Manley

As many people called him!!

Michael Manley: many loved him, many hated him; but nobody ignored him. With an abundance of charisma and intellect, Michael Manley, or Michael Bloodclaat Manley as he was referred to by his legion of enemies, was a big leader of a small island, who conquered the world’s stage as if he were born to it. Michael Manley and Bob Marley put the spotlight squarely on Jamaica in the seventies - and boy did we love it.

From the very beginning I was a Michael fan. He first came into power in March 1972, not long after I arrived in Jamaica as a naively optimistic eighteen year old. For us young people Michael Manley was a welcome change, from the stuffiness and hypocrisy of the established political order. With the benefit of hindsight, Manley may indeed have destroyed the economy, divided the nation along political lines and driven away its upper crust of capitalist money-makers; but he also made Jamaica think. For the first time, Jamaicans were forced to confront a plethora of deep, complex social, political and racial issues, which had been conveniently swept under generations of carpets.

I will never forget Manley wrapping the BBC interviewer into knots, on the West’s unfair terms of trade: “Twenty years ago we had to export twenty tons of our sugar, to buy one of your tractors. Today, we have to export a hundred tons of sugar, just to buy that same tractor. Now, you tell me, is that fair?”

Half of Jamaica loved the ground he walked on; the other half wanted to spit on his grave. This was the intense, sometimes murderous passion that Jamaican politics aroused, in the seventies. There was no middle ground, no undecided voters. You were either PNP or JLP, socialist or labourite, friend or enemy, alive or dead.

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#2 Oct 17, 2018 12:33 pm

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Re: Michael (Bloodclaat) Manley

Manley   to my  mind is grouped together with ....

Williams  ....  T&T
Barrow ... Bim.
Gairy of Gree.
Burnham of Guyana.

Few progressive ones on the field these days.
I thinking , I thinking , "gotta check that out ". lol.

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#3 Oct 17, 2018 1:51 pm

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Gairy?

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#4 Oct 18, 2018 11:00 am

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Re: Michael (Bloodclaat) Manley

Welllllll   yes.
AGE.

lol

Gairy .....  1922 - 1979
Barrow .... 1920 - 1987
Burnham .... 1923 - 1985.
Manley.... 1924 - 1992.

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#5 Oct 18, 2018 11:06 am

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Gairy died on August 23, 1997.

Maybe he's now with the UFOs....

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#6 Oct 18, 2018 11:18 am

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Jeeeeez.

Gairy lived the longest of the bunch.  ' maybe he  really did  have  alien help ?   lol.

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#7 Oct 18, 2018 3:09 pm

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Eric Gairy?  *GULP!*

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#8 Oct 18, 2018 3:52 pm

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Real Distwalker wrote:

Eric Gairy?  *GULP!*


Big LOL on that one!!

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