December 11: “You Have No Business On The Road”

1939: Decision on a scheme to install automatic lighters to the gas lamps on the streets of Kingston is postponed when Councillor E. McLaughin questions whether it will lead to the dismissal of city lamplighters and some slight increase of unemployment. Lamplighters are employed by KSAC to go around Kingston by dusk to light the gas lamps.

1948: Alexander Bustamante, minister of communications and head of the elected government in the House of Representatives, walks out of the inaugural dinner of the Vere Trust Old Boys’ Association at the Hayes schoolroom in Clarendon after charging the chairman, A.S. Campbell, with impertinence in asking him to be brief in his speech. He also criticises the several speakers before him who referred to the chairman, then the custos and General Harty before referring to himself as head of the elected Government. “There is a change in the country,” he points out. “There is only one man in this country now, and that is the governor, who is superior to me in the Government.

1958: Forty-year-old Aston Raphael of Chestnut Lane in Kingston will not be able to drive a motor vehicle until he is 70 years old. Resident Magistrate V.K.G. McCarthy tells him “you have no business on the road, and it is therefore my duty to keep you off the road for as long as possible to protect other users who should not be menaced by people like you”. Raphael is found guilty of dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a carrier’s licence, operating his vehicle contrary to the terms of his licence and for carrying excess passengers. On November 15, he collided with a boy cyclist, injuring him, ended up against a high-tension electric pole and injuring the three passengers in his van.

1962: Members on both sides of the House shout, trace one another, swap swear words and call each other “fool” and “liar” during a debate on the use of Vale Royal as the official residence for the minister of finance, Donald Sangster. Iris King is described by Edward Seaga as “a filthy liar”, and, she retorts, “You must be talking about your mother,” Tavares is told by King to “shut up and look about your home troubles”; and a sotto voce comment by Tavares, which King claims to be an obscenity. Other words shouted are “stinking”, stinking liar”, “stinking fool’’ and “babies, pregnancies and jackets”.