April 13: “Misleading And Alarming The Country”

1951: Decision is taken at the meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council that a march and/or public meeting at the Kingston Race Course should be organised to enable the public to enter protest against the delay by Government in dealing with the city transport situation. The council was of the opinion that public protest should be kept alive so that Government would not sit down on the problem and allow it to die without a satisfactory solution being found.


1953: Immediate importation of Japanese textiles to the extent of 600,000 pounds is decided on at a meeting of dry goods traders at the office of Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Limited. The meeting is called at the instance of the Dry Goods Trade Liaison Committee to hear the views of traders on the question of textiles importation from Japan. These views will be put before the Trade Control Board in a meeting.

1956: An appeal to councillors not to think in terms of party politics, but to work as a group of citizens for the benefit of the community, is made by Mayor Balfour Barnswell in a policy statement at the first meeting of the Corporation Council under the new Municipal Constitution. Among matters listed by the mayor for attention is relief of traffic congestion, new buildings for the corporation’s poor house, creating a home atmosphere at the Maxfield Park Home for children and the possibility of secondary-school education for the more talented among them.

1959: The Water Policy announced for the Corporate Area, which threatens to limit housing expansion, and call a halt to the development of new housing schemes, is being treated as a matter of urgency by the Government. A special committee of the Council of Ministers is appointed by the council to take immediate steps in consultation with the Water Commission to seek a solution of the present difficulties which were announced dramatically last week by the Water Commission.

1963: Edward Seaga, minister of development and welfare, who is responsible for broadcasting, raps both radio stations for “misleading and alarming the country” in their reports of the of the Rose Hall incidents which involved the deaths of eight people. In a strongly worded letter to the chairman of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and the managing director of Radio Jamaica Limited, the minister said, “It is senseless for Government attempts at development to be retarded or defeated by irresponsible statements of this type, and this Government will not tolerate it”.