A media reelease from the PNP says "the statement by Prime Minister Holness reveals a profound ignorance of the significance of Michael Manley's contribution to the development of modern Jamaica, in particular, his promulgation of a raft of social legislation and policies, which uplifted the under-served poor Jamaicans and campaigned to permanently sever the vestiges of our colonial heritage.
The actions by the PNP administration of the 1970s levelled the playing field for thousands of marginalised Jamaicans, including the present Prime Minister himself.
The social legislation and farsighted policies in areas such as workers' rights; employee share ownership and participation; housing financed through the creation of the National Housing Trust (NHT); bauxite mining and the introduction of the levy; foreign exchange liberalisation; the advocacy for a new world economic order; and the fight against apartheid and oppression, were signal achievements of the former Prime Minister, who championed the cause of third-world democracies and placed Jamaica's name at the forefront of the fight for economic liberation and social justice.
The PNP is disappointed at Prime Minister Holness' shallow and partisan analysis of the Manley years as it lacked substance, proper historical context and vital details, and was devoid of evidence and the rigour that should attend any attempt to analyse the impact of this period on the Jamaican society. In fact, he breached a convention in Jamaica, where Prime Ministers cease attacking predecessors, once they have retired from public office.
The People's National Party reaffirms its pride in the results of Manley's policies on today's Jamaica, as they have given status to children, women, workers and the masses of the Jamaican people, descendants of slaves, dispossessed in every material area of economic survival.
It is for these reasons that the Party remains committed to solving the land settlement deprivations, which has existed since the former slaves were banished to the hillside of Jamaica in 1838 for their existence.
The Party is convinced that this desire motivated the attack on Michael Manley as well as the need to provide an excuse for his dismal performance in the office with a raft of broken promises, including poverty to prosperity, and a reduction in murder and crime, among others.
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