General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang has condemned the statement of People’s National Party’s Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Peter Bunting likening the JLP’s candidate for St Andrew North Western Dr Nigel Clarke to “colonial masters”.
“The comments could be considered classist and elitist; insinuating that hardworking Jamaicans who better themselves, become educated and enjoy social mobility; are to be frowned upon and judged;” the General Secretary warned.
According to Chang, Nigel Clarke is a Jamaican patriot who is to be displayed as an example to young people and particularly young men across the island rather than being ridiculed for bettering himself through education and hard work.
“Not everyone was born with a gold spoon and I am not surprised by Bunting’s “poor taste” in judgement. He is far removed from the realities of the Jamaican social climate and believes that our politicians should not be chosen from the best among us;” the JLP General Secretary stated.
He continued to state that the entire party is proud of the classy candidate that Dr Clarke is and that the party will continue to seek good Jamaicans to represent the people of Jamaica. According to Chang, Dr Clarke is Proven; a Scholar, a steward, a philanthropist, an ambassador and will soon make a very successful member of parliament.
He went on to call on Bunting to retract the statements made on social media likening Clarke to a “black Englishman of colonial times who aspired to be sort of black royalty”.
“We should all aim to be regal in our own country regardless of our backgrounds and should not be seen as a reproach for chasing prosperity and opportunity,” Chang explained.
Dr Nigel is Chairman and co founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica and co founder and host of Tedx Jamaica, both public education non profit organizations. He has been a Director of several large private and public sector companies. He is a recipient of the “50 under 50 Business leader award” as well as the Kiwanis Community Service Award.
He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, as well as M.Sc. and D. Phill. Degrees in Mathematics from Oxford University. In his academic career he has been a Jamaica Independence Scholar, a Commonwealth Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar.