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    SYNOPSIS: THE RETIREMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE, FROM ACTIVE POLITICS, HAS CLOSED ONE OF THE MOST COLOURFUL AND DRAMATIC CHAPTERS IN THE POLITICAL LIFE OF JAMAICA, AND INDEED THE WEST INDIES.

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    SYNOPSIS: THE RETIREMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE, FROM ACTIVE POLITICS, HAS CLOSED ONE OF THE MOST COLOURFUL AND DRAMATIC CHAPTERS IN THE POLITICAL LIFE OF JAMAICA, AND INDEED THE WEST INDIES.

    SIX ALEXANDER, WHO WAS BORN WILLIAM ALEXANDER CLARKE, ON LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY--FEBRUARY TWENTY-FOURTH, IS THE SON OF AN IRISH IMMIGRANT, ROBERT CONSTANTINE CLARKE, AND HIS WIFE, MARY, AND AS THE ISLAND SO FONDLY KNOWS, A COUSIN OF THAT EQUALLY BRILLIANT POLITICIAN, MR. NORMAN MANLEY, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION.

    SIX ALEXANDER WHO CELEBRATES HIS EIGHTY-THIRD BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY, HAS BEEN JAMAICA'S MOST OUTSTANDING POLITICAL PERSONALITY SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, AND HAS APTLY EARNED FOR HIMSELF, THE DESCRIPTION OF "THE MAN WHO ROSE FROM PRISON TO PRIME MINISTERSHIP".

    HE IS ONE OF THAT SELECT BAND OF FOUR JAMAICAN POLITICIANS WHO HAVE HAD TWENTY-THREE YEARS UNBROKEN MEMBERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    SIX ALEXANDER, AS MR. W.A.BUSTAMANTE, FIRST ATTRACTED PUBLIC ATTENTION IN THE LATE 1930'S AS A PROLIFIC WRITER TO THE PRESS, ATTACKING SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONDITIONS IN THE ISLAND AT THAT TIME.

    THEN CAME THE 1938 LABOUR UNREST AND HE LITERALLY BURST ON THE STAGE WHICH HE WAS TO HOLD FIRMLY THROUGH THE FOUNDING OF THE BUSTAMANTE INDUSTRIAL TRADES UNION AND DETENTION IN 1942, TO THE FIRST GENERAL ELECTION UNDER THE 1944 CONSTITUTION AND LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY RIGHT UP TO 1955 WHEN HE WAS DISPLACED BY HIS COUSIN, MR. MANLEY, AS LEADER OF THE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL PARTY.

    AT THE RIPE AGE OF SEVENTY-ONE, HE BECAME LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, AND TO GROWN HIS LONG YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, THE QUEEN ELEVATED HIM TO THE KNIGHTHOOD---THE FIRST LABOUR LEADER IN THE COLONIAL EMPIRE TO RECEIVE THIS HONOUR.

    IN A CAREER THAT WAS BOTH COLOURFUL AND TEMPESTUOUS, SIX ALEXANDER ACHIEVED A NUMBER OF HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS.

    AS MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HE WAS THE FIRST HEAD OF GOVERNMENT IN 1944; THE FIRST CHIEF MINISTER IN 1953, MAYOR OF THE CORPORATE AREA AS HE PREDICTED HE WOULD HAVE BEEN, AND WHEN THE CHIPS SEEMED BADLY DOWN IN 1962, HE BOUNCED BACK TO BECOME THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF INDEPENDENT JAMAICA.

    THE DEEP, DEVOTED AND ABIDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP THAT HAD BEEN FORGED BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE THEN, MISS GLADYS LONGBRIDGE, HIS PRIVATE SECRETARY, ENDURED THROUGH HIS LONG YEARS OF POLITICAL ACTIVITIES TO THEIR MARRIAGE IN 1962, SHORTLY AFTER SIX ALEXANDER BECAME PRIME MINISTER.

    FAILING HEALTH OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, HOWEVER, FORCED HIS DECISION NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION TO PARLIAMENT, AND WITH THAT HE HAS TAKEN HIS EXIT IN A SOMEWHAT PARADOXICAL MANNER--AS QUIETLY AS HIS ENTRY HAD BEEN TEMPESTUCUS.

    HERE NOW ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE SPEECHES DURING HIS LAST DAYS AS ACTIVE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY, HIS PARTY, AND HIS UNION.........

    CUE IN.....SINGING "PRESS ALONG BUSTA"...

    CUT OUT...SING PRESS ALONG BUSTA
    SIR ALEXANDER SHAKES HANDS WITH MAYOR A.U. KING OF SPANISH TOWN, ANCIENT CAPITAL OF JAMAICA; WITH CUSTOS VAN VAZ OF THE PARISH OF ST CATHERINE; SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TACIUS GOLDING; MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS ROY MONELL AND MR ALLAN DOUGLAS, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HS49Q15ITFJDC8XPS46F51OP
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HS49Q15ITFJDC8XPS46F51OP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:09:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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