Tue | Mar 26, 2019

In Focus

Well, lookie here! Mumble Bumble gone! Braps! No coddling, no reviews, no hesitation. Some guys, like Topsy Turvy, had better luck. Remember the PM’s “preliminary” statement to Parliament on Petrojam (June 26, 2018) about Topsy Turvy? “On Monday...

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has his hands full, and, coming out of the Petrojam scandal and national fiasco, the late-night punch that Education Minister Ruel Reid has currently hurled his way was purely not needed. I thought Ruel Reid was...

Former Minister of Education (and let’s not forget Youth and Information) and former Senator Ruel Reid wants to be back on the job at Jamaica College as principal tomorrow morning. A top-of-career job for which he is eminently suited as a Master...

It’s always been generally accepted that “inspirational” and “Finance Minister” don’t belong in the same sentence. Surely, to use them consecutively would be to create such an oxymoron that the writer’s credibility would be shattered and his...

INTRODUCTION In 1961, in the Jamaican House of Assembly, a relatively young Edward Seaga, then opposition member, raised the uncomfortable issue of class division in the Jamaican society in his famous ‘Haves vs Have-Nots’ speech. Seaga was...

Not since the 2001 North East St Ann by-election has there been such national attention being paid to ‘country people’ in a race to send either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standard-bearer, Ann-Marie Vaz, or the People’s National Party’s (PNP)...

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke should have been invited to the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica’s Research Technology and Innovation Day last Thursday. In both capacities: finance and the public service. But he...

The 30th Inter-sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Conference ended in St Kitts on the February 27, 2019, with the staging of a press conference. And guess what was the very first question posed to the head table comprising Prime Minister...

On a visit to Jamaica, a Brazilian friend of mine inquired about a local news story. It was about another corruption scandal. Approximately US$2 million had been misappropriated. In answering, I droned endlessly about the high levels of corruption...

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them…” “What you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills ...” – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes In August 2006, the...
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