Tue | Oct 17, 2017

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In the best of times, politics and principle will always step out to the same music, but the dance is usually awkward, laboured and laughable.About 10 years ago, the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) mercilessly hauled the Jamaica Labour Part...

Soon come. Just try starting a meeting on time in Jamaica. Even in Parliament.'Jamaica Time' is one of the cute hallmarks of the culture. It is also one of the cultural handicaps holding us back. There are others.I've long been convinced that if we...

I see child abuse is the latest nine-day wonder, especially among the chattering classes.Why? A video has surfaced of a topless mother, seemingly living at or below the poverty line in an inner-city or country settlement in Bath, St Thomas, beating...

Many happenings deserving of comment occurred while I was sitting on the bench waiting for the call to warm up.For example, even belatedly, I must congratulate Bishop Howard Gregory and the Rev Garnett Roper for exposing Jamaican churches'...

Two seminal thinkers whose ideas on economics have had the greatest impact on the world, and who were founders of rival schools of economic thought, were philosophers Adam Smith, father of capitalism, and Karl Marx, father of communism. Today, sadly...

Jamaicans can become carried away with temporary authority and are prone to inflating its scope.Recent hyperbole regarding the offices of the political ombudsman (PO) and contractor general (CG) has rekindled these unfortunate tendencies. Under a...

In a democratic society where cut and thrust and advocacy are important, it matters who opposition spokespersons are and how carefully they are chosen. In that regard, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has provided the country with a healthy blend...

More than a few years ago when I interviewed a murderer, robber, and rapist who called himself 'Captain Blacks', who was once a gang member running with the notorious Natty Morgan, two things he told me have remained riveted in my mind.'Yu si all...

So the big man has cast a relatively large shadow Cabinet and has clearly put his own stamp and flavour on the People's National Party (PNP) as it waits with 'baited' breath for the next general election. Of course, the election is not due for...

Who made that telephone call? That months-late call from the Ministry of Finance to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions the same day the director publicly and bitterly complained about the lack of response to filling staff vacancies...
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