Columns

Boris, Brexit, and the backstop Boris, Brexit, and the backstop

George Garwood | Monday, September, 9 2019    

Boris Johnson, the newly 'selected' British Prime Minister — selected by the Conservative Party's Members of Parliament, and not elected by the British people in a general election — in order to cut off any further meaningful debate in Parliament on his... Read More

PNP leadership race exposed old wounds

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, September, 8 2019    

As long as there are lice on one's clothes there will be blood on the fingernails. — Yoruba proverb, Nigeria  Read More

Not so!

DR AGGREY IRONS | Sunday, September, 8 2019    

The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) notes with interest recent statements by board members of Jamaica's main tobacco company who assert that government excise duty is fuelling the illicit trade in cigarettes and a consequent decline in its sales. Read More

Representative democracy stifled in the 'mother of all parliaments'

Sunday, September, 8 2019    

Had a Government of a developing Commonwealth country suspended Parliament to stop the Opposition introducing a Bill British High Commissioners would have publicly lectured it, proclaiming that representative democracy had been stifled. Yet, this is precisely what... Read More

Alice is back in back-a-yard Wonderland

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, September, 8 2019    

“Curiouser and curiouser, and curiouser still,” thought Alice as she landed gently at the bottom of the rabbit hole and found herself once more in Wonderland. She got to her feet and was quickly made to feel at home by the Duchess, who had... Read More

Come clean on the 'Seventies'

Jason McKay | Sunday, September, 8 2019    

I was in Russia some years ago and had the benefit of travelling off the beaten path to places like Siberia and other places less famous, but still quite fascinating. Read More

What about empowering PSTOC?

Danny Roberts | Sunday, September, 8 2019    

The need for a stakeholder body, such as the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), to monitor and report on the fiscal, economic and monetary indicators, without the influence of political control or bureaucratic self-interest, has proven to be a wise and purposeful... Read More

Peter vs Peter

Franklin Johnston | Friday, September, 6 2019    

It is easier to poll opinions of three million voters than assess 3,000 People's National Party (PNP) delegates, or even the 30,000 who empowered them. Economics is human behaviour, aggregated and writ large, that's why mob rule is not an individual trait, nor are market... Read More

Give Peter David Phillips his chance

Dr Floyd Morris | Friday, September, 6 2019    

The year 2012 constituted a critical juncture in the political landscape of Jamaica. We had just emerged from the 11th general election since gaining political independence in 1962. The new Administration led by the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller was caught in a... Read More

Love for 'Miss Lou'

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, September, 6 2019    

The thing about writing a column every week for many years is that you can go back in time to see how the more things change they also remain the same. In preparation for the 100 days of celebration which will take place to recognise the centenary birthday of Louise Bennett-Coverley... Read More

We need a farmers emergency fund

Raulston Nembhard | Thursday, September, 5 2019    

A recent ush fire in the Flagaman district of St Elizabeth turned into an inferno which destroyed crops and farm holdings of relatively small farmers in the area. The initial estimate of damage done was put at over $45 million, but more realistic estimates put the loss at well over $100... Read More

Is there an elephant in the room?

Clement Lambert | Thursday, September, 5 2019    

Issues of race, colour, and discrimination are still alive and well in Jamaica. However, we seem to brush them under the table. Our motto “Out of Many, One People” was coined almost 60 years ago. That “one people” ideal has still not... Read More

We trust Peter Phillips

John Junor | Wednesday, September, 4 2019    

The People's National Party (PNP) has faced many challenges over the years. Some have been external and some have been internal. As a party, the ability to overcome these challenges has largely depended on the quality of leadership that it has received... Read More

Expletives deleted!

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, September, 4 2019    

Every once in a while someone academically brilliant says something devoid of reason and common sense. A case in point, Dr Andre Haughton's preoccupation with lobbying for the removal of restrictions against dancehall artistes using profanity — “bad wud” as we call it in... Read More

Peter Bunting the better Peter at a time as this

IB Konteh | Tuesday, September, 3 2019    

President of the People's National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips was obviously a great minister, but he is not a great leader. His outstanding performance as a minister has not translated to anything noteworthy since he was crowned leader of the party. Read More



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