James Moss-Solomon

  • Are we willing to reform out of expedience or good sense?

    In 2014, I wrote to the Electoral Commission asking for a discussion on reform in four areas. These were: Automatic Voter Registration: would have a non-partisan basis and an inalienable right for every Jamaican who might be subjects of intimidation by party activists/goons and “voting in absentia”. This would...
  • A last opportunity for the silent majority

    The talk of the time has switched from COVID-19 to elements of corruption and nepotism surrounding political “stars” as we approach an electoral period. Two well-respected pollsters concur that corruption is only a minor concern to us Jamaicans and will not affect the political support of the die-hard minority;...
  • The Need For Active Protective Systems In The Face Of COVID-19

    One of the challenges of getting back to work after COVID-19 will be conforming to new standards, or to old standards that will have to be enforced vigorously in this period. This has come to mind as inspection and compliance has previously been very difficult to carry out effectively...
  • We’re dry sitting by a wood pile awaiting a spark

    My last article put forward the theoretical pros and cons of the proposed NIDS possible downsides and the handling of personal information in a secure manner in real life rather than by legislation. Our recent history of law enforcement and justice seem to be flawed every day as people...
  • Trust at the foundation of the NIDS debate

    I extend my sincere condolence to the family of the late Hon. Oliver Clarke, and his family at The Gleaner and Jamaica National. He will be missed. I used to hate repeating myself until I had lunch with the late MH Hugh Lawson Shearer. He laughed heartily when I...
  • Granny’s Remedy

    Across the world, most countries are subject to varying natural disasters that are life-threatening and usually of high probabilities, bearing in mind their geological conditions and climate. Many of these are clearly defined and even explained in insurance policies. What do I mean? Well, Jamaica may not have to...
  • This madness from the BOJ

    Last week Friday, April 24, 2020 was a very disappointing afternoon for me. It was the announcement by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) that it had requested certain financial institutions not to make dividend payments (even those declared late 2019) to their shareholders. I was consumed by anger and...
  • Now is our time to leap history’s hurdles

    The curfew starting at 3:00 pm over the Easter weekend brought a time of quiet; time to think above the usual hustle and bustle; above the needless blowing of horns by impatient and frustrated road users; above the crass behaviours of the up and downtowners throwing garbage out of...
  • Time to modify and simplify the economic and accounting apartheid

    The much-repeated “Out of every crisis, there is an opportunity” seems to have become an accepted concept for business and governance across the world. Crisis brings an opportunity to modify or totally change systems; solutions; and influence. It challenges economic outlook; business directions; social trends; religious norms; and some...