The Laird

  • The Agricultural Conundrum

    Domestic agricultural production is the keystone of our country’s future. There, I have just written some of the most heretical words that you will ever read in contemporary Jamaica. As important as they are, our future is not tied to tourism, remittances, entertainment &culture (including sports), the BPO sector,...
  • Data As A Public Good

    COVID-19 and its devastating effect on the education industry, more than anything else, has revealed the scandalous system of education apartheid that exists in our country. The  quite proper closure of schools by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) in order to protect our children and the adult members of...
  • Social Harmony

    There are huge differences in wealth in Jamaica. We range from native born Jamaicans who are United States dollar billionaires and millionaires to the dirt poor, particularly the rural dirt poor who have basically nothing, not even the land on which their little make-shift lean to is “kotched”. In...
  • Legislative Slothfulness

    The Laird Just about six or so weeks ago there was an item of news that set me off on a prolonged path of musing.  There was the now usual brouhaha between Government aided Secondary Schools which charge a fee to the parents of students however denominated or styled,...
  • Political Responsibility vs Public Service Accountability

     Elected Politicians, are men and women who go to the citizenry in general elections seeking firstly, nomination, and then secondly, election as Members of Parliament. We love them and we hate them. They foist themselves unto us.  They go out of their way to seek us out, to court...
  • South – South endeavours

        At the risk of engaging in juvenile simplicity, it is clear to me that if we, collectively, can get more Jamaican companies, whether large, medium or small, to become more profitable, to employ more persons , to become more efficient, and generally to become more successful and...
  • FORWARD TO THE PAST

    In the Gleaner of Friday 17 August 2018, the following was reported on a speech given by the Minister of Education Senator The Hon. Ruel Reid; Education Minister Ruel Reid has made it clear that he would be making a strident push to shake up the educational system that...
  • Wheatley lessons

    The saga involving the recently resigned Minister of Science Technology and Energy Dr. The Hon. Andrew Wheatley ought not merely to be used as the fodder for veranda gossip. There are important lessons arising from this Grecian tragedy. A young, bright, hard-working member of the Cabinet, who was a...
  • Holiday or holy day double standard

     The Holidays (Public General) Act was promulgated on 27 April, 1895.  Jamaica was still then cuddled firmly in the bosom of the British Empire and was the subject of Crown Colony government. Queen Victoria reigned.  The Act declares that the days set out in the Schedule to the Act...