The Laird

  • 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...
  • Entertainment tourism – Let’s pick some cherries!

    The Annual Tourism Arrivals statistics for Jamaica for 2017 have a metric on which we have not had any public commentary and reveal a set of possibilities for the country. In 2017, neither unnaturally nor unexpectedly, the month with the largest number of arrivals was December. We welcomed 251,800...
  • The chiseling effect of education

        The following is by an unknown author or authors although it has been used, spoken, read and repeated for centuries, viz; “…. The advantages of education, by which means alone we are rendered fit members of regularly organised society” Since the dawn of light 6,018 years ago,...
  • Patrimony gone awry

    The real patrimony of this beautiful isle is the land bequeathed to its citizens from generation to generation. The land provides fertile ground for sugar, coffee, cocoa, pimento, ackee, domestic food crops and others. The land provides the mineral wealth of the country — bauxite, limestone, gypsum, and aggregates....
  • Revenge of the nerd

    As a young lad growing up in the 1970s and attending an all-boys traditional high school, there were few epithets worse from your peers than being described as a nerd. A nerd was a social outcast. He was stereotyped as having very thick eyeglasses; he did only science subjects...

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