corruption

  • Trapped! Oh Yeah!

     When Jimmy Cliff wrote and recorded the song Trapped in 1972, it was about a relationship with a woman, and the influence or spell she had on him that, despite his expostulation, he found it difficult to walk away. Today, I sense we are also trapped in a socially...
  • Ethics and the State

    I feel it is time for us to have a look at the role of ethics in our politics, whether our leaders follow any ethical code and most importantly who watches the watchmen. As a citizen in a country, which is chronically afflicted by corruption and its symptoms, this...
  • The time for dithering is over

    The recent murders of a taximan and a bus driver and the subsequent war-strike in the public transport sector has left the nation shaken. These two warring factions of not more than a few hundred managed, in a few short hours, to have the workforce — school commuter and...
  • The three big Cs preventing a growth take-off

    T The three most-mentioned topics of concern for citizens, diaspora members, and well-wishers in the past few months have the same starting letter. They are crime, corruption, and choices. Both individually and collectively, they signal the root causes of our failure to take off on a path towards positive...
  • Is Democratic Socialism an Oxymoron in the 21st Century?

      Traditional economists misunderstood the nature of economic ‘laws’ when they equate them to the laws of the physical sciences such as chemistry and physics.                                                 …Donovan Dowie One of the reasons I became an economist was due to the misguided notion that the economist was like the doctor for...
  • A Way Out Of This Self-Imposed Purgatory

      The passing of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga has occupied our thoughts and has stimulated discussion and analysis of our views of his service. Certainly, most have been strongly partisan in content, however where there had been possible disagreements, these were treated in a respectful manner, even from...
  • NIDS laudable, so let’s address the concerns

    It is with sadness that I extend my sincere sympathy to the family of the Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga. He was a Prime Minister about whom character and corruption were never mentioned in the same sentence, and whose intellect for understanding the ordinary Jamaican was one of...
  • Our broken windows need fixing

        Jamaica has a serious crime issue, and it is not relegated to one area of activity. We rank high on corruption, we rank high on the murder charts, we rank high on the rape/sexual abuse charts, we rank high on the drug trafficking charts and the list...
  • Minister Tufton beware, the ‘Lootocrats’ are lining up

      I was listening to a BBC discussion that centered on Ethiopia’s economic performance and prospects going forward. The participants were really forthright in their comments, both supportive and critical. In the process I learned a new word that seems to be relevant to much of the world, and...