• Ditch The Fear; Accept That Manufacturing Needs State Intervention, Protection And Planning

    Jamaica’s manufacturing has, for decades, been anaemic. As a former plantation colony, we were never truly blessed with much manufacturing when independence was won in the 60s, and the ensuing decades have seen the slow, steady, then quick depleting and destruction of most of the manufacturing base we struggled...
  • Welcome 2021

    2020 has been such a stressful year that I appreciate those who tried to make light of it with witty maxims. My personal favourite is “I did not enjoy 2020 so I am not adding it to my age.” Wishing I didn’t have to. In truth, however, it is...
  • Dub: Rhythm, Rhyme, Roots

    Note to Readers: This essay on dub was originally published in a longer form in PREE. I was happy to oblige when the editors of Public Opinion asked me to consider doing a remix and making a shortened version. I grew up in a household where food, music, and...
  • Jah-mek-anomics

    Sometimes important facts are forgotten due to failing memories; no memories having not been aware in the first instance; not being born; not reading; or being victims of our discontinuation of our great oral traditions. The sad outcome has been the omission of valuable information that is so crucial...
  • Glaring Issues With The Dog Law… Despite The Fanfare

    Jamaica has passed a new law pertaining to dogs and, on the face of it, it’s a good thing that all should welcome. The law I refer to strengthens penalties against dog owners whose pets have attacked someone. The law should be accepted in good spirit because too often...
  • Beyond January 20, 2021

    “The strife is o’er the battle won; the victory of life is done; Alleluia.” And so it seems for the elections in the United States and so far there have been no violent clashes between armed militia of either side. I hope that this status will remain, and that...
  • Heavy Rains Highlight The Treadmill Of Corruption

    The recent heavy rains across the island have exposed our dirty underwear or at least our dirty infrastructure in so many ways. The practices over the decades have been corrupted by political savagery to divide even reputable professional practitioners by party and government work given out to loyalists. The...
  • Jamaica’s Challenge: Finding An Effective COVID Communication Balance

    During the first seven months of 2020, I did not personally know anyone who had COVID-19 and therefore I was unaware of persons known to me who had died. Since mid-August, I am up to a count of ten persons who have died that I knew. We have had...
  • The Mark is Golden

    And it came to pass that during the first decade of Independence when Norman Washington Manley, the Father of the Nation, was set to demit office, he would have watched the ascendancy of his son Michael Manley to the throne as leader of the People’s National Party (PNP). At...