• Whither the Peoples National Party?

    The elections are over. For the government, the big job will remain: Crime, unemployment, squatting, health, praedial larceny, water, roads. The teachers, the nurses and the police will come knocking in short order and the enthusiasm that returned the JLP to power will dissipate, especially if Covid-19 stays with...
  • Yield… Be Responsible!

     “If you cyah hear you must feel” ….”Who cyah hear will feel”…. “If you don’t listen you will not learn”. These Jamaican colloquial statements are understood by many children and grandchildren in the attempts by parents and the older generation to steer them away from matters deemed unacceptable. The...
  • There Are More Questions Than Answers

    The great and unforgettable Temptations sang: “It was the fourth of September; that day I’ll always remember (yes I will); For that was the day my Daddy died”. I guess in our case it will be the day after elections in Jamaica and we will probably see a spike...
  • The Supreme Court Ruling: The Logic of ‘confirmation bias’

    The written judgement of the Supreme Court has provided a clear perspective as to the basis of its decision on the matter of Dale and Sherine Virgo v. Kensington Primary School, the Ministry of Education and the Attorney General. The questions the court sought to satisfy was: (i) whether...
  • Who’s third world now?

    There was a time, not too long ago, when those with the ‘Yankee dollar’ were not only welcomed throughout the world but also vigorously courted.  Not anymore, thanks to President Trump and his band of arrogant incompetents, whose denial of the COVID-19 virus has caused it to spread like...
  • 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,...
  • The Art Of War In Action

    Having spent some time reflecting on the management of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica, my thoughts zeroed in on The Art of War, written over 2,000 years ago and a classic which historians attribute to Chinese general, military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu. Though published long ago,...
  • Emancipation and Reparation

    There is understandable scepticism as to whether the wave of protests, following on the murder of George Floyd, will provide any lasting and sustained justice for blacks in the United States. The Economist references how the unrest has “globalized the struggle against racism”; and I might add, how it...
  • Shaping the Future from the Present: Can Wage Subsidy help?

    In the last decade, developing countries have been examining the feasibility of introducing wage subsidies as part of an active labour market programme to address issues of employment and skills development.  In a general sense, wage subsidy is often used as part of a public policy instrument aimed at...