SoE

  • We won’t get rid of the issue of class until…

    What ‘ism’ rules our country, classism or racism? Which needs the most attention and what can be discarded as a relic of history? Should they be tackled separately, and can they? In a crass way the question is, does the white man still get privileges in Jamaica? Has it...
  • SOE-Liberty vs Security:Making Victims Of Us All

      From a lay person’s point  of view, a declaration of a state of public emergency may be a legal provision reserved for given times and circumstances of threatened or actual disruption of public order by natural disaster or criminal violence of extraordinary proportions. The situation is considered to...
  • Do The Government And Opposition Want A Police State?

    Horace Chang, Minister of National Security, has, it seems, lost faith in the Jamaican state and its various agencies ability to stem the violence which is now at record heights. That is, he seems to have lost faith in all except the security forces which, he maintains, have been...
  • That Proposed Gun Amnesty, SOEs And Protecting The Golden Goose

    Alex Scott Earlier in the year, the PM had floated the idea of introducing a gun amnesty, this so that the nation can finally rid itself of the scourge of illegal guns that almost always find themselves in the hands of  murderers. It was the talk of the town,...
  • 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...
  • Pearl-clutchers and enhanced security measures

    The nation is in shock to the core at the recent announcement by the Public Defender that hundreds of children have been held in detention (sometimes extended) under the SOE in St James and parts of St Catherine. People’s stomachs are made to turn when they hear tales of...
  • Do education reform and stop hitting the dead horse

    Jamaican politicians are notorious for pandering to the gallery and flogging dead horses. We see the pandering all the time: works given out to supporters, glib comparisons about whose party is the most corrupt and the demeaning of both themselves and their supporters with their actions on the campaign...