In the late 1960s, early 1970s Edward Seaga embarked on a policy of Jamaicanisation of the financial sector. The genius of a man understood quite clearly that a country could not grow and prosper without control of its monetary policy and control and command of its capital. To that end,...
Towards a sustainable plan for agriculture
THE race by economies around the world to recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic is becoming much harder given global inflation, which is raising prices on food, plastic, steel, lumber, and energy. Within the last six months the drought in Brazil, a cyberattack on JBS (the world's...
The curse of 'a fi wi time now'
Jamaica's fragile democracy has oftentimes been compromised, as well as its so-called Westminster parliamentary system, by what can be termed the politics of exclusion. In essence, this can best be defined as a scenario in which when one political party is in power it is expected by many...
A distinction is often made between good managers and good leaders and, while Richard Pandohie exhibits excellent traits of both, he will be the first to tell you about his personal evolution from being a managerial style thinker to one who places more emphasis on leadership as a process...More
It is often said that an attack on the police force is an attack on the State. What, then, do we call an attack on teachers? Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, teachers have experienced both commendations and criticisms from parents, colleagues, the education ministry,...More
What a busy couple of weeks we have had here on the world's best and favourite island nation. There has been much fodder for everyone. News junkies, sports enthusiasts, and those interested in nation-building have had their fill. Nonetheless, the country cannot pause in any moment. Not...More
It is not often that a Member of Parliament making his inaugural contribution in Parliament draws much attention. Nevertheless, Lothan Cousins, Member of Parliament for Clarendon South Western and Opposition spokesperson on water and agriculture, succeeded in doing just that during his...More
In an impassioned speech recently in Parliament, Prime Minister Andrew Holness lectured the nation on the importance of people trusting the Government. This was in the context of his Administration's handling of the distribution of benefits to people consequent on the...More
Education Minister Fayval Williams, in her maiden budgetary presentation on the sector, identified teacher competency, increasing the number of specialist teachers, accessibility to master teachers, teacher accountability, and a revised teacher appraisal model as areas that will be given...More
The allegations against Dr Dayton Campbell that are now being discussed widely in the media are quite serious and should be treated as such. Not only are the allegations serious and require attention, but there are certain aspects of these allegation that raise other matters that should...More
The Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the 2020 General Election with an overwhelming majority in Parliament, but capturing only 21 per cent of votes cast. Since this victory there has been a noticeable change in the political behaviour of the prime minister. He is...More
National Hero Marcus Garvey, who came from a long line of anti-slavery/anti-colonial fighters, had a profoundly deep grasp of this slavery/colonial construct and waged a determined philosophical, political and pedagogical struggle against it. Fortunately for us, multiple volumes of...More
Opposition leader and president of the People's National Party (PNP) Mark Golding was up and out on the political hustings in Petersfield, Westmoreland, last week. Petersfield is located in the constituency of Westmoreland Central which, except in recent times, was a stronghold of the...More
Our motto, “Out of many one people” is echoed in all institutions across our island once we broach the subject of heritage and identity.More
Over the years, the fight against corruption in Jamaica, especially in the political arena, has been met with much scepticism and confusion with respect to its definition. What cannot be denied is that corruption is among the main things killing”the Jamaican economy — the...More