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Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:38 AMGordon Robinson

As the Manchester Parish Council (MPC) fraud investigation draws closer to PNP headquarters, the PNP humiliation, of which I warned last Sunday, is looking more and more imminent. Meanwhile, Nero fiddles; PNP burns. Let’s recap: After...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:06 AMGordon Robinson

When I used to practise full-time lawyering as a senior partner in one of Jamaica's largest (not-often-most-successful) and best law firms, what used to irk me most about that particular rat race was the bonus entitlement culture.For about a decade...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

Every year I remind tribal Jamaican readers that these awards are (mostly) meant to be humorous and shouldn’t be taken seriously. If you see yourself in the following paragraphs and find it impossible to have a chuckle, take my advice and...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:06 AMGordon Robinson

‘Corruption’ has become a buzzword in Jamaica. Many inveigh against the monster daily. Yet, people who call on Government to take a stand against corruption start quarrelling about lost fiefdoms when action is proposed. No alternatives...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

Remember, these awards are intended to be funny (ha ha), so please apply your sense of humour. If you can't, borrow your friend's.2016 Dunce Award: JAMAICA RACING COM-MISSION STEWARDS appear on a mission to ruin horse racing...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:30 AMGordon Robinson

For some reason, women won’t accept that men are different and seem intent, in the name of gender equality, on emasculating Jamaican men until they resemble their average American counterpart. Today’s rant is prompted by that female...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:27 AMGordon Robinson

Last Sunday, I called the justice ministry “unconstitutional”.

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:52 AMGordon Robinson

Jamaicans are spending too much time obsessing about Donald Trump. They can rest assured Trump doesn’t spend a millisecond thinking about them. Expressions of horror at Trump’s likelihood of becoming POTUS are everywhere. His utterances...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

I am a terminal nuisance, especially as it relates to the English language. I believe we inherited some good from our colonial slave masters, including the Queen’s English. It’s a challenging mixture of nuance, complexity, contradiction...

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2016 | 12:03 AMGordon Robinson

No government agency epitomises the urgent need for constitutional reform better than the NHT.One of Jamaica's most idealistic government policies resulted in NHT's creation in 1976 for ONE purpose only: "to address the housing shortage which...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 11:11 PMGordon Robinson

How long did it take this new Government to retreat to hyperbolic distraction like "hang 'em high!" as crime-fighting policy? Two minutes?Ah, bwoy! In developed countries, the death-penalty issue is a straightforward one. It's not so simple in...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

Picking at minor, niggling scabs like removing the British Queen won't cut it. Nothing less than full, comprehensive constitutional reform is required. Incremental change of a nation's foundation is the sanctuary of lazy political leaders, intent on...

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2016 | 6:41 PMGordon Robinson

What an excitement on Twitter since February 25! Every other message is accompanied by ‘#prosperity’; every political announcement or suss (however peripheral) is greeted with orgasmic glee; and a positive spin has been put on...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

On Thursday, some citizens are excitedly expecting to participate in an important democratic process. I expect: • Most Jamaicans of voting age, having seen through the illusion called elections, will spend the day watching TV;  •...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 12:09 AMGordon Robinson

That loud, rustling sound you hear in trees throughout Jamaica is the collective sigh of relief by three million Jamaicans that their PM has finally been touched. Why are Jamaicans, by and large, so happy to learn the general election will be held...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

 It took them long enough. I broke the news on December 27: “My sources say Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) will be named preferred bidder for CTL ... .” Yet it wasn’t until last week that CTL CEO Cedric...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 6:51 PMGordon Robinson, Contributor

The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) most recent attempt at obfuscation has me thinking (always dangerous). MOH wants three million Jamaicans to help combat the Zika virus (ZIKV) by postponing all pregnancies for one year for fear babies might...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson

So, this is being rushed off while Old BC is at the dentist. If you see her, act normally. Don't say anything. One waiting room piped a radio talk-show host asking a caller, unimpressed with Jamaica's passing 10 IMF tests, where would Jamaica be if...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

After decades of struggle, the world is celebrating political correctness' crushing defeat of humour.Everybody takes themselves so seriously; develops skin thinner than Dwayne Vaz's excuses (don't worry, cocked dice, I've not forgotten you); takes...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

Chris Gayle is a prime example of what I call 'the Totalisator (Tote) Rule'.In his recent public interaction with Australian sports reporter, Melanie McLaughlin, Chris' behaviour was crass, misogynistic, entitled and stupid, which is an incredible...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

I'm having random end-of-year reflections.It's 'official'. No surprises. My sources say Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) will be named preferred bidder for CTL. Apparently, the other bidder failed the funding test, or, better put, Goliath was always...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

Since we're determined to embrace British rule forever, I purchased a box of three Christmas crackers.The Christmas cracker is a tube-shaped box wrapped in pretty paper. It contains a gift to be 'won' by the one (of two persons pulling it apart...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributed

When asked for the most important life lesson I've ever learned, I always answer, "Nothing is as it appears."For example, it appears the DPP has seen the light now brightly shining as a result of a process beginning with her legally weak ruling in...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

A vote is a positive statement of personal support for someone or something. A vote is NOT an enforced choice between two evils. A vote is your personal right, NOT duty or obligation.No citizen should EVER be made to feel he/she must support...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMGordon Robinson, Contributor

What's to be done with Booklist Boyne?Every time I convince myself to stop trying the impossible, namely, to educate him, he writes something so hostile to logic, so religiously dogmatic that I'm obliged to correct the record for those who might've...

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