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The application for a Supreme Court injunction to bar the tabling of a report to Parliament from the contractor general raises serious constitutional questions and should be watched carefully.The contractor general had already submitted his report...

At its best, party politics is about the formation of viable bodies to advance the social and economic direction of a country, motions that tend to happen in Jamaica more as the exception thanthe rule.At its worst, party politics is akin to the...

As usual, when Jamaicans have a conversation about sex, it all goes sideways.The current debate on the definition of 'rape' and age of 'consent' has majored in the minor (pun intended). The word 'rape' has its roots (Latin 'rapere') in 15th-century...

Sometimes I wonder if we appreciate how much tax we actually pay and for what collective or personal benefit.PAYE workers pay 25% (30% on earnings over $6m/annum) of taxable salary. What we can sometimes overlook - unless we carefully review our...

Nobody likes taxes. It's reflexive to howl and wail over any new taxes and, especially if you are a commentator, it's hard to resist being apocalyptic. The sky must be falling with this $13-billion-plus tax package of Finance Minister Audley Shaw....

Among the things we outsiders learned about prime minister-cum-Gleaner editor Andrew Holness from his paper on Thursday, March 2, was that he is working like a beast. Working, working, working like his Mama P before she disowned him for bad...

A strong America is indispensable to global peace and a weak America. I was never sure about what now President Donald Trump meant about making America great again. However, the issue of his country's national security is not a business deal that,...

Jamaican popular music provides more internationally frequent brand exposure for the island than its powerful athletic teams that make global appearances only from time to time. The value of this brand is enormous and must be protected. Of course,...

"Why does it seem that so many programmes are geared towards women and girls and none towards men and boys in Jamaica when that is where the real problem lies?" said a girlfriend of mine recently. I went on to explain that in fundamental areas,...

A society in which convicted criminal Vybz Kartel is a hero and in which he elicits cult-like, murderous devotion is a society in its death throes culturally. Kartel holds up a mirror to our national soul, unveiling its tragic emptiness and ennui....
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