|EDITORIAL - Advice for Commissioner Lewin
Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin appears to have been concerned that after his recent briefing, the press chose to highlight his announcement that the MP5 semi-automatic weapon is to supersede the M16 assault rifle that has become the almost standard issue for patrol cops in Jamaica.
The future of progressive politics in Jamaica
Last week, as some of us gathered at National Heroes Park to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the passing of Michael Manley, one could not help wondering as to the fate of his legacy. Together with his father N.W. Manley, Michael was the standard-bearer and indeed, a main champion of a Jamaican tradition of progressive politics. (Phillips)
The paradox of democracy and violence
Jamaica enjoys a solid democracy and high levels of freedom, but is one of the most violent places on Earth, measured by murders. How can that be? Why are we so 'weird'? Isn't there supposed to be a 'democratic peace'? (Henry)
It might have been my imagination, but the starter at the national schools athletics championships yesterday had a less powerful gun than at the Gibson relays. After all, he was discharging his firearm with regularity in the presence of children .... (Taylor)
The coarsening of Jamaica?
We are all able to recount experiences of great service and civility on the part of individuals across the spectrum of organisations with which we interact. However, in our experience, it is not the rule. Nowadays, it appears to be the mere exception. (Bingham)