The Austerity Apostle Peter presented his 'New Covenant' Budget to the nation last Thursday, doing his daredevil walking-on-water feat, while keeping his eyes fixed on his Master and Saviour, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "Mr Speaker, the best gift that this Parliament can give Jamaica in this 50th year of Independence is a new and binding covenant with the people of Jamaica ... to achieve fiscal consolidation and debt sustainability."
On the day that Minister of Finance Dr Peter Phillips presented his delayed Revenue Budget, West Portland MP Daryl Vaz was in The Gleaner castigating the paper for castigating him over his valiant defence of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) during the Standing Finance Committee's debate of the Estimates of Expenditure tabled earlier.
In 2007, at the 10th anniversary of the Office of Utility Regulations (OUR), I gave the keynote address in which I made a valuable point which I will now repeat: "Journals, studies, reports and eminent authorities speak, not of if, but when, reserves of oil will reach the point of diminishing production. The wider the briefing on the reserves of petroleum, the more the future becomes worrying. The future, it is truly said, 'has a mind of its own'.
Of all the 193 nations in the world, I would like the international and internal critics of this little piece of rock with sand, sex, wood and hard water to write a list of 10 nations where: a woman can be head of government; women can have equal presence in media, including heading a major radio and a minor television station, and two of the country's six top cops are female.
Humanity won when Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage. It was also a brilliant, carefully planned and ruthlessly executed political manoeuvre.
The most profound issues raised by the evidence offered in the sentencing hearing of confessed Jamaican crime boss Christopher 'Dudus' Coke relate to the indictment of the Jamaica criminal-justice system.
Fresh on the heels of Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites' revelation that he has started a series of meetings with commercial banks, as his ministry seeks to help students find more ways of financing their tertiary studies, Finance Minister Peter Phillips opened the 2012-13 Budget Debate, highlighting the urgency of sourcing more resources to the education sector without further burdening the Consolidated Fund.
When Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik entered the Utoya island café last July and opened fire, killing 13 people, young Glenn Waldenstrom was shot in the face, then pretended to be dead. Realising he could no longer speak because of his injuries, he "spat some blood on the floor and wrote my family's telephone number in the blood". ".
Humanity won when Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage. It was also a brilliant, carefully planned and ruthlessly ...