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Published:Sunday | January 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

American author John Maxwell in his book on the laws of leadership placed the 1976 victory of Jimmy Carter as president of the United States in context. He argues that it was the forces of change and Carter's relative 'unknownness' that brought him to power, rather than his appeal.

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's hard to write about Jamaica's financial problems after seeing the devastation in Haiti. Tens of thousands crushed under rubble, the injured and maimed with no medical care, the rest without food or water, and we claim to have worries?

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Bruce Golding government last week unveiled one of the boldest, most hopeful and far-reaching attempts to deal with Jamaica's seemingly intractable debt albatross.

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Lower interest rates have been announced in a dramatic fashion. Jamaican bond holders with total value of $772 billion have been presented with 'an offer which they cannot refuse' - swap excessively high interest-bearing Government of Jamaica (GOJ) local bonds for new bonds issued by the Government at much lower interest rates.

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Government of Jamaica has acted on its own in submitting a letter of intent (LOI) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to explain its medium-term economic plan in return for an IMF loan.

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I am so utterly proud of my country at this moment. In true Jamaican fashion, we have rallied to the assistance of stricken Haiti. Our prime minister has laid down his debt-management broadcast script to personally lead Jamaica's first response team to our earthquake-ravaged Caribbean sister.

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The revision of the $21.8-billion Christmas tax package is nothing but a pandering to the politics of poverty which has been ruining Jamaica. Sanitary pads were the symbolic red rag of rage which kept the government in line with the cheap/poor ...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Electing a government is one thing. Having a government that understands the process of governance; adheres to the proper rules of that process; appreciates the capacity of government and the limits to that capacity...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last year was the most dysfunctional since the great financial meltdown of 1996 when the banking system sunk into a blackhole. Whether this year, 2010, will see a turnaround from darkness to light will depend on the same banking industry...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's the latest cry in Jamaica: Show us the plan! Show us the way out of the economic crisis; show us a path beyond the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement.
There is consensus that there is no alternative to the IMF loan. The People's National Party...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

'There's no such thing as a free lunch!' is a favourite adage of economists explaining the reality that everything has a cost, and you can't get something for nothing. Now, it's true that success is usually a product of hard work. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We have been grappling at the intellectual and policy level for years with the question: 'What is the appropriate role and size of government for Jamaica in this era of market-driven globalised capitalism?'...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Except engaged in as mere ritual or mindless custom, happy New Year wishes are just that - wishful thinking, in light of the harsh and punishing economic conditions which are likely to be experienced in Jamaica this year.

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Here we go again! Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, or close the wall up with our taxpaying dead (with suitable apologies to Billy Shakespeare)!Once more we are told by a panic-stricken Government, bankrupt of...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A meeting of planters in Trelawny in 1838, the year of 'full free' from slavery, drew the conclusion that "the people will never be brought to a state of continuous labour while they are allowed to possess the large tracts of...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We might say that the past year has been very taxing - three packages of nearly $50 billion.

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