Would the Armadale tragedy have been prevented if the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA), popularly known as the whistleblower legislation, had already been enacted into law? Would knowing about the protection offered by the law have given the persons who knew about the situation at Armadale and who perhaps had tried to get corrective action taken without success, the confidence to come forward and make matters public?
There was no general strike last week. And today the People's National Party (PNP) closes its 72nd annual national conference which ran over the weekend. The promise of a general strike was driven by despair, and the party conference has hope as a key organising feature.
Anniversaries, by their very nature, necessitate an assessment of the period they mark. In light of that, no one should be surprised, or as some appear, angry that the populace is reflexively assessing the past three years of the Golding administration.
It's assessment time again. Yesterday, September 11, marked the end of the third year of this Government in office. Never has any administration in Jamaica been so assessed, much of the assessment lacking in substance and validity.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding is currently under fire with strident calls for his resignation along with those of several of his ministers. The calls come from religious leaders, political opponents, persons in the media as well as local and overseas letter writers.
Louise 'Miss Lou' Bennett is undisputedly the most universally loved personality this nation has ever produced or likely will ever produce, engendering unabashed feelings of pride and affection in Jamaicans of all ages, colours, classes and creeds.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett's contribution to the 2010-2011 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives was summed up very well when he stated that in tourism "the only certainty is uncertainty".
His ancient namesake, Solomon, the Jewish king, had an early test of his wisdom. Two prostitutes came to him with a baby, each claiming that the child was hers. One claimed that the other's baby was accidentally killed by mommy in the night, who then cleverly switched the corpse for the disputed infant.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are persons desperately engaged in a futile attempt to bring a dead horse to life - that dead horse being the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips issue.Now, despite the Gleaner recently...
Will the 21st century belong to China? For a while, perhaps - but only in the sense that it was said to belong to Japan in the 1980s. Looking back now, that seems ridiculous, but at the time, best-selling books were predicting that Americans, not to mention the rest of the planet...
Those who are old enough to think back to the criminal-justice system in the early years of Independence would be immediately struck by the considerable increase over recent decades in crime, corruption and injustice. It is unnecessary to quote supporting data for this.
Bruce Golding ends his third year as prime minister much like he had started. He began by trying to establish an image of himself as a national leader of prime-ministerial material. His handlers came up with the label of 'driver' to suggest he was 'in charge' and had a 'sense of direction'.
The recent publicity given to the email correspondence involving officers of the Jamaican government, Harold Brady and officials of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips should make everyone aware that email is an official...
My generation became adults around the time of Independence. Despite the rigidity of an entrenched class system, augmented by a bias for shades of complexion facilitated by more than 300 years of British colonialism, the realisation took time to sink in that this was the dawn of political freedom.
September 3 of this coming week will mark three years since the Golding administration won power. What it has done with that power is to rule by deception. By tragic coincidence, this third year has ended with new revelations about the seeming duplicity of the Government to deceive if not lie outright about what it knew of the Coke extradition lobby...