Presidential systems, say of the United States, employ separation of powers between the executive and legislature. Neither the executive nor the legislature can dissolve the other. In contrast, parliamentary systems, like ours, are based on a fusion of powers. The executive is a committee of the legislature. Each can dissolve the other.
The question that the front-runners in the harsh, sometimes vulgar and uncompromising criticism levelled at the Opposition for withholding its support for the resolution to have the period of public emergency extended for a further one month have deliberately chosen not to address is: Why did the Government downright refuse to accept the 15-day extension proposal?
On June 25, the People's National Party (PNP) members of the Senate brought a motion of censure against Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne, citing assault on the "rule of law, scant respect for the administration of justice and gross dereliction of ministerial responsibility."
It has recently been reported on more than one occasion that the whistle-blowing bill mandates that employees should report matters to their employers in all circumstances, and further, that I am advocating that this should remain so.
In a recent edition of one of the local daily newspapers, it was reported that "a senior member of the Diaspora Advisory Board" had expressed his unhappiness with how the Jamaican public had responded to the apology of Prime Minister Bruce Golding in the ongoing saga of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair and the related extradition drama of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
Crime, identified by Jamaicans as their number one problem, has seen a dramatic decline of 49 per cent over the May-June period, resulting in 87 fewer murders. There was also a 46 per cent decline in shooting incidents over the period. Rape, carnal abuse, robbery and break-ins are also down, praise the Lord.
On Friday, July 2, during the urgings of the opposition senators that the Government should establish an independent commission of enquiry to receive evidence and make determinations and recommendations concerning the non-receding, still in-your-face...
The following is the second part of an excerpt from a presentation made by Rupert Lewis, professor of political thought, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, during a symposium 'States of Freedom: Freedom of States' at the Mona Visitors' Lodge,...
We often talk about corruption in government. We should also talk about corruption of government. We must talk about those who are outside of government, who corrupt the institutions and processes of government.
If you listen only to the naysayers who dominate economic analysis in this country, and for whom the Government and the minister of finance can do no right, you could easily believe that the Government's borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is heading for disaster.
The following is an edited version of a letter sent to the Press Association of Jamaica by Faith Innerarity, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.The role of the press is of critical importance in any...
The arrest, extradition and arraignment of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in just a few days between June 22 and 25 was a demonstration of the swift justice we can have if we really try. In four days, Coke was arrested, taken to a local court where he waived his rights against a local trial, was flown to New York, arraigned in a New York court and pled not guilty to charges.
After a disconcerting electoral defeat, Sir Alexander Bustamante mourned, "Jamaica is a real Judas island." The Rev Al Miller, not unfamiliar with Biblical stories, could be forgiven for saying the same thing today.
Like the spin doctors and the apologists, Trevor Munroe begins with this: By any means necessary, the present prime minister must remain in that position at this time. What is the best argument to support that endgame?
I created the Tivoli Gardens community-development model to fill a vital need in the development of housing schemes in the area. Rehousing the population of West Kingston was my primary objective when I became a member of Parliament for the constituency in 1962.
The following is the first part of an excerpt from a presentation made by Rupert Lewis, professor of political thought, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, during a symposium 'States of Freedom: Freedom of States' at the Mona Visitors' Lodge,...