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Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Here is a wake-up call. Parliament is ultimately the source of law in this country. It matters not how learned m'lord or m'lady is or how much law an attorney knows. What Parliament says goes, and that even supersedes the Constitution.Worse, law is...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:08 AM

The most recent survey of 'The Political Culture of Democracy in Jamaica and in the Americas', a survey which is regularly conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) of Vanderbilt University with local support, is, of course,...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDon Robotham

In about a month's time, thousands of grade 11 students all over Jamaica will be sitting the annual Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Looking at the invaluable data from the 2017 high schools ranking (based on the 2016...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I would have taken a bet - and be sure I would win that well-known businessman, entrepreneur - and investment banker Mr Chris Dehring would be among those MVPs in the business community in this country for whom banks would be bending over backwards...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A set of my friends from high school take the keeping of Sunday as the chosen day of worship very seriously. Therefore, they will not be reading this commentary until tomorrow; and I am quite all right with that. The problem is that by the time they...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Have you ever heard people say "If Jamaica just had more garbage bins, the place wouldn't be so dirty"? I used to believe it as well. After going to Singapore and Japan, I no longer do.The two cleanest subways I have ever been on were in Tokyo and...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, in highlighting the importance of education and technology in agriculture to Jamaica's development, said: "If education is the forgotten child of the Jamaican family, agriculture is the wayward one. One...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In 2009 at the height of the crippling global recession that saw a significant rise in unemployment as some businesses closed and others scaled back, Prime Minister Bruce Golding took a 15 per cent pay cut, his MPs took 10 per cent, and when he...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Today, which is marked as Easter Sunday by many of the churches which make up diverse Christianity, is a good time to join the pastor of the Ocho Rios Baptist Church, the Rev Johnathan Hemmings, in the unpopular view that the Church is not a crime...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I wanted to write about the importance of resurrection in Christendom but that got reshuffled.Two weeks after receiving an F grade for the crockery in the Cabinet, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has acted decisively. Moving away from the inherited...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why Jamaica seems stuck in a low-wage, low-growth rut? It's a challenge that's constantly on my mind. As I watch and learn about global trends in artificial intelligence (AI), I am even more concerned as it's clear that the...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

By now, regular readers should know I consider the Old Testament overwhelmingly irrelevant.It's amazing that such bigoted bunk still influences many persons' thoughts and understanding of morality. It's incredible that people ignore that the texts...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When the Jamaican Government reclaimed the Montego Bay waterfront during the late 1960s and the early 1970s, it was believed that this development would be to the benefit of all Montegonians.The Government spent billions of dollars to expand the...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Walking from dinner in Singapore at about 1 a.m. last November, I was struck by the amazing freedom I felt. I was simultaneously sad and angry, knowing I could never do that in Jamaica. Instead, so many of us live behind grilles and watch our rear-...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, there has been good news for Jamaica coming out of the national security (natsec) ministry.Perhaps galvanised by long-outstanding public threats of Cabinet reshuffles and poor public assessment of Government's various 'crime plans', the...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Budget season is a time for political posturing. You can expect the competitors for political power to expend a vast amount of energy and time to emphasise how different they are - and who's better. But as I have pointed out several times before,...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Most Jamaicans grew up hearing that "what gone bad a morning cyaah come good a evening'. If this dire prediction becomes our truth, Jamaica will be headed for a premature Armageddon. Rather, as a people, we must be decisive and take corrective...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below is a lightly edited excerpt from Prime Minister Andrew Holness' Budget Debate speech last Tuesday.As we listened to the Opposition Leader present from the stands a week ago, shouting loudly to us who are on the pitch to use the NHT money to...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Politics can be terribly unkind to those who venture into its folds and aspire to be change agents of relevance. The new entrant immediately attracts significant hate and derision from those supporting 'the other side.'Inside the party, the newcomer...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMI make these comments with 'no prejudice'. This means that although there is approval of the conduct of the prime minister in the past week, I reserve the right to criticise him later on.

I make these comments with 'no prejudice'. This means that although there is approval of the conduct of the prime minister in the past week, I reserve the right to criticise him later on...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Aye, aye, Colonel! You are a brave man. Prepare to take tactical evasive action from hostile fire coming in from a coalition of opposing forces. And prepare to return fire with all the weapons at your disposal. For we contend not only with flesh and...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Any analysis of 2018-19's Budget must be done in the context of Jamaica's current reality and recent economic history.That context begins in January 2012 when the PNP swept to power via the JLP's mangling of the Dudus-Manatt Phelps...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is an edited extract from the opposition leader's Budget speech.The fact that Jamaica is in the grip of massive inequality, which leaves too many Jamaicans behind, is not in doubt.The citizens in one Jamaica are able to afford First-World...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To argue a case persuasively, I always tell my students to define their topic, and in the present case, definition is of particular importance. What is a father and what is a nation? Is fatherhood accomplished by generating the sperm that fertilises...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has delivered his third Budget presentation since 2016, with his usual evangelical zeal. His style makes the presentation less boring and motivates one to watch this annual ritual. As expected from a perusal of the...

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