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If only the audacity of Obama would endure

If only the audacity of Obama would endure

The world looked on in awe this week as the United States transitioned from a Democratic government to a Republican-led administration. But while the outgoing president Barack Obama will long be remembered for his graceful exit from the White House, the first chapter of his successor Donald Trump’s presidential novel already seems tarnished with scandal, […]

Citizens at the heart of good governance

Citizens at the heart of good governance

Barbadians have long been regarded as docile, certainly when it comes to taking action on national issues, when compared to their more assertive Caribbean brothers and sisters. Hardly would Bajans burn tyres and set up roadblocks to protest a hike in gas prices to force Government back to the drawing board, as their Jamaican counterparts […]

Exclusivity not the solution

Exclusivity not the solution

Those Barbadians who seek to present themselves for national service should always be encouraged and applauded. And to this end engineer Grenville Phillips II should be lauded for offering his Solutions Barbados as a possible third political party and a provider of answers for some of the pressing problems facing our country. However, Mr Phillips’ […]

Grasping the true purpose of Government

Grasping the true purpose of Government

Government exists to serve one overriding purpose: to promote the collective well-being of the citizenry through its various problem-solving interventions and, by so doing, contributes to the overall happiness of the nation. This interpretation of the role of government within the context of a democracy, which is the operative system here in Barbados, can certainly […]

Beware the new political dawn

Beware the new political dawn

In another 11 days, on January 20 to be exact, billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office at midday on the steps of the historic Capitol Building in Washington, to become the 45th President of the United States of America. However, the mood surrounding Trump’s inauguration stands in sharp contrast with […]

Of potholes, politicians and public expenditure

Of potholes, politicians and public expenditure

Little surprises us anymore in terms of what maverick Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman would say or do, based on his recent penchant for outrageous social media posts, in which he is known to bare all, including his shirt. Therefore, it came as absolutely no surprise to us that at the height […]

Redefining and embracing dysfunction

Redefining and embracing dysfunction

Too often in an attempt to remain politically correct or not to ruffle the feathers of interest groups, we are averse to asserting our opinions on certain social behaviour and moral conduct. This has frequently been interpreted as tacit acceptance, even when deep within our psyche we rage at various new-age behavioural constructs. Sociologists, psychologists […]

New year calls for change in our attitude

New year calls for change in our attitude

The last time we engaged readers in an editorial on an issue of national importance, it was in 2016. Today, we are doing so for the first time in a new year – 2017 to be exact – which dawned with the usual festivities over the weekend. The start of a new year traditionally fills […]

Ring the bell Freundel, it’s 2017!!!!

Ring the bell Freundel, it’s 2017!!!!

No matter how you slice it, the year 2016 will go down as another challenging one for Barbados, the region and indeed the world. Here at home, we continued to grapple with problems of the economy, including rising crime of which the increasing incidence of gun violence was the most troubling of all. There were […]

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