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Of cricket, change and the law

English author Charles Dickens once famously suggested that the law was an ass, and though he might have stopped short of suggesting that frequently some of its practitioners are even bigger versions, one is often presented with situations that could support both suppositions. We must congratulate youthful Barbadian cricketer Jason Holder on his elevation to […]

Jokers here, there, and everywhere

 History reveals that in one of his many letters to British diplomat Sir Horace Mann more than 200 years ago, English politician and author Horace Walpole suggested that the world was a comedy for those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel. The CLICO saga evokes images of a great tragicomedy that one would […]

Oh, for the remission of America’s sin

. . . It is not just a stand-off against a system of governance, nor is it just a stand-off against the surname Castro. It is a stand-off that affects every man, woman and child walking on the streets of Cuba; and therefore the stage had been reached where its rationale no longer existed; and […]

Looking beyond Finance Minister’s Christmas stocking

Those who were expecting Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to show up in the Parliament Building yesterday with a giant Christmas stocking slung over his shoulder were, no doubt, as disappointed with his Ministerial Statement as Opposition Leader Mia Mottley clearly was. In fact, left to her, he would not have been allowed to utter […]

Respect is ever due on holy ground

Almost daily, increasing acts of lawlessness leave us wondering whether the world has indeed gone mad. In fact, we are so bombarded by outrageous and despicable incidents, some of us might just come to accept it as the norm. Case in point: horrifying scenes at an army-run school in Peshawar just today after the Pakistani […]

When all eyes are firmly fixed on Chris

We know he is not yet ready to reveal all he has in store in his proverbial black box, but still we cannot help but wonder what mood our Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler will be in tomorrow as he prepares to deliver his latest ministerial statement. We note that a similar such statement was […]

When might is certainly not right!

It was refreshing to hear the Barbados Workers’ Union’s (BWU) statement yesterday on a matter that should trouble us all. As difficult as this complex issue of rising violence in our society is for us     to stomach, it still needs to reported as happened –– and fully ventilated. Furthermore, our victims –– be […]

On bringing up a child as one should

As we are reminded of the Miracle Child this festive month –– or ought to be –– there is hardly a better time to ponder the responsibilities we have towards our earthly offspring; the duty of ours, as parents, to ensure our seed are properly guided and their minds free of mental and moral conflict. […]

. . . Facing up to seeming Estwickmania

In the book Three Nights In Havana, author Robert Wright documents late Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s historic three-day 1976 visit to Cuba, which notoriously culminated with his rallying cry of Viva, el primer  ministro Fidel Castro! But, just as he left Barbados last weekend, our Freundel Stuart returned home from Havana this week –– […]

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