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Of rhetoric, zero tolerance and tradition

We are a peculiar lot. Our social leaders, whether they be politicians, police, clergymen, or other pontificators, usually express notions that suggest they have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on in our society. They make lofty statements from various platforms, often to applause and approving nods, receive wide media coverage, and […]

Freedom Of Information yet to be honoured

In the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s manifesto for the 2013 general election, political leader Prime Minister Freundel Stuart committed a re-elected DLP Government to the practice of good governance. “Good governance is characterized by the principles of participation, consensus, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, equity and inclusion and the rule of law,” he explained […]

When our Govt becomes our problem

On more than one occasion this year, our Minister of Finance has had reason to warn that we are not yet out of the proverbial woods. Indeed, he has called on us all to hold strain and to stay the course with him and the rest of the Freundel Stuart-led administration. Our Prime Minister too […]

A dark day in our politics

The standard of political debate in the Caribbean – indeed, the high standard of conduct which citizens rightly expect of persons elected to public office – sank to a sickening new low this week as a result of an unfortunate incident in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. As the House of Representatives was debating […]

Mr Speaker, hell no from Mr Toppin

A history teacher with a love for literature and the English language walked one day into one of Barbados’ older secondary schools and, without uttering a single word to his students, proceeded to the blackboard and wrote: Woman without her man is a dog. The young boys immediately started to chuckle and pointed mockingly to […]

Mr Knight still bleeds in the street

We proffer that Barbados bears little resemblance to Philadelphia. Nor are the racial tensions that exist in Ferguson, Missouri, mirrored on these 166 square miles of ours. But there are lessons to be learnt from these communities of our giant northern neighbour. And those who have the best interest of this island at heart must […]

Some words of wisdom for our leaders

Barbados recently played host to a distinguished Caribbean-born, United States-based economist who has imparted some timely words of wisdom and warning that are worthy of serious reflection by the political leadership of the region in particular, and the populace as a whole. Participating in the second Caribbean Economic Forum sponsored by the Central Bank of […]

In defence of our very own legacy

We cannot pat ourselves on the shoulder at having gone into Independence; having decolonized our politics. We cannot pat ourselves on the shoulders at having decolonized our jurisprudence by delinking from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and explain to anybody why we continue to have a monarchical system. Therefore, the Right Excellent Errol […]

Stuart’s unkind words –– heard and surely felt

It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has attracted the ire of CLICO policyholders who, at this time, are more deserving of compassion than criticism, given the tremendous stress they are under because of the uncertainty surrounding CLICO’s future and the recovery of their investments. Contributing to the Estimates Debate in the House of […]

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