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Needed reforms in Caribbean politics

Needed reforms in Caribbean politics

A few weeks ago, I read with interest two reports in different newspapers which produced two different responses from me — a chuckle and a shake my head.  They may not have been appropriate outward manifestations given the gravity of the situations, but they were symptomatic of my disbelief on the one hand, and my […]

A sweet taste for the New Year

A sweet taste for the New Year

I hope that the New Year is off to a good start for you!!!! While I am not a fan of making New Year’s resolutions, I will admit that I review the events of the previous year and use my challenges and triumphs to assist me in charting the best course for the year ahead.  […]

Be part of the solution!

Be part of the solution!

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions but I have resolved that this year, more than before, I will look for a solution to every problem that presents itself. I always say that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem so I intend to be part of the solution. […]

Are we still beyond imagination?

Are we still beyond imagination?

Happy New Year!  I am glad that you have made a safe transition and that you continue to give this space your support and attention. I think, as with most people, I continue to be in a reflective mood – both at the personal and national level – as I centre myself and create my […]

2018: The Outlook for the Barbados Economy

2018: The Outlook for the Barbados Economy

As I write this in the last week of 2017, the outlook for the economy is dire: foreign reserves reported by the Central Bank were only $550 million in September, with over $100 million in foreign debt and interest payments due in the final quarter. The NSRL and foreign exchange fee have fallen short of […]

Need for fair tax system

Need for fair tax system

Let’s turn Mitt Romney’s famous 2012 remark on its head and ask “if people were corporations too, how much tax would they pay?” The answer is almost nothing. Why, what is the difference and why does it matter? Companies pay tax only on profits, whilst people pay tax on income. Most people don’t understand the […]

Ministerial responsibility is a joke!

Ministerial responsibility is a joke!

Picture this. In late October 1992, a French court convicted three former health officials on charges of distributing tainted blood that resulted in the infection of more than 4,000 people, many of them haemophiliacs. The tainted blood was infected with the virus which causes AIDS. The end result was that by 1992, 273 individuals had […]

Brace for the consequences

Brace for the consequences

My last article on Barbados’ vote against the US received sufficient feedback to justify a further explanation.  Some felt that it was simply a case of the US bullying another country, and Barbados’ courageous stand against the US’ offensive threats of retaliation against countries that dared not vote with it.  Is this true? In assessing […]

A case for Canada to rescue Haitians stranded in the US

A case for Canada to rescue Haitians stranded in the US

The recent celebration of the 60th anniversary of Lester Pearson’s Nobel Peace Prize evoked a time when a middle power’s voice could matter, and when the initiative of a Canadian minister or prime minister might have salience beyond our own borders. There are commitments that involve more or less risk, and more or less genuine […]