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When leadership is badly needed at the front

When leadership is badly needed at the front

“This DLP Government will always appear to be uncaring and insensitive because maybe it is, or maybe it just don’t understand the dynamics of the day. How can you as PM authorize a cutthroat budget to the citizens and then next day walk into a car dealership and drive out a brand new Mercedes Benz? […]

Finding a better system amid the euphoria

Finding a better system amid the euphoria

The euphoria of this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination is yet to wear off as students, parents and teachers celebrate now that the results are in. Deserving congratulations go out to every student, teacher and parent who engaged in months of intense preparations for the big test. It’s a sheer delight to watch the […]

Better safe than sorry

Better safe than sorry

It is sincerely hoped that the ongoing Exercise Tradewinds 2017, along with the desired attention that it garners, further sensitizes Barbados and the wider region to the threat terrorism poses to our regional security. Yesterday at the opening ceremony of this important exercise at St Ann’s Fort, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart warned that Barbados and […]

The bitter aftertaste of Sinckler’s Budget

The bitter aftertaste of Sinckler’s Budget

It is fair to say that the response of key economic stakeholders and Barbadians in general to the latest Budgetary Statement and Financial Proposals presented a week ago by Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler has been overwhelmingly negative. For certain, the new revenue measures, described by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley as representing […]

When the economic road seems too dizzying

When the economic road seems too dizzying

The former Soviet leader, the Marxist Vladimir Lenin, is believed to have said that “there are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen”. The founder of Leninism was famous for using strong imagery to defend the Bolshevik revolution that ended tsarism. “We awakened the faith of the millions upon millions of workers of […]

Will Budgetary pain bring fiscal gain?

Will Budgetary pain bring fiscal gain?

The proverbial hammer has dropped and the pain is severe. As predicted by the economists, the pundits, and the man on the street, the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals offered no sweets for Barbadians, only a strong dose of bitter medicine to treat the ailing economy. And we shouldn’t have expected anything less with an early […]

Caribbean foreigners, CARICOM psyche and pipe dreams

Caribbean foreigners, CARICOM psyche and pipe dreams

 As we continue trying to give true meaning to CARICOM and to plant firmly the ideal of a CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) into the psyche of Caribbean people, some interesting rumblings have emanated from the Bahamas. But that nation is not the first from which such noise has come. The positives of regional […]

The valuable contribution of our letter writers

The valuable contribution of our letter writers

The pages of a newspaper can be described as truly representing an open marketplace where information, opinion and ideas are freely exchanged and discussed by persons searching for solutions to common problems facing the community in which they live or have some connection with. It is little wonder, therefore, that the media have often served […]

Mr Sinckler’s great temptation

Mr Sinckler’s great temptation

In less than a year, the mandate of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will expire and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will have to call a general election, as required by the Constitution, to give Barbadians an opportunity to decide whether they wish to stay with his administration for a further five years or go […]