Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 The fault, dear PNP, lies not in the stars, but deep within the PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-fault--dear-PNP--lies-not-in-the-stars--but-deep-within-the-PNP_93520 A roofer’s house leaks. — Zulu proverb Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s future choked by cancer of corruption http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jamaica-s-future-choked-by-cancer-of-corruption_93609 Corruption in Jamaica is “entrenched and widespread”. Jamaica must give serious consideration to what lies ahead should the Government and the country’s lawmakers fail to decisively and aggressively confront its corruption problem. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Fighting crime strategically http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Fighting-crime-strategically_93606 It was hoped that when Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his budget presentation he would have articulated a comprehensive crime-fighting plan that reflects a combination of tactical and reactive interventions, on the one hand, that deals with acute and chronic crisis situations; as well as strategic and proactive measures as a part of an overall effort of societal re-engineering. Such a comprehensive plan would contain hard and soft crime-fighting measures that are built around principles of working with members across the aisle and strengthening community alliances and building trust. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT SMEs may have to pay for election campaign promises http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/SMEs-may-have-to-pay-for-election-campaign-promises_93616 Approximately 300,000 micro, medium and small businesses, many of which have managed to ride the waves of the global economic recession and the years of its after-effects, are set to feel the brunt of the new tax measures proposed in 2017/2018 budget tabled in Parliament last two weeks. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Vision or perish? Part 2 — We need an igniting vision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Vision-or-perish--Part-2---We-need-an-igniting-vision_93521 The year 1980 was a horrendous year in Jamaica’s journey from Independence towards prosperity. Hundreds of Jamaicans lost their lives to horrific politically motivated violence by the time the election took place in October 1980. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT The many feelings of ISSA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-many-feelings-of-ISSA_93589 Much has been said about the decision by the Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) to allow Aryamanya Rodgers, a native of Uganda, to compete in the 2017 ISSA Boys’ & Girls’ Athletics Championships. And it is also being said far and wide that the Calabar family is adamant that Rodgers should not be allowed to compete, and is therefore against Kingston College (KC). Nothing is further from the truth. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Battles lines drawn in the sand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Battles-lines-drawn-in-the-sand_93491 The People’s National Party’s (PNP) walkout from Gordon House last week is the prelude to any number of walkabout opportunities likely to come their way. New Opposition Leader Peter Phillips is off on a roll, and if the media coverage pictures are anything to go by, he and his portly parliamentary colleagues all seem to need the exercise. Roll back the taxes was transformed into a roly-poly parade before our very eyes as they made for the door looking like a church choir that had misplaced their robes. Local Opinion Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT What do we do for Africa? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/What-do-we-do-for-Africa-_93477 Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Local Opinion Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT The ups and downs of Race Course history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-ups-and-downs-of-Race-Course-history_93481 It seems a force is determined to deprive residents of Allman Town and other long-established communities in mid-town Kingston from what could have been put to use, long ago, to create a recreation space which could add to the quality of life of citizens long resident there. Local Opinion Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT It all comes out in the wash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/It-all-comes-out-in-the-wash_93206 The Welshman William Haydn Middleton, who was headmaster of Jamaica College (JC) from 1965 to 1970, died on February 25. He was approaching his 92nd birthday, which he would have reached yesterday had he lived. Students in his time as JC headmaster who served or still serve in Jamaica’s legislature include Bruce Golding, Dr Peter Phillips, Thomas Tavares-Finson, and Lambert Brown. Local Opinion Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Responsible accounting of our history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Responsible-accounting-of-our-history_93314 There is an African proverb that states, “Unless the lion is able to read and to write, the only story of the hunt we will know comes from the mind and the pen of the hunter.” I say this against a background of observation of how some people generate and use information, specifically Jamaica Observer columnist Garfield Higgins, and I draw attention to his column published by the Observer in The Agenda this past Sunday entitled, ‘The PNP, Michael Manley and democratic socialism wrecked Jamaica…Learn that Peter Phillips”. Local Opinion Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Views from the west: A look at western Jamaica’s crime problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Views-from-the-west--A-look-at-western-Jamaica-s-crime-problem_93300 There are three basic factors driving the crime wave in western Jamaica — the economic factor, social factor and the political factor. Observer West Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Not with whips, but with scorpions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Not-with-whips--but-with-scorpions_93210 One of the important goals of Government this fiscal year is the rationalisation of public bodies to see how best they could serve in promoting national development. This exercise is long overdue. There are 61 self-financed public bodies in the country varying in size and regulatory functions as far as the physical and economic infrastructure of the country is concerned. In the 2016-17 fiscal year they would have transferred $52.2 billion to the Government’s coffers while retaining a surplus of over $16 billion. Local Opinion Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Walk good, Mama P, the people’s heroine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Walk-good--Mama-P--the-people-s-heroine_92941 The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. — Local Opinion Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Careful how we reach back in history to castigate, Higgins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Careful-how-we-reach-back-in-history-to-castigate--Higgins_92939 I believe that for a nation to progress it must have a clear understanding of its past, not with a view of placing blame, but to note those things that were successful, and failures. The past provides invaluable lessons in causes and effect, and the circumstances that lead to both, which if understood will provide a road map to make our decisions today. Local Opinion Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Derek Walcott: Caribbean colossus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Derek-Walcott--Caribbean-colossus_92977 Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Those economic growth rate predictions... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Those-economic-growth-rateThose-economic-growth-rate-predictions---_92980 Having examined the debt to gross domestic product (GDP) predictions and outcomes in a previous comment on this year’s fiscal policy paper (FPP) which accompanies the budget (although it was much-delayed this year), I turn now to the figures given on economic growth. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Portia Simpson Miller’s historic journey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Portia-Simpson-Miller-s-historic-journey_92969 Portia Simpson Miller’s budget presentation last week was in fact a fond farewell. What a journey she has had serving, for over 40 years, as Member of Parliament of St Andrew South Western, a constituency of serious challenges — the type that women politicians tend to inherit. It took courage for young Councillor Portia Simpson to step up and campaign to become a parliamentarian, and even more to seek the presidency of the People’s National Party. This column has commented on her exciting career and so today shares excerpts. Local Opinion Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT The PNP, Michael Manley and democratic socialism wrecked Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-PNP--Michael-Manley-and-democratic-socialism-wrecked-Jamaica_92761 A tree is known by its fruits. — Zulu Proverb Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Radical advocacy: Are we ready for it? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Radical-advocacy--Are-we-ready-for-it-_92850 Over the past two weeks or so there has been much criticism, scepticism, and a general lack of understanding about the aims and objectives of the #TambourineArmy. Much of this lack of understanding was displayed on social media, particularly Twitter. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Vision or perish: So where are the visionaries and the vision? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Vision-or-perish--So-where-are-the-visionaries-and-the-vision-_92803 In this series of articles I have invited you to look at the critical elements to build a great nation: the new Jamaica we all desire. So far we have looked at two fundamental pillars: Justice and Truth. Now, let’s look at a third: Vision. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Commonwealth free trade: A British straw man? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Commonwealth-free-trade--A-British-straw-man-_92762 A Commonwealth Free Trade Area (FTA) would go down in India “like a lead balloon”. That’s the opinion of Indian Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor as British ministers and Empire-dreamers run around Britain trying to promote the idea that a Commonwealth FTA is a viable alternative to trade with the European Union (EU) which Britain has elected to exit. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Let’s look again at the meaning of Black History Month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Let-s-look-again-at-the-meaning-of-Black-History-Month_92567 During February, while the black world celebrated the annual tradition of Black History Month, there was a virtual silence in Jamaica despite its overwhelming black population. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Promises, principles and performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Promises--principles-and-performance_92856 Let us agree that taxes are required to run a country and political parties must make promises when presenting themselves to the electorate. But we can also surely agree that not every form of taxation is justified and that political parties should not engage in the making of wild promises, the keeping of which they know is either harmful to the country or not sustainable. Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Radical advocacy: Cover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Radical-advocacy--Cover_92853 Are we ready for it? Local Opinion Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT