Powers of Persuasion

May 1st, 2018

I often pick up ideas from seemingly random comments on Twitter. I turn them over in my head. They coalesce, curl into a little ball. I uncurl them again later, and see if I can write about them. Many ideas can develop that way, if you give them the chance. So, a tweet from environmentalist […]

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The Problem with “Bad Mind”

March 11th, 2018

I have a problem with “bad mind.” How can I translate this broad (but at the same time specific) term to non-Jamaicans reading this post? It’s not exactly jealousy, nor is it envy. It’s not the queen in the “fiery green gown” of Jimi Hendrix’ song, although a dash of the green stuff may be […]

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The Jobs Dilemma

August 18th, 2017

The Government announced a couple of days ago that our employment rate is at an all time high. Or, to put it another way, unemployment is historically low. The inevitable response soon followed: That’s great, but what constitutes employment? And what kind of jobs? Are we looking at the question of underemployment? Are we looking […]

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Tackling Climate Change on Several Fronts

March 1st, 2017

Despite what the new President of the United States says, climate change is real. It is with us, here and now. I believe developing countries such as ours have fully acknowledged this fact (as well as ninety-something per cent of scientists). After all, we are already feeling the effects. Jamaicans may not look at regular […]

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On Sticking One’s Neck Out (A Message for Youth Month)

November 22nd, 2016

I recently attended the launch of the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) Call to Action (with the hashtag #5in4 – 5% growth in 4 years, in other words). It was a glitzy affair, complete with disco lights and plush armchairs, and I wrote more about it on my blog. The Chair of the EGC Michael Lee-Chin, […]

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Thoughts on Campaign Finance: Does The Dog Wag His Own Tail?

October 9th, 2015

Back in 1997, a darkly humorous film was released entitled “Wag The Dog,” The stars were Dustin Hoffman, who played a Hollywood producer. Hoffman goes to work for a Washington spin doctor (Robert DiNiro) ahead of presidential elections. The movie, although fiction, had a ring of reality; the Lewinsky scandal broke just a few weeks later. […]

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