Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex


I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

Statement by Minister Kamina Johnson Smith on Trinidad and Tobago’s Denial of Entry to Jamaican Nationals


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith gave this statement today at the post-Cabinet press briefing. As she notes, this is not/not a new issue, by any means. As the Minister says, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. One hopes that, in the end, all will be well and … More Statement by Minister Kamina Johnson Smith on Trinidad and Tobago’s Denial of Entry to Jamaican Nationals

CARICOM Freedom of Movement: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Urges Jamaicans to Report Immigration Problems


For many Jamaicans, the issue of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) border controls and immigration remains a vexed one – uncomfortable and sometimes emotive. We will recall the high-profile case of Jamaican Shanique Myrie, which ended up in the Caribbean Court of Justice.  It is exactly five years since Myrie arrived at the Grantley Adams Airport in … More CARICOM Freedom of Movement: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Urges Jamaicans to Report Immigration Problems

“Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015


The weather has been cool, damp and low-key – rather unusual for the tropics, but I like it. The garden, which has had to endure some harsh weather this year, likes the frequent showers of rain, too. Nothing low-key about happenings in Jamaica though – in particular, the politics. The party rallies are becoming ever … More “Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015


It’s been a difficult week. You know how sad news sometimes really hurts, while some indulge in the petty and the trivial? At least the gentle rains and persistent showers this week may have washed some of the pain away. Political pettiness: The debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) remained in the doldrums last … More The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015


This week has been a hard slog, but out in the yard there are puffs of wind, and the lawn is green after several showers that all city dwellers (except the homeless) welcomed joyfully. So now we need to take a deep breath and enjoy the long weekend; Monday, May 25 is Jamaican Labour Day. … More The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015