Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

At the invitation of the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty O.J., Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mounted an eleven member CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the General Elections of Jamaica held on 25 February 2016. The team arrived in Jamaica over the period 21 to 22 February 2016. … More CARICOM Election Observer Mission Preliminary Statement on Jamaican General Elections 2016

Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

We move now into that lovely “in between” period where it is neither Christmas nor New Year. I rather like this feeling of “limbo” – a time to daydream, make vague plans and generally laze around. The weather is calm, blue and utterly perfect. So far, though our post-Christmas mood can be summed up in … More Pain and Grief on the Roads, and Sting Has Lost Its Sting: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Untangling the Web, More Sewage Flows, and an Apology: Friday, November 21, 2014

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” It was Sir Walter Scott – not Shakespeare – who wrote this, and the words ring true. Some of us are perhaps starting to feel that the confusion and obfuscation surrounding the Outameni issue could (must?) be deliberate. No one could so thoroughly … More Untangling the Web, More Sewage Flows, and an Apology: Friday, November 21, 2014