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

Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith


A part of this review appears in today’s Sunday Gleaner – incomplete and wrongly attributed to the author! The newspaper also does not mention the excellent local publishers, Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). Here is my review (yes, I wrote this!) in full.  In the context of today’s strife within the People’s National Party, the timing of this … More Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016


After a day or two of grey clouds and drizzle, an energetic breeze is livening us up this morning. Our little dog has been racing up and down the yard.  There is a shift in the season, and all around us there are depressions and burgeoning storms. Hopefully they will avoid our little island. We … More NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French


I am a little late sharing this, but for those of you who have not yet read it – it’s a provocative read. Now, since the article was written immediately after the elections, the reference to the results in the first paragraph is now dated, as the seat count remained at 32 – 31. However, … More Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French

Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life


The English writer and colonial era thinker Rudyard Kipling once wrote: “If history were told in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” It’s often hard to imagine our National Heroes as real people – let alone as young people with dreams, aspirations – and the usual growing pains. In “Young Heroes of … More Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life