ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020


August 1 – Emancipation Day – is as good a day as any to restart writing my weekly news posts. I have missed doing them, actually. They help me (and hopefully you) keep a finger on the pulse of things. So, it’s a humid evening, an hour to go before curfew kicks in at 11. … More ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region


In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

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 Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response


This has been a funny week. The appointment of an Acting Chief Justice (and Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ remarks at his swearing in) has raised some eyebrows. The legal fraternity does not appear to be impressed, either. We are in sensitive and difficult times insofar as the National Security and Justice portfolios are concerned, and the Government seems to … More NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response

The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017


National Integrity Action (NIA) celebrated its sixth anniversary today (Saturday, December 9) – UN International Anti-Corruption Day. Around 1,500 Jamaicans (mostly young people) from across the island joined the Integrity Gathering in downtown Kingston. NIA founder and CEO Professor Trevor Munroe hearkened back to a meeting six years ago at the University of the West Indies (UWI), … More The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?


Over the past week or so, on a daily basis, citizens of mostly rural areas of Jamaica have been protesting the appalling state of our roads. We have all observed that the roads have deteriorated even further since this year’s rains set in, opening up yawning potholes, dangerous breakaways and sinking, subsiding surfaces. This is, … More Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?

Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks


In my commentary on the past week’s events in Jamaica, I noted: “Thumbs down to Everald Warmington, M.P., who made some very undemocratic remarks on the political hustings.” When are Jamaican politicians going to eschew political tribalism? When are they going to stop encouraging this mindset among their supporters?  Here is what National Integrity Action (NIA) … More Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations


The Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) did the right thing – after more than a gentle nudge from the Prime Minister, it appears – by resigning yesterday (August 2) in the wake of ongoing major concerns over the issuance of gun licenses to suspected criminals. I wrote about several of these issues in … More Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica


I am honoured to join a fantastic group of Jamaicans on the IDB’s Civil Society Consulting Group (ConSOC) in Jamaica. As a communications person, I am looking forward to helping facilitate an energetic and productive dialogue in support of the Bank’s key initiatives as we seek to place critical issues on the agenda for civil society and … More The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica