Tag: Commonwealth

United Kingdom: Winning elections is everything

United Kingdom: Winning elections is everything

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

As she delivered the unanimous decision of the 11 members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (UK), on the unlawfulness of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament, I admit to being mesmerized by the startling brooch being worn by the Court’s President, Baroness Brenda Hale. It […]

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The Vocations and the Road to El Dorado

The Vocations and the Road to El Dorado

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Countries with a skilled workforce are far more prosperous than countries with workers who major in academia and white collar services. The road to social and economic prosperity runs through the vocations. It has become mantra that the plumber earns more than the office worker. In the Virgin Islands, a skilled building contractor is in […]

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Capitalism and Environmental Destruction

Capitalism and Environmental Destruction

| July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

DRIVING A COMPASSIONATE AND SUSTAINABLE CAPITALISM Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Economist, has asserted that the dominant economic model of the latter Twentieth Century- mainly Supply Side Free Market Economics- is obsolete in today’s swiftly changing global environment. Trickle Down has had its day. The world today is transitioning away from fossil fuel capitalism towards […]

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Name and blame the polluters

Name and blame the polluters

| July 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Climate Change is no longer a future event.  It is here, now and real.  Planet Earth, mankind’s common homeland, appears to be already locked into 1.5C of warming, once hoped to be the top limit of human-caused climate change. The world is now set to storm its way through the 2C limit set by the much vaunted […]

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The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre was born in Grenada but for much of his life, dedicated to promoting the interests of the Caribbean, few knew his birth place.  What they knew was that he belonged to a group of West Indian thinkers whose identity was West Indian and who worked assiduously in the collective interest of the […]

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Belize: Put the national interest first

Belize: Put the national interest first

| April 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Narrow party-political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country.  The world is watching this play-out now as a public spectacle in Britain where the Brexit question continues to be deeply immersed in both personal political purposes and a struggle for the supremacy of one political party over another.  At the end of […]

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National good over narrow interests in Guyana

National good over narrow interests in Guyana

| January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The President of Guyana, David Granger, and the Opposition leader, Bharat Jagdeo, showed political maturity when they met on January 9 to try to resolve a constitutional crisis that could have led to civil strife and the destabilisation of Guyana. They should be applauded for the good sense they have showed so far, and they […]

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Britain in Brexit chaos

Britain in Brexit chaos

| November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the United Kingdom, a once clear minded and largely unified nation, is engaged in a process of self-harm over the issue of Brexit. So great have the irreconcilable political divisions become, that potentially under threat are the Union that brings Scotland and Northern Ireland together with England […]

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Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

| September 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Startlingly, 8 of the 10 Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. Forty-three of the 52 remaining Commonwealth countries (not counting Britain) have long since left this hang-over from British colonialism.   These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, […]

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Caribbean democracy demands Constitutional change

Caribbean democracy demands Constitutional change

| June 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Leader of the Opposition is assigned important roles in the Constitutions of all Commonwealth Caribbean (CC) countries.  The roles stand at the heart of the democratic values to which the peoples of CC countries adhere.  That is why provision should be made in the Constitutions of all CC countries for a seat to be reserved for […]

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