Category: Column

Leaders serve

The ultimate goal of this weekly column is to domesticate leadership – that is, to remove the ambiguity and misconceptions which surround this topic and to empower all to recognize that within ourselves, dwells many of the leadership qualities necessary to change our world for the better. Let’s face it,  our world needs some major […]

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Lessons from the 2018 Grenada election

In May 2016, I had the honour of introducing Dr The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada as the feature speaker at the annual Worrell Lecture at the University of the West Indies. In my introduction, I underscored the point that in every age only a tiny percentage of individuals stood out by […]

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First-past-the-post and electoral competition

There is an emerging narrative within and outside of Grenada (particularly on social media) which seems to suggest that Grenadians intentionally voted to engineer an electoral outcome that guaranteed the absence of a parliamentary opposition. As a Grenadian and a political scientist I reject that view. As is the case with every Commonwealth Caribbean country, […]

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Preventative self care

What is preventative self-care? It is simply all the things we do to keep ourselves at our best. All the things we do to prevent a health concern from getting worse. So, it would include the interventions to make sure the work doesn’t madden us or maybe give us a stroke, and the lifestyle and […]

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An open letter to Professor Beckles

Dear Prof. Beckles, I must admit that I find myself with a firestorm of feelings in my belly as I begin this letter. I have vehemently defended the University of the West Indies (UWI) as a philosophy and an institution. Although I am known inside the university for my long letters about matters of concern […]

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The ‘Hypocritic’ Oath

The human memory is a fascinating entity. I am told that the brain is able to store 2.5 million gigabytes of information, which equates to three million hours of TV programme storage. As amazing as the brain is, I cannot comprehend such. I am also fascinated by the fact that we have the ability to […]

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To vote or not to vote!

I overheard a conversation recently between a younger person and a not much older person. The younger person was adamant that she wasn’t voting in the upcoming elections. The older person was trying to explain to her the value of her vote and the fact that many in the past struggled, sacrificed a lot and […]

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Be careful what you wish for

We will soon be voting for persons to represent us in Parliament. Their role will be to direct the affairs and resources of Barbados for our benefit. However, if our representatives use their elected positions to mainly benefit themselves and their business friends, then our concerns will likely be distractions to their real desires. In the past, […]

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Leaders hope

Last week and through this medium, I presented an article which was designed to encourage us to take an urgent and closer look at our health as a nation. There was a focus on our physical health – which is currently under the threat of increasing non-communicable diseases – but there was also significant light […]

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When a Judas kiss awaits

Have you ever felt that you have been given the Judas kiss? Well I have! Again and again and again. I have permitted this because as a general rule, I see good in people. And I am constantly disappointed, yet I persist. It is indeed a fatal flaw of mine. And even when there is […]

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The appropriate time and place for justice

On February 22, 2018, three women interrupted a public lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. The public lecture was on the subject of natural disasters in the Caribbean and it was being delivered by the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves. The three women […]

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Citizen input needed

As promised, I said I would focus on some sections of the document Constitutional Reform in the Caribbean. Last week I wrote about the Westminster system. Thanks to those readers who emailed me to say they appreciated it. What is abundantly clear is that many people are disenchanted with this system and recognize that it […]

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A robust response required to the OECD

Small states, including those in the Caribbean, are justifiably troubled by the continuous efforts by the member states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to cripple every initiative they take in the financial services sector. Indeed, it is true to say that the OECD has become as intimidating and odious an acronym […]

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Who is to blame?

I am quite sure that when parents hold that newborn in their arms, neither wishes for that child to become a murderer, a prostitute or a drug addict. There are lofty dreams and visions for this new life, full of promise and hope for the years to come. How did that cute three year old […]

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Do your job, please!

I have been reading newspapers since I was about 14 years old. Over the past 40 years I have read one constant complaint in the court pages, the issue of lost files.  I do not know what file storage and retrieval equipment was available to the prosecutor’s office 40 years ago, but how is it […]

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Big stick needed to save West Indies cricket

In the last two decades, West Indies cricket has been trapped in an ever-increasing failure spiral and just when we think that things cannot get any worse, they do. A constant turnover of presidents, CEOs, directors of cricket, head coaches, specialist coaches, trainers and players have so far failed to arrest and reverse that decline. […]

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Critiquing Westminster

As I said last week, I will be looking at the Westminster system of Government which we follow in Barbados. Westminster is a democratic system of government modelled after that of the United Kingdom, which gets its name from the Palace of Westminster where the UK parliament is located. We inherited it when we gained […]

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