A critical year is ending – What next?

We are coming to the end of this Calendar year, 2012 – which has been an era of so many landmarks in our public and political affairs, that it is very doubtful we will be faced with that many, even in these very troublesome Isles ever again. And to add to the political melee we have been experiencing – during the time span of the current Government in control – unless some January date is announced soon for the next sitting of Parliament, which has been on vacation and convenient prorogation for nearly Six months now – we could be … Continue reading

Nuf failures on the prowl for power

By Stone Crusher   With all the confusion within the NDC, which was obvious from the time they admitted the gang man and his infidels into the party leading to the rapid departure of founding stalwarts, to the time when petty jealousy erupted between those who were obviously intent on committing wrongs within the government and the few who were intent on towing the PM’s line of accountability, transparency and good governance, one could never have expected the manifestation of hardness on the political ground for the opposition – since the NDC should have been done and finished! But that … Continue reading

Two blows for Whales

The policy of the Japanese government to slaughter thousands of whales every year in the name of “science”, suffered two major blows in recent weeks. Before proceeding, let me register an interest against whaling as a campaigner for the protection of endangered whales and other wildlife. The first blow to Japanese whaling is a survey by an internationally recognised Japanese organisation, Nippon Research Centre, which has found that as many as 88.8 % of the Japanese people have not bought any whale meat in the last 12 months. Further, a mere 27% of respondents to the survey expressed support for … Continue reading

The waiting game continues – as always

We are moving speedily into the New Year – and whatever is in store for Next Year, in connection with our very uncertain political situation – but so far as the economic and employment areas are concerned, these are at a standstill with very little hope of any upwards movement anytime soon. The three frontline parties are on the move and making all sorts of noises about the way ahead – but nothing concrete about what can be expected if and when whichever one wins at the Polls. The recently formed NUF group are still very hush-hush about their actual … Continue reading

The secret meeting is uncovered

by Stone Crusher The more one lives in Grenada is the more one becomes convinced that local politics make strange bedfellows. So many of these old sayings are given life in Grenada by people we least expect – that it isn’t funny. Who would have ever thought that word would reach the streets that the ‘“irrelevant union man” after seeing his fortunes dwindling would attempt to hold a secret meeting with operatives of the New National Party (NNP). According to many – “ He reach way he goin’ !” The NNP has to realise that he is known for forging … Continue reading

Cliff – what Cliff?

It is not only the people of the United States that should be praying that their political leaders have enough sense not to push themselves off the so-called “fiscal cliff”, but the rest of the world as well. “Fiscal cliff” is a shorthand term used to describe the serious challenge that the US government will face at the end of 2012. In the US Congress, Republicans want to cut government spending and avoid raising taxes particularly on the wealthy who, they say, are the investors and job creators, while Democrats are looking for a combination of government spending cuts and … Continue reading

Time is drawing nearer- To “D” Day

Now that we are into the Xmas month of December, the time for putting our Parliamentary business in order, and getting back on track as far as the holding of the next sitting is concerned – that time becomes due in January, which would be six months since the last session of Parliament in July, 2012. What happens thereafter – and how the political climate unfolds or develops, only time will tell – but there can be no doubt, that the next four to six months will see some strange happenings in our Tri-Island State, as far as our politics … Continue reading

Rodge Jones wants his money!!!

By The Stone Crusher   Politics is very intriguing. Former U.S President, the late Richard Nixon was disgraced with his Watergate Scandal and faced impeachment. He had to quit the Presidency because his peers in Washington, D.C, found him guilty of committing an illegal act. In later years, the popular Bill Clinton after not being forthcoming with the American people on the Monica Lewinsky affair in the White House was forced to eat humble pie and had to apologise for an act of betrayal as the President of the United States. The wrongs committed by these two Presidents and others … Continue reading

Voting on Economics

It is a commonly accepted position that general elections are decided not by a single factor but by a multiplicity of concerns. And that inference is true not only in Barbados and other small island states but also in the most developed countries throughout the world. What is also true is that some issues are usually more important than others and can thus make a huge difference in outcomes when the actual votes are tallied. Let’s take the case of the last Presidential elections in the United States. In his November 19, 2012 talking points memo entitled “Liberals and Conservatives … Continue reading

Fuel bills: an impending disaster

In the words of the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, the annual bill for the importation of fuel in his small Caribbean island of 250,000 people is “wholly untenable”. In 2010, the national oil import bill for Barbados was US$393 million. That figure is indicative of the annual oil bill that damages the viability of every Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country except Trinidad and Tobago which is a substantial oil and gas producer. Prime Minister Stuart has declared that “if not corrected”, the oil import bill would become “wholly unaffordable” in his country. The same is true for all other … Continue reading