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

Where are we heading – and how fast?

The business and public affairs of our people – seem to be heading down the wrong road, with no hope in sight for immediate relief. And the party political chaos and controversy now facing our people on all sides – these are becoming so disturbing and distasteful, that they leave very little room for relief. The situation has gone so far out of any organised control – that the end result may very well leave our people a whole lot worse off than what we are facing today, if that is at all possible. The people outside Grenada reading that … Continue reading

Caribbean in greatest crisis since independence

“Make no mistake about it. Our region is in the throes of the greatest crisis since independence. The spectre of evolving into failed societies is no longer a subject of imagination. How our societies crawl out of this vicious vortex of persistent low growth, crippling debt, huge fiscal deficits and high unemployment is the single most important question facing us at this time”. That is not an assessment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be taken lightly. It is an assessment by a Caribbean Prime Minister who has also had the advantage of serving as Legal Advisor to the CARICOM … Continue reading

Re-election in 2013 – or no seats in the house!!!!

In our troubled Isles of Spice since our Independence in 1974 – we have always been very well known for no dull moments in our politics nor our Government affairs. And after the Thirteen consecutive years of the NNP control of power, which ended in July 2008, and the NDC victory at the Polls in the said July, with a comfortable 11-4 majority in the House of Parliament, it all looked as though we had come of age, as it were, and we were on the road to stability and greater regularity, in the daily operations of the affairs of … Continue reading

Rodge Jones – the ‘man that we fired’

by Stone Crusher   So Keith Claudius Mitchell has been caught once again with his pants down. The last time he was blaming Michael Baptiste, Anselm Clouden, George Worme and others for throwing a host of propaganda out there against him, which resulted in NNP losing the 2008 general elections. This time he cannot blame the same set of people for the action taken against him in a court in New York in which he and his wife would have to put in an appearance on February 18 to answer questions in a matter involving Mr. Rodge Jones. The Stone … Continue reading

Simple minds should hush up!!!

By Stone Crusher Things are unraveling even more these days for the cremated as the one from far out in the North is hopping mad with the lack of leadership he is getting from the gang man in the formation of their “new” party which seems to be still born. This same one from the North recently told someone that being able to mobilise money is not all and if they do not buck up quickly even the sources of funding will be cut off when the “funders” realise that we are a sad and sorry bunch led by a … Continue reading

The other Presidential Election: No surprises

While the eyes of the world were focussed on the Presidential elections in the United States, another significant election for the international community was also taking place. On November 8, the Chinese Communist Party opened its 18th Congress at which an opaque election procedure saw Presidential power transferred from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping. Under the procedure, Xi was named General Secretary of Party and he will become President next March. It was not an election that the world could follow in the media, nor was it one in which public debates, advertising campaigns and media coverage of political meetings … Continue reading

The choas and deceptive silence continue unabated

It seems from all appearances – that the Government in control of the nation’s affairs, is more concerned with holding power than upholding principle. It has been very well said and fully documented – that the way to preserve the democracy that we cherish, is the way of dialogue and frankness. If control and discipline are not to be commanded by force, then they can only be drawn out by involvement. Our current state of affairs, pertaining to the politics and parliamentary process now confronting us as a people, are creating serious causes for concern, and grave disappointment for our … Continue reading

The expelled running scared and getting more mad!!!

Thank God no one can consider Uncle Tilly’s new model NDC party and Cabinet as having any criminals, would-be criminals, fugitives, or people who attract thugs around them any more. Thank God Uncle Tilly was able to get rid of those degenerates who are either career drunkards, or corrupt in their own rights and who wanted to reintroduce to government –  underhand dealings with kick-backs. These infidels forgot that NDC is the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a party that stands for accountability, transparency and good governance in all its dealings. This is not NNP which in 13 years engaged in … Continue reading

What are we waiting on, or for?

Now that we have gone through the expected three months – that would be permitted to elapse, after our current Parliament has exhausted its five years term since the last General Elections in July, 2008 – the question in the above Headline is crying out for some urgent and forthright answers. And at the rate the situation is going further and further downwards, from the level of acceptable standards that are normally required by ordinary human beings in any modern day society – the cry is becoming even more desperate and crucial in the months ahead. And to add political … Continue reading