Let there be hope

From the very outset the theme of the 2013 Budget Presentation was going to lead us down a blind alley. “Restoring Hope” reminds me of the former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas saying “Help is on the way”. But then of course this is not surprising since the same technocrats who prepared the Tillman Thomas pronouncements are the ones who prepared this 2013 Budget presentation. The ordinary dictionary meaning of hope is ‘a chance that something good will happen; to want and expect something to happen or be true’. Our diet has changed from a bowl of transparency and tea in … Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO HAMLET MARK

Dear Hamlet,   A few days ago, you hosted a post-Cabinet Press Briefing at which you introduced yourself as the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister responsible for Communications, Public Relations, Information and Media Relations! So, on this evidence, you are no longer an independent member of the media. Do you disagree? But were you really ever independent and impartial? Nevertheless, congratulations on your appointment. From all that has happened so far, it is also now emerging that you are a key member of the Mitchell’s ‘Second Cabinet’! You deserve all of that and more. Given our understanding of who … Continue reading

A budget of hope?

The results of the last election have made me become more and more selfish as a Grenadian. I did vote for my Congress party and will continue to vote for Congress because I like the philosophy of Uncle Tilly and the party. We lost the election because the people fell for the promises of delivery and delivery of jobs and more jobs as offered by NNP. It is too early to judge the NNP and all the pie in the sky promises that were made in the election. However, the budget as presented by the Prime Minister has nothing in … Continue reading

Not my tax dollars

I listened to the Economic Advisor, Dr. Patrick Antoine on a recent radio and television programme and realized that the government was serious about some kind of a distress funds for hotels on the island. To me this was an election gimmick by the NNP to get monies from the hoteliers but it is apparent that the government is serious about giving the big boys in the south some more free money. It goes against my grain to see my government take taxpayers money and give to the hotel boys under the guise that they were distressed because of the … Continue reading

Make good on those promises

For Dr. Mitchell and his NNP, at once blessed, and burdened with the task of governance – the one, governing without an opposition, the other, problems of managing a resource bare and debt ridden economy – the Ancient Greek mythology of Sisyphus provides good lesson. Sisyphus, as eternal punishment for having offended the God, Zeus, was condemned to toiling mercilessly, by rolling a rock up the side of a mountain, only to have it roll down again. But in time – definitely not 100 days – and to the surprise of Zeus, the mortal Sisyphus would have come to accept … Continue reading

Productivity and Punctuality Council

I write in regard to PRODUCTIVITY and PUNCTUALITY in the State of Grenada. This is in regards to ALL areas of our Lives and in all areas of our operations that are very Low or do not exist. Therefore I urge us all to consider and make a decision to adopt Productivity and Punctuality in Grenada and to beseech the Government of Grenada to make same OUR Policy. The country of Barbados has adopted and successfully set up a Productivity and Punctuality Council almost Two Decades (20) years ago and today Strikes and other Disruptions in production are scarce or … Continue reading

Questions for the Police

Is the R registration still in effect for vehicles to be used as rentals? If it is in effect why is it not used by the persons doing rentals in this country? Is it a case of the police turning a blind eye to lawbreakers? If the law says that all rentals must have the R at the beginning of their registration, what is the penalty for not complying? Is it a case of the owners beating the system and not paying the taxes due to the government? Are the owners doing this because a lower premium is charged by … Continue reading

Brinkmanship or grand-charge?

The world has been held in captive suspense recently by threats of a nuclear attack emanating from Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, a contentious juvenile who has barely made his entrance onto the demanding stage of geopolitics, is sabre rattling. Kim has threatened to set off a conflagration on the Korean peninsular and beyond, by firing nuclear missiles into the heartland of the United States of America, her interests in the Pacific like Guam, and South Korea. “Well, young Kim, if yuh name man, launch”.   Roger Byer

Tim Tim starts to speak

I was thinking for some time now to write a letter about this boy called Timothy Antoine but was reluctant to do so. However, after listening to a caller on the George Grant show last Sunday, I decided that it might be appropriate to finally write the letter. For some time now, I have been watching this Antoine boy and his almost deafening silence on matters of finances as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of finance. The only time that I heard Tim Tim open his mouth is to speak on issues about CLICO and Baico. This man has … Continue reading

Doc is a changed man

The appointment of Cajeton Hood as our Attorney-General is proof enough that Dr. Keith is a changed man. I was doubtful when the Doc said that he was coming back more for his legacy than anything else. The man has forgiven Cajeton of his sins. I can remember reading many articles in the newspapers written by Cajeton prior to the 2008 general elections when he was on the offensive against the Doc. The articles were stinging and sent goose bumps throughout my body as Cajeton used to beat up on the doc every week in some hard-biting commentaries. I know … Continue reading