2017 Panorama – Opportunities For Learning

The events of Saturday evening on 12th August, 2017 at the National Stadium, were unfortunate to put it mildly, but possibly inevitable. There is no greater motivation to rise than a view from the bottom, the absolute bottom. We have sadly, I propose, arrived there. The details of which person(s) did or did not do what will be revealed in due course by others qualified so to discover. This commentary’s focus is to expand the discussion. What is the value of music to us – as a people, as a culture, as a nation? Let me declare my hand up … Continue reading

High unemployment and economic mismanagement

Many will acknowledge that unemployment is and remains the Caribbean’s number one socio-economic challenge. Grenada is no exception. The problem is intractable, pervasive and so important that Dr. Mitchell has OVER THE PAST NINE YEARS, embraced it as his “Political punching bag” owned by the NDC. Many leaders particularly in the developed world, due to inadequate statistical departments and a paucity of good data, have misrepresented their unemployment rates for political advantage. This has led to a reliance on regional institutions and organisations like Central Banks, regional banks, the IMF and the World Bank by many for trusted information. They … Continue reading

Why March 13?

Never has the government of Grenada named March 13 as a significant and memorable day and public holiday. The events that took place on that day, 39 years ago in 1979 are still not part of the educational curriculum, much less mainstream political debates and discussions on the island. Therefore, the current Prime Minister’s decision to name March 13, 2018 as the next general election date leaves one questioning his intent. There is currently an emptiness, a historical and collective memory void around March 13. It’s not named as a day of significance unlike October 25, the day our island … Continue reading

Grenlec has performed!!!

I am shocked to hear the attack on WRB and Grenlec by our Prime Minister at his rally on Sunday night. Why would Dr. Mitchell accuse WRB of interfering in Grenada’s electoral matters? And he had the gall to say that he would contact his friends in the U.S government to complain about WRB. Like Dr. Mitchell forget that the U.S government has the undistinguished record of being the biggest interfering in the internal affairs of countries around the world. Our Prime Minister might have had a lapsed in memory because he was the biggest beneficiary of U.S interference in … Continue reading

Is the NNP beatable in 2018?

Dey ask me dat question, so ah answering, “YES” boldly, as I have not been given the spirit of fear. Begin by recognising that 2018 is ‘The Year of the Young Voter’! Ponder this reality well! Secondly, where human beings are concerned, nothing is cast in stone. Opinions can change very quickly, whether due to abuse of power, disappointment, scandal, fear or revulsive behaviour. Furthermore, people might simply get to a point where they say, “Ah tired wit dat”! Elections are won and lost primarily on the basis of how some people feel and what some think. The results of … Continue reading

Polls and their impact on election

Although polls serve a purpose they are usually incorrect as a number of factors can affect the final outcome of the elections being polled. The 2016 election in the United States clearly demonstrates how inaccurate polls could be. The majority of the polls had predicted that Hilary Clinton was a clear winner of the Presidency. When the votes finally tallied that prediction proved to be incorrect. The 2008 election in Barbados as polled by Cadres was another example of polls proving incorrect. The same Cadres are now saying that the 2018 Grenada election could be won by the NNP. However, … Continue reading

Brian Joseph disappoints

I usually don’t bother to read Brian Joseph’s proliferation of letters to you, largely because they are too long. And here I hope Joseph will take the hint. If I don’t bother to read them, probably lots of others don’t either. Perhaps he can find a way of cutting out at least 30%. But I have taken note of him as a good writer and experienced civil servant who is a potential leader. I made an exception and did read his letter entitled “My Own Testimony” in your February 2nd edition and was greatly cheered to read him describe an … Continue reading

The Ballot Box Revo is coming

This one has Almighty God backing. May your spiritual eyes be opened for the time has come. On the 13th March 1979, Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement (NJM) staged a revolution with guns and bullets, and overthrew Eric Gairy, the then Prime Minister and his government from ruling Grenada. The Grenada Christian Political Party (GCPP) is calling for a peaceful and democratic, next revolution and overthrow of NNP, NDC and the others. It should not be done with guns, bullets and bombs but with the ballot paper at the polls, and your X on it by voting for … Continue reading

The Alcohol Dilemma

Grenada, though small is a rather complex territory. We record a history of turbulence, conflict and revolution. Our nation has evolved in many respects. Our culture is a particular aspect of evolution. Though some things remain constant it is evident that some old patterns have extended themselves to troubling boundaries. In the older days almost every village, whether rural or urban can recite stories of drunken and to a lesser extent women. Almost every household possessed such a character. It was second nature that every boy understood the craft of “drinking”. Several decades have passed and we clearly see fruits … Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO GRENADA’S SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

The Supervisor of Elections Parliamentary Elections Office Tanteen, ST. GEORGE. Dear Mr. Alex Phillip, Christian Greetings and God’s Blessings to you and yours; also of course toward Grenada’s protection and prosperity. I am a born citizen of Grenada and write affirming that I have a relevant interest in ensuring that the constitutional provisions are not contravened, that sovereign rights are upheld, that national institutions are not brought into disrepute, and that all citizens enjoy the democratic principles for free and fair elections. This letter particularly seeks clarification and information on the registration of voters and the conduct of elections, subject … Continue reading