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Commentary: Guilty?

July 8, 2014
Commentary: Guilty? I am guilty and I admit it. It happened the better part of 30 years ago. I had just returned home from the TCI accompanied by Yvette and my two sons Tom and Steve. I was thinking about that trip and the then promise of the TCI while driving north on the Florida Turnpike at 5 mph under the speed limit.

Commentary: Challenge - to tax or not to tax!

June 25, 2014
As a last ditch effort to educate, inform and enlighten the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the wider world, and in spite of my promise of hiatus; I now go back on my word and with prejudice give this review on the Payroll Tax Bill 2014. Review of the “A Strategy for Recovery” (document)...

Commentary: Canadian Club

June 20, 2014
Our folks went back to Canada trying to round up tourists but I believe they are wasting their time. The country of Canada is the biggest North American territory but only has 10% of the population of the USA. Most Canadians drive to Florida for vacations. I love Canadians; two of my children and two grandchildren...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands government and the University of the West Indies

June 20, 2014
Recently, the Turks and Caicos Islands government became a contributing territory to the University of the West Indies. This debate has been around for decades as to whether the government should or should not become a contributing territory to the university. Some years ago, this was done but only with...

Commentary: Our Caribbean: The political party and the elected government

May 14, 2014
Commentary: Our Caribbean: The political party and the elected government Gordon Lewis, in his book “Main currents in Caribbean thought”, states that different European colonising groups put their distinctive mark upon different Caribbean colonies, and this is shown by the fact that, in the British islands, abolition by parliamentary edict made possible the future development of...

Commentary: Could the remnants of slavery, our cultural mindset be hurting our tourism industry?

May 14, 2014
Commentary: Could the remnants of slavery, our cultural mindset be hurting our tourism industry? We have reclaimed our throne. We are once more the proud descendants of the kings and queens of Africa, and this means no more “Yes Massa” or “No Massa.” This means I am no longer in servitude to you. I am free and I am going to let you know that I am free. My job may mean that I may have to...

Commentary: Our Caribbean: Middle class politics takes command

May 7, 2014
Commentary: Our Caribbean: Middle class politics takes command The Caribbean middle class has taken control of, and directed politics in the Caribbean since the post-emancipation period. It was the inspiration behind the formation of trade unions, political parties, and most of the major decisions that have been made that have shaped Caribbean life up to the present.

Commentary: Our Caribbean: Dictatorship in a democracy?

April 21, 2014
Commentary: Our Caribbean: Dictatorship in a democracy? We in the Caribbean have inherited the Westminster system of government, characterised by the rule of law, competitive party politics, the independence of the judiciary, fundamental rights and freedoms for citizens, and designated periods for elections. These are accepted at face value.

Commentary: The Big Bad Wolf

April 14, 2014
Commentary: The Big Bad Wolf The child's story about the big bad wolf is one we need to recall. The story preaches the only way to be safe from the wolf is to build your house strong and of the right materials. The people of Grand Turk and South Caicos faced this after Hurricane Ike. Two families on Middle Caicos who lost their roofs...

Commentary: The Caribbean: Respecting a country's dignity

April 14, 2014
Commentary: The Caribbean: Respecting a country's dignity Independence for Caribbean states brought to its citizens a sense of liberation, feelings of self-regard and self-worth, and of being somebody in a world previously dominated politically by great power groups, some of which were the previous colonial powers. We envisioned independence as meaning we would...

Commentary: Open-minded politics and the Caribbean

April 3, 2014
Commentary: Open-minded politics and the Caribbean Caribbean politics in many ways can be regarded as being a closed-minded activity. We as Caribbean people often have our allegiance to political parties pre-determined for us by our political culture, and through political socialisation. Through these processes, our minds from very early are shaped...

Commentary: Death and taxes

March 24, 2014
Commentary: Death and taxes “Death and taxes are the only things certain” is now a famous statement by US patriot Ben Franklin. While death is unavoidable, taxes can sometimes be avoided. If government assesses an income tax, you simply avoid having income. Low income persons are hurt the most by taxes. Sometimes they go underground.

Commentary: The colonial pull in Caribbean politics

March 24, 2014
Commentary: The colonial pull in Caribbean politics We are all familiar with the saying, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” At the surface level, it appears ridiculous, even contradictory, because change means a qualitative difference from what previously existed. The situation, therefore, could not remain the same.

Commentary: Politics unveiled

March 17, 2014
Commentary: Politics unveiled In one of their publications, a University of the West Indies course team summarises politics as involving the process of making government policies, being conflict oriented, where different interest groups seek to influence major political actors, and concerned with institutions that enable the examination of power...

Commentary: Caribbean 2020

March 6, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean 2020 My paternal grandmother was born in the rural farming village of Philip in St Kitts. My paternal grandfather was born in the same rural farming village of St Kitts. My maternal grandmother was born in the rural fishing village of Sea Cow’s Bay in Tortola. My maternal grandfather was born in the rural farming village of...

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