Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | November 29, 2009
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Beware of voodoo economics
The pathetic picture of that 59-year-old man ambling his way on crutches to tell his tear-jerking tale of FINSAC woes will be etched in the minds of Jamaicans for a long time. If you ever wanted a human face to the disaster of a high-interest rate policy, you got it at that FINSAC enquiry. Another wretched week for Omar Davies.

Lowering interest rates: increasing benefits
All three major financial rating agencies, Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch, have now made public their findings on the Jamaican economy. The results, particularly at this time, are frightening portending greater hardship for the future.

In the company of lesbians - Snapshots of news in the UK
My two seat mates on the flight from London to Mauritius were two lively young lesbian lovers. They did almost everything under my armpits, except penetration, as if I wasn't there at all. Same-sex relationships have now been normalised in a large number of 'advanced' countries, including the UK.

Westminster government and the finance minister
We have heard shifting positions from the Government on whether Jamaica faces an economic crisis. We have had shifting positions on whether we need the International Monetary Fund (IMF) too. We have had shifting personnel - four different lead negotiators with the IMF and the new Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) governor might become the fifth.

Omar: a world-class finance minister?
It is often said that one never sees smoke without fire for there is usually more to a story than that which appears at the surface. The press conference convened by the People's National Party (PNP) four Thursdays ago is a perfect illustration of this.

Reversing into development
With our verdant and relatively generous supply of land, Jamaica will always have an agricultural sector. That is a great blessing. If, however, we wish to develop our economy rapidly and multiply the value of our agricultural output through agro industry, we must as a first priority grow our industrial sector.

The Charter and Vision 2030
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had a recent conversation with a young Jamaican, a university graduate in her mid-30s, on what the proposed Charter of Rights and Freedoms meant to persons of her age group. It was important for me to discover the perspective of persons who were, in essence, products of Independent Jamaica.

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