Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | September 1, 2013
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Only Audley can tek it to Portia
The transformational opposition leader could not have had a more traditional start to his pushback campaign against the challenge to his leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Last Sunday night, seasoned 'tracers' and firebrands like Everald Warmington, 'Babsy' Grange and Pearnel Charles were joined by newbie lightning rod, Andrew Wheatley, in 'bunning fire' on would-be challenge to Prince Andrew's throne, Audley Shaw.

Shaw putting self above party
So, Audley 'Are You' Shaw is 'considering' a leadership challenge. For THIS, we've had weeks of intrigue, stormy Standing Committee meetings, serial speculation, and general excitement throughout the land? You're 'considering', Audley? Really? Seriously?

Education: summer of discontent and September morning
A summer of discontent in the education sector has passed and 'September morning' is here. The nation's children, more than 600,000 of them, return to early childhood, primary and secondary schools tomorrow morning. Many of the tertiary-level youth started last week.

To Kill a Cross-dresser - Jamaica flirts with Jim Crow
'To Kill a Mockingbird' is the title of a 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The novel captures the ignominy of white-against-black prejudice in the first half of the 20th century. The story is a tale on the link between ignorance and wickedness; ignorance that spawns intolerance and snuffs out innocent life.

Selling country to the lowest bidder
I would like to offer some thoughts on the recent announcement that the Government of Jamaica (at the behest of the Chinese Government) is planning to implement a large port development project in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). In particular, I would like to respond to a few of the points made by the Rev Garnett Roper in his guest column 'Goat Islands: ecology and economy' (Sunday Gleaner, August 25, 2013).

Butting heads on Goat Islands
It might be because they are called Goat Islands, but that doesn't mean that Government can do as it 'maaay'. We are being asked to trust a government that has a Corruption Perception Index score of 3.8 on a scale of 1-10 - a party that told the country that there was no hanky-panky in a matter that only involved a few million chicken-feed dollars, yet there is still no full disclosure.

Free speech free-for-all?
How absolute is the right to freedom of speech? This is the question that has been pushed to the forefront of public discussions as a result of the utterances of Queen Ifrica at the Grand Gala event at the National Stadium.

Pyrrhic victory and bitter medicine
History tells us that in 280 and 279 BC, the Greek king Pyrrhus beat the Romans, but suffered so many casualties proportionally that, in the end, he lost the war. In reference to the battles he won, Pyrrhus admitted that another such "victory" would be a disaster. That infamous battle gave rise to the term 'pyrrhic victory', translated as being one gained at too great a cost.


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