Politics

Minister Chuck has opened Pandora’s box

Delroy Chuck

Dear Editor, I cannot mind my own business. It is unusual to write about the court, for who wants to play around with such powerful people who can’t mix freely and who can’t go anywhere freely and who have to be selective in the friends they keep? However, the Minister of Justice, H ... Read More

BUCHANAN... his article was marred by some rather unfortunate errors Paul ‘Bucked’ the facts
Since losing the St Andrew West Rural seat in the 2016 general election, the People’s National ... Read More

Opposing for the sake of opposing is foolishness
Dear Editor, The Observer’s consistency in insisting that the political parties should put Ja ... Read More

Mark Golding                                Mark Golding warms up for his biggest political fight to date
Mark Golding does not expect the upcoming political championship fight to decide who succeeds Dr Oma ... Read More

Opposition questions structure of new administration

Friday, May 20, 2016    

People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller speaking to supporters at PNP headquarters on the night of February 25, 2016 after it emerged that her party had lost the general election.

LEADER of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller yesterday raised a number of questions about the structure of the new Government, including the relationship between the Economic Growth Council and the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), which monitors Jamaica’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “How will any perception of conflict of interest between private businesses and the national interest be managed?” she asked, while making her contribution ... Read More

JMA hails Gov’t for income tax break, but...

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

SHAW ... announced tax increase on fuel in Parliament

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) said it is satisfied with the Government’s move to honour its election promise of a tax break for PAYE workers, but said the Administration needed to do more to broaden the tax net as that is the source of the country’s inability to collect adequate revenue. “The association maintains that creating a general tax regime that is competitive and promotes economic growth is largely dependent on a holistic approach to tax reform, ... Read More

ECJ to straighten out two constituencies

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

FISHER ... mapping out constituency boundaries has become more precise

Two electoral constituencies — St Andrew North Eastern and Trelawny Southern — are to have new polling divisions added shortly, in response to breaches of the Constitution created by the fact that their registered voting populations are below the legal lower limit. The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has proposed that their boundaries should be adjusted by transferring four polling divisions from North Central St Andrew to North Eastern St Andrew, and 12 from North Trelawny t ... Read More

Beaten candidates not writing off future in politics

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

HOLNESS ... secured fourth consecutive victory over Patrick Roberts in St Andrew West Central

The dust has settled and Members of Parliament have begun their work in representing constituents and their needs. But what is next for some candidates who vied for the opportunity to represent the people and lost? The Jamaica Observer contacted a few of the losing ones, who stated their willingness to work in the interest of the country, thus continuing their role, however minuscule it may be, in politics. “I will still be in the constituency,” Paul Buchanan who contested the W ... Read More

The PNP’s renewal and Holness’s promised new world

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

MANLEY ... first achieved power in 1972

Seized by the good fortunes of the gods, Andrew Holness, with his one seat majority, continues to push his untested ‘prosperity’ agenda through uncharted waters, even as, incredibly, the People’s National Party (PNP) continues to seek answers for its defeat. The pre-general election scenario is being repeated again. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), having failed to meet the April 1, 2016 deadline for their $18,000 tax give back, understood the political consequences and moved q ... Read More

Shaw’s presentation and that income tax package

with Balford Henry | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

SHAW ... addressed Parliament during last Thursday’s sittingJoseph Wellington

Last Thursday’s opening of the Budget Debate, as expected, was highlighted by the response of the Government to the issue of the implementation of the $1.5-million personal income tax threshold from the 10-point plan included in its 2016 General Election manifesto. Probably the most interesting revelations from Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw, next to the date of implementation, included that instead of the approximately 118,000 workers who were originally expected ... Read More

All eyes on Shaw

BY BALFORD HENRY & ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporters | Thursday, May 12, 2016    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw has promised that everybody will be happy with the Government’s plan for implementing the personal income tax relief.

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw will today outline how he plans to finance the $580-billion budget and meet Government’s commitment to reduce personal income tax when he opens the 2016/17 budget debate at Gordon House. After weeks of speculation, Jamaicans are expected to be glued to their radio and television sets to hear the minister unscramble the logistics of increasing the personal income tax threshold to as much as $1.5 million per annum, while ensuring that t ... Read More

Shaw, Phillips agree to discuss public sector pension scheme

Friday, May 06, 2016    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw (left) makes a point in a discussion with Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament on April 14. Photo: Michael Gordon

FINANCE Minister Audley Shaw and his Opposition counterpart Dr Peter Phillips have agreed to hold dialogue on the proposed legislation which will govern the public sector pension system. The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2015, which Dr Phillips tabled in the House in November of last year, will see public sector workers being paid from a pension fund. The proposed defined contribution scheme would determine benefits by way of returns on investments of contributions that are made by both employe ... Read More

Golding gets ‘Jungle’ fever

Thursday, May 05, 2016    

People’s National Party spokesman on Justice Mark Golding plays a game of dominoes with Arnett Gardens residents yesterday during his tour of the St Andrew Southern constituency.Llewellyn Wynter

OPPOSITION spokesman on justice Senator Mark Golding yesterday went on a tour of Arnett Gardens, more popularly known as ‘Concrete Jungle’, in what appeared to be an exploration on his slow march towards representational politics. “Come meet yuh next MP,” some of the people walking with Golding were heard telling residents of the St Andrew Southern constituency, who greeted the former justice minister warmly. Throughout the tour, which lasted about an hour, Golding talk ... Read More

Key issues facing the PNP and the paper groups that are mashing it up

BY DR DAYTON CAMPBELL | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER ... her story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things         Jamaica Observer file

This is a lightly edited version of an address given by Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western, Dr Dayton Campbell, at the annual conference of the Belfield Division in South East St Mary on Sunday, April 24: During the 2016 election cam p aign, I said it was a campaign about progress versus promises that proved to be prophetic. We are here today to have a discussion that is necessary. It is clear in my mind that we need to revisit what our movement was founded on. I will, therefore, ... Read More



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