Month: October 2014

The Revolution will be led by… Russell Brand 

Russell Brand (Comedian and World Leader?) I often wonder; am I a visionary or the village idiot, the Philosopher King of Plato’s The Republic or the Emperor with no clothes? This may be a false dichotomy, I might be neither. But the truth is I aspire to be one and fear that I might be the other.  I will be the first to admit that as a twenty-five year old I am governed by hubris. This is my claim to fame and as time goes by and I get older I will have to find a new claim to fame. But I try not to deny what I obviously am. I saw a review of Russell Brand’s Revolution where he was derided as an ignorant fool and I said to myself, “There but for grace goes I.” I have not read Russell Brand’s work, and I probably will never, I am more interested in the scenario which this review of him presents. Here we have a recovered alcohol and drug addict claiming to have achieved enlightenment and is now using the medium at his disposal to tout a counter culture which according to David Sexton includes, refusing to: vote, pay taxes or honour debt.  His call to arms is that we should join him and do away with life as it is and make way...

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Jamaica’s [and the Caribbean’s] Sovereign Wealth Fund 

Greetings to my fellow Jamaicans and Caribbean Nationals at home and in our colonies around the world. I would like to use my position as a businessman operating in what is the financial capital of the English Speaking World [London] to propose that the Jamaican government sets up a Sovereign Wealth Fund.   What is a Sovereign Wealth Fund? A sovereign wealth fund is a pool of money owned by the state which is invested for the benefit of its citizens and economic structure.   Where does the seed money for sovereign wealth funds usually come from?  The funding for a sovereign wealth funds (SWF) come from central bank reserves that accumulate as a result of budget and trade surpluses and even from revenue generated from the exports of natural resources. (Investopedia)  Botswana has a SWF derived from revenue from its diamond and mineral industry. Angola and Nigeria have SWF derived from its oil industry.  Where will our seed money come from?  I know you’re going to say that Jamaica is a poor country which has to borrow money to survive. But I say that if as a country we lived by the rule of Warren Buffet which is to spend what is left after saving [instead of saving what is left after spending) then we could allocate some of our tax revenue from our various prime industries...

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Will the poor keep getting poorer?

A critical response to The Evening Standard article: “Knowledge: why the rich will just keep on getting richer across the globe.”   I don’t believe in the inheritance tax. I believe that my children should expand the dynasty I build for generations to come. Wealth is passed through the familial linage and so usually, rich people give birth to future rich people. The question should no longer be asked “why are the rich so rich?” They are rich because they have more resources than they could possibly consume and their abundance of means means that they will always be able to accumulate more wealth. In my warped sensibility which I feel compelled to share with you, even this is ok. But, this is not the question we should be asking ourselves. The article I have decided to comment on and the book they were critiquing [in order to keep your attention] missed the point. The questions we should be asking are “Will the poor keep getting poorer?”  Can we sustain our existence [as the entitled] if we are surrounded by abject poverty? And, in a world where wealth begets wealth how do we create wealth where there was none recently? How do we get a poor person to give birth to a rich person? The article pointed out that as we live in a knowledge based economy the rich,...

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It’s not an easy road

Hello everyone. My name is Peter Campbell. I am the Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. We are primarily a recruitment and relocation consultancy with outsourcing relationships with immigration consultants and lawyers. We have recently made a foray into the provision of mental health services but our primary business is the recruitment and relocation of shortage area workers for British Industry. For this reason we are seeking qualified Nurses and midwives, Mathematics Chemistry and Physics teachers, Engineers of all types as well as Social Workers dealing with children and families. These are all areas in which Great Britain is experiencing a chronic shortage and represents an opportunity for people from the Commonwealth to step up into a better life with the right support.  I must admit that since this company was formed in November of 2013 there have been challenges. We have done exploratory work which has revealed many obstacles in the path of our joint ambition [helping people from the Commonwealth get their foot in the door of British Industry.] We as a company need licensing in Jamaica to operate as an Overseas Employment Agency and the mechanics of this process has been time consuming. We also need REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) accreditation in the United Kingdom.  This accreditation will help our legitimacy to potential employers and the Jamaican government. In the initial stages we...

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A marriage of minds (Merger plans) 

When I came to the UK in 2009 I had eighty pounds in my pocket. I had big dreams of making it as an intellectual in the city. Those dreams were soon dashed to pieces by the realization that you needed money to realize your dreams. Ordinary people needed to work in order to have money and by working they never had time to realize their dreams.  The puzzle my mind was coming to grips with led me down a dark path towards mental ill health. On the tenth of the tenth in the year 2010 I was hospitalized suffering from a stress induced psychotic episode. It took a two month stint in hospital for me to begin to recover and another year before I could understand and relate what I had gone through. If I could pass on one lesson to a future immigrant it would be that they should not underestimate the mental toll that relocation could take on them. The immigrant should be praised for giving themselves to a new country and physically moving towards their dreams of a better world. In addition to praise they also need our support in integrating into the collective we call society. By helping our newly arrived neighbour we would better understand our own universal needs and how to satisfy them with the common resources which we would...

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