Things I learnt in Jamaica
- Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has stage 3 colon cancer. Hope Dr Phillips resigns soon for the sake of his welfare. His contribution in saving the Jamaican must never been forgotten.
- Dr Winston De La Haye, the Opposition PNP deputy spokesman on health, has been brilliant in providing constructive comments to help the government’s fight against COVID-19.
- Curfews are tough man. Especially when they start at 3pm and it is steaming hot.
- $JM900 for a dozen oranges? Come on.
- Whitfield Bun – THANK YOU!
- Speech radio is still number 1 in measuring the current mood of Jamaicans.
Things I learnt Globally
- New Zealand under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s stewardship is getting a lot of praise for its handling of COVID-19 which has resulted in low positives/death numbers. But we must remember that New Zealand is so geographically isolated. You just cannot compare air traffic to NZ with the volumes across Europe, Asia and Americas. Ardern continues to show she is a force to be reckoned with her decisive leadership. Ardern is known to call in to local radio shows to clarify any issues being discussed by journalists relating to COVID-19.
- The governments of Mette Frederiksen (Denmark), Heng Swee Keat (Singapore), Tsai Ing-wen (Taiwan), Angela Merkel (Germany) and Ardern are displaying the kind of sharp leadership that’s been lacking in far too many other countries during this crisis.
- Much as these daily press briefings across the globe by heads of governments & senior medical officials are welcome, I think such updates should be made in their respective parliament. Elected officials are essential staff; especially parliamentary leaders and those parliamentarians with responsibility for health and national security issues. Elected officials should be allowed to question their government’s actions and statements in real time and under oath.
- China is sending 20 tons of medical equipment to Israel.
- Debenhams (my favourite UK department store) on the verge of going under.
- Trump administration seized precious medical equipment destined for the Caribbean and Canada. Interestingly, Trump backed down when Justin Trudeau, Canadian PM, threatened to stop nurses – who work in the US but reside in Canada – from crossing the border.
- Cayman sold 20,000 COVID-19 test kits to Barbados.
- Bostwana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi wants to extend its state of emergency for another 6 months.
- India has transformed railways coaches into hospital wards that can host up to 40,000 patients.
- British Labour Party has chosen Keir Starmer as their new leader. Given this is the party that for decades lectured others about sexism it is ironic that Labour is the only major UK political party never to elect a female leader.