Since the beginning of the Trafigura scandal here in Jamaica [catch up here], it is noticeable that, if there are not many outright lies in this affair, there are certainly many people being “economical with the truth”, to use that celebrated expression.
At the moment, there is still a degree of fuzziness about the gift/bribe.
Continue reading Diggin’ deeper
Taking a break from the political meltdown here in Jamaica, I got a tip-off from a fellow editor in Rome about a new term for spellcheck mis-corrections: The Cupertino Effect.
The origin of the term, coined at the Language Log, is from the the common mistyping of “cooperation” as “cooperatino”. Bizarrely, certain spellcheckers offer “Cupertino”
Continue reading Writing wrongs
[cont.] Colin Campbell resigned.
I am not going to say that there is no corruption taking place; I would be crazy and stupid to say that.
- Colin Campbell, 1993 Gleaner Editors’ Forum
[Audio clip: view full post to listen]
Here comes the conman Coming with his con plan We won’t take no bribe,
Continue reading Chase dem crazy baal’eads
… is still a bribe.
[cont.] The money given by Trafigura Beheer B.V. to the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) was originally described by both parties as a donation. Since then, Trafigura realized that it was illegal in Jamaica for a company with a contract with the government to give contributions to that same government.
Continue reading A bribe by any other name
In the UK, the “silly season” in the media refers to the summer period when parliament is on recess. In Jamaica, I was surprised to note, the “silly season” begins when the politicians start gearing up for election.
The first sign for me was the huge headline in the Observer last week:
COMMUNIST PLOT IN
Continue reading Tis the season to be silly