The world is draining itself of good

We have to look forward to a long and terrible age of increasing and fearsome devastation.  I am sorry to be so gloomy but all the evidence is there.  Of course, we must seek – and indeed have even more incentive than before to salvage – joy, comfort, interest and achievement in our individual daily lives but, in general, humanity is fated to endure great misfortune on a growing scale.

For a start, the impact of global warming and climate change will increasingly visit the earth with natural disasters.  Category five, perhaps new category six, hurricanes will soon become the norm.  Trends increasingly noticed now – the melting of mighty platforms of ice, the gradual changing of ocean currents, the imperceptible rise of temperatures and sea levels – will reach their tipping points and suddenly unleash unprecedented disasters. The terrible suffering visited on the Caribbean in the 2017 hurricane season will be repeated more frequently.

What is worse is the destruction which man will inflict on his fellow man with increasing ruthlessness.  The growth of terrorism, the clash of faiths, are not avoidable.  Even less avoidable are the deadly conflicts which will take place over rapidly depleting resources, especially water.  Whatever civilized norms of behaviour between nations have been established after long endeavour will increasingly break down.      ….


What is real progress?

Having spent 52 years of my life in the sugar industry, including working closely with governments and regional institutions along the way, if there is one thing I have learned it is the extreme frailty of all grand plans.

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The New Year

It makes no sense trying to measure the joy which our grandchildren Jacob and Zoey give to my wife and I.

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Love, of course, it is love

When I was a child I had as good Christmases as any child ever had – the love of parents which anchored life, the tree with the star and the gleam of lights, the gifts in white pillow-cases found mysteriously early morning, the fat balloons flying and the decorated crèche, the spread of food and sweets and aromatic cake and even sips of wine allowed, the fragrances of Christmas, the hugs of old grands and aunts and tobaccoey uncles, the carols and immortal songs of Christmas, the sights and sounds of happiness.

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What we can agree on

Who can doubt that in Guyana in 2018 clenched fists of the past must be opened so that hands can reach out across embattled ground for the good of the nation.

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What is going to happen to sugar?

Earlier this year, in May, I wrote a column entitled ‘The miniaturisation of sugar’ which commented on the planned future of the sugar industry previously announced.

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