After the grand meetings in Santiago de Cuba and then in Salvador de Bahia, can they not find some time to huddle at home?
"Some might see these various expressions as typical of tendencies in the Caribbean politician’s inclination to erupt into noisy criticism of each other, and of “the intellectuals” as Sinkler has referred to Girvan and others, from time to time. But it could also be that, at this time, there is a certain nervousness all around about the general orientation of Caricom states’ development, and the prospects for real growth in the current global economic environment, an environment in which also, Caricom states feel somewhat isolated in terms of future sources of real assistance at a difficult time. An indication of this is the muted queries as to whether the CSME can be of any use in the pressures now being forced on Caricom states."
"Would it not be now useful for the heads of government to get together, and devote some unpressured, informal, discussion of the state of things at present, in an attempt to synchronise their approaches to some of these issues, and to make a collective clarification of where exactly we are with the CSME (notwithstanding the apparently firm 2007 decisions), and with the issue of where their injunction to the Caricom Secretariat to come to grips itself with the institutional restructuring now stands? After the grand meetings in Santiago de Cuba and then in Salvador de Bahia, can they not find some time to huddle at home?"
"Stabroek News", Wednesday,January 21,2009.