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John Barritt

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  • Celebrating a great yet quiet hero
    Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Celebrating a great yet quiet hero

    I know, Mr Editor, I said that I was going to stop writing for a time. But I trust you will allow me this exception, a tribute for an exceptional person: the late Dr the Honourable Clarence James, CBE, JP.

    We were not contemporaries, but...

  • National service’s cause for pause
    Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am

    National service’s cause for pause

    Readers will know that last week the Commission of Inquiry started its work in earnest, much of it preparatory at this stage, Mr Editor.

    I have had a decision to make and I have made it. I am going to stand down as a columnist and...

  • Consultation: what exactly does it mean?
    Apr 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Consultation: what exactly does it mean?

    Ps, Mr Editor, is an unusual way to begin a column. Postscripts are usually found at the end. But I want to begin this week with a follow-up to last week’s column.

    Consultation does have its sceptics, critics and detractors — and I want to...

  • Consultation must be real and genuine
    Apr 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Consultation must be real and genuine

    Inquiring minds want to know, Mr Editor, following last week’s column and recent events: OK, Barritt, any bright ideas on how consultation could work? Fair question.

    First, any attempt needs to be real and genuine. People will quickly...

  • Destined for failure right from the start
    Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Destined for failure right from the start

    The problem, Mr Editor, is that you really only get the one chance to make a good first impression. A second chance is, well, just that, a second chance, and if you are fortunate to get one in life, you try to make the best of it that you can.

  • Time to examine failing system
    Mar 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Time to examine failing system

    Words almost fail me, Mr Editor, so I won’t be so long this week. So much has already been said; too much in some cases, and so much of it nasty, ugly and unhelpful, and, sadly, said by some who hide behind the cloak of anonymity. Shame on them.

  • Division and discord in this debate was utterly predictable
    Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Division and discord in this debate was utterly predictable

    “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg ...”— Unknown

    I am no political consultant, Mr Editor, and with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get down to it. The business of...

  • Willingness to seek common ground would help us all
    Mar 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Willingness to seek common ground would help us all

    Compromise, collaboration and consensus are not four-letter words, as you well know, Mr Editor, but it sure seems like it when it comes to modern-day politics, if you get my drift.

    This can be one of the drawbacks to the Westminster system...

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