Submitted by Thomas A. Harper
There is much speculation as to whether the criteria that determines the eligibility of a person to serve as Chief Justice of Barbados will be manipulated to accommodate the appointment of the candidate favoured to fill that post.
To suggest that such a blatant act of self-serving connivance could even be contemplated by a government of Barbados regardless of party, would give rise to the frightening prospect that the end of democracy as was enjoyed under past regimes is now under serious threat.
Is it inconceivable that the integrity of our country could be irreparable tarnished simply to lend credence to a decision reached without the benefit of due diligence?
And is it conceivable that a person favoured to head our judiciary would endorse such a reckless disregard for established the accepted protocol, “that justice must not only be done, but seen to be done” by acceptance of the post in the face of such questionable contrivance?
Regardless of our political allegiance, we must concede that Barbados has been blessed with successive governments that in spite of varying degrees of aptness have maintained the integrity that has gained our country international respect.
Any government that squanders that hard earned integrity in order facilitate the appointment of a Chief Justice who turns a blind eye to such a display of legal skulduggery must be driven by a sinister ulterior motive the nature of which when revealed as it eventually must may be more catastrophic that we may want to contemplate.