Acting Crown Counsel Elwood Watts Asks High Court to Block the Appointment of Attorney at Law Alison Burke

Chief Justice Marston Gibson, heads the Judicial and Legal Services Commission

The following extracted from the Sunday Sun September 23, 2012:

“A High Court is being asked to block the appointment of a Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In an unprecedented legal development, attorney at law Elwood Watts, who acted as Crown Counsel in the DPP’s office for the past six years, is seeking an injunction against the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Marston Gibson and includes Appeal Court Justice Sandra Mason and High Court Justice Maureen Crane-Scott.

Attorney at law Alison Burke, who was recently admitted to the Bar, was to take up the permanent appointment as Crown Counsel effective September 1. But in his court filings challenging the decision of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to ratify Burke’s appointment, Watts has complained that the position of Crown Counsel was never advertised as required by law. As a result, the former police sergeant who has been on secondment to the DPP’s office, said he never had a chance to secure the appointment.

Reports indicated that Burke, who was attached to the Ministry of Health as a staff nurse prior to her appointment, never had any experience in court proceedings. A date is to be set for hearing of the injunction.”

As is often the case, the half baked report deposited into the public space by the Nation newspaper has generated several questions in the BU household, questions which a little probing by a rookie journalist should have felt obligated to ask the relevant parties and laid bare for an unenlightened public.

Is this a junior or a senior position? The way the Nation puts it, it sounds like a senior position, but is it? Would it have required Holmes-like ability to have informed the public to enable it to ‘adjudge’ the matter?

  1. BU would be interested to know what are the conditions of such an appointment? Is it required that it be advertised? (Caswell?) How come the young lady could send in an application and was presumably interviewed and appointed – and the person acting, not know and do the same?

What modicum of legal knowledge is available to BU suggests that this is a matter of public interest and therefore the Nation newspaper does not have the usual escape route available to it by howling SUB JUDICE.

If we were to generously critique the report, it seems unbalanced and reflects an investigation of one side only. The newspaper appears not to have asked any questions of the DPP et al, including CJ Gibson. All questions which a worthy Fourth Estate should have felt entitled to ask in the circumstances. BU can speculate why from reading between the lines Elwood Watts feels he is entitled to the job.

BU and many others, except the so called Fourth Estate, have remarked critically MANY times on the delays coming from the DPP and how people are left on remand for YEARS due to failure to prosecute in a timely manner. This is not only the fault of the courts, but also the DPP. BU and many others, except the so called Fourth Estate, have remarked critically MANY times on the delays coming from the DPP and how people are left on remand for YEARS due to failure to prosecute in a timely manner. This is not only the fault of the courts, but also, largely, of the DPP.  Watts has been a part of that problem for 6 years. Unfortunately because of the lack of proper reporting by the Nation, we have to consider that he was passed over or not invited to apply because he was unsatisfactory as Barbados tries to upgrade its judicial system.

There is so much more which can be gleaned from the report but BU is only a blog so why bother.

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  1. I understand that the woman at Personnel Administration whatever she name is, is responsible for all the ignorance happening all over the Public Service. ( A WOMAN AGAIN–CHEESE ON BOTHERS)

    It seems that the world now start with she, the Public Service now starts with she. so that anything that she came and found is not valid. My own iterpretation of what I have heard is that if you have GCE -O Levels and A level, those are less acceptable now—you must have CXCs. Your degree if it is old, you inspite of whatever experience you have , are being by-passed. Get a today degree from UWI or you aint saying nothing. The world start when she assume the position so nothing gone before is valid.

    Bare folishness going on in the Public and the Lazy -ass DLP and its Prime Minister AINT DOING NOTHING ABOUT IGNORANT ASS PEOPLE IN POSITIONS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE. THESE PEOPLE ARE MASSIVE SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES LIKE THE WOMAN AT PERSONNEL . THE SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES ARE IN TURN APPOINTING MORE SQUARE PEGS IN OBLONG HOLES.

    Meanwhile people getting frustrated and going home early and this is having a dehablitating effect on Government’s coffers.

    The woman at PAD needs moving and bringing somebody else. –Simple !!! Freundel Stuart and his ministers dont seem to understand what going on or how to deal with um. They too busy trying to save their own craw with elections due . Things in Barbados————-Bad !!!

    The people in the Public are telling me that the Public Service in a Big Stinking Mess–I have many friends who are Public Servants, cousins who work in Government Offices and they tell me things bad bad bad . The supersession and qualification order along with a badly run PAD is causing stress in the various Government Departments.

    They say to Ask Caswell Franklyn–that he would know but Caswell is not with the BUPW anymore so how much can he know ??

    JUST ASKING !!


  2. @Over and over….. | September 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM. I would like that answered as well. WHY?

    I would also like to know why the Nation has slanted its report to make it look as if Gibson CJ, Mason AJ and Crane-Scott J are responsible. The adverting of the position within the DPP is the responsibility of the DPP, not of the panel. When the applicants are brought before the panel, those applicants are short-listed by the DPP, not by the panel. I don’t like these sorts of political games by newspapers. Shabby and tacky, is the best way to describe that report and I completely agree with David and BU. Half-assed reporting, but typical of the Nation.


  3. Reports indicated that Burke, who was attached to the Ministry of Health as a staff nurse prior to her appointment, never had any experience in court proceedings

    IF THIS IS SO HOW/WHY COULD THIS PERSON SECURE THE POSITION IN QUESTION. SEEMS THAT THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED/PREPARED.


  4. “Reports indicated that Burke, who was attached to the Ministry of Health as a staff nurse”

    So this lawyer was working as a staff nurse?Now she is going to be Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

    I will let others comment on this because I thought the DPP would want experienced lawyers.

    If a Nurse/Lawyer can be a Crown counsel, GP you could go home and be the CEO,head of internal medecine and surgery,chief pharmacist and Architect of the new QEH and be Bishop of Barbados on Sundays.


    • @Caswell

      Thanks

      Regarding your opening comment where you elected not to criticize your employer BU will let it pass:

      Do not kill the messenger: the Nation is merely reporting the facts without analysis.


  5. Do not kill the messenger: the Nation is merely reporting the facts without analysis. The Employment and Recruitment Code of the Public Service Act requires at paragraph 2 that vacancies shall be advertised, It states:

    2. Job opportunities or vacant offices shall be advertised or published within the Public Service or outside Barbados as the case may require and all relevant information in respect of a vacant office shall be accessible to prospective applicants and shall include:

    (a) the statutory qualifications required;

    (b) the duties, functions and responsibilities of the office;

    (c) the major terms and conditions of service applicable to the office

    (d) a description of the skills, competencies, experience and personal qualities required; and

    (e) the nature of the procedure of the selection process that shall be based on relevant criteria that are applied to all candidates.

    If as reported the Judicial and Legal Service Commission made the decision to appoint some one to fill the post of crown counsel without advertisement, it would be ironic that the Chief Justice presiding over a panel of judges would opt to ignore the law.

    This matter with Mr. Watts is not an isolated case; it is just that he had the guts to challenge the unlawful act. Just last week the same thing occurred at National Insurance and when the workers appealed to the NUPW, they were told that the union supported the decision.

    The law did not say, “may” it said, “shall” and as far as I am aware, it is mandatory to advertise vacancies in the Public Service. That provision was inserted in the legislation to legitimise supersessions but now it has come back to bite them in the tail.


  6. @Hants
    Re If a Nurse/Lawyer can be a Crown counsel, GP you could go home and be the CEO,head of internal medecine and surgery,chief pharmacist and Architect of the new QEH and be Bishop of Barbados on Sundays.

    MY FRIEND THANK YOU FOR REALIZING THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO ALL OF THE ABOVE.LOL


  7. “he was passed over or not invited to apply because he was unsatisfactory as Barbados tries to upgrade its judicial system”.

    David, your above assumption is just as bad as how you perceive the Nation writing. It is plain and simple since someone who was acting in the position or close to the position was overlooked and in comes a green horn and given the position. Maybe, the plan is to “nurse” the problems in the DPP. I agree with the Nation and Mr. Watts.


  8. @Tell me why

    Do you know what is the difference between a report and news? Because of the report in the Nation we are all ignorant of what is happening here. Have you seen Watts personnel file? Maybe you should before you begin to hold a firm position.

    BU is asking question, wish more of you would do the same.


  9. This Lawyer has “acted as Crown Counsel in the DPP’s office for the past SIX (6) YEARS.

    If he has not performed well enough to be appointed to the post after 6 years then his boss/supervisor should be fired.


    • Hants

      I agree with you but that is not the important issue. The real problem is not whether Mr. Watts is a good, bad or indifferent lawyer: it is if the Judicial and Legal Service Commission acted contrary to the law in filling the particular post. I copied and pasted the relevant paragraph of the Employment and Recruitment Code, in my comment at 6:17 pm, which suggest to me if no one else that the commission acted contrary to law in making this appointment. But that is not unusual in making judicial and legal service appointments even at the highest level.


  10. Do you know what is the difference between a report and news?

    Since we are all ignorant to the fact,…..we can say firmly that the REPORT is now making NEWS. BTW, did you see the appointee CV and past experience in the court system and how many cases she dealt with. Come on David, you are showing a glaring bias. How can Barbados upgrade its judicial system by overlooking experience with a neophyte.


  11. Caswell, yes the LSC has the power to appoint or in this case to disappoint. However, it is about time that a cap should be placed on the time someone should “act” in a position before being automatically appointed to the position. Next thing you are going to hear is someone being on probation for six years as in the case of Watts.


    • Tell Me Why

      A cap has already been placed on the time a person should act in a post. Section 13 (11) of the Public Service Act states:

      No established office in the Public Service shall be allowed to remain vacant for a period of more than one year except
      (a) permission to allow the vacancy is granted by the Governor-Feneral on the advice of the Service Commission; or
      (b) the office has been frozen by the Minister.

      This is another case where the Personnel Administration Division and a commission is ignoring the law when it does not suit them.

      To the Point

      I do not lie for my benefit. The lady involved was in fact employed by the former office of Supervisor of Insurance. There was no comparable post for her in the service and the PM as minister of the Public Service created a post at NIS and she was assigned to it.

      There are a number of problems with that procedure: the post that was created is that of Insurance Officer. No one has been appointed to that post at NIS without the certificate in social security (I think that is the name) from UWI. She does not have that qualification. Others that I can name have been denied a similar appointment because they did not have that qualification; the Public Service Act does not allow the PAD to just assign a person to a permanent post on a permanent basis unless there were interviews. This is mandatory.

      To the Point don’t accuse me of inappropriate conduct unless you first get your facts straight. By the way, did her appointment have anything to do with the fact that her recently deceased father was a former president of St. James South Branch of the DLP. Don’t trouble me: I know more than you think.


    • @Caswell

      Are you aware what has been done or is to be done to the lady who was sent home from the Supervisor of Insurance who blew the whistle on the CLCIO mess? Are taxpayers still paying here all this time?


    • David (11:25)

      As far as I know, that lady is still on Government’s payroll. She is professional and neither party treated he well. She trained the last three or four supervisors of insurance and did not merit the appointment even though she was qualified for the post. An equitable solution is not being sought for her because she does not have the appropriate party passport.


  12. @Caswell

    you are misleading the blog. The woman was employed at the supervisor of insurance office, and chose not to go with the fincanical service authority, she is an appointed officer and was home drawing a salary all this time, the decision was taken to have post established in NIS where she could be appointed to, and it turned out that it was at the level of inspector two more increments than what she was getting after being home all this time. Thats not the way to try to
    get members. Mr. Franklyn.

    Remember she ahad an appoinment in the supervisro of insurance office


  13. @David

    after three years acting in a post a person is entilted to pension as that leve.. i dont know the gentleman, but if he is allowed to act for six years and he was not performing then his supervisor or those who fail to act shoud be dealt with

    The public service act when enacted deemed that person who had acted for three years at decemeber 31, 2007 should be appointed where there was a vacancy. The act should be amended to appoint all those persons who have acted for three years. Managers need to be honiest when workers are not performin, but there is so much incest it cannot happen…


  14. @David

    the post should have been advertised as mandated by law and all persons that were interedted should have an opportunity to apply, That posioon is a junior position, but something seems fishy that she went into the position appointes, when other people normally acts first. Was there politics involved in this one

    there is a case at NSC where one of the banfiled girls was doing sessional work for over 11 years and there is a clear vacancy and the Board wanst to appoint someone who is considered a johny come lately.


    • @to the point

      BU is aware when it comes to government all is not always black and white, it is why we have questioned the report produced by the Nation. A report which tells us nothing.

      Caswell’s point remains though, why did the Commission appoint the lady if the post was not advertised.


  15. @David

    regardless of the experience rquired for this entry level position(i am sure that caswell can check the statutory requirments for such a post) the act states that such post must be advertised, i dont know if there was a change bit the act also stated that no post should remain vacant for more than a year, and if i were a public officer and i acted in a vancat post for more than a year i would challenge the government should it try to appoint someone ahead of me

    persons who deal with personnel, such as personnel administration should know that act by hear, The members of the Judicial Services Commission should have asked was the post advertised according to the act, remember i am assuming that mr. watts case is correct that it was not advertised. This case was mentoned during the training for the PRDS at gynasium last week and those lawyers present had a field day on it.


    • Why would this matter go to court unless there was a deviation by the government from the regulation. Would love to read Watts file to establish the basis for acting for 6 years and what he/government did about it.


  16. @Caswell Franklyn,
    You are guided by your considerable knowledge of Civil service rules etc. but as man, it is completely absurd to allow a person to “act” in a position for more than one or two years without evaluating the person’s performance with a view to appointing them to the position.


  17. @caswell

    i might know more than you think also. You are forgetting one thing, the Pm responsible for Civil Establishment has the authority to equate the experience. my question to you is, what level was her post in the supervisor of insurance office

    You know full well that u r courting nis staff and hence you are taking such a harline position. The woman had a position in the service and what would you have done to her, where else would you have place her. This is not the first time sometime like this has happened. i dont care who her father was and which party he had belonged to. a solution had to be found and that was the best solution in the circumstance, but done you come here trying to destroy the reputation of a union which ahd emplyed you. The Union agreed that that was the best outcome. What should happen is that the union should fight for the oppoinment of the officers who u claim have been acting for such a long time

    you must not twist things to suit your purpose.


    • I am not twisting anything to suit my purpose: I am merely pointing out what the law requires. I did not past the Public Service Act; as a matter of fact, I was one of the few that opposed it. The procedure that they adopted would have been lawful under the provisions of the 1978 Public Service Regulations that were repealed by the new act. You can’t change the law and then go back to it to find a solution for your friends.

      The Minister with responsibility for the Public Service can create a post but he has no authority to fill it. It is the duty of the Public Service Commission to fill the post and they must start the process by advertising the post as required by law.

      Incidentally, I am not courting NIS staff using this issue. They called me because they were let down by the response from NUPW which supported the breach of the law.


  18. @Hants

    those persons who do not have an until further notice acting appointment, have evaluations sugmitted every six months by their supervsors, before the 2007 act people could have destiyed people caree by telephone, but persons must now see any report written and must state whether they agree or disagree with such a report.


    • So a story is beginning to emerge here. We have a government employee who may or may not be qualified for the Crown Counsel’s job. Her status is one of ‘unplaced’ because of the establishment of the FSC and the subsequent merger of the supervisor of insurance office with the FSC. Hmmm, not so straight forward now is it? In the private sector if a similar situation occurs the lady get priority placement if qualified, the person who is seconded would have to give way. But this is the public service…lol.


    • @Caswell

      Not confusing the issue, simply doing a comparison with private sector. At this stage as far as this matter is concerned we are asking questions and debating the issue. That’s is all!


  19. @Caswell

    I asked you a question, what was the minister for responsibility for the service to do, that lady had a post to shich she was appointed. People call you what. You get on this blog and parade as being so righteous and u benifitted from political patronage and therefore has no legitimacy to talk on such issies.
    Do u belive that u r the only persons on this blog know whats happening, if you think so continue to fool yourself.


    • @Caswell

      Thanks, this is a very unfortunate situation. Someone needs to understand that although she is getting paid it must be an unnerving situation she finds herself. Not good at all. The PM really needs to clean up the civil service but unfortunately he does not have the time now.


  20. David

    If you are not confusing two issues then you have a mistake in the comment, you should have said that she may or may no be qualified for the post of INSURANCE OFFICER at NIS and not crown counsel as you stated.


    • @Caswell

      Stand corrected, it was a fair assumption to make but this is the civil service which as you have been saying for a long time cannot avoid the tentacles of the politicians.


    • BU understands the comment also that the Commission is about selection and not about whether the post was advertised but this is Barbados and if the CJ is serious about getting the right people in the right jobs he needs to accept that there is a culture which has to be managed.


    • Also what is interesting is that this matter is known to several of the bloggers, what does this tell us? How can we be serious about building our country?

      @Tell me why

      Hope you are reading with understanding to appreciate that all that glitters is not gold. The only way things will change is to bring it to the public a la AX it seems. A shame!


  21. To the point

    Winton Campbell had a post to which he was appointed; the nurses and other employees at QEH had posts to which they were appointed; the people at the Airport had post to which they were pointed; the thirteen people at UDC had post to which they were appointed. You get my drift. The Minister creates or abolish posts: he does not fill them.

    By the way, when I was involved in politics, I never hid my affiliation. But even now you are letting your political affiliation blind you to what is legal. Mind you, I did not say what is right. The politicians like you should seek to change the law to ensure that what is legal and what is right coincide, not ignore the law when it suits you. That is the beginning of anarchy.


  22. To The Point—you are defending you employer NUPW,you like me are retired but you are still employed by nupw and you have the experiene of working with the Auditor General –you know you are wrong but you keep covering up for union friends ,youwerealso an executive member under Harper,Small,Drakes,and Maloney –you also served on the NIS tribuneral represting NUPW .do not miss lead bu on these matters you and your friend balance


  23. Regardless of however it is spun, it would appear on the surface that Mr. Watts has a case. These situations often occur in Barbados with the hope that they will not see the light of day or be challenged through fear, emotional distress or the likihood of intimidation in the future.

    The webs spun often trap the unwary, hence those with the final word in making appointments always have to be on their guard. Even if he is successful, will it make a difference, I doubt it and therin lies the sadness. Qualifications, merit, honesty, integrity and ability matter little if you are not connected to the right set or sub-set and as a Nation we will continue to do so until there is a fundamental change in the way things are done in Barbados.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    I must disagree with Caswell’s comment. September 23, 2012 @ 10:00PM
    . . . “The real problem is not whether Mr. Watts is a good, bad or indifferent lawyer” . . .

    The Law should be followed it is true as a framework has been set for appointments but within that framework it states:
    (d) A description of the skills competencies, experience and personal qualities required and

    (e) the nature of the procedure of the selection process shall be based on relevant criteria that are applied to all candidates.”

    I therefore put it that the relevant criteria here are skills as a Lawyer since this is a Legal Appointment and if he/she is “good, bad or indifferent” in exercising those skills. It therefore matters and is of “great importance” if he/she is good, bad or indifferent. as clearly those are within the requirements of (d).


  24. “Her status is one of ‘misplaced’ because of the establishment of the FSC and the subsequent merger of the Supervisor of Insurance office with the FSC” mixing up yourself David, two different scenarios -read the comments carefully.


  25. @caswell

    when you were placed in a position paying you over five thousanand dollars a month, without even a degree, and people with qualification have to start in much lower positions paying much less, u had no problem. At the end each year u were eligible for a contract gratuity of over 10 thousand dollars, an intereste free loan of thirty five dollars now 50 000, a fixed travelling allowance of almost four hundred dollars a month, which was not taxed at the time as well as a telephone allowaance and what people lije you paid to do, nothing.

    you got the gall to talk about political interference among other things, you have no legitimacy to speak to such.

    @Erice
    I am not Charles Skeete, I think he supports the BLP, so come again. But it does mot matter who we are, blogginh allows us to be anonymous.


    • Can we stay away from trying to identify people please?

      @balance

      The point here is that a Commission comprised of our top lawyers presided over this transaction.

      The point is here is a lawyer who acted in the role for 6 years which should not have occurred.

      The point is the female is ‘known’ to the establishment.

      The point is as Yardbroom hints, it matters not the qualifications of this man, the transaction is now bound in legalese.

      How can our system improve if decisions are not allowed to be made on the merit of the case? This is a point Caswell has made repeatedly, too much politics, to much school tie. As Bush Yea would say, we are doomed.

      This is why when BU read the innocuous report in the Nation we felt that there was a lot the public should have been exposed to without violating any sub judice protocol.


  26. @David

    there is an article in the nation about this young lady who is turning heads on the runaway that was raised in an orphanage, i believe that is an article that you can reproduce here to let us see how the bloggers would comment on it.


  27. The public service act when enacted deemed that person who had acted for three years at decemeber 31, 2007 should be appointed where there was a vacancy. The act should be amended to appoint all those persons who have acted for three years. Managers need to be honiest when workers are not performin, but there is so much incest it cannot happen…

    THIS IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO DO BUT WAS BLOCKED BY UNIONS WHO PLAY POLITICS . THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO APPOINT ALL PERSONS WHO WERE ACTING BUT THE UNIONS BLOCKED.

    THE IDEA OF ADVERTISING POSTS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE IS STUPID —
    PEOPLE SHOULD BE APPOINTED BASED ON APTITUDE , EXPERIENCE AND SENIORITY.
    THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH DOING IT SO—NOTHING AT ALL. IT WORKS !

    WHEN PEOPLE REACH A CERTAIN LEVEL , THEY SHOULD BE TRAINED AND RETRAINED. SOME POSITIONS DO NOT NEED A DEGREE; PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING PLUS MENTOR-SHIP CAN DO IT.
    ALL THE PRESENT SITUATION IS DOING IS CAUSING PEOPLE TO GET DEGREES THAT THEY DONT REALLY UTILIZED IN THEIR JOBS AND CREATING CONFUSION AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROCESS. THE PEOPLE WITH DEGREES FEEL THAT THEY SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHERS. THE ONES WITHOUT FEEL INFERIOR AND FEEL THAT PEOPLE WITH DEGREES KNOW IT ALL –THERE ARE SUPER HUMAN—PURE FOLLY

    BARBADIANS ARE IDIOTS—-


  28. @Jan

    i agree with most the things u have said, there are some idiots with degrees and there are some people whose experience make those with degrees look like asses. If the unions had objected to such, there must be a reason. I will return to this point later, but i think that the act should be amended to appoint all persons who have acted for three years or more.


  29. @David
    The lady should have been placed in the position an allowed to act for a time and be assessed, How do u appoint someone to a position with no experience in the area, the prasctice is u act and a report is written every six months on persons acting. By appointing her, if she is not up to scratch there is very little that can be done afterward, She cannot be placed on any probation if she has a first appointment to that of a nurse.


    • @To the point

      Understood but we also know that Watts has been acting for six years BUT on secondment. We also know that there is no robust performance management system practised in the public service. What BU is getting at here is how do we remove the mountain of inefficiency and legal maze which tantamount to more of the same. How can we appoint a Commission led by Gibson to move change BUT the system which it feeds from remains the same?


    • To the Point

      Your comment at 8:25 – Who is misleading whom now. That comment is an absolute lie and you ought to ask David for forgiveness.

      David

      If you have access, you can check the Public Service (General) Order, 2008 which was published as S.I. 2008 No. 113 which came out in the Official Gazette No. 105 dated 11th December, 2008, and you will see on page 102 under the heading of “National Insurance Department” at item 26 that there are five post of Insurance Officer I, and at item 35 there is one post of Insurance Officer I.

      I cannot afford the luxury of lying: I use my own name.


  30. @David

    i am not disagreeing with u, i dont know anything about watts, if he is not performing he should not be allowed to act for so long, all i am saying why woulld she be brougt into the position appointed, and not appointed to act thats what i am interested to know


  31. Does anybody know how many acting positions are currently on government’s payroll and how those positions are distributed across the public sector?

    @To the point

    We are on the same page, the reason for this blog.


  32. When the law of Barbados was changed at 2 am to accommodate the appointment of the CJ, some of us on BU wondered if he would be beholden to those who changed the law for him.

    Was this far fetched or can we now say that he now has to do what his masters say?

    This matter aside, on the other hand, can we say that this government in its dying days are putting their people in place with long contracts to frustrate the incoming government. One glaring case is Dr Leroy McClean!


  33. @Prodigal Son. The CJ and the panel are presented with a list of interviewees. It is not their job to enquire if the proper process has been gone through to arrive at that list. They have the right to expect that it has been by the people or person whose job it is to do this. Their job then is to interview the applicants sent to them and to decide which is best suited for the job.

    I am aware that the Nation, with its own brand of “reporting” has done its best to make it look as if there is some conspiracy involving the CJ and other members of the judiciary to keep Mr Watts out of a job to which, according to Mr Watts, he seems to feel an overriding entitlement. And I have been just waiting for someone to try to connect the change in the law to ensure that no unmeritorious challenges to the CJ’s appointment could be made, with this issue. But they are NOT connected and no amount of political wishful thinking will make them so.

    Trust me when I say that the CJ’s honeymoon period has now expired and the time is here when many of us who supported, encouraged and applauded his appointment are going to be taking a long hard look at his report card. And, from the looks of it, finding it sadly wanting. From what I can see, the CJ, at this stage, can be described as being NATO – No Action Talk Only!

    But this Watts issue is not one that I can attach blame to him (or the other judges) for. And believe me that I have little time for Crane-Scott and if there was any blame to be attached there, trust me I would attach it. But there isn’t. Not so the idiot whose job it was to advertise the vacancy.


    • Amused

      You are mistaken with respect to interviews by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. If the commission had appointed a panel to conduct the interviews, you would be correct. However, this is not about any interviewing panel: the matter at hand is that the Judicial and Legal Service Commission did not advertise the post as required by the Employment and Recruitment Code of the Public Service Act. That is the first hurdle that the commission must surmount.


  34. the post of Crown Counsel is a junior post but persons usually have to working in that post for at least five years in order to be appointed to it. the person will need training, so after some time if that attorney is not up to scratch in the drafting of laws of winning law cases, then they should not be appointed to the post. i find it really strange that someone who is qualified but never acted in the post was appointed to it yet the person who would have have the experience and qualifications was never given the opportunity. but he is policeman. i remember the police woman in 1996 Brenda, i think hers surname was Clarke, was acting in the post of crown counsel for 5 years and doing a pretty good job but due to the fact that the other attorneys were against here working there and they showed it, she was reverted to police constable instead of being appointed to Crown Counsel, after working there for 5 years!!! i suspect that Alison Burke is related to someone at AGs office or AGs just wants to get rid of Mr. Woods.


  35. CORRECTION

    …after some time if that attorney is not up to scratch in the drafting of laws OR winning law cases, then they should not be appointed to the post.


  36. @Prodigal
    Would it be asking too much of parliament to enact a law which states that all political appointments(or however you choose to pin point the problem)be declared null and void at the dissolution of parliament.If the incoming party wishes to re appoint so be it,but any such person must know his or her position has a finite term.In the final analysis its we the taxpayers who must foot the bill if the incoming party wishes to remove the person from offfice.


  37. @ Amused

    “The CJ and the panel are presented with a list of interviewees. It is not their job to enquire if the proper process has been gone through to arrive at that list. They have the right to expect that it has been by the people or person whose job it is to do this. Their job then is to interview the applicants sent to them and to decide which is best suited for the job.”

    I would be interesting to know who were the other applicants.


  38. Hello David of BU,
    How come you blatantly refuse to publish the photos that a fellow blogger emailed to you showing OSA lying down on the ground in mud outside John Moore’s shop yesterday, Sunday 23 September 2012 ?

    But you rushed to publish Dr. Estwick’s letter to Arni Walters.

    Is that not bias on your part ?


  39. @Enuff. Given the controversy, so would I – and a lot more details too. It has become a matter of national interest, almost like the Alexandra School issue. Hopefully they will find a cheaper solution this time, but, given legal costs, court time, possible restitution etc., I would not necessarily bank on it.

    @David. Maybe WHATS GOING ON would be so kind as to post these pictures. As, despite all the doodoo the government seems intent on doing and in default of Mia leading the BLP, I am backing Freundel, so I would be VERY interested in these photos.


  40. @ What’s Going on
    If You think that BU family is FOOLS like THE OSSIE MOORE PARADE of duffer and unmannerly duffetes..like like…to believe David BU ent know a doctored photo from nay…..your arse wants DOCKING…..send it


  41. Prodigal son
    ‘David,
    Dont fall victim to the Dems’ hoax, the pictures are said to be photoshopped!’

    thats what you want the stupid to believe!


  42. If someone had sent DAVID pictures of Stuart laying down in the mud outside John Moore bar, he would publish them with haste, photo shop or no photoshop.


  43. @ Carson
    If someone had sent DAVID pictures of Stuart laying down in the mud outside John Moore bar, he would publish them with haste, photo shop or no photoshop.
    **********************************
    But of course….have ever heard sometimes a reputation supersedes you….Carson we all know you to be a regular at Ossie Moore Bar….where all the turtles and jackasses congregate in belleville….I bet you like to roll in the mud too …Do you think I need a picture photoshop or not ,to believe you n your partners en arms be there n drunk too?….You are a mercenary and leach on the Govt purse…Do you think others in BU need me to remind them of this .NO….see somethings go without saying…..


  44. Seems my observation at 1.02pm has come to pass.On the 4.30pm VOB news someone was awarded about $900k for an unfair dismissal.Seems the person was given a 5 year contract by the B’s only to have it overturned and the person dismissed as one of the first orders of business by the D’s.Who pays?The stupid taxpayer of course.There oughta be a law!


  45. This is crass ignorance.I really would like to know who is the Judge who awarded George Edgehill – a Big,BLP Stooge – close to a million dollars for hiring someone without consulting his superiors,one day after a new government was voted in.

    This is what I feared would happen on the bench after Arthur went and placed all of his people – qualified and unqualified on the bench.

    Decisions coming out of these high courts seemingly have now gone to an all time low.

    There is some much to hate about the nefarious action of the Owen Arthur administration – and one of the worst which is still wrecking great havoc is arthur stacking his henchmen and women all over the civil service especially,in key appointments,and worse of all doing so even up to after elections was called.

    That man should be banished from the same space and environs of decent bajans.

    Go to hell man yuh duppy yuh!


  46. This blog is about the courts. So can someone tell me if we are serious about crime. In Barbados Todays page 3 a story says that Michael Taylor a convicted killer of an old shopkeeper on Bush Hall main road in 1984 will walk free tomorrow at 45 years old. Now you see why young people will kill because they will still enjoy a good life after spending time in prison.
    This is not good he was 17 years and only spent 28 years for a life sentence for beating an old lady in her head with a blunt object.

    On that I say let go Garcia too


  47. @Mash Up
    Buhbaydus was going along very well until EWB decided he wanted as numero uno to have a say in who is and is not to be a judge,a permanent secretary,and almost all of the top echelons of the public service in Buhbaydus.He took heavy criticism and gave heavy criticism to all his perceived opponents including the church against which not even the gates of hell will ever prevail.EWB lost his popularity and despite heavy blows inflicted by the BLP,that group never repealed the enabling legislation,not even to this day.What OSA did was use the EWB means of influence to similarly determine a like outcome.If you wish to admonish therefore let him who is without sin cast the first stone.So who mek de law mister Mash Up!


  48. I see another victim has contributed to some lawyer’s high standard of living. Imagine the lawyer holding on to the woman’s money all these years and he citing “financial problems”. Why is the lawyer not identified? If that was some peon The Nation would have published chapter and verse about the individual but the lawyers must be protected.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/100-000-owed/


  49. go ahead blame Owen Arthur for everything. –Mr Mash up and Suck wack

    blame him for fathering you too
    wha’ yuh doan blame e fuh dah too ??

    JUST ASKING


  50. I overheard a woman who works in the Service saying that a lot of dry pussy women in charge in the Public Service and that is why it so confused.

    Now I dont know what she means by that statement or what she is saying

    She went on to refer to one of the very prominent women in the Public Service as a dry-up slut who is miserable confused and dont know nothing about what she doing.

    Very alarming !


  51. @ Mash Up
    This outcome is not surprising. The government knew long time that they had no case when the Special Opinion requested from a high powered QC came to the same conclusion as the Judge. I hear even the government’s own lawyers had advised them to settle, but Thompson loved drama and that he got.
    Landate, 3S etc next?

    @ David
    GE’s firing was front page too.


  52. How is it Mr. CJ Gibson that George Edghill’s case could have a decision ,and cases filed before that case are still to be heard or decided? You said that 3000 cases are before the Judges and 300 are before the Court of Appeal which you head. What are you going to so about the cases filed before Edghill’s? Will the cace filed by Symmonds and Nicholls Attorneys-at-law against the Government heard before the 3000??? Are any decisions before the Appeal Court oustanding for more than 6 months?? Are any of the 3300 cases personal injury cases?


  53. David
    This is the court system that you trust to insist that we take up 60 million dollars and hand over to Barrack?
    Don’t you find it passing strange that these cases can be fast tracked before other cases involving legitimate citizen rights which are lost in the system?
    Can’t you smell a scam that is so close to your nose…?

    @ Amused
    Did Bushie not proclaim the new CJ to be a NATO ambassador months ago? – No Action Talk Only.
    He is now fully part of the problem. Any change agent worth their salt would have outlined broad standards and guidelines after three months.

    As Bushie says….. Our 11 plus exam WORKS!
    When you see our “leaders” coming from the ones identified by the 11 plus as ‘average performers’ you can expect the kind of leadership we are seeing. No matter how nice, well intentioned, and kind hearted they are.

    Our courts are so shabby that Bushie is even afraid of the ones that retail furniture and electronics…..


  54. Thanks Sargeant for the link…….We need to name and shame these lawyers and law firms. I done say if ever I am selling my property NOT ONE CENT going into any Lawyers account. Dem like the thiefing contractors and builders we got bout here.


  55. @Bushie

    Let’s put it like this, the CJ has gotten out the blocks sluggishly, can he pull the choke to generate top end speed in the middle of the race? Was this his strategy from the beginning? We will soon know, year one.


  56. @Sargeant & islandgal

    The big question is why would the system allow Cottle Catford to dissolve its partnership and client’s monies which should have been in escrow not be used to liquidate outstanding obligations?


  57. @Sargeant & islandgal

    The big question is why would the system allow Cottle Catford to dissolve its partnership and client’s monies which should have been in escrow not be used to liquidate outstanding obligations?

    What about Pilgrim’s report?


  58. So GE cash out? If I remember his appointment to an Agency which from all reports was dysfunctional was on the eve of the last Election and riled the DLP. Perhaps all Gov’ts should refrain from appointing political partisans to contractual positions in sensitive posts if an Election is due within six months of the date.

    Just my two cents


  59. @David

    Back in the day Cottle Catford was a “big” player as solicitors firms go but I don’t know anything of their recent history.

    I have said several times on these pages that client’s money should be held in a separate “Trust” account and the law firm should be made to account for its holdings on a quarterly basis. In Ontario the client’s money is deposited in a Trust account and is only dispersed to the benefit of the client. If the Bank makes an error and debits these accounts for any reason the lawyer will go ballistic as the Service charges accruing on these accounts are charged to the Lawyer’s General account and they are subject to surprise audits by the Law Society’s Governing body. If there are any discrepancies the lawyer will have some explaining to do, if it is not reasonable he/she will likely be suspended pending a hearing.

    No law firm should be holding a client’ s money for six years unless there was a legal dispute which was outstanding. Barbados likes to think of itself as a country on the edge of the “First World” but many accepted practices make it firmly “Third World” and slipping.

    As usual I am not a lawyer, don’t even play one on TV


  60. @ Sargeant | September 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM |
    “Perhaps all Gov’ts should refrain from appointing political partisans to contractual positions in sensitive posts if an Election is due within six months of the date.”

    Why don’t you come out and call a spade a political spade?

    Say that you are very concerned that a similar thing could happen to your buddy Leroy McClean. Thing is, he has a watertight contract to legally protect him with for years of guaranteed income in case of ‘guaranteed’ dismissal. But he will have to wait in the queue just like Barrack and so many others.


  61. Gabriel Tackle

    I hear you loud and clear.When yuh start wrong yuh will end up wrong so if as you say Barrow started it he was wrong and now look what we have.However nothing Errol Barrow did back then can compare to the damage Owen did to the civil service during his 14 years of terror.
    I suppose because we had more principled men and women in the service then and not persons just looking for their 30 pieces of silver the damge might have been blunted.

    On this Edgehill case,isn’t this Jackie cornelius woman the judge in this case also the first judge in the Barrack case before she went on maternity leave.

    I would like to know what sort of private practice this woman had before she became a judge,how many years as an attorney.Is this a reward for her husband ralph thorne who has since returned to the BLP fold?

    All these things make me very angry because it is we the tax paying public who end up holding the dirty end of the stick.

    Every damn government and corporation politicised to the max since Arthur get his hand on it.Steupes!


  62. To emphasise the point, it has taken Edghill and Sir Richard four years to run this matter through the court system. It took Sir Richard seven years to run Jippy’s matter through the court.

    Then we have other matter which languish in the Court system more than 15 years.

    Where is the justice?


  63. @Miller
    Say that you are very concerned that a similar thing could happen to your buddy Leroy McClean. Thing is, he has a watertight contract to legally protect him with for years of guaranteed income in case of ‘guaranteed’ dismissal. But he will have to wait in the queue just like Barrack and so many others.
    **************
    You tell some wonderful tales but this time you have outdone yourself, you told a tale out of school. I have met Dr.McClean on one or two social occasions but would hardly consider him a ‘buddy” as I’m sure he doesn’t know my name. My point however is the phrase “wait in the queue” which is a veiled threat to dismiss him if the BLP wins and the inevitable law suit that you know will follow, and since you used the word “buddy” tell your buddy OSA that he should turn a new leaf and show everyone that being vindictive was a thing of the past


  64. @ Sarge
    Ya see that is where you soooooooooooo wrong…..ck again ..D sensible who readin me…hint how long it tek D chief electrical engineer?….water-tight nuh….better look for a parachute fa ee..LOL


  65. @ Mash up and buy back

    “Every damn government and corporation politicised to the max since Arthur get his hand on it. Steupes!”

    Come on, Mash-up, wha yuh talking ’bout? You guys seem to think that this administration has been transparent in its operations. Nonsense. The very same things they talked against, they are doing. Let us talk about being political.

    • Ruedon Eversley, DLP press secretary, Director of News and Current Affairs at CBC;
    • Maureen Holder – CBC;
    • John Lovell – CBC;
    • Derek Alleyne – Director, UDC;
    • Leroy McClean – CEO, BIDC;
    • Keith “Jolla” Barrow – Director, Drainage Unit;
    • Sandra Forde – General Manager, Transport Board;
    • Patrick Gollop – free money at Transport Board;
    • Donna Hunte-Cox – Director, NCF (but fall out of favour);
    • Dr. Delisle Worrell – Governor of the Central Bank;

    I could go on and on


  66. @Onions

    Again you politicos make mock sport at a serious matter. Examples can be cited which have been the result of court actions resulting in cost to taxpayers. Remember the three Arthur sacked from the QEH? It would be interesting to see the figure which successive governments have dispensed because of similar actions. As usual the ordinary folk are left to pay.


  67. @Casewell. You will do anything you can to try to put the CJ in the wrong, won’t you? Shades of the Jeff Broomes tactics you employed.

    @Bush Tea | September 25, 2012 at 7:36 AM. It is NOT passing strange. If it happened once, it would be a coincidence. Twice, even more so. BUT, it happens all the time. And that can only be defined only as CORRUPTION.

    Also, Bushie, to be fair to the CJ, he has outlined his proposed changes (or some of them). But these were (and sadly remain) outlines only and I see no signs whatsoever of implementation. The CJ talks about ADR and also about compulsory ADR, but I am yet to see any specific written brief from him outlining, IN SPECIFICS, how he proposes this be implemented. And the time is long past due now for him to step up to the plate.

    Also, Bushie, do me a favour and explain to Just Asking what is meant by “dried pussy”. You did it so well in the AX discussion – far better than I would have dared to, given the propensity for violence of SWMBO.

    @helpless | September 25, 2012 at 6:49 AM I don’t know if there are 300 outstanding cases before the Court of Appeal. But what I do know is that the Court of Appeal hands down only about a dozen decisions a year. I know of several people who have been waiting far in excess of the time stipulated in the Constitution for decisions from the Court of Appeal. BUT, lawyers are starting to bring constitutional motions and sooner or later these are going to hit the international press in a major way.

    @CCC. If the photos are sent to David and he posts them, or sends them to me, I can easily get an expert who will be prepared to be named to inspect them and see if they are photo-shopped or real. It can easily be done by experts, you know. And I just happen to know a few such experts. I will be happy to ask a favour of them. So just post the pictures and leave it to me.

    @David. So the firm is Cottle Catford. How the mighty have fallen. That used to be THE LAW FIRM. It was No. 1 for over 100 years with every major account going. But there have been a lot of problems there in the last several years. A LOT of them. One former partner of the firm was H. Michael Simmons and then there was a woman solicitor who had problems as well. Most recently, a big and contentious legal action between the present senior partner, Philip Nicholls and the former senior partner, St Clair Watson. But back in the day, as Sargeant has said, it was a major law firm. I would go further and say that it was THE major law firm. Hasn’t been so since about the mid 70s. Well, well well.


  68. @David
    The Civil List I had used did not have post of Insurance Officers 1, I subsequently checked and update one and find there are post of Insurance Officer 1 and II. I apoligise for referencing and outdated document.

    I also checked with NUPW and someone form the NIS personnel section and was informed the lady in quuestion held the appointment of Insurance officer 1 and no post was created, but her post was transferred to that department hence increasing the posts there by one and that was communicated to the staff, but caswell in an effort to confuse the situation entered the fray, clearly with the objective of stealing nupw members. If you know anybody at NIS ask them if the lady’s post was not transferred to NIS.

    Mr. Franklyn you owe this blog an explanation as to why you stated that a post was created, when it was tranferred.


    • To the Point

      You obviously do not fully grasp the concepts of transferring, creating abolishing post.

      The office of supervisor of insurance has been abolished by the creation of the Financial Services Commission. There are therefore no posts left to transfer. What took place was a ruse to placate or even deceive the NIS staff. Incidentally, an insurance officer at NIS and one at the Office of Supervisor of Insurance did not remotely perform any of the same duties.

      The PM was deceived into “transferring” the post. There was nothing to transfer. The duties are not the same. You would transfer a post if the portfolios are reshuffled and a department is allocated to another ministry. The new ministers did not spare the time to find out their roles and are constantly being deceived by senior public officers.


  69. These BLP people love to get their hands on taxpayers money.
    GE case somehow got fast tracked. I am surprised that he was not awarded $800million.
    All the Government has to do is to Appeal on some grounds or other and tie it up for another twenty years.
    I have a friend who has a divorce case going through the system SINCE 1992!!!! No such good luck for him.
    I had a friend who committed suicide in 1985 and the Coroners inquest was only held about three years ago.
    But this foolishness could get rushed through the Courtss in less than five years.
    Boy it is who you know!


  70. @Caswell
    you really think people here stupid. The post was transferred, how come u r now using the word tansferred when u said a post was created. The anme of the post was the same even if the duties were different. You can really stop misleading the nis staff and let them get on with their job.


    • To the Point (2:00)

      I do not think people here are stupid. Maybe, I did not make myself clear or you refuse to understand because it is not what you want to hear.

      There was no post to transfer from Supervisor of Insurance to NIS. A new post was created in NIS and through a process of deceit and trickery the PM was misled into believing that he was merely transferring a post. Post are transferred when there is a reallocation of departments; for example when the Drainage Division was created some of the posts at the Ministry of Public Works were transferred to the Ministry of the Environment. Public Works no longer has responsibility for drainage. In this case, the work of the Supervisor of Insurance was not transferred to NIS, so you really can’t transfer the post.

      The posts at the Office of the Supervisor of Insurance no longer exist, there were in effect abolished. I will repeat, they used the term transfer to deceive the NIS staff. There was no transfer of any post. That was a ruse to get around the law which requires that the post be advertised.

      I hope that I was able to explain what transpired to you, and you would realize that I did so without returning the venom.


  71. @To the point

    For the slow among us, how can a post which existed in a department that was made redundant through the establishment of a new agency be transferred to another unit? If you want to use the word transfer then it implies that the job function remained the same i.e.the job function at SOI remained the same at NIS.


  72. @ Sargeant | September 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM |

    Sarge, what kind of pontius pilate cock growing peter denial of a friend response is that?

    He will be dismissed whatever the financial consequences. How can an administration have as the head of a most important agency a known politician and a well heeled insider of the DLP?
    Are you mad or what? McClean’s appointment as CEO of the BIDC is purely political. He is clearly out of his depth and field. Any black belly sheep can see that.

    Why are you defending the indefensible? Leroy knew the risks before he took up the job. That is why he demanded a ‘sweetheart’ deal that would ensure a severance package equivalent to his CLICO namesake Leroy gratuity “Sweet Cakes” deal. For just 9 months of talking bullshit about the 1980’s-90’s mandate of assembling computers in an age of tablets and smartphones Leroy McDirty would be taking the Treasury to the cleaners for even more dirty money than Georgie the ‘ramsheep’ Edghill. He (Leroy the minister that never was) would be listened to more if he were to talk bullshit around building solar panels, small wind turbines and smart electronics lighting or even the export of surplus blackbelly lamb after meeting local requirements.


  73. All the talk about the speed of the court system in this case is a red herring to distract from the poor decision making of the late PM Thompson and his Cabinet.
    GE is only the beginning, there are 3 more cases against this same UDC pending a final decision. If wunna think George’s pay out big, think again.


    • @enuff

      It is not a red herring. It is a legitimate issue arising from the decision which has been discussed often on BU.


  74. @David

    You cannot abolish post and dont retire the holder of the post THAT IS APPOINTED DO U REMEMBER THE CAMPBELL GUY HIS POST WAS ABOLISHED. Thats the first thing. The post which the lady holds could not have been abolished else she would have been RETIRED AND WOULD NOT THEN BE ENTILTED TO A NEW POST. Therefore A post which was established under the Civil Establishment Order and to which she was appointed stood. we would you want the crown to continue to pay her for doing nothing. The decision was taken to tranfer her post, one to which she was appointed to NIS regradless to if the duities in the supervior of insurance officer differ fron those from NIS, Dont you think that she would have agreed that the job description would have to change to reflect the current situation.

    THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRANFERRING A POST AND ABOLISHING A POST. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BEWTWEEN CREASTING A POST AND TRANSFERRING ONE.


  75. you are not getting the whole picture. I will repeat. Having had the post transferred, the jd will be tailored to suit that of the NIS thats what I am saying.


    • So you are saying that the post was transferred in circumstances where there was not a need for NIS to increase staff strength?


  76. David (2:06)

    You are absolutely correct. Do not let To the Point confuse you. The Pensions Act only requires that a person should be retired if no comparable post can be found for the officer whose post was abolished. The posts of Insurance Officer at NIS is not comparable to the post of Insurance Officer that existed at the Office of Supervisor of Insurance. They only had the same name but their functions were as different as day and night.


  77. Mr. Franlyn

    The young lady’s post was transferred, it was not abolished and I hold my position on that. NO new post was created. There was a comparable post and hence her post was trqnsfered to that department.

    You are using the opportunity to confuse the NIS staff, at the meeting held with the human resources section,the staff were informed that the the transferred post would increase the number of insurane officers post and therefore they ware not being disadvantaged, but as usual you enetered the fray with the hope of getting members and therefore in your effort to do so, u have tried to discredit the union.

    why when you were drawing so much money as a PA u were not talking about right and wrong. I applaud the govt for transferring the post, instead of paying somebody to stay home to do nothing.

    This is my last discourse with u on this subject.

    @David

    has there been a resolution on the matter with Mr. Watts?


    • @To the point

      Why don’t you attack what Caswell is saying and leave out the ad hominems?

      Based on what Caswell stated, he seems to be making sense of the matter given the information posted so far.


  78. @David

    i dont know how old the lady is, she did not want to work with FSA and hence the govt found a similar name and tranferred to that department, The rule is that as londg as there is a similar post she could be offered, but there was no need to offer her one as she had one. Would you have preferred her to be pensioned off, and suppose she does not want to be pensioned off like what happened at the hospital what would you have done?


    • David

      To the Point is simply not telling the truth and knows very well that the young lady would not have gotten any pension and gratuity until she reached the age of sixty years. This is as a result of a misinterpretation of a provision of the Pensions Act, by the then Justice Waterman in the Winton Campbell case which was subsequently confirmed by the CCJ. Public officers whose posts are abolished are not now entitled to any payments until they reach 60 years of age. They will not get severance pay nor NIS unemployment benefits.

      Government has exploited that misinterpretation in respect off workers from UDC who they believed to be BLP supporters, but in this case, they did not want to hurt one of their own. That is why they used this intellectual sleight of hands to deceive the workers if NIS rather than go to Parliament and fix the problem created by the misinterpretation.


  79. @WHAT’S GOING ON ? | September 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM |
    “Hello David of BU,
    How come you blatantly refuse to publish the photos that a fellow blogger emailed to you showing OSA lying down on the ground in mud outside John Moore’s shop yesterday, Sunday 23 September 2012 ?”

    u flipping poppet if David would not publish them, then u put them on ur FACEBOOK page for us to see…that simple…won’t make any difference those DLP fat pigs will not be in power after elections. the same young people who voted for them primarily because of David Thompson are now disillusioned. many have said they will not vote for anyone but that’s their problem….it means that the BLP voters will be in the majority


  80. @mash up and buy back | September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM |

    “Go to hell man yuh duppy yuh!”

    BE CAREFUL WHAT U SAY. Remember David Thomspon said similar words to Owen Arthur and where is David Thompson today?

    Also a mechanic said similar words about David Thomspon and he died of a heart attack about 6 hours after saying the DT was a walking duppy.


  81. Mr. Franklyn you owe this blog an explanation as to why you stated that a post was created, when it was tranferred.

    if the lady was transferred to a post where there was none before, it meant that the post was created, then she was transferred into it. Caswell is correct

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