Barbados Bar Association and Michael Carrington
Several weeks ago Barbadians were promised the Committee of Privileges will determine if Speaker Michael Carrington broke House rules, we continue to wait. To any observer it appears to be business as usual and this matter like many others will shuffle along until the next general election is called where is will die. We hope not. Parliament will resume sitting on the 10 March 2015. The people, the servants of the political class in parliament will have to wait like dogs waiting for a bone.
Let us assume the report, if it completed, will confirm Prime Minister’s Stuart’s view that the Michael Carrington issue is a personal matter, and has nothing to do with parliament. It will confirm to many that public opinion is not a factor with this government. (The idea a political leader of Barbados would make such an idiotic statement continues to be incomprehensible to many and deserves greater national discourse)
BU is calling on the Barbados Bar Association (BA) to squarely address the issue of Michael Carrington. How many complaints have been received by the BA naming Speaker of the House Michael Carrington as the offender over the years? We are also asking members of the public who have been wronged to come forward. BU understands this is not the first indiscretion by Michael Carrington. The nonsense has to STOP. If our elected members of the political prefer to close ranks and ignore their obligation to the people, the people will have to explore options to seek redress.
Another questions for the BA: are you aware of lawyers who are able to win over the properties of unsuspecting clients? BU understands several prominent lawyers in Barbados have been able to take charge of properties, especially when senior citizens are involved with no family connection to bolster their personal financial state. If the BU household is aware that you must be as well.
We know the Prime Minister and cohorts do not understand that human beings are not only guided by laws but also a moral code, all animal do. It is not enough for the BA to list the number of complaints received. Tell us the runoff rate. The age of the complaints outstanding. How the inability of the Disciplinary Committee, a voluntary entity, to efficiently resolve complaints adds to the misery of the public when seeking satisfaction.
The BA needs to convince the public it is a body that has the interest of the public at its centre and not a public relations toothless tiger. A good place to begin to serve the interest of the people is to deal with Michael Carrington. How you ask Mr. Khan and Woodstock-Riley? Pull out those old cases gathering dust with his name on the files!