Prime Ministerial Madness, and Robes that do not Bind

Submitted by George C. Brathwaite (PhD)

The independence of the CCJ and its fitness … should not be a matter in which there is any doubt. In assessing the independence of a court, one looks at the quality and the character of the judges of the court, the institutional arrangements for the selection of judges, focusing particularly on the absence of political involvement, as well as the independence and sustainability of the financial arrangements for the operation of the court. The CCJ meets these standards. – (Sir Dennis Byron, 2012).

Freundel Stuart of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), in what will likely be his last days as the beleaguered Prime Minister of Barbados, has proven once more that on awaking from his slumber, he would rather shoot from the hip while aiming recklessly, than gather his bearings and pierce the intended target with any precision.

Last Friday night, in a desperate attempt to rally the dwindling numbers of DLP supporters and to capture and keep those willing to risk their futures with another term under the DLP administration, Stuart suggested that should the DLP be returned to office, Barbados will be withdrawing from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final Court of Appeal.

Prime Minister Stuart narrow-mindedly stated:

Barbados is not going back to the Privy Council because we are not going backward; life goes not backward or tarries with yesterday. But once the Democratic Labour Party is re-elected to office, I am determined, to put Barbados on the same level as every other CARICOM country by de-linking from the Caribbean Court of Justice in its appellate jurisdiction. We went in first and we can come out first.” Plainly, this statement by Barbados’ 67 year-old prime minister is arbitrary nonsense!

Several years ago, one of the main architects of the CCJ – Sir David Simmons the former Chief Justice of Barbados and eminent jurist – indicated that the CCJ’s setting up was “not the product of some sudden or knee-jerk reaction to recent decisions of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC)” but in fact was a conscious decision. Indeed, since 1947 there were forthright discussions on claiming political, and self-evidently the sovereign independence that accompanies such, within the context of the wider Caribbean. Barbados, like all other Caribbean countries, has systematically through processes of decolonization and quest for self-determination operated on a drive for the type of political independence which further implies the autonomy for its legislative and executive affairs.

In my doctoral thesis, I made the point that the discourse and many actions by leading “national actors do not conform to the stated desire of the member states for deeper regional integration and integrated development.” The negative political posturing that can sometimes happen, occurred in Barbados with the DLP’s victory in 2008.

Issues of intra-CARICOM migration and CARICOM citizens living – legally or undocumented – in Barbados consumed the popular discourse over the next couple years to no one’s benefit. Hardly anyone in the region would forget the notorious and inglorious statement by then Prime Minister David Thompson (DLP), when he stated: ‘ever so welcome, wait for a call’. Thompson and the DLP sought to rid Barbados of numerous CARICOM immigrants who were actively and welcomingly contributing to Barbados’ economy and national development. In response, Barbados was accused by Guyana and other member states of abandoning the ‘spirit of CARICOM’ as it related to Article 45 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

This past weekend, the issue of Barbados attempting to walk away from the ‘spirit’ of integrated functionality in the Caribbean Community under the administrative guidance of the DLP is most staggering, particularly when measured against the episodes of a post-2009 era in which Barbados’ reputation became tarnished, and the exit of many CARICOM citizens put pressure on the availability of agricultural produce, other food items, and placed downward pressures on rising labour costs. Numerous households and businesses relying on the valuable input of CARICOM citizens living and working in Barbados were short-changed because of the exits and unnecessary deportations. Thousands of Barbadians were robbed of opportunities for enhancing localised commercial activities while cementing Barbados’ pivotal place in the regional integration movement.

Lest one forgets, it was none other than the Right Excellent Errol Barrow – one of ten Barbados National Heroes – that was a founding father and pioneer of formal integration relations in the region. Although Freundel Stuart prides himself in historical knowledge, it is a definite absurdity that this irksome leader should overlook the cautions of Errol Barrow who warned at his very last Heads of Government Conference of the Caribbean Community in 1986 that: “The promise of the regional integration movement … cannot be realised unless we [the national leaders] find new ways of communicating to the mass of our people the meaning and purpose of all our regional institutions.”

The CCJ came about in February 2001 and would not have become a reality in Barrow’s lifetime. However, and in Barbados, after the Caribbean Court of Justice Bill that was debated in 2003 in the House of Assembly and gained full consensus of the legislature, the CCJ became the final Court of Appeal for the island. The CCJ’s operational and juridical presence, both in its original and appellate jurisdictions, today points directly to bringing access and the ‘rule of law’ to the people of Barbados.

With the CCJ came the development of a Caribbean jurisprudence, providing nationals and foreign entities “the assurance fostered by the existence of an independent and efficient judiciary” together with the capacity to settle commercial disputes, to hear criminal and civil disputes at the appellate stage with the highest integrity and independence of the judiciary, and to lessen litigation costs.

Ironically but not surprisingly, Freundel Stuart is an attorney, and was the Attorney General of Barbados when Thompson made his offending statement and Barbados appeared to retreat from spearheading and upholding CARICOM’s Single Market and Economy (CSME). In these his dying days as primus inter pares and the legitimate Prime Minister of Barbados, Stuart’s statement about “not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes’ amounts to taking a ‘potshot’ at the judges of the CCJ. Is it a deliberate ploy by Stuart to distract the local electorate from the burning issues of economic mismanagement, wastage and administrative malfeasance that happened under his tenure?

Surely, with mere days left before voters take to the ballot box, it seems unwise and non-strategic to be reckless and gladiatorial when one can prefer to appeal to the passivity of a Barbadian populace known to be relatively tolerant. Why did Stuart not extract the few achievements of the DLP, and expand on those with the hope that the voters would be willing to offer a modicum of a chance for re-election as the government?

The fact that in building a rationale for his unnecessary and unlikely withdrawal of Barbados from the CCJ and, knowing that a two-thirds majority in Parliament is needed to achieve such a caprice, Stuart revealed his character of untimely speech and out-of-touch demeanour with the people. Stuart’s saying that he does not “want to influence any decisions” and that he does not “care what they decide” is a ludicrous position to put oneself in, particularly when the court has exhibited the highest professional integrity in its judgements and general conduct. Stuart himself suggested that he was not commenting on the decisions of the CCJ, because he respects the decisions that courts make.

Yet, while Stuart may fuss and frustrate over the “attitude coming from Port of Spain,” that according to him, “leaves much to be desired in terms of how it is treating Barbados,” it is irresponsible and inflammatory for him to overlook the many long-standing problems being articulated in Barbados’ judicial system. From tardiness to unpreparedness, the CCJ has been justified in highlighting such problems.

In fact, and to draw on Sir David Simmons who used an extract from a contribution of a deceased Prime Minister and Queen’s Council Sir Harold ‘Bree’ St. John, who spoke years earlier indicating the essence of Barbadian complaints and criticisms of the judicial system, said that: “There can be no doubt about it now and it is an open secret all over Barbados that there is a level of dissatisfaction in the community in respect of certain areas of the administration of justice in Barbados. This dissatisfaction arises from the experiences of a number of people with the judicial process. Some people get frustrated by the delays, not only the hearing dates but in the process of hearing and, worst of all, in the process of decision-making after the hearing.”

Certainly, it may be because of the DLP’s paltry performances measured against broken promises and bad policies that may have led Freundel Stuart to grab at any straw. Stuart was at one and the same time being dismissive of the CCJ and vainglorious to Barbadians and regional counterparts despite numerous persons questioning why was the Myrie incident so badly handled at the diplomatic level? Why was the matter not kept away from the courts? Why was the Electoral Commission of Barbados so reticent to uphold the laws and customs of Barbados regarding Commonwealth citizens’ right to vote in the upcoming general elections?

It is therefore, quite okay for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to say that he is “not going to have a situation where other countries in the Caribbean keep a safe, safe distance from that court while Barbados supports” its functionality and decisions. That seems to be fair ground; but would it not have preferable for him to be part of the formula encouraging member states to ‘close the circle of independence’ for this region?

However, it cannot be acceptable to have a prime minister jump from his slumber and go straight into a bout of political madness, outright clumsiness, or salivate with the drowsiness that comes from trying to implore an electorate to vote for your party out of sheer desperation. Stuart’s anti-CCJ statement takes shape exposing his excremental silliness at a time when Barbadians and the Caribbean region are looking for the transformational leadership that can deliver prosperity and justice for the populations whose very survival is reliant on functional cooperation. As Errol Barrow asserted, our “battle of communication in defence of the unity of the region … beyond the confines of conferences” must be effectively translated at home and in the region. Prime ministerial madness cannot be a part of the future for Barbados or the Caribbean.

(Dr George C. Brathwaite is a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and a political consultant. Email: brathwaitegc@gmail.com )

109 comments

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Thank you for the attempted correction, Well Well. Please note hovwever that if you want to be a blog expert then don’t make your ownself such a symbol of ridicule with silly contradictions.

    I noted that the word “hence” was used in a conjunctive way and that it clearly indicated that …” the last sentence [is] a related result/example of the preceding….”

    In your great wisdom you contradicted me and asserted that it’s an ‘adverb’ and thus (i presume) could not be used as a ‘joining’ word or conjuntion to link two sentences….oh dear…grammar 101 cue card alert flasher …. IT CAN BE BOTH! 🤣

    But more startlingly and amazingly you then pasted a series of synonmous definitions of the word that validates exactly what I said….namely…

    … ““hence.hens/Submit…adverb…1.as a consequence; for this reason….“a stiff breeze and hence a high windchill”
    synonyms: consequently, as a consequence, for this reason, therefore, ergo, thus, so, accordingly, as a result, because of that, that being so.”….

    Do you ACTUALLY READ what you cut and post or do you have a goal to simply post as often as possible per 30 minutes regardless of substance, meaning or relevance!

    How absurdly more contradictory can you be …have you maxed out your foot in mouth disease on this blog yet or are there are still more toes to insert 🤣.. I hope the lattter. You surely give me reason to visit the blog, that’s fah sure.

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  • From a Jamaican newspaper
    Chad Chen • 13 hours ago
    What is the problem with Mia Mottley?
    There are so many, it is hard to count. First, she’s a lawyer, although there is some doubt about whether she has satisfied all the requirements for the practice of law in Barbados.
    Lawyers are narrowly educated, and her ignorance of economics, finance, management and the applied sciences is a problem in Barbados, where the PM runs a one-man show and is more a project manager than a board chairman. The Barbados economy is in dire shape, overloaded with debt and overly dependent on tourism, but all Mia knows how to do is hand control of the Ministry of Finance to the IMF, which will mean 50 years of austerity, low growth and currency devaluations.
    Barbados needs a leadership team of economists and financiers who can devise and successfully implement a new Citizenship-by-Investment program to balance the budget. And it needs to sell shares of major public assets like the international airport, the Hilton Hotel and the Port of Bridgetown to reduce the public debt. Mia is clueless on these matters.

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  • @ Dunks

    Is Fundel capable of doing the same with his Mafia cabal who has brought Barbados to it’s knees and the laughing stock of the Caribbean Region.

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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  • NorthernObserver

    LOL…@Dunks Gripe….from a Jamaican newspaper my RH. You mean from the COMMENTS section ONLINE to an article in the Jamaica Observer.
    What I know, is it would be very difficult for MAM to be MORE IGNORANT about finance that the current PM & his MoF.
    I would tell you vote the D’s back in, just neither the PM nor the MoF, but then they would become the Maxine and Esther of the next parliament. So we gotta mek sure dem two don’t ever get anywhere near a ruling administration again.

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  • This is the editorial of the yesterday’s Gleaner Barbados continues to be the end of jokes outside our shores.

    Editorial | Freundel Stuart’s Petty Grievances

    Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

    We have no evidence of it, but we wouldn’t be surprised that with a first name like his own, Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was, as a boy, the butt of taunts and ridicule. Children can be wicked!

    If this thesis holds true, Mr Stuart may have lived with a deep sense of grievance, which could have been aggravated by a difficult general election campaign of not only uncertain, but difficult, odds. That, perhaps, would explain the resentment spewed by Mr Stuart at the weekend against the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and his pledge to withdraw Barbados from the court should his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) be victorious at the polls later this week.

    We can only imagine the torment Mr Stuart, by his declaration, must have visited upon the spirit of Errol Barrow, Barbados’ first prime minister, the founder of the DLP and an early stalwart of the regional integration movement, for the pettiness and seeming absence of logic in which the prime minister grounded his assertion.

    Mr Stuart, a one-time proponent of the CCJ, offered no reason for inveighing against the court except for a vague claim that its judges are disrespectful of Barbados. The likely truth is that he is dissatisfied with the rulings of the court that highlighted his government’s contravention of the law and the maladroitness of his administration.

    First was the Shanique Myrie case, in which the CCJ, in its original jurisdiction as arbiter of the CARICOM treaty, insisted that the Jamaican woman, as a citizen of the Community, had an automatic right of entry into Barbados – and other CARICOM states – which was abused by Barbados’ immigration authorities. Then there was the court’s ruling a week ago, in the criminal and civil jurisdiction, that Professor Eddy Ventose, a St Lucian, who teaches law at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, had the right to vote in Thursday’s general election.

    Barbados’ Representation of the People Act (ROPA) says that citizens of Commonwealth countries – among which St Lucia is counted – who have lived in Barbados for at least three years, for which Professor Ventose qualifies, are entitled to vote in that country’s elections. But Barbados’ Election Boundaries Commission has, as a matter of policy, limited this right only to citizens, permanent residents, or persons of immigrant status. Professor Ventose had prevailed Barbados Supreme and Appeal courts on his right to registration but went to the CCJ to ensure that he was on the roll for the coming poll.

    Judicial Independence

    Said Prime Minister Stuart in the aftermath of the ruling: "I don’t subscribe to disrespect, and I think that the attitude coming from Port-of-Spain leaves much to be desired in terms of how it is treating Barbados. And I am not going to have a situation where other countries in the Caribbean keep a safe, safe distance from that court while Barbados supports it and Barbadians are treated with the kind of disrespect that I see."

    Rather than displaying disrespect, what the CCJ has displayed is judicial independence and a high quality of jurisprudence, as highlighted by the Myrie and Ventose rulings, which ought to be recognised and celebrated by the region’s leaders, except for those burdened by insecurities.

    That’s the message being parlayed by current and prospective members of the CCJ, rather than using Mr Stuart’s diatribe, as attempted by our justice minister, Delroy Chuck, as a crutch of vindication for being outside the court. Jamaica has offered no intellectually persuasive reason for staying outside the court – except when it was politically expedient for the current governing party, when in Opposition, so to prevent.

    Mr Chuck has argued that the court is unstable because Barbados and others can withdraw. Under Article 37 of the CCJ agreement, it requires at least five years for a signatory to leave the court. Jamaica, all things being equal, could, in six months, withdraw from the Privy Council if a two-thirds majority vote in either House of Parliament can be mustered for the decision.

    The legislative underpinning of any court is crucial, but ultimately what gives strength to any institution is the confidence of commands, derived from the quality of its performance. On that score, the CCJ’s quality is in no doubt.

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  • The resent prime minister of Jamaica is also against the CCJ. When he was Opposition leader I sat next to him at a working breakfast and he said that. In fact, he was not very keen on Caricom.

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  • @Dunks Gripe

    “Donville Inniss repeatedly asks why judges from St. Kitts and Trinidad and places which refused to join the CCJ are hired while Barbados the chief promoter of the court never had one single judge on the panel in more than a decade.”

    Your question is also the answer why Barbados failed to install a judge at the CCJ.

    Just look at the CV of most of the judges at the CCJ. Most jurisdictions sent their VERY BEST to the CCJ.

    And Barbados??? Trying to send people with connections and the right party affiliation, not with outstanding achievements. Being a judge at the Supreme Court of Barbados MEANS NOTHING outside the island. Understand that!!! The real world is very different from Broad Street.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Pedant….hence can be used in a descriptive way, it isa flexiblev, it can start a sentence, end a sentence, it is not written in stone, how it should be used, particularly by those who think they did, but DID NOT create the english language …….we all, those with commonsense anyway, knew and understood well enough what Miller articulated very clearly.
    ////////////////^////////////

    This is another valid reason to keep the slave minded, mentally colonized jokers like Grenville out of the people’s parliament and limit his role to maybe one seat.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/160073/solutions-government-knight-owen

    Who the hell claiming to be educated would even be talking this crap in 2018….unless they had an irreparably damaged mind.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    You cannot send a bajan judge to the CCJ, none have yet reached the high demand required for unbiased, nonpartisan decision making, because in the island’s system, judges are politically appointed and not elected by the people…the judges of the CCJ currently in place are of a different breed,

    at the CCJ level you need highly qualified judges with international exposure and not those with the narrow partisan view of local island life and politics that has been forced on them through the decades.

    no disrespect to the current judges on the bench on the island, because I know a couple who would indeed qualify given the opportunity, both females, if the local selection/appointment process, through no fault of their own, was not so tainted by prime ministers and government ministers…with the blight of politics…

    …that is not more evident than in the appointment of the current chief justice who obviously found himself in a quagmire after the laws were changed to bring him from NYC, then his hands were effectively tied by politics and the very government who brought him in, resisting any positive changes he tried to mak to upgrade that entity, which effectively brought the supreme court even further to its knees.

    The supreme court on the island has to redeem itself, cannot move forward until it does….too much damage has been done to its processes and image, even more damage than those who were never exposed to it can understand..

    it takes a special type of subhuman claiming to be “the best educated and the best qualified” to for decades systematically destroy a supreme court, it takes an even worse species of subhuman claiming to be “educated and qualified” to sit idly by and watch a supreme court be used to brutalize, abuse and violate the human rights of their own people, decade after decade, generation after generation and do nothing, say nothing, in other words, be complicit..

    Not even in majority white countries marinated in racism and blight do you find such cursed mentalities and lack of empathy for other humans, particularly their own….

    …until all those demons are purged from the supreme court, along with all political interferences and influences, the chances of it ever recovering, are minute at this point and it will remain toxic.

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  • Of course we are aware of the application to the CCJ from Bajan judges? Who are they?

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  • @Dunks Grip who said ”t least Fruendel has flipped the bird in defiance and he gets my full support for saying no more disrespect. He has planted a seed of self esteem for this country which I am sure will flourish.”

    You are a joker. You actually think that Freundel has done something worthy, when he has just made the situation more ridiculous.

    Jamaica et al are laughing because the current government is so clueless.

    Something that the Nation editorial missed, sadly. One can listen to words uttered, but not understand context.

    Chuck did not lie. He simply said a fact, that, especially with Barbados’s (via its incumbent PM) stance on the CCJ, it made the situation uncertain.

    What he did not verbalise but was surely in his thought process, is the current status of Barbados and that he does not want to tie Jamaica to a yoke.

    That Stuart has expressed anger at the CCJ, only leads back to the original point. That the decisions do not suit him, thus he wants to be free of it.

    Interestingly, this is the very reason for the CCJ. Not getting away from colonial powers or whatever, but because the public pressure among the legally ignorant in Barbados at the time, pushed for a status where we could ‘hang de criminals’ after a Jamaican case. Pratt and Morgan, that placed precedent to virtually eliminate hanging in Barbados.

    So, Barbados et al moved to the CCJ. Now that CCJ cases are displeasing the outgoing Barbados government, the push now is to get rid of that too.

    What folly.

    This leads to the other thing that Chuck would have been cognizant of, is that judicial independence is paramount and decisions should be based on sound legal reasons, not popular opinion.

    Stuart’s rant would surely have rankled that thought, hence vindicated Jamaica’s position to retain the English Privy Council as the final court of appeal.

    Therefore, any laughing at Barbados is not misplaced if the point of joviality is the errant pride, that has no foundation in hard work and logical thought.

    Barbados used to be proud based on rational decisions, on hard work, on a meeting of minds intellectually.

    Sadly, that has declined over the past twenty years, into a politicised pride, which is sometimes spouted by even those whom one would least expect it.

    Respect is earned by hard work, understanding, intellectual thought.

    Not garnered by bullying, threats and grandstanding.

    Hopefully on Friday morning Barbados can have a new start. Because as the youngsters say ‘ this ent wukking’.

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  • Well Well.

    ”judges are politically appointed and not elected by the people”

    God forbid, I wonder which is worse.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…Crusoe…I see the conundrum, but if the citizenry is educated on how to elect a judge and not kept ignorant and uninvolved by selfish governments , they will make the right choices, as best they can and eventually get the hang of it….and with elected judges, they can be not elected if they screw up, when the next election process rolls around…because that system of electing judges by the people, comes with term limits and not the judge for life scenarios that now obtains at the supreme court, or magistrates for life at the subordinate courts.

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  • BTW…Fruendel with his obnoxious, arrogant mouthing is making history, of the worse and irresponsible type.

    Israel Khan has been around as a very successful attorney for a very long time..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/05/22/trinidad-lawyer-rejects-stuart-position-on-ccj/

    “Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s controversial campaign promise to break with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Barbados’ final appellate court if his incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) were re-elected for a third straight term, is drawing criticism from Trinidad, where the court is based.

    Senior counsel Israel Khan has dismissed Stuart’s comments as mere political grandstanding, while warning that such a move would amount to a retrograde step by the country, which abolished appeals to the London based Privy Council back in 2005.

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Israel Khan
    “I think that it was talk on the political platform because it is almost impossible to pull Barbados back because they would have to have the necessary majority in Parliament.

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  • To repeat, this is a red herring by Stuart designed to galvanize the DLP vase. As usual some of us have to latch on to every word like flies on crap.

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  • “The Privy Council is also insisting that we [the Caribbean] go our way and it is people with an inferiority complex who insist that they go cap in hand back to the colonial masters and ask them to interpret our laws,” Kahn said during a televised interview in Port of Spain.”

    The same can be said for the slave minded, colonial minded idiots for politicians , now trying to invade the parliament with more of the same inferiority complex and compliance with all things colonial….because they are incapable of thinking of other ways, outside the colonial, to reward their own citizens like Arthur, who despite his many missteps have contributed to the islands progress somewhat

    why do they all see the need to look to buckingham palace to reward their own people for achievements, why not a cultural locally based way or even African based in remembrance of and respect to African ancestors once enslaved…why look to the still demon minded modern day enslavers for such ways of recognizing uplifting contributions from black Caribbean people…

    .I will never understand that and have absolutely no respected and never will for existing leaders or aspiring leaders who still look to colonial slave masters for everything as it relates to their black own people….in 2018.

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  • Just to be very specific..

    why look to the still demon minded modern day enslavers in UK for such ways of recognizing uplifting contributions from black Caribbean people…

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  • Though it was filled with political venom, one still has to be vigilant and careful with mentally unstable politicians like Fruendel, because if he surprises the public with a referendum, after already planting seeds of poison in their vulnerable and many weak minds against CCJ……and after managing by some stroke of bad luck for bajans, to stumble into the people’s parliament again, as has happened twice before when…. he did…and through vicious spite, succeeds in removing the island from CCJ…to local judges he handpicked himself to get the decisions and outcomes he desire, the island will devolve even further into lawlessness..

    .. then claimants, plaintiffs and defendants will have no choice but to hire lawyers like Khan from other islands, to defend their rights in the supreme and other courts on the island.

    ..something I am actually looking forward to, even without Fruendel’s idiocy…because all like now, it. is needed since both governments have allowed human rights violations to thrive in the judiciary for decades and that mentality of destruction of the judiciary they both carry will not change overnight if any of them are once again elected to parliament .

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Well, Well May 23, 2018 7:01 AM
    “The same can be said for the slave minded, colonial minded idiots for politicians , now trying to invade the parliament with more of the same inferiority complex and compliance with all things colonial….because they are incapable of thinking of other ways, outside the colonial, to reward their own citizens like Arthur, who despite his many missteps have contributed to the islands progress somewhat…”

    How come “Arthur” is not commenting on Stuart’s proposal to reverse all the benefits of his hard work in deepening Caricom via the CSME mechanism of which the CCJ is the crowning glory so far?
    Why isn’t his handmaiden and ever-ready mouthpiece at BarbadosToday at his beck and call on this one?

    Where is OSA’s runny mouth in this one? How come he had a lot to say about the Mottley’s tax affairs but cannot comment on this matter which has serious ramifications for the undoing of his CSME project which Bushie blames for all of Barbados’s social and economic woes?

    Is this deafening silence from OSA a sign that he is step in step with the Stuart administration to complete the demolition job of bringing Barbados to its knees leaving a wasteland for Queen MAM to reign over?

    Don’t be surprised if- in a convenient fit of arranged amnesia- he refuses to take responsibility for joining the CCJ and try to convince you that it was Mia as AG who was pushing the CCJ project; just like how he tried to do with the Privatization programme which sealed his 2013 electoral fate.

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  • Is that the George Payne profile that led to him being called a fraud? This blog is truly populated with some outpatients.🤣🤣

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  • Did I mention Freundel’s mental instability….saying one thing months ago at Caricoms meeting of heads, because he knows the average Cajan would never listen those meetings or hear about their content…then saying the exact opposite on a political platform to his uninformed and unaware political base…which only serves to cement my point that Fruendel is up to no good.

    I will be happy to hear when the privy council kicks the other Caribbean islands out other jurisdiction, hope it is soon, right now they are dropping broad statements about it and the clowns have still not taken the hint….. the Caribbean leaders are over doing it with their dependent slave mindedness, unwilling to think or make ethical, progressive decisions for themselves..devoid of colonial masters..

    “We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction. I do not buy the argument that there is a division of opinion in the countries that have not signed on to the court in its appellate jurisdiction, because the biggest decision that CARICOM countries have had to make has been on independence. If we’ve all decided that we want to be independent and we were able to unite the population on those issues, I cannot see why on matters relating to how our disputes are handled and how our grievances are addressed that we still believe that the former colonial master is better than people here in the Caribbean.”

    To the average person, those comments made by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart are a strong plea to his fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues to stop finding excuses for not joining the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Any reasonable person would conclude that Mr Stuart was seeking to shame those countries into doing the responsible thing by being part of the regional court. And if this had been the case, he was right.

    That those passionate words were spoken just a few months ago, at the recently held CARICOM intercessional meeting in Haiti, makes the Prime Minister’s vow on Saturday night – to garrulous applause – to quit the court should his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retain office in Thursday’s general election all the more shocking.”

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  • Miller…what can I tell ya…it must be some mental political disease they are all afflicted with and are now ALL being exposed because of it, there can be no other explanation.

    .and just imagine, it only took a total of 60 years to program politicians to the level of not being able to think critically or function progressively, not sufficiently to benefit their own people anyway…

    Enuff…come back when the mother/daughter victims of Payne in UK have not only sued his ass, but get him exposed worldwide for violating the rights of the elderly, until then, the subject is suspended so these females can get some real lawyers to represent their best interests..

    … a fraud, is a fraud, is a fraud, just like a yardfowl, is a yardfowl, is a yardfowl…..or that legal UK body who investigated Payne’s fake credentials re UK and Wales that he himself posted on the internet and have now taken down, although remnants of it can still be found, would never had forwarded correspondence to the local bar association in concern..

    had they any jurisdiction over his fake ass, he would have been extradited…and stripped of that QC pimp designation…which is not too late, because I am sure there is some body in UK the information ws forwarded to who decides if QCs should be stripped for misrepresentation….since yall slaves in the Caribbean are not the ones responsible for dishing them out, ya can only make recommendations to the beast to decorate local pimps and frauds..

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  • Anyone that authoritatively stated repeatedly that Rolerick Hinds was the duly elected MP for St.Thomas, is not worth engaging with on any topic that requires more than insults, villification and ctrl+c, ctrl+v.🖐🏾

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  • oh please, yet ya on here engaging, I said what I said about Rolerick Hinds, will not take not one word back, because I know what has been happening in one particularly area for the 5 years he had that billboard up.

    Besides…I am not the one that will be sued for stealing land from elderly, disabled and mentally incompetent dying citizens, I have more class and ethics than that…, but Payne is…and whomever else in his law firm engages in such criminal acts repeatedly and for decades…ah hope you are not enuff of one or more than them.

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  • @ Enuff

    The fact is the mother/daughter Stewarts have been given the run-around for at least 10 years and defrauded by George Payne QC for at least 2 properties in Barbados.

    The mother is an old woman with one leg and this is similar to Michael Carrington in this case with George Payne at least $2 million in Barbados whilst they are in England.

    Bajan Lawyers and locals as a whole like to fleece their own especially if living abroad.

    As I have mentioned in an earlier comment that I have experienced the same underhandedness from Barbados Lawyers including from George Walton Payne whilst scheming with a crooked client.

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  • Enuff…seriously, ah hope ya are not a part of Payne’s law firm, or Payne himself for ya own sake and safety….

    … if we miss ya on BU…we know what happened..lol

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  • @David May 23, 2018 6:03 AM

    The current judges of the Court of Appeal and the GG.

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  • WWC

    “You cannot send a bajan judge to the CCJ, none have yet reached the high demand required for unbiased, nonpartisan decision making”

    You are finally exposed as a member of the judicial committee of CARICOM!

    Do not deny, LOL!

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  • @ Enuff

    See the link to a recent video of the daughter in the George Payne fiasco and come to your own conclusions.

    https://m.facebook.com/sheri.veronica?tsid=0.46961176292890183&source=result

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  • Tron..no am not, honestly…lol..

    .but it is very clear that through no fault of their own, political partisanship is all the local judges have been exposed to by both governments, or have ever known for all these decades, for as long as black judges have been appointed to the Supreme Court, for that I blame both governments…and until that method of choosing judges ends permanently , it makes them all unsuitable for the CCJ…and that is despite my wanting to see a few of them who try to be impartial in the current court and under their current predicaments, on the CCJs bench…but again politics will get in the way and do more harm than good.

    Just look at the current BLP lineup of candidates…then check their various relationships to those judges on the local bench , them imagine cases brought to the CCJ from Barbados…with any current Supreme Court Bajan judge(s) sitting on the CCJs bench….imagire the conflicts now staring you in the face, not a pretty sight right, especially if it is your case.

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  • And just to be fair…don’t want anyone accusing me of bias…just imagine the same for a DLP government with bajans as judges on the CCJ bench, especially with the whiner Fruendel at the helm..

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  • Oh Enuffff….wuh look at dis….

    [video src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RuVX9EJQlvE/WwVvhrHFJVI/AAAAAAAAtEA/aVJ_rI0LJioxD9s0gyxTdNsB3aJqBq69wCJoC/w530-h942-n-k-no/jackie%2Bstewart%2Band%2Bland%2Bfraud.mp4" /]

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  • just copy and paste it into your browser..it will play.

    I don’t think Payne will have that QC pimp title for every long AFTER a complaint is made to the relevant office of the beast….yall are an embarrassment, even for the beast..lol

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  • Or better yet, access it on ND…everyone else is, it’s the talk of the town…straight outta UK, yall colonizers.

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