Tag Archives: Barbados Constitution

The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Year of Constitutional and Governance Issues

At this time, people tend to reflect on the twelvemonth past and to contemplate the coming one. Today, I propose to attempt the first. From my perspective, 2018 has been dominated by issues of governance and by their relation to the prescriptions of our supreme law. A review of my columns for the year corroborates this opinion. I had even

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Semblance of Opposition

So great was the degree of disgust felt with the governance of the outgone Democratic Labour Party administration that the vox populi determined at the recent general election that it should not even be permitted to constitute Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the next Parliament. Nor did the electorate consider that any other group of individuals should do so. This

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A Matter of Interpretation

Today’s Barbados Advocate editorial should be of interest to the BU family – David, blogmaster For me, as a public legal scholar, one of the more gratifying aspects of the current politico-constitutional enigma owed to the unprecedented outcome of last month’s general election and its consequences, has been the eagerness of citizens generally to seek knowledge on and to discuss

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Barbadian Miscellany I

The local constitutional conundrum wrought by the cocktail of the unforeseen results of the recent general election; the nominations to the Senate of at least three individuals ineligible under existing law; and the charmed creation of an Opposition leader from among the ranks of the governing administration continued apace last week. It was all to be added to by the

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Season of Constitutional Change

“The greatest threat to our Constitution is our own ignorance of it…” – Jacob Roecker “How easily men satisfy themselves that the Constitution is exactly what they wish it to be…” –Joseph Story It would appear that the several jurisdictions in the region or, at least, some of them, have been seized simultaneously with the urge to re-examine their Constitutions

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Is The Budget Process Illegal

Submitted by GoWEB Caribbean (written by Caswell Franklyn) Under normal circumstances when Government wants to change a law; a bill is laid, debated and passed in the House of Assembly. The process is repeated in the Senate, and then it is signed into law by the Governor-General. However, when Government wants to raise revenue it can do so, without passing

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