IS THIS THE FINAL STRAW?
Rick, whatever happens, whatever excuses we get, whatever we think we can get away with … don’t forget the eyes of the so-called right-thinking international community are watching us.
It was our ineffective Criminal Justice system, where evidence would disappear from police custody, where witnesses would suddenly not appear to give evidence, when lawyers seem to have an over-arching say in how justice should be dished out, that lead to so many criminals getting away with murder. (Yes, the pun was intended)
The legal system was not fit for purpose. Proof? So many on remand in our prison, so many cases not reaching court, so many crimes that went undetected. Need I go on?
You know in Nazi Germany, it’s not the Jews that they came for first, it was those considered physically and mentally disabled, and by the time Hitler went for the Jews they numbered less than one percent of the population. A few years ago the Police in Brazil were cleaning up the slums by exterminating and killing runaway children.
The point I am making is today the drug criminals and gun-related offenders who must be gunned down. Next week it’s those wishing not to wear yellow or red T-shirts.
- Gale Joseph Dear Rick, of course I “can also respect that interpretation”. Why not? After all, journalists and analysts of human behaviour must be respected for their invitations to the public to offer views on events. But I should further explain my position, since having responded from my cell-phone, and from the South American wilderness, I was unable to be more explicit. Basically, from what I have known about my country’s democracy, there have been no Prime Ministers who have asked the Police to extrajudicially condemn our citizens. Even when Compy went overboard and was alleged to have commanded the Police in the valleys to clear the roads of the striking farmers “by any means necessary”, he defended himself later saying that he did not suggest that the cops should murder anyone. It is my view that neither Stephenson King or Kenny Anthony would propose or condone the murdering of criminals by the Police. Our democracy has shown better standards than this. Cheers.
- Peter Lansiquot “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” Psalm 33:12,18
- Dan Man
Why is government silent on Lambirds?
Toni, I believe that sensational journalism is one thing, but NASTY journalism is quite another matter, and you should be minded that it is really unfair and crude on your part to craft your sentences in such a manner as to create in the minds of the public that Minister Robert Lewis has a high-handed and arrogant attitude to his staff, when nothing could be further from the truth. You state as follows: “Sad to say, the demonstrated contempt is typical of our education minister who has more than once stated on TV that certain matters are to be handled by underlings at his ministry.” Of course you did not quote the word “underlings” because Robert would not describe anyone as un “underling” but of what good use is it to your value as a reporter to not-sosubtly suggest to the public that Minister Lewis considers the Ministry’s officers to be “underlings”? How does that nastiness on your part enhance the quality of your piece?
- Peter Lansiquot Toni Nicholas responds: Thanks for your most welcomed comment but strange how you pondered on one word - “underlings” - while ignoring the meat of the matter, that to date the Minister of Education and by extension the Government of Saint Lucia has not uttered a word by way of explanation to the citizens of Saint Lucia who they are supposed to be serving on the Lambird matter. I call it “contempt” and “disrespect” for the people. You choose to see it the way you choose; it’s your right; after all, we are still living in a democracy. It is sad that there has been no official statement from the government on this matter or from Invest Saint Lucia. Whatever happened to due diligence? Is this the same sort of screening that will take place when we decide to introduce Economic Citizenship? Mr. Robert Lewis, it is time to come out and speak up on this matter.
- Sherma C.
Trying Times Say Police
I really believe that all of this is nonsense. The shootings took placeso many years ago, the investigation took so long and only now is the PM trying to fire the Commissioner. For what reason? He acted on orders from Stephenson King; why is he being fired by another administration for something that happened years ago? Why have the police force in so much suspense when they were ordered to do the shootings? The report should have not been made public first of all and no one should be fired when acting on orders. Kenny is proving daily that he does not know what he is doing; the whole matter is over and done; move on with the welfare of the people at hand; the police are the ones who have your back; Mr. Francois is one of the best Commissioners you ever had. You go ahead and fire him and see what mess you will make with the crime situation.
The repercussions of the revelations of the IMPACS report made by the prime minister are still on the minds of not just the police but the citizens of