UWI lecturer says CCJ is a conundrum
they’ll go, panic-stricken, running this way and that, all the while spewing nonstop pig-politician gobbledygook. My own particular noises that have panicked the rooting pig-dogs at the local trough centered on my documented revelations about a certain internationally notorious Saudi moneybags and his equally wellheeled buddies, most of them official declared Saint Lucian nationals with diplomatic passports.
The noisy question that set the pig-politicians running for cover: “How did these Arabs acquire Saint Lucian passports and nationality three years ago when our government only opened its citizenship-for-sale market on January 1, 2016?”
Somewhere in his rumsoaked dispatch my late-night blogger referred to me as the “Merchant of Venice turned Merchant of Anger.” What to do with such madhouse literary allusions? At what point in his Merchant of Venice was Shakespeare’s eponymous loan shark a Mr. Nice Guy? And anyway, what is the issue here? My alleged anger without cause—or the disturbing question marks over the bornagain Saint Lucian-Arabs?
Consider this other bucket of swill, courtesy our pretend litterateur: “Like Tantalus, he keeps reaching out for it; but the more he does so, the more the pound of flesh eludes him.” Where in the myth is Tantalus synonymous with elusive flesh, whether or not by the pound? Perchance you care, dear reader, Greek mythology (pig-politicians have absolutely no use for verifiable reality!) Tantalus was a Greek king so full of hubris he imagined himself capable of fooling even the gods. (Anyone come to
UWI lecturer Doctor Hamid Ghany has defined the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as a “conundrum”, asserting that Caribbean people are being asked to accept the court as the final court of appeal.
However, Ghany, who is a senior lecturer in Political Science, told the Times that the first President and Chief Justice of the CCJ, Michael de La Bastide, and the current one, the Right Honorable Sir Dennis Byron, both became members of the Privy Council in 2004.
The UWI senior lecturer expressed the opinion that, as a result, the convention has emerged of having the Chief Justice of the CCJ become a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council while at the same time the region is being urged to cut ties with the Council.
“As someone who has been involved in drafting two constitutions that set up the CCJ as the final court of appeal, I am not objecting to the transfer,” Ghany explained.
The UWI lecturer said he was objecting to the manner in which the concept is being sold to the public. As far as he is concerned, the CCJ should be sold to the public as being a court that has a superior record of delivery and a certain level of efficiency of service.
“It should not be sold to the public on an anti-colonial basis when you have persons who are members of Her Majesty’s Privy Council who have knighthoods in the same breath telling us we should end the colonial connection,” Ghany observed.
He recalled having asked publicly for an explanation as to why the two lines of argument exist.
Ghany has called on the CCJ to abandon the anti-colonial argument, which constitutes an “intellectual trap”.
“They need to advocate for the court on the basis that it can be more efficient and will serve the Caribbean more efficiently than the Privy Council does,” he declared.
The UWI lecturer, who is Coordinator of the Constitutional Affairs and Parliamentary Studies Unit, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI St Augustine Campus, delivered a lecture on Thursday night at the UWI Open Campus here.