Boyce crit­i­cises Franklyn on Privy Coun­cil com­ments

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Op­po­si­tion Se­na­tor Caswell Franklyn re­ceived a tongue lash­ing from a fel­low se­na­tor af­ter his sug­ges­tion that Bar­ba­dos should have re­tained the Privy Coun­cil as its fi­nal ap­pel­late court.

Franklyn’s com­ments came on the heel of both Gre­nada and An­tigua and Bar­buda vot­ing to re­ject the Caribbean Court of Jus­tice (CCJ) and in­stead main­tain the Lon­don-based court. How­ever, In­de­pen­dent Se­na­tor Kevin Boyce called Franklyn’s com­ments re­gres­sive.

“What is so scary about the mir­ror image that we see in our­selves that we have to seek re­course for our fi­nal ju­di­cial de­ci­sions at the Privy Coun­cil?” Boyce asked dur­ing de­bate on the Of­fences Against the Per­son (Amend­ment) Bill, 2018 yes­ter­day.

“Why can’t we get it right within the Caribbean? Why is it so of­fen­sive? Why do we al­ways have to go to oth­ers to solve our dis­putes? We sit down here and we say we want to do things and move for­ward but Se­na­tor Franklyn, ac­cord­ing to you, we should take a step back­ward and go to Eng­land and let them de­cide these things for us. I say no, sir,” he said.

Ear­lier this year, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Fre­un­del Stu­art ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion in the CCJ and vowed that if re-elected he would with­draw from the court, though he did not in­di­cate if Bar­ba­dos would have re­turned to the Privy Coun­cil.

But Boyce, an at­tor­ney-at-law, stressed that the steps made to unify the Caribbean Com­mu­nity (CARICOM) as an en­tity should not be taken lightly or dis­re­garded by rhetoric.

“I say we have made progress. I say Bar­ba­dos has al­ways been on the fore­front of cham­pi­oning leg­is­la­tion that the other ter­ri­to­ries have not and we have done it fear­lessly. Both po­lit­i­cal par­ties have al­ways un­der­stood we in Bar­ba­dos take the fore­front of this leg­is­la­tion. So Se­na­tor Franklyn, I say to you, I un­der­stand your ap­peal, I un­der­stand that it sweet and it sounds good but let us be care­ful that we do not in our zeal en­cour­age the pop­u­lace to take a step back­ward with us be­cause it suits the in­ter­est of rhetoric of an ar­gu­ment,” he added.

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