Sometimes the Nation newspaper sends out a message that we love to hear. We want to commend the Nation and its editors for their foresight and care for the future of our country. Henry Fraser’s recent piece in the Nation says it best. Mr. Fraser recalls the keynote address by the Reverend, Honourable Joseph Atherley at the UNESCO Heritage Conference in Barbados a year ago.
There are many economic gains to be had from the restoration of heritage sites across Barbados.
The Honourable Reverend Atherley has hit the nail on the head! Minister – please bring the power of your office to bear, and help stop the desecration and demolition of our country. We must not lose our creative creole culture for a messy mix of Disneyland and Waterpark!
This country and our children deserve better.
Chief Justice Returns From Environmental Law Conference
So now we look forward to the report on the conference which our illustrious Chief Justice, David Simmons, attended last week in the Caymans. We reported here that he was attending the Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands for the eighth annual Caribbean Heads of Judiciary Conference. The theme of the conference was “The Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development”.
The issues and ideas raised at that event are of great importance here in Barbados. With our churches and libraries in disrepair or worse, with waterparks and condo developments threatening the natural heritage and beauty which the Good Lord bestowed on us we look to leaders like David Simmons to show us the way.
The position of Chief Justice is the pulpit from which the message must go forth.
The Honourable Reverend Atherley has shown us the way but he is beholden to his political masters and the upcoming election. As Chief Justice, Barbados Citizen David Simmons is – should be – free of all that political interference.
Chief Justice Simmons has the power, position, and respect to make things happen. He is independent. He is not running for office. He has been appointed for life. He can tell the country like it is. He can be firm with politicians of all stripes that they all should heed the message that Barbados cannot go on as it has in the past.
The Chief Justice can freely say that Barbados needs new laws and it needs to allocate money to enforce them. A budgetary allocation must be made to deputize enforcement officers, lay charges if necessary, and bring the people who would wreck our environment before the courts where the Chief Justice and his judges will apply the law.
Chief Justice Simmons, we hope and pray that you will be bold and fearless. Barbados needs you now before it is too late.