Barbados Deserves A Chief Justice Who Can Be SEEN To Be Pure
Today’s news that Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell is being sued in the United States for allegedly corruptly accepting a one million dollar bribe (in Switzerland no less) made us once again consider that politics can be a rough and dirty game. Maybe Mitchell is guilty, maybe not. Maybe it is a setup for political purposes – or maybe Mitchell really did it. (See BFP’s Grenada PM Being Sued In New York For Corrupt Activities)
It almost doesn’t matter whether the allegation is true or not – the OFFICE of the Prime Minister of Grenada has been placed under a cloud. That’s just a part of the reality of politics and politicians. It can be a dirty game and sometimes that mud sticks.
Allegations, Lawsuits and Dirt Shouldn’t Have To Be Part Of Our Judicial System
Barbados Chief Justice David Simmons is being sued in Canada along with Prime Minister Arthur and other Bajan notables. The Statement of Claim in the case is a public document and the allegations are very disturbing. (See BFP’s Nelson Barbados Group Ltd Against Prime Minister Arthur, Chief Justice Simmons, David Shorey And Many Others)
We would love to come to the defense of Barbados’ Chief Justice and say “Nonsense, the Chief Justice has never been involved in politics or land development or land transactions for the government”, but we can’t say that because our current Chief Justice had 25 years of government and backroom-boys’ politics before he put on a Judge’s robes.
Only weeks before being appointed as Chief Justice, David Simmons was a Cabinet Minister under the current Prime Minister. For that reason alone we were disappointed that Mr. Simmons accepted the position of Chief Justice as we believed that his appointment lacked the important appearance of independence right from the start. Once again, this is not to say that David Simmons does not or did not have the knowledge or integrity necessary for the position – we objected because his background in the rough and tumble world of Barbados politics made him an unwise choice for the position of Chief Justice.
Now we have allegations surfacing from before David Simmons became our Chief Justice – and that is unfortunate to say the least. Whether the allegations are true or not, and even if they occurred long ago during his political backroom days, it still throws a bit of a cloud over the OFFICE of the Chief Justice. That’s a sad truth.
Every Bride Is A Virgin – Or So They Say!
They say that every bride instantly becomes a virgin again on her wedding day (at least Auntie Moses says so!) and I guess we all hoped that a similar process would happen when David Simmons became Chief Justice.
But just like a newly “re-virginated” bride can sometimes have old lovers walk embarrassingly back into her life, David Simmons has found that his new judicial robes can’t free him of decades of backroom deals, favours asked and favours granted – and the political, legal and economic strategies that he and his BLP Government Cabinet dreamed up and implemented.
Let’s hope that the allegations against David Simmons are eventually disproven, but Barbados should remember this lesson when it comes time to appoint a new Chief Justice.
Chief Justice David Simmons Wanted To Be…
Attorney General David Simmons wanted to leave his first love: Politics, for a new love: the Office Of The Chief Justice Of Barbados.
But David knew that his relationship with Politics had forever tainted his reputation. How could his new love ever accept a man who had gone out with Politics?
If David was to win his new love, the Office Of The Chief Justice Of Barbados, he would have to become pure again – like he was before he met Politics.
His new love needed purity, so the rest of the family of Barbados could look upon the new Office Of The Chief Justice and say “We have a pure and uncorrupted Chief Justice. No one will ever challenge the integrity of the Office of our Chief Justice!”
So David thought and thought – and decided…
“I know!” said David. “I’ll walk away from Politics – to cleanse myself from my old love. After I have been away from Politics for even a few months, everyone will forget about my old love. Then, I shall put on new Judicial Robes and not be involved with Politics any longer. I shall become like new – cleansed and pure – as is fitting for my new love, Office Of The Chief Justice.
David thought and thought and said, “YES! That’s it! I want to be pure. I want to be. I WILL be…
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