Daily Archives: October 24, 2007

The Independence Of The Chief Justice Of Barbados


Attorney General And Cabinet Minister, Then Chief Justice A Few Days Later

When the highest court in the land has to decide a case between the government and a citizen, will Chief Justice David Simmons be loyal to the law… or to his old friends in government? As a member of the Caribbean Court of Justice, will David Simmons favour an old political associate who is being sued by a citizen?

We shouldn’t even have to think about those questions, but we are forced to because our Chief Justice came directly to his position from the slime and mudslinging of politics where he was a powerful presence and a senior Cabinet Minister in the current Barbados government.

Because the government controlled all media at the time of his appointment, Bajans were denied a proper debate of the appropriateness of making the Attorney General into a supposedly “impartial” judge overnight.

We are going to engage in that debate now, folks – and Barbados Free Press will continue to hammer away at an issue that needs to see the light of day and be discussed in a public forum. David Simmons will be the lead story in our soon-to-be-published next print edition.

Even if the Attorney General had been appointed as an ordinary Judge, it would not have been appropriate. But we aren’t talking just any judge. David Simmons became the Chief Justice – the highest Judge in the land.

David Simmons should not have accepted the position of Chief Justice. His action in accepting was unethical and brought the office of the Chief Justice, the courts and the entire judicial system into disrepute.

IF David Simmons has any honour left, he should resign.

Further BFP Reading About Chief Justice Simmons…

Latest articles first…

Barbados Chief Justice Simmons Tries To Forget His Own Past As He Chides New Lawyers To Be Ethical

Source: Chief Justice Simmons Hiding Witness, Deliberately Obstructing Court Case!

New Blog Alleges: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

Barbados Jail Builder VECO Added As Defendant In Lawsuit Against Prime Minister Arthur and Chief Justice Simmons

Barbados Chief Justice David Simmons Wanted To Be…

Waiting For Barbados Chief Justice Simmons

A Hope And A Prayer For Barbados Chief Justice David Simmons

Eight BFP Readers Send Open Letter To Barbados Chief Justice Simmons

Barbados Prison Builder VECO – Political Corruption Scandal Continues – FBI and Tax Police Raid US Senator’s Home

You Want Irony? A Country With No Environmental Protection Laws Sends The Chief Justice To Environmental Law Conference

Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Suspended – Sinister Politics Or Protecting Democracy? (And A Word About Barbados’ Chief Justice)

Lawsuit Update: Nelson Barbados Group Ltd Against Prime Minister Arthur, Chief Justice Simmons, David Shorey And Many Others

Barbados Free Press Receives Full Copy Of Lawsuit “Statement Of Claim” Against Prime Minister Arthur, Chief Justice Simmons and Others

International Lawsuit Against Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur And Others – Update

Barbados Lawsuit Names Prime Minister Owen Arthur, Chief Justice Simmons And Many Prominent Citizens And Businesses

Does Barbados Chief Justice Simmons Own Shares In The Country’s Largest Newspaper?

Barbados Guide To Judicial Conduct “Not Available To Ordinary Public” – But It Doesn’t Matter, It Doesn’t Really Exist Anyway


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Dominica Prime Minister Sues Journalist Matt Peltier – For Asking How He Became A Millionaire On A Public Servant’s Salary

Our cheap Super Bowl Sunday post for 2011!

What can I say? I picked Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to victory and I was correct. I win one beer that Robert would have bought for me anyway. I’m having to find another article to post for Sunday because Robert isn’t finished his promised article about why REDjet’s aircraft are the Pic’o the crop. And, as you might imagine, we’ve all had one or two drinks watching the game so I needed something quick.

The Times of Dominica blog just linked to an older BFP article about Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit so I’m bringing our article to the top for a day because it makes a few points as we look back over three years later…

  • The article was published on October 24, 2007 and by that time DLP fans had turned on Barbados Free Press for continuing to call down then Opposition leader David Thompson for failing to declare that the DLP would bring in Integrity Legislation if elected.
  • A month and a bit later in December of 2007 in the middle of the election campaign, the DLP and David Thompson declared that they would introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws within 100 days of forming a government.
  • The DLP and David Thompson also promised that they would introduce a Ministerial Code addressing conflicts of interest “IMMEDIATELY” upon being elected.
  • The DLP and David Thompson lied to us to get elected. The DLP is now in its fourth year of power with a majority government that can do whatever it wants in terms of legislation – but they didn’t so much as declare the Ministerial Code which they could have easily done by making it policy.
  • Barbados still lacks Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information, Ministerial Code etc etc etc. The DLP and Thompson lied.
  • BLP Member of Parliament Dr. Duguid says that Barbados politicians will never introduce Integrity Legislation. It’s not going to happen according to Dr. Duguid, who is moving to Canada permanently to join his family there as soon as his term ends.

The comments section of this article from 2007 makes for interesting reading. Already the hardcore DLP supporters and insiders knew in October 2007 that they would never introduce Integrity Legislation.

Same old, same old ’bout hey!


Here’s our original article published October 24, 2007…

Million Dollar Assets, $5,000 Salary!

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit doesn’t like being asked how he became a millionaire on a politician’s salary – so he is suing The Times newspaper in Dominca and editor Journalist Matt Peltier. Continue reading


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