How Many Times Can A Government Change The Constitution In One Year?
A Barbados Free Press Reader Says…
“Could someone please explain for me the proposed amendments to the Public Services Act, that would see a “suspension” in the Constitution to allow appointment of temporary workers?
I”m a little concerned at the ease with which Government can institute “temporary” changes to the highest law in the land to enact appointments, even if the action is indeed a good one that deserves merit.”
Members of the Owen Arthur government have shown time and time again that they view the Constitution of Barbados and all laws as an inconvenience or a tool to be used, depending upon the circumstances, rather than as the foundation of an orderly society.
Laws – and especially the Constitution as our highest law – should not be ignored or changed with the winds of every new political idea or government. Yet back in March of this year our government cavalierly changed the Constitution to allow armed foreign troops and police on Bajan soil. This change was done with zero notice, no public debate and no public release of the proposed changes! (See BFP’s article at the time link here)
Then the government changed our Constitution again – this time to hide the immense debt that hangs over each citizen’s head like the Sword of Damocles. (see BFP’s series of articles here, here and here)
In September, the government secretly suspended the Constitution via an Order In Council to allow their agents to listen to Bajan’s conversations and read their mail and email without a judge’s warrant. (BFP story: Secret Order In Council Cancels Privacy Rights)
Now the Government wants to again “suspend” our Constitution so they can do what they want. This power is becoming habit-forming.
“Suspending all or part of the Constitution takes a country into dangerous territory.”
… from the Keltruth Blog article “Leave The Constitution“
Once again our friends at Keltruth Blog have put together a solid article that relies upon sections of the Barbados Constitution and brings in other commentary from Bajans. No hype, little opinion – just plainly stated facts that totally destroy the ability of our corrupt government to operate secretly.
Much like the accurately-researched and damning articles produced by Barbados Underground (and occasionally by us when we’re at our best) Keltruth’s articles are impossible for the government to refute – because they rely upon the government’s own information.
No wonder Owen Arthur and his gang fear a Freedom of Information law in Barbados.
Head on over to Keltruth Blog to discover what nefarious business the government is up to now.