“If it can be confirmed that Simmons has acted improperly, then Keltruth Corp. feels that the Governor-General, Sir Clifford Husbands, should intervene and impeach the Chief Justice.” … from Keltruth Blog article Police, Army and Chief Justice in Barbados
Barbados Chief Justice Calls For All Police And Military Power To Be One Force Under Government
In a recent speech to senior Caribbean police officials, David Simmons showed that he continues to have a political agenda that always supersedes his role as Chief Justice. His every word and action during his very political speech underlined that there is no independence of our judiciary and that he continues to function as a political leader.
David Simmons should not be making political speeches. He should not have even been attending a conference of senior police officials let alone instructing them in his new vision of Barbados government where the police and the military are to become, and in many ways have already become, one entity.
David Simmons is no fool. He is an educated, powerful and experienced politician and effectively is still acting as a senior Cabinet Minister for his BLP Government.
Simmons knows exactly what he is doing, and he has chosen the side of evil.
Our Chief Justice is an educated man and a student of history. He knows full well of the importance of an independent judiciary and he also knows how important it is that the judiciary can be seen to be independent.
Yet, because David Simmons is unethical and values his personal benefits more than the independence of the Barbados judiciary, he accepted the position of Chief Justice when he knew he should not. He knew that as a career politician and former Cabinet Minister, his appointment would politicize the courts – but it did not matter to David Simmons.
We have called for his resignation on this matter alone, but now Sir David Simmons has gone even further and shown his and his BLP government’s true lust for power.
Now it can truly be seen that David Simmons had both a personal and a political agenda when he accepted the office of Chief Justice.
The New Barbados – Envisioned By Our Chief Justice And His Political Party
History is replete with examples of what happens when the balances and independent cross-checks in a society break down. This naturally leads to abuses. History tells us what happens to democracy and freedoms when the boundaries between the military and the police become blurred – which is why every dictator in history sought to consolidate control of these most powerful societal institutions.
Good Men And Women Everywhere…
Good men and women instinctively realize that the consolidation of government powers in the hands of any small group is dangerous. That is why democratic societies take care to split powers and responsibilities among of the various arms of government, and to ensure that societal institutions function with independence and always under the scrutiny of other balancing entities.
No one person, group or institution should have the power to operate without being accountable to society at large, and this accountability is often structured into the system on multiple levels.
There can be no real justice or real democracy when the political arm of government also controls the day-to-day operations of the police, public prosecutors, court administration, judges, military and other power bases and institutions in society. Throw in a weak and cowardly news media and you have all the elements necessary for a dictatorship.
Chief Justice Sir David Simmons Is No Fool – He Is A Man With A Political Agenda
It is a fundamental truth that the consolidation of too much power weakens democracy and undermines individual rights.
All Bajan citizens had better start to pay attention to what is happening to our little democracy.
Read the entire story at Keltruth Blog before you do anything else today.