Barbados Chief Justice Promotes “intrigue, sex and murder” Book For Longtime Political Associate

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Barbados Chief Justice SIR David Simmons is all hot to promote a racy novel by his old political ally Michael F. Rudder, the first Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Labour Party.

Before he was Chief Justice, SIR David Simmons was the Attorney General of Barbados and a senior Cabinet Minister with the BLP Government of SIR Owen Arthur. (Don’t worry, Owen – you may have to wait until the next BLP government but you’ll get the title. Everybody does.)

Chief Justice Simmons Is A “Name Brand” Whose Public Commercial Endorsement At A Book Launch Guaranteed Favourable Press Coverage Of The Product And Author

Besides being a long time Member of Parliament, Attorney General and senior Cabinet Minister, SIR David Simmons also filled the roll of Acting Prime Minister on many occasions. He is a lifetime master politician and thus was asked by author Rudder to provide a commercial endorsement of his book at the official launch. The Chief Justice is a “name brand” whose endorsement generated press coverage, enhanced publicity and undoubtedly increased sales.

Although many people would have a problem with the ETHICS of a sitting Chief Justice using his name and public office to generate publicity to flog a commercial book, we want to point out that David Simmons has never had any ethical concerns with a Cabinet Minister becoming the Chief Justice – so why should he start acting ethically now?

After all, as has been shown on many occasions with Barbados politicians – “There’s no whore like an old whore.”

I hope the book sells lots, Sir David. I’d hate to think that you sullied your official title and office for only a small return.

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23 responses to “Barbados Chief Justice Promotes “intrigue, sex and murder” Book For Longtime Political Associate

  1. Hants

    I hope Mr.Rudder is successful with his book. I will read it when I get a copy.

    I usually buy Austin”Tom”Clarke novels and give to friends at christmas.

    Will add this novel to my gift list.

    Barbadian authors need our support.

  2. I’ve already obtained a copy and it is an excellent read from a local author. Perhaps BFP can get behind the author to promote local talent (like Rihanna) so that BFP’s many millions of readers can be enticed to go buy a copy on Amazon or at Days to promote the nation further?
    Perhaps BFP could address the issue of local arts and entertainment being treated so low in estimation even from local folk that it’s difficult for any to make a real lving from their art.

  3. The Scout

    BFP
    You’re getting worse by the minute. This posting is the sickest you have ever produced. May I suggest, if you have no more interesting postings to make, sign off, enjoy the season and come up with fresh ideas for 2009. In modern day terms “wheel and come again.” Until then Have a Happy Christmas or should I say Seasons Greetings. Bye

  4. A PS; I forgot to add that I reviewed his great book on http://filmandmoviemaking.com/black-light-rising-by-michael-f-rudder/
    Let’s get behind Bajan arts!

  5. Juris

    BFP, in your vain attempts to criticise the CJ, you would suggest that it is UNETHICAL for a Chief Justice to give the feature address at a book launch? What, in your view, is it ethical for a Chief Justice to do? Come on. Don’t worry though, akabozik, reality check and the usual suspects will soon come on board agreeing with you.

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    BFP says,

    OK, so just to be clear, is it your opinion that it is OK for the Chief Justice to endorse all commercial ventures, or just books? For instance, if a builder had built a house, would it be OK for the Chief Justice (or any Judge), to endorse a builder’s quality at the unveiling of a new tract housing project?

    I’d like to explore your full thoughts on the subject before deciding whether my position on this is wrong.

    Thanks,

    Cliverton

  6. Hants

    @ Juris

    Barbadian authors Austin Tom Clarke and Cecil A. Foster are well respected in Canada.

    Prehaps Mr.Rudder will get respect outside of Barbados.

    Now I would like BFP to promote Mr.Rudder’s book in a separate post.

    Time to support all positive things that are Bajan.

    And a bit of good news. 3 snow storms over the next few days will be hitting Toronto and the GTA.

    Look fuh nuf Tourisses from up hey in Canada.

  7. 119

    i see nothing wrong with him endorsing the book ,, yall at BFP need mental health care help

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    BFP says,

    OK, so just to be clear, is it your opinion that it is OK for the Chief Justice to endorse all commercial ventures, or just books? For instance, if a builder had built a house, would it be OK for the Chief Justice (or any Judge), to endorse a builder’s quality at the unveiling of a new tract housing project?

    I’d like to explore your full thoughts on the subject before deciding whether my position on this is wrong.

    Thanks,

    Cliverton

  8. J

    BFP wrote ” a new tract housing project?”

    Cuh dear BFP man!!!

    can’t expect a CJ to endorse a “tract housing project”

    But an area of “high-end” multi-million $ “homes” Now ya talking.

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    BFP says,

    OK J., let’s continue the discussion. Would it be OK for the Chief Justice to endorse a commercial venture of high end multimillion dollar homes? If not, why not?

  9. Sargeant

    • @ Hants
    • And a bit of good news. 3 snow storms over the next few days will be hitting Toronto and the GTA.
    Look fuh nuf Tourisses from up hey in Canada.
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    In one breath you preach about the economic turmoil the world is coping with and ask for bloggers to cut the Gov’t some slack and in another you talk about all the tourists coming down from Canada. Which part of Canada? Do you know something that the rest of us don’t? I would like to remind you that there was record snow last Winter and there was no significant increase in tourists from Canada if any, and now that Ontario is facing the prospect of economic disaster with the possible collapse of the Big Three automakers do you expect the “Nuf Tourisses” to show up n Barbados? Everybody hanging on to their wallets, no one is spending money if they don’t have to, many of the people who may be coming to Barbados booked their holidays in the summer before the financial collapse and I’ll wager that very few people will suddenly decide to fly down because there will be snowstorms this weekend.

    Its good to be optimistic but you have to be a pragmatist too.

  10. 24

    What wrong wid the Chief Justice selling sex books? Let he mek a little money on de side, nuh.

    I din see BFP complain bout dat Yankee Senator Bob Dole when he did selling VI – AGRA!

    I bet if Simmons sell 500 books, he gine get more big head and start copying de old Yankee men.

  11. Hants

    @ Sargeant
    Air canada and West Jet are almost fully booked until January 10th.

    More Canadians will travel to Barbados this year on Air Canada and West Jet. Sunwing has flights to Barbados in January.

    The BTA in Toronto is aggressively promoting Barbados all across Canada.
    They now have Ads on CTV and CNN in prime time.

    Yes Sargeant the world may fall apart but at least the BTA is working hard in Canada.

    I expect there will be success in the Canadian market.

  12. Hants

    @ Sargeant

    almost forgot.

    Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

  13. Sargeant

    @Hants

    I don’t dispute that the BTA is working hard to promote Barbados, I just think it is unrealistic to expect an increase in visitors from Canada this winter.

    Happy digging and safe motoring today.

    Merry Xmas and a PROSPEROUS New Year to you and yours.

  14. West Side Davie

    there is a tendency to say it is only a book endorsement and what does it matter, but I can’t think of any other Chief Justice I have seen from anywhere endorsing something that is for sale. If it is alright for the Chief Justice to endorse a book release, how about an art store opening? Is that acceptable? How about endorsing a car dealership? Would that be acceptable?

    In a small society like Barbados the judiciary must take even greater pains to appear unbiased, independent and unconnected to government. This book introduction for a BLP big up fails on all three issues.

  15. Juris

    What about CJ’s and judges who write the foreword to legal texts, WSD? There are many instances of this and these books are sold at high prices. Is that unethical too? Can he be seen shopping at a certain supermarket? Driving a certain car. Drinking a certain brand of alcohol? Get real! Independence of the judiciary is in the heart of a judge, not in his outward appearances.

  16. BFP

    So Juris,

    What do you say about the opening of the art shop? Or promoting a car dealership? Is that ok for judges?

    I don’t think so.

    As to the introduction to a legal text book, I’m not entirely comfortable with that for a number of reasons, but am open to talk about it. As to a judge promoting a fictional novel – no, I don’t think that is ethical.

    And especially that the author is a political associate of David Simmons.

    Simmons is a politician and was a poor choice for CJ simply because he will never be perceived as being independent from politics and political parties. This book endorsement for an old political friend underlines that.

  17. Juris

    BFP, after you have explained the ethical difference between a judge endorsing a legal text and a fictional novel, would you care to state what you think it is that causes a judge to decide a case in a given way? You obviously have a bee in your bonnet about Simmons…I can’t get into that…but your concept of judicial independence is a most superficial one that depends purely on perception and not on the substance of the matter. Are you saying that we enjoyed independence of the judiciary up to Simmons’ appointment? And does it matter that his “party” no longer forms the Government, so that by your reasoning he is independent of this administration? And, incidentally, you have not answered my questions about shopping and drinking!

  18. Cliverton Not Signed In

    Hello Juris,

    I see zero difference between a judge endorsing a commercial book and a car dealership. Where a law book is directed to the legal profession, I might be able to cut a Judge a little slack but that would again depend upon the wording of the endorsement. I think you would find the endorsements in the front of a law book to be very carefully crafted to avoid any appearance of bias.

    You say our “concept of judicial independence is a most superficial one that depends purely on perception and not on the substance of the matter.”

    You are obviously a member of the legal profession in a legal backwater like Barbados and certainly not in the UK, USA or Canada.

    You state that appearances don’t matter because like all corrupt elites in Barbados you do not want to implement rules that would curb your voracious appetite. When someone points out that you as the Chief Justice have spent far longer in politics than in the legal system and that the appearance of justice is important, you bristle and put forward your title as a shield.

    No, we are on to your type. Everybody always has been disgusted by your type but were unable to say anything in public.

    Now we have the blogs and you can’t cope with that because for the first time there is a public discussion about your lack of ethics and continuing role in politics.

    Your appointment as Chief Justice was nothing more than a power consolidation strategy by you and your gang.

    Enjoy Christmas, Mr. Simmons and think about how you mistake people’s fear for respect.

  19. Juris

    You flatter yourself, BFP, if you think that The CJ would find the time to contribute to this blog. I’m just someone with legal training and an avid curiosity about human nature. And you call Barbados a legal backwater as compared to the US? I can only commiserate with you in your ignorance.

  20. reality check

    Juris has the same same arrogance and sense of entitlement towards the Rule of Law as the CJ. Almost a clone?

    He or she is partly right about the US, although occassionally the US gets it right with their disclosure rules and freedom of expression to expose corruption and abuse of power.

  21. Avatar Gurl

    Yeah, if the U.S. can get it right sometimes, and they more foolish than us, then what?

    Or maybe NOW it’s the OTHER way around…UH-OH!

  22. So when are BFP going to review the book and give it a glowing report on an excellent piece of writing from a Barbadian author?
    Perhaps BFP can start the much needed ‘Support the arts Barbados 2009’ campaign.

    Whoops; they might have just started it roling…

  23. Mr. Rudder’s book is exciting and cleverly written.
    Why can’t BFP give credit when it is due. Stop being critics and promote our local authors. It is obvious that no attempt was made by Barbados Free Press to read this Book. READ IT AND THEN WRITE A PROPER REVIEW.

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    BFP says,

    Our focus was not on the book – which may be good or bad. It was on the ethics and inappropriateness of our serving Chief Justice of Barbados flogging commercial items for sale.

    I don’t have money to buy the book. Perhaps if it appears in the library I will read it. Perhaps not.

    But we will publish YOUR REVIEW of the book – word for word without change. You can submit it to us at barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com