Will Justice Elliot Mottley return to haunt backroom Barbados politics?
Belize news media and blogs are reporting that President of the Belize Court of Appeal, Justice Elliot Mottley, tendered his resignation in a constitutional showdown with Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
“It was in August of this year that the former Chief Justice Conteh brought to my attention the amendment to the Constitution. It was then that I discovered that the terms and condition of my appointment as President of the Court of Appeal of Belize had been unilaterally altered. And this was done without my knowledge and consent. Once I became aware of this, I determined that I would resign my position as President of this court. I will say no more on that.”
Justice Elliott Mottley quoted in The Reporter article Appeal Court President admits resignation is because of Constitutional amendment
(Tip of the hat to an old friend for that link)
We at Barbados Free Press can’t pretend to understand the background to the political and legal controversy over this move in Belize, but judging by the internet traffic and citizens’ comments, it’s important to the people of Belize. There is speculation that Prime Minister Barrow is consolidating power and that he will appoint a family member or friend and political supporter to succeed Justice Mottley. Whether true or not, even the talk about this is disturbing and…
That’s serious business when it comes to democracy.
We in Barbados know the problem when the judiciary is politicized and we urge our friends in Belize to fight the politicization of the courts in any way they can.
Let’s make one thing clear: based upon what we are reading on the internet, we don’t believe that Mia’s daddy is the bad guy here. Maybe he’s a victim. Maybe he’s a principled person who won’t stand to see his judicial office corrupted or overridden by politicians.
We don’t know and we’re not knowledgeable to comment one way or the other on this specific situation in Belize… but we do know one thing from Barbados’ recent political history…
Judicial office be damned: Justice Elliot Mottley is not afraid to insert himself into Bajan politics.
On May 31, 2009, we wrote about how Justice Elliot Mottley brought his judicial office into Barbados politics when his daughter Mia Mottley was “chosen” as leader of the BLP…
“I wasn’t there, but like many people I’ve heard the stories of screaming, shouting and banging that could be heard out onto the street until some thinking person sent a text message to one of the participants that party supporters milling about outside were hearing the disaster. Later, the rumours came around that Mia almost lost the position until her father threatened to lay waste to half the old-boys network if his little girl didn’t assume the mantle of BLP leader. Yes, Mia’s daddy – Justice Elliot D. Mottley – was at the inner-circle meeting on election night and not just to provide moral support to his daughter. Judge Mottley took a very active role in the political process – according to what was heard on the street.
Once again folks – I wasn’t there, but I’ve heard the stories and so have you. Whatever happened on election night that saw Mia Mottley emerge as BLP Leader, it sure wasn’t a unifying experience for the BLP. Nor was this a satisfactory “public” fight where a clear winner was declared by the party.”
Justice Elliott Mottley didn’t do his little girl any favours back in January 2008
We at Barbados Free Press agree upon many basic issues – otherwise we wouldn’t still be together posting this blog several times a day after five years. That said, this is Cliverton writing this article and a few of my friends at BFP don’t agree with the following…
I believe that Mia Amor Mottley will one day be the first female Prime Minister of our country.
Mia’s time is not now. Her father tried to push her into a position before the country was ready for her – perhaps before she was ready to assume the position. What resulted was almost three wasted years of turmoil and disunity in the BLP.
Opportunistic bastard. Of course Owen Arthur knew that David Thompson was about to die.
Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur came back and deposed Mia Mottley a few days before David Thompson died.
What an opportunistic bastard. Arthur knew. Of course he knew.
But Arthur is so power hungry that he doesn’t realise he and the BLP will pay a price for his piranha-like blood lust.
Owen Arthur’s coop may be the best thing that ever happened to the political career of Mia Mottley. It will allow her to regroup and rebuild while Owen Arthur stumbles.
The question I have is this: Will Mia’s father accept that his time has passed? Will he provide Mia with private support but keep the hell out of the way?
Elliot Mottley can be a support to his daughter… or an albatross around her neck. That’s his choice.
signed… an unusually sober Cliverton
“While the press release makes the retirement appear routine, Bar Association members we contacted are adamant that Justice’s Mottley’s retirement is anything but routine.”
News5: Justice Mottley retires