CL Financial bailout – without rhyme or reason
The last month or so has spoilt us for choice when it comes to amazing scenes being witnessed in relation to the CL Financial bailout and the ongoing Colman Commission.
As I wrote in July 2010, in criticising the appointment of Jack Warner to the Cabinet –
“…We need to be mindful of the relationship between morals, ethics, law and of course, that scarce commodity, good sense. Obviously, law is the paramount authority, because we live in a republic ruled by laws, not men. No one should break the law and there are penalties for doing that.
But we also know that in life we make many important decisions without referring to any laws. Those are sound decisions, which form norms, eventually described as custom-and-practice or culture. There are many acts, which are at one and the same time both deeply offensive to right-thinking people (and I think that most people are right-thinking) and in breach of no particular law. Many acts, with no need for examples, since this is a newspaper any child could pick up and read…”
Attorney Seenath Jairam’s serious lapse of judgment…
The main talking point was the decision of the Law Association President, Seenath Jairam SC, to accept the Ministry of Finance brief for the Colman Commission after the dismissal of Michael Quamina and Fyard Hosein SC. Apart from our friendship, Seenath Jairam is an attorney in whom I have utmost confidence in these areas. That said, his acceptance of that brief was a serious lapse of judgment, since in my view a leader cannot behave the same as the ordinary members of an association. A leader who is unable to realize that his role demands unique sacrifices will soon exhaust his supporters’ loyalty. Continue reading