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Dear Barbados Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, this article is for you.

Why is it not appropriate for the Commissioner of Police of Anguilla on his retirement to be appointed Magistrate of Anguilla?

It is unfortunate that I have to ask this question.  The answer should be obvious to all.  The answer is that such an appointment will tend to undermine public confidence in the administration of justice, and to bring the judiciary into contempt.  Just in case there is one single person out there who does not  see the point immediately, let me try my best to explain why this is so.

First of all, every police case brought in the Magistrate’s Court is brought in the name of the Commissioner of Police.  The Magistrate’s Court deals with 95% of the criminal cases brought to court in any country.  The trial of crime in Anguilla is for all practical purposes synonymous with the Magistrate’s Court.  If I get a summons, it will be titled “Commissioner of Police versus Don Mitchell”.  Then, every single investigation of a crime is conducted under the direction of the Commissioner of Police.  He is the head of the police force.

In addition to the obvious conflicts of interest and questions of bias raised, there is the fundamental question of the separation of powers.  At least since the time of the Duc de Montesquieu, the principle of separation of powers has been an intrinsic foundation of the rule of law.  Ask any first year law student.

… article continues at Corruption-free Anguilla

David Simmons got he-self re-virginated to become Chief Justice Barbados

And there you have it, Chief Justice SIR David Simmons,

Ask any first year law student why it was unethical for you as the former Attorney General and Acting Prime Minister of Barbados to accept an appointment as Chief Justice. It was a fundamental question of the separation of powers.

You knew that your appointment to Chief Justice undermined public confidence in the administration of justice, and brought the judiciary into contempt, but you wanted the honour and the job so bad that you took it. And Owen Arthur wanted influence over the courts of Barbados so bad that he appointed an old friend (one of the three mice) as Chief Justice.

Ask any first year law student, SIR.

Further Reading

Let’s Hope Our Next Barbados Chief Justice Isn’t A Political Hack Like SIR David Simmons

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Corruption-free Anguilla Opens Nominations For The Gold Medal For Cultural Vandalism

Hubert Hughes Of Anguilla Says “To Hell With History. I Could Have Saved The Cotton Gin But I Don’t Care, So I Threw It In The Garbage”

Back in October, we told you about how Barbados government workers demolished the last slave hut on the island after being informed not to by a member of Parliament.  (See our article How screwed up is this place? Barbados government workers accidentally demolished last slave hut — after being informed not to by and Member of Parliament)

One Hundred-Year-Old Machinery Had A Bale Of Cotton Stuck In It For Sixty Years

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

It looks like Anguilla has the same problem as Barbados with idiots who don’t respect history. John Mitchell of Corruption-Free Anguilla blog has created a new award: the Gold Medal for Cultural Vandalism, inspired by the Honourable Hubert Hughes. Mr. Hughes apparently has single-handedly destroyed the finest remaining example of an antique cotton gin in Anguilla. Now, all that remains are bits and pieces with much of the machinery carted off to the local dump.

Mr. Hughes should be ashamed of himself.

You can read the entire sad story of an act of cultural vandalism at Corruption-Free Anguilla. (link here)

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Who Sold Barbados Sand To Cap Juluca Hotel In Anguilla?

Cap Juluca Hotel With Barbados Beach Sand

Cap Juluca Resort Beach - Barbados Sand

Cap Juluca is burning through money. Wish they’d give me some. The barge load of sand due three weeks ago finally arrived last Sunday from Barbados. But, it’s ‘bad sand’, a darker colour than the ‘good sand’ on the beach. So, they’re digging huge pits on the beach. Like twenty feet deep full of water. They are piling up the ‘good sand’ in big mountains of sand. They’re filling the holes with ‘bad sand’ and then topping them off with ‘good sand’. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Forecasts call for large seas tomorrow. We’ll have to see what happens to these mountains of sand. Really pouring some bucks into the old place. They open on Monday.

What a start to the tourist season!

… from the Corruption-free Anguilla blog story Development

Barbados Sand: Who Profits? Who Gives Permission? Who Buys? Who Sells?

It is interesting how you can see something happening all your life and not really know anything about what you’re watching. Then one day you start to ask yourself a few questions about what you’ve seen and you discover that you know very little.

Take sand, for instance.

Last week a barge-load of Barbados sand arrived in Anguilla where it was spread on the private beach of the Cap Juluca resort. As I read Don Mitchell’s article about it I wondered what part of Barbados the sand was taken from. Considering the poor state of some of the beaches on the West coast and the apparent shortage of sand to dress them up occasionally, the question about where the sand was taken from is more important than some people from abroad might imagine.

Then I wondered about who collected the sand, who owned the sand and what government permissions they might have needed to collect and sell the sand off the island.

I’d love to know the answers to these questions. Can anyone assist me?

BFP Reader “Akabozik”

UPDATE:

To thieves, Caribbean sand is pure gold

Beaches disappear by the truckload for construction projects. The islands suffer.

By Danica Coto
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Ahh, the Caribbean. Sun, surf. But where’s the sand?
It is disappearing at alarming rates as thieves feed a local construction boom.

Caribbean round grains, favored in creating smooth surfaces for plastering and finishing, are being hauled away by the truckload late at night. On some islands, towns and ecologically sensitive areas are now exposed to tidal surges and rough seas…

… continue reading this article at the Philadelphia Inquirer (link here)

Three arrested in stolen sand probe
BY KARYL WALKER Crime/Court Co-ordinator
Friday, December 12, 2008

Three men were yesterday arrested in connection with the theft in July of 500 truckloads of sand from a Trelawny beach after cops from the Organised Crime Investigative Division (OCID) raided premises in the Corporate Area, Trelawny and Negril.

The identities of the men were not released by the police who, in a release yesterday, said they were being processed and interviewed by investigators.

According to the police, two of the men were held in Kingston while the other man was picked up in Trelawny.
The police raided the Corporate Area head office and a Trelawny branch of Bedrock Building and Aggregates early yesterday. Another raid was reportedly carried out in the resort town of Negril in Westmoreland. (continue reading at the Jamaica Observer here)

Thanks to a BFP reader for pointing out these articles. You know who you are and so do we! Thanks, old friend.

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