Examine the horns, Mr President
Mr President, be wary of your speech writers and “advisers”. They erroneously criticised the areas of expertise of Independent senators. Next they criticised late sittings of Parliament on the wrong grounds, blaming the starting time and not politicians attacking each other rather than critically analysing legislation.
Next we had the sacking of three independent senators in midterm without reason. This conflicts with the legal maxim, “discretionary powers must not be arbitrarily exercised”. The three were outstanding.
Next, appointments to the Public Service Commission which appear in conflict with the law. This is rebutted by puzzling anonymous legal opinion(s) that “experience without certification can be considered as expertise’’; but no details are provided of Dr Armstrong’s “experience”.
I am not surprised as to the leaders against this abuse. Reginald Dumas, a distinguished retired head of the Public Service who never retired from public service and Karl Hudson-Phillips, one of our most formidable parliamentarians.
The PNM’s decision to jettison Mr Hudson-Phillips accelerated the decline in a party which had served this country exceptionally well especially before Independence when money was scarce. Mr Hudson-Phillips was precisely what was needed to reverse the growing lawlessness in the land. The country squandered a second chance when it rejected Mr Hudson-Phillips’ ONR in favour of racial politics.
We have sowed the wind and we are now reaping the whirlwind.