Monday, February 19, 2018

James: Proposed changes to Constitution no big deal

Political analyst Dr Winford James has described as superficial the proposed changes to the Constitution which were presented by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Parliament yesterday.

James said none of the proposed changes are “earth changing” as Persad-Bissessar suggested. 

“They are changes that will help improve the way we govern ourselves but I’m not sure they will advance our democracy, ” he told the Express last night.

“Some of them have not been fleshed out,” he added.

James said the Prime Minister failed to outline the problems the changes would fix.

“It is up to the Prime Minister to say what problem there was that the people were clamouring about that led to the changes—she did not do so in her statement,” he said.

Speaking on the proposal to limit the term of a prime minister to ten years and six months (two terms), Dr James said this would in no way improve the country’s democracy.

He said while it would be a dignified way for a prime minister to leave office, the only purpose it would serve is to make way for new talent.