Former justice minister and High Court judge Herbert Volney has described President Anthony Carmona's inaugural speech on Monday as "a little radical".
"President Carmona said a lot, and it was a little radical from the point of view of hearing him speak about outside the box," Volney told the Express yesterday.
While there are those who believe that the President may have gone too far in some of his comments, Volney said he does not think so. "I don't think that the President, when he speaks from the heart, can ever go too far. I believe his speech is an indication of his heartfelt perspective of the office that he now holds."
But he cautioned: "We have to wait to see how best he can improve on the quality of life through a more meaningful relationship between the Office of the President and the Executive."
According to Volney, an improvement in the relationship between the new President and the Prime Minister will benefit the people. "I think the President's heart is in the right place and in his discussions with the Prime Minister, he would give his opinion and she is one who is moved by opinions that are sincere, and it will redound to the benefit of the people," he said.
Known for his frankness, Volney was fired from the People's Partnership's Cabinet last September by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for his role in the controversial declaration of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) 2011 Act, and is now relegated to the back benches.