The Crisis in the Justice System

The State of Grenada comprises three independent but co-equal arms of Government: the Executive (Cabinet), the Legislature (Parliament) and the Judiciary (the Courts). In order for Government to function efficiently, all three arms must be fully operational, none compromised. If one arm ceases to function, there is national chaos. The chaos may not be readily noticeable, but its disastrous effects are sure to be eventually felt by all. Last Monday, lawyers held a public protest to bring focus on the dire state of the Judiciary in this country. In any country, when lawyers resort to protest action, we know there … Continue reading

The Nicaragua Government has gone too far

The English-speaking Caribbean has just emerged from a season manifesting the spirit, intrinsic to Christmas, of ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’. Not even the no-confidence vote that was carried against the APNU-AFC coalition government in Guyana on Friday, December 21 disrupted the festive celebrations of the period. Bitterness, felt by faithful supporters of the main political party, the Peoples’ National Congress (PNC), was contained in sterile argument about whether the Constitution was correctly interpreted, and, therefore, the possibility of overturning the vote. In the coming weeks, that argument might be tested in the Court, which is the appropriate … Continue reading

Why silence about the Climate Conference in Poland?

A statement may have been made one or more of the Caribbean countries that attended the Conference of the Parties (COP) on the disastrous effects of Climate Change in Katowice, Poland in early December, but if any statement was made it is nigh impossible to find it despite the considerable search engines on the internet. Yet, the disastrous results of the Katowice Conference should be a renewed call to arms for all Caribbean island-states whose very existence is now closer to extinction than it has ever been. In the face of the continued recalcitrance of the powerful states even to … Continue reading

The Confusion-maker in Chief

In 1997, in the case of Irvin Mc Queen v. The Attorney General of Grenada, the Court of Appeal ruled the Pensions Disqualification Act, No.24 of 1983 unconstitutional. The Attorney General did not appeal that ruling, so Mc Queen’s case remains the law of the land. It meant that Government knew since then, that pension restoration was a critical issue to be addressed. Chief Justice Byron gave clear guidance in his judgment on what was necessary to fix the problem to bring any new pension regime in line with the Constitution of Grenada. Incidentally, Dr. Keith Mitchell was Prime Minister … Continue reading

The Caribbean: Confronting its demons

Had the meeting of CARICOM governments on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) been the only event affecting the Caribbean in the first week of December, it would have been a week to celebrate. But, it was also a week when global emissions of carbon dioxide reached such high levels that the future of Caribbean countries is now almost irreversibly endangered. The last sentence is not hyperbole. The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, took one glance at the frightening increase by 1.6 percent of global emissions in 2017 and a terrifying projected rise by 2.7 percent in 2018, to … Continue reading

The Budget 2019: Were You Listening?

The Prime Minister presented the 2019 Budget last Wednesday, 21st November 2018 and most people hardly even noticed. The fact is, this presentation was a grand non-event. The Prime Minister was going through the motion of an elaborate web of incoherent phrases, after which, even the best minds who tried, could hardly make sense of. The theme, “Building Resilience, Advancing Social Development, Transforming our Economy” was simply a mish-mash of sexy empty phrases. This theme was probably the worst ever and the contents of the presentation equally among the worst of the Prime Minister’s entire career. The Structural Adjustment Program … Continue reading

China’s Good Governance to Eradicate Extremism

By Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in Grenada In recent years, the government of China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has taken various strong measures to curb and eradicate extremism, which achieved good social governance and were supported by people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. However, out of the expectation of the vast majority of Chinese people, some foreign politicians, without serious study of the actual facts, attacked Xinjiang’s practice as violating human rights of Uyghur. Some ill-intentioned western media also followed up to vilify Chinese government’s good laws and governance, discredit China’s image. These unfriendly reports with prejudice caused … Continue reading

CARICOM MUST BE ACTIVE ON HAITI

Haiti continues to be an unsettled country politically. Demonstrations against successive governments have become almost normal, and so too, tragically, are the deaths associated with them. No one should be surprised at the continuous unrest in Haiti. It has been an impoverished country for too long, and it has been exploited by external forces and mismanaged by internal administrations. The latest unrest flowed from citizens demanding an accounting for US$31 million provided by Venezuela under its “Petrocaribe” arrangements. Reported police violence against demonstrating civilians led to the deaths of several people and the injury of others. Amnesty International rejected “excessive … Continue reading

Is negotiated settlement possible?

By Claudette Joseph So I’ve slept on that National Address by our leader Monday night and now I’m up with a hole in my stomach at what is happening to my little beloved country. Friends, has that national address sunk in? We have a situation where, the laws of the land, the Constitution no less, enshrines pension benefits for all public workers. As it now stands, we need pension reform because an attempt at such by the PRG Government, in 1983, 35 years ago, has been declared unconstitutional by our courts. The first time our courts suggested that the PRG … Continue reading

The Government Must Act Responsibly

The National Democratic Congress commends the people of Grenada for the overwhelming support that they have so far given to Public Officers in the struggle for their pension rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. The numbers who came out in public protest on Tuesday 20th November 2018 sent a clear message to the Government that it is time to act to resolve this impasse. We thank and commend Bishop Clyde Harvey for his timely intervention in bringing the Government and unions back to the negotiating table. We are however, very disquieted by the Prime Minister’s conduct in the last few … Continue reading