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BEST WEEK EVER:
Kay Bacchus-Baptiste must be one terrific lawyer. As the attorney of choice for NDP activists whoâve run afoul of the law (and the spouse of choice for one NDP electoral candidate), you can forgive Mrs Bacchus-Baptiste for imagining political conspiracies and biases everywhere she looks. The myth of a proud party under siege by a corrupt PM and his henchmen is, after all, deeply ingrained in the NDP psyche. But how does Bacchus-Baptiste use her paranoia to scare magistrates out of court by requesting recusals for any matter involving her clients? Last week, Bacchus-Baptiste demanded â and got magistrate Zoila Ellis-Browne to recuse herself from a case involving Nice Radio loudmouth Duggie De Freitas. What was the magistrateâs perceived conflict? Well, according to Bacchus-Baptiste, the fact that Ellis-Browne is married to a man who last stood for an election as a ULP candidate back in 2005 makes her ineligible to hear any case that involves political matters in 2016. Never mind that magistrate Ellis-Browne was never a candidate, or that her husband Mike Browne stayed far away from all political events in the most recent election. Apparently, if a man campaigned for the ULP back in 2005, his spouse is to recuse herself from matters of this nature.
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If this were a horror movie, the empty graves at the Bellevue Mt Grenan Cemetery would be a telltale prelude to a night of terror at the hands of undead zombies. But this isnât a horror movie, itâs real life in SVG. The late Agnes Gonsalves and Ruby McMillian were each laid to rest over 30 years ago. Now, their bones have been dug up, and their grave sites are empty. Whatâs going on? Is crime so bad now that it can reach beyond this mortal plane? Itâs a slippery slope: One day someone is stealing wreaths from tombs. Next thing you know, people are stealing the graves themselves. It almost makes you wish Jumbies were real, to haunt the lives of those who disturbed these ladiesâ final rest.
Poor Carlos James. In a week when he was trying to get some positive media attention through his association with a scholarship programme for North Leeward Community College students, all anyone wants to talk about is his epic Facebook rant against the authorities who shut down Arnos Valeâs Chill Spot restaurant. James is a ULP parliamentarian, so some of the interest is the kind that is generated when a politician seems to break ranks with his party. But, more than that, people are talking about Jamesâs choice of media (Facebook) and words (“just plain stupidâ) to vent his feelings. Did James feel compelled to go to social media after some internal complaint was ignored? Was he angry because of his love for Chill Spotâs grilled pork? Or was this simply a botched attempt to cast himself as a maverick voice of John Public? Whatever it was, it backfired. Even strong supporters of Chill Spot proprietor Garth Lance Oliver are saying that Jamesâs comments arenât helping their cause.
If I had a question in SVG Parliament
Iâd ask the Minister of Transport and Works if his Government is keeping track of just how many minibus accidents are happening each week in SVG. The latest is the overturn of the minibus “Skullyâ in Biabou, which sent passenger Annesley Roban to the hospital with two broken arms. As the list of accidents and close calls grows, the question lingers: What is the Government doing about it?
Another week, another treatise in the newspaper from Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. After his lengthy article on Taiwan-China relations a few weeks ago, the PM was back last week with a five-page dissertation on CSEC results. We have to ask: Is a newspaper the best medium to distribute these long policy documents? Even though everyone is seeing them, is anyone actually reading them? It might be better to pen a short article, that lots of people read, rather than a long one that everyone ignores.