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Stellar handling of enquiry by Sir David

Published:Monday | February 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The Manatt commission of enquiry was a lesson and study in how not to conduct an enquiry. Conversely, the West Kingston commission of enquiry, thus far, has been a fine example of how such a probe should be run.

The chairman, Sir David Simmons, must be commended in that regard. He has directed the enquiry, thus far, with a firm but flexible hand; has been fair and balanced in his treatment of the various witnesses and their respective lawyers/legal teams; has been thoughtful in his rulings; and has brought and preserved an atmosphere of calm to the enquiry, even when, sometimes, witnesses and/or lawyers become overexuberant.

Likewise, his fellow co-commissioners have been measured, humble and conscientious in their roles.

Sir David has been a shining example of statesmanship, leadership, dignity and decorum. Keep up the good work, Sir!