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Ignore Mason's anti-CCJ bleating

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In Ronald Mason?s most recent contributions to your paper, my attention was once again called to his unwise and unintelligent return to the subject of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

We cannot be surprised that he purposely ignores the conditions under which the Privy Council is prepared to come to sunny Jamaica, not one of which attaches to the itinerant feature embodied in the provisions of the CCJ Agreement, as exemplified in the Shanique Myrie case.

And we would not expect Mason to know or to take account of the suggestion of the former president of the UK Supreme Court and head of the Privy Council that judges of lesser standing than those of his highest court would be employed to deal with our cases, which have nothing to do with British society or way of life.

And he is prepared to use the example of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States' second-tier appeal court as an example of how a final appellate tribunal could be established in Jamaica.

Mason continues to be haunted by, the ghosts of the failed federation experiment of 1961. Does regional partnering across the globe have to be in the form of political alliance?

The bottom line is that the reader's choice is between the fears by which people like Mason are ruled and the continuous stream of public endorsement flowing towards acceptance of the CCJ as our final appeal court.

Surely, the conclusions arrived at by several Bar associations, workers' organisations, human rights and watchdog groups, and the Church are to be preferred to the bleating of Mason.

Who is willing to accept the blinkered suggestions of Mason over the profound urgings of Dr Lloyd Barnett and the Jamaican Bar Association on this issue?

ANDRAE BLAIR

President, People's National Party Youth Organisation