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Careful, Mr Prime Minister!

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Prime Minister Andrew Holness must come to the understanding that being "from a different age with a different way of thinking" does not, by itself, constitute a solid platform on which to stand in explaining his recommendation for the appointment of an acting chief justice.

As has been patiently pointed out, such appointment severely trespasses upon the twin anchor on which the judiciary rests in a free and democratic society: security of tenure and independence.

 

Not the first

 

Of course, we recall that this is not the first occasion on which Holness has sought to brush aside legal and constitutional principles. He stubbornly refused to accept that demanding that would-be senators sign undated letters of resignation merely stipulated loyalty to him rather than to the Constitution, as sworn to in the oath to which all parliamentarians must subscribe.

Careful, Prime Minister! Frankly, this business of being from a different age with a different way of thinking can easily ripen into a route to authoritarianism.

A.J. NICHOLSON

Former Attorney General