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PJ lost credibility in pushing CCJ down our throats

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Former prime minister P.J. Patterson's recommendations on the appointment of a chief justice cannot be deemed as trustworthy, not after his insistence on putting forward the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final court of appeal and, therefore, moving away from the Privy Council.

His insistence on the withdrawal process, without a referendum, was suspicious at best.

We should not take his word as anything of good counsel, but give the democratically elected prime minister the latitude he wants in making a decision.

The 181/2 years of P.J. rule leaves a bitter taste in many mouths, having ruled over so many scandalous events within his time, setting back the country and allowing his minister of finance, Omar Davies, to destroy lives and businesses. Don't forget about FINSAC, among other tragedies.

I have one bit of advice for P.J.: Enjoy the rest of his retirement and the money he has.