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PM wasting capital on acting CJ saga

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


Despite an overwhelming abundance of arguments proffered by esteemed legal luminaries, the Church, civic groups, and other powerful, influential and non-partisan organisations for the prime minister to make a volte-face and permanently appoint the chief justice, Andrew Holness, either being misinformed or inebriated by power, remains resolute.

Considering that sections 98 and 99 of the Constitution are palpably unambiguous, and leaves no room for interpretation, would it not have been more feasible, and plausible, to have admitted that there was a misconstrual in the application of Section 99, instead of 98, in the appointment process of the chief justice, and put that matter to rest? It would save some integrious capital, even if the intent of the temporary appointment were otherwise.

But is integrity a sine qua non for political office in Jamaica? Hubris and arrogance, which characterise our politicians, wouldn't allow for the acquiescence to pressure. Instead, they bring out the spin doctors in a futile attempt to justify the untenable situation of the PM's provisional appointment of the chief justice.

Then in a pathetic display on the TV programme 'All Angles', the attorney general, using all kinds of linguistic legerdemain, in trying to defend the indefensible, has fared no better than the JLP apologists, the sycophants, and the babbling, blinkered, blatherskites who preceded her.