THE EDITOR, Sir:
The first time I read about the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the Shanique Myrie case, I had misgivings about the reason for it, and I subsequently predicted the outcome.
Now, I am not claiming to be a Nostradamus. I also knew that this was a cynical and perhaps desperate attempt to sell the CCJ to Jamaicans. In the process, the Government of Barbados' name is being sullied, and some Jamaicans are seeing it as a reason to go along with the CCJ as our final court of appeal, much to the delight of our puppet master.
The incident which led to this case may not have been contrived, but it was certainly seized upon to achieve ends which have nothing to do with justice. Why did Ms Myrie take so long to bring action? Did someone have an aha moment, and run with it?
I have one unanswered question, and it is this: If Barbados wants to appeal, to which court would it go? The cynic in me tells me that the award was sufficiently insignificant, making an appeal a waste of time, but the question still remains.
I urge all thinking Jamaicans to ponder the various arguments and machinations used to gain acceptance of the CCJ, and I am sure they will come to the conclusion that anything born from subterfuge cannot serve justice.