THE EDITOR, Sir:
Why is the Government of Jamaica seemingly afraid to have a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) or on any issue for that matter? Isn't finding out and doing what the majority of citizens want the hallmark of a true democracy? I should think that any government that fulfils the desires of the majority, consistently, would be very hard to beat at the polls.
The CCJ is an issue which should be put to Jamaicans to vote upon. Why should the citizens of Jamaica not have a say in what body should constitute their final court of appeal? Is the Government afraid that the people will reject the CCJ, or is it that the Government does not have much confidence in what the people think? Is it not dictatorial for the Government to do as it pleases on such an important and highly controversial matter without consulting the people it is supposed to serve?
Even if Jamaicans reject the CCJ as their final court of appeal (and they may not), the Government would receive high praises from the majority of citizens for giving them the chance to have their say.
Patrick A Gallimore