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EDITORIAL - D'Aguilar loves the limelight

Published:Thursday | December 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

IT MAY have been a search for relevance, but no one much minded Lloyd D'Aguilar's perennial attempt at latching himself on to populist causes, his bolts towards the spotlight or his contrivances at martyrdom.

Indeed, as the self-appointed convener/chairman, and seemingly everything else, of the Tivoli Committee, we felt that he could do no harm. And that incessant scramble for the spotlight might even be of some good for the people of that troubled and pained community.

Unfortunately, we hoped for too much. Lloyd D'Aguilar is who he is: the middle-age, would-be L'enfant terrible, not given to disciplined action. He could rise neither above nor beyond himself.

So, it was quite in character that at the commission of enquiry into the 2010 incursion by the security forces into Tivoli Gardens during which more than 70 persons died, Mr D'Aguilar attempted, from the start, to make himself the centre of attraction.

He insisted on when to speak, regardless of instruction. He questioned the authority of the chairman, the former Barbados chief justice, Sir David Simmons, engaged in diatribes about the commission's terms of reference, questioned Mr Simmons' competence, and then labelled him "an enemy of the people of Tivoli Gardens" and "a political hack". In the process, Mr D'Aguilar was contemptuous of his own lawyer, Michael Lorne, suggesting that the attorney was failing to protect Tivoli Gardens citizens from robust cross-examination by the lawyers for the security forces.

Not only was Mr D'Aguilar rude and of no assistance to the enquiry, he became, as Mr Lorne observed, "a distraction" to the hearing. But more important, he became a hindrance to the search for truth.

On all counts, Sir David was right to eject Mr D'Aguilar. He has little, but more likely nothing, to offer, but for, perhaps, his presence in the limelight.