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Ethics before Constitution

Published:Tuesday | February 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The issue of the Constitutional Court ruling on February 6, 2015 that letters used by the opposition leader to remove opposition senators from the Upper House of Parliament were null and void to me speaks of the greater issue of ethics.

Based on the information which, to date, appears refuted; the letters were drafted to allow the opposition leader to remove a senator if such senator departed from the JLP's position of a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Now it is clearly seen that the letters were unconstitutional. However, how can we not find the fact that such letters come to be used for a purpose apart from the original intent not unethical and wrong.

The fact that the letters were unconstitutional is secondary to the issue of ethics, for it indicates that something has gone wrong with our moral compass, if it is that we have to rely on the Constitutional Court to make a judgment on the matter.

After all, it is ethics, our understanding of right and wrong, that served to guide the development of our Constitution. If we lose this capacity, truly only God can help us, and indeed, we need to look in that direction.



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