THE EDITOR, Sir:
Whatever answers the Manatt-Dudus enquiry provides, one of the enduring mysteries is what made Prime Minister Bruce Golding believe that he could use a political party to retain lobbyists to do business with the United States government on an extradition matter which, as everyone now knows, is a government-to-government matter.
He has said he regrets doing so and has taken responsibility. That is most commendable. But how did he come to believe that this was practical? It was, therefore, beyond bizarre to see the legal tussle on Wednesday between counsel for the JLP and the PNP, and the commission chair's uncertainty, on this threshold issue centred on the inclusion of evidence of precedents of a previous administration, precedents which might have 'informed' the PM's fateful decision.
Given the nature of the precedents hinted at, it could only be the blindest of partisanship which could lead the JLP to want to produce this 'smoking gun' evidence and the PNP to want to exclude it!
Their logic passeth all understanding.
I am, etc.,
ERROL W.A. TOWNSHEND