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The CCJ and that crucial vote

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 9:02 AM


From all the discussions in the media, it seems that all that is required for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to become Jamaica's final court is for at least one of the opposition senators to vote with the Government side whenever the vote is taken in the Upper House. And so appeals are being made and encouragement is being given for one of the opposition senators (Arthur Williams or Christopher Tufton suggested for obvious reasons) to exercise their right to "vote their conscience" and independent of party position, to be, as some put it, "on the right side of history".

But what of the government senators? Do we know for sure how they will be voting? Will each one be exercising his or right to vote "conscience" and independent of party position, as the opposition senators are being urged to do? Why not treat government senators with some respect and urge them to vote independent of party position? Don't government senators, too, have a responsibility to make a considered decision in the best interest of Jamaica? Or does it all depend on the Opposition? I hope not!


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