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Senate now a partisan poppyshow

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:31 PM


So Marlene Malahoo Forte is a former resident magistrate, and here we are in a debate to determine which set of judges to entrust with adjudicating our controversial affairs at the ultimate level.

I hope, sincerely hope, that she does not stand a snowball's chance in hell in becoming a third-tier judge. Nevertheless, it has come home to me that these judges are humans and are subject to the same temptations as Mrs Malahoo Forte and the rest of us.

Since each side within the Senate has gone this far in bringing the once-honourable body into disrepute, it probably makes sense to educate the nation on the Caribbean Court of Justice, through a series of fora to be held as public meetings and lectures at community centres, schools, colleges, and universities. This could be done by the Jamaica Information Service, in conjunction with other media houses, and end with a referendum.

I believe that we have spent enough money on education over the years for us to be able to make an informed decision about our future. Our people must realise that at 53 (as an independent nation), the party is over, and we can make responsible decisions.