Constitutional boundary changes – only the tip of the gerrymandering iceberg

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott Over the past week, I have been tuning into the debate over the imminent changes in consistuency boundaries and the allegations by the opposition parties that this is a blatant attempt at gerrymandering. Given my ignorance on the… Read More

Appreciating the value of political health versus the price of political disease

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization, 1948. Over the past month, so much has changed for me and this beloved Federation. I have become immersed on Facebook, SKNList and on this… Read More

Presentation by Charles Wilkin QC on June 8, 2013 to the OECS Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Public Discourse/Opinion/Commentary on Socio-Political Issues.

Very few lawyers here venture to open their mouths on socio-political issues. That is sad and bad for our society. I hope that the same does not apply elsewhere in our sub-region. Lawyers are by our training, our standing in the community and our role, leaders of the society. We are among the highest earners.… Read More

Caribbean Politics: The Ground/Bottom Up Model. Public Lecture by Dr. Sharon-ann Gopaul-McNicol on June 6, 2013 at The UWI Open Campus, The Gardens, Basseterre, St. Kitts

The audio recordings are at the bottom of the page: Summary / Abstract of Presentation Like no other time in its history, the Caribbean is facing its greatest challenge. Today, we are plagued with a variety of social ills ranging from runaway crime, family violence, unemployment, poverty, the erosion of the middle class wealth, human /… Read More

Expressing my FULL CONFIDENCE in Liamigua: From fertile lands to fertile hearts and fertile minds of a wholesome, united and empowered people

A TALE OF TWO SHOE SALESMEN There is a tale about these two shoe salesmen who travel to a third world country in search of new business opportunities. One man calls his wife the moment he lands, telling her, “Honey, I’m coming back home. There’s no hope here. Nobody here is wearing shoes, so there’s… Read More

For the LOVE of country, can we put our COUNTRY above self?

There is enough food, water, energy and natural resources on the planet for every human being. There is just not enough money to pay for it. There never was, and there never will be. Together humanity is marching forward towards a new world, one of absolute equality for every human being, where the illusion known… Read More

Father, Forgive Us; For We Know Not What We Do.

Over the past several months, I have become distraught by the happenings in my beloved country. I have been following the talk shows and listening to the political rallies, and what I have come to realize is that our political system is totally dysfunctional – on its present trajectory, it is bringing out the worst in us. We are hearing and seeing dishonourable and abominable behaviour on the political platform. We are witnessing the ultimate disenfranchisement of the people by the powers-that-be as they undermine the fundamental right of the people to seek redress, when they, via their representatives, lose confidence in the leadership and direction of the people in power. To sidestep this issue is to create a slippery slope of dire precedents that would serve to undermine the integrity and the spirit of our constitution by creating a state no longer governed by the rule of law but one that is now governed by the rule of men. Read More

Some Musings On How We Can Untangle Our Constitutional Knots: From the Letter of the Law and the Rule of Lawyers, to the Spirit of the Law and the Rule of Law

The present parliamentary impasse or political crisis that lay before us was bound to happen. Like most modern nations we are a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law and not the rule of men, but in this unfolding drama, it appears that it is the rule of men that has gotten the upper hand.… Read More

A Blueprint for Nation Building

Both of my parents had humble beginnings. They were both born in Lebanon, and were not able to finish primary school because of financial constraints. My father emigrated to St. Kitts in the hope of a better life at the age of 22, and with the help of an uncle and a few relatives, he worked as a clerk and then after about 25 years was able to own and run a haberdashery store, and save to buy a house, a few properties, and was ready to raise a family. At the age of 49, he returned to his homeland and married my mom, and when he returned to St. Kitts, I was born the year after. I have a sister and a brother, and our parents were able to send us to university, where we all graduated with advanced degrees and are now using our gifts and talents to serve our communities to the best of our abilities. Read More

From Political Tribalism to National Unity: How do we get from here to there?

It is said that we are defined as individuals and as a collective by the stories we tell and the games we play. As a nation of laws, the stories we tell revolve around our political party affiliations, and the games we play focus on finding the loopholes and the backdoors in our legal system… Read More