COMMENTARY – ARE REAL CITIZENS TO BECOME SECOND CLASS CITIZENS? | CHARLES WILKIN QC 4-12-18

Once again the CBI programme of St. Kitts and Nevis is coming under worldwide negative scrutiny. This time it is not questionable diplomatic passports being dished out without accountability. It is not Iranian nationals being allowed to circumvent international sanctions. It is not about undesirables being whisked through the due diligence process. It is not about the half built eyesores at Frigate Bay and elsewhere on both islands. This time it is sales agents and their principals openly abusing the programme by advertising their investment products and selling them at prices lower than the permitted minimums. Government has issued a strong statement condemning this practice. But it should go further and thoroughly investigate the abuses. After due investigation Government should withdraw the CBI designation and all fiscal incentives granted to any developer who is found to have abused the programme. We will see from the action it takes in the near future how serious Government is in addressing this problem and in maintaining the platinum brand which it claims for the CBI programme….

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COMMENTARY BY CHARLES WILKIN QC ON OVERSEAS VOTER ISSUE – 6TH July 2018

The issue of the “overseas vote” is a difficult one with arguments on both sides. If we really want to improve democracy in St. Kitts and Nevis this would be the ideal issue to put to a referendum with all political parties agreeing up front a) to respect the decision b) to implement it and… Read More

THE GOOD GOVERNANCE AGENDA — CHARLES WILKIN QC – 31ST MAY 2018.

Yesterday in the Prime Minister’s Press Conference a member of the media said that I gave an opinion on the judgment of the High Court of England in what has become known as the Batman Case involving Peter Virdee and his business colleague. I wish to make it absolutely clear that I have given no formal… Read More

COMMENTARY ON THE RULE OF LAW – CHARLES WILKIN QC – MAY 10, 2018.

The basic principle of the rule of law is that no man or woman is above the law. Democracy does not work well without the rule of law. Elections alone don’t constitute democracy. This is an important lesson from the current controversies in the US which has a democratically elected leader who is at loggerheads… Read More

LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY PART II by CHARLES WILKIN QC

In my first commentary in this series on lessons in democracy from the current controversies over governance in the USA, I focused on the abuse of Facebook and social media in attempts to brainwash voters. I will in this commentary focus on the traditional media. The media is an indispensable element of democracy. No country… Read More

COMMENTARY ON LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY – CHARLES WILKIN QC – 21-3-18

CLW COMMENTARY ON LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY – PDF Through television and other media sources we are exposed on a daily and almost irresistible basis and in very graphic ways to the current controversies in the USA over the challenges to democracy in that country. Perhaps the most fascinating of these controversies involves the use of… Read More

STATEHOOD: A MILESTONE TO FREEDOM by Charles Wilkin QC – 23rd FEBRUARY 2017

HISTORY & HERITAGE WEEK LECTURE – 23rd FEBRUARY 2017 clw-lecture-23-2-17-3.pdf I am honoured by the invitation of UWI Open Campus to deliver this lecture as part of History & Heritage Week which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the attainment of Associated Statehood by St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla on 27th February 1967. History and… Read More

COMMENTARY ON WINNFM ON GOVERNANCE –­ CHARLES WILKIN QC 12TH JANUARY 2017.

COMMENTARY ON WINNFM ON GOVERNANCE  PDF The major issue in the Federal election of February 2015 was governance. Team Unity which won the election campaigned heavily on the need for accountability and transparency in government. In its manifesto Team Unity promised Freedom of Information, Campaign finance regulation, Integrity in Public Life and anti corruption laws;… Read More

Law on Ministers Duties‏ by Charles Wilkin QC

By his oath of office a Minister undertakes to carry out his functions in good faith for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and to use his powers only for proper purposes. These are traditionally described as “fiduciary duties”. If he allows his personal interest to conflict with those duties and he benefits from such conflict… Read More