The secret constitution

by Martin Daly
Sunday, October 28th 2007

Patrick ManningWe are one week away from the potentially catastrophic possibility that the PNM will win the general election on November 5, 2007, with a sufficient number of seats to have a special majority in the House of Representatives.

My concern is not whether the intention to use such a majority lurks somewhere in a secret draft constitution already finalised, waiting to pounce upon and replace important provisions in the existing Constitution, which secures our basic freedoms.The potential for catastrophe lies in our ignorance of the full intentions of Mr Manning prior to the election and what we can infer about those intentions from the statements and machinations of the outgoing administration. No one can be in any doubt that Mr. Manning wishes to replace the existing office of president with the new office of executive president.
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