By Michael Harris
January 08, 2012 – trinidadexpress.com
What is the difference between a silkworm and a maggot? This is the question which popped into my head as I reflected on the current controversy which has erupted over the recent appointment of senior counsel. Frankly I did not think that there was anything salient which could be added to the debate after the cogent and comprehensive submissions made by Messrs Hudson-Phillips SC and former CJ Michael de la Bastide.
I changed my mind, however, after reading the brilliantly lucid summation of the issues presented by Terrence Farrell in his article in the Express on January 5. It often happens that a particularly lucid exposition on any topic can serve to excite new and additional insights which help to develop the issue further.
I consider it useful to explore two of the points made by Dr Farrell. The first point was that he considered it “deplorable that the Attorney General and the Prime Minister, who are at the heart and pinnacle of the process for the award of “silk”, should confer the award on themselves.” He went on to state that “The precedent set in this regard, allegedly by ANR Robinson and by Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, should have been regarded as bad precedent for being self-serving and not followed.”
Dr Farrell is absolutely correct in his assessment. But it should certainly come as no surprise to him or to anyone who has been observing how this Government operates that the AG and the PM were unable to resist the temptation to be self-serving.
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