Aura, reputation and reality

We have taken some heavy blows recently, haven’t we? Last November there was the Attorney General suing Parliament on behalf of the President; Then in July came the physical ejection, like a bag of unwanted rubbish, of an elected MP from the National Assembly who was left sprawling on the ground outside.

Now we have the dismal scenario of the Judiciary at war with itself with the President, at the behest of the Chief Justice and the Judicial Service Committee, suspending four judges for theft, other judges coming to their support and amidst accusation and counter-accusation, several judges reversing their earlier decisions, with one expressing contriteness in a manner which has uncomfortable echoes of Stalinist confessions.

Whatever the outcome of this dismal scenario, we will all emerge bruised and deprived. This therefore must be the moment to suggest that the judges title, ‘Lord’, be dropped. It is an anachronism and an absurd left over from the past.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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