Comissiong fed up with the AG

Attorney-at-law David Comissiong today charged that Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has done little or nothing over the past eight years that the ruling Democratic Labour Party has been in office to address the root causes of crime.

Comissiong therefore suggested that Brathwaite, who took over as Government’s chief legal advisor in October 2010, “should be called upon to resign from office”.

He was reacting to the latest comments made by the Attorney General amid worrying gun violence in the country.

Addressing a St James South constituency branch meeting of his ruling Democratic Labour Party [DLP] Sunday evening in Wanstead, St James, Brathwaite was adamant that politicians were not to blame for the rising crime.

Instead, the Attorney General pointed to a failure of the educational system and family values, which he said were “creating the problems that we are having now”.

The Cabinet Minister responsible for law and order further suggested that rather than blame him for not doing enough to tackle crime, people should better spend their time asking themselves what they can do to help.

“It is unfortunate that we spend so much time asking the Attorney General, why he doesn’t hang people? . . . . Why he doesn’t increase the penalties, as opposed to what can we do as a society, what are we doing wrong down there at the basic level that allows us to produce the type of individuals that we are producing today?”

However, Comissiong, who is a social activist and president of the People’s Empowerment Party (PPP), questioned whether the Attorney General had only now become aware of the root causes of the crime.

Brathwaite also suggested that the answer to the scourge was not to be found in either hanging or increasing jail time for perpetrators, but in finding a way of saving more of the youths from deviant behaviour.

Brathwaite, who is the Government’s principal legal advisor, also told his audience at the DLP meeting that he would not be commenting on the level of crime in Barbados, because he was tired of that message. He noted that students, who perform poorly throughout school, usually end up in criminal behaviour, adding that many of the inmates at HMP Dodds had passed through secondary school and could hardly read or write.

Brathwaite also expressed concern that teachers at the junior school would have been aware of the learning problems being experienced by these young people, but had chosen to focus on the high achievers.

“. . . there is an attitude today that the way to help the child is to ignore him and deal with the others; but all you are doing is ignoring a problem that is festering,” he warned.

  “So what we really need at this juncture, is an acceleration of our educational reform so that we can save more of these young people . . . put them into programmes where you can identify what they are best at,” the Attorney General suggested.  

7 Responses to Comissiong fed up with the AG

  1. Roslind Codrington
    Roslind Codrington September 13, 2016 at 2:30 am

    DEM sat in parliament for almost 9 years and he could not say to Jones this education sysyem is failing
    Our children , lets try something new.. Every year when the results come back we celebrate the top achievers but forget to put strategies in place to help the ones who would have gained the lowest mark.
    Yet Dem expect that those children would excel in 5 years to gain passes at CXC.

    DEM dont seem to understand that they were chosen
    by the people to work on our behalf but after reading this article it seems to me that DEM is the
    ones who are failing the people of Barbados

  2. Zeus September 13, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Anyone ever took the time out to ask the criminal which law or way of life that is in place or that can be put in place that could have prevented him from committing the crimes he charged for ……then again he may say it’s not him that committed the crime ….back at square one

  3. Lennox hewitt September 13, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I agree wid David C he a waste he want moving from office my school mate just give 2 men for just a gun n bullets 10 years now b4 there had use the gun probally 5 more years add on no not n barbados he someway else if i remember correct men use to hate gine n front he not like deese men we got now but he men sweat when dum here he trying cases .

  4. Phil September 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Who appointed him Attorney General? That’s where the problem lies.

  5. Sue Donym September 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

    The AG said that politicians are not to blame for rising crime. Not they alone, but hear what we the citizens, the victims of crime have to say.

    When politicians interfere by using their influence or hinting at repercussions if their friends and family are implicated, exposed or prosecuted, we blame you.

    While politicians have the power to appoint competent members of the judiciary and have the power to see to it that there are enough of them and to insist that they do what they are hired to do – efficiently – we blame you.

    If politicians become aware that systems and personnel are failing in areas of justice administration and then decide not to upgrade or to appropriately sanction, who should we blame?

    When senior politicians have the confidence to say they don’t see why murder accused should not have what amounts to professional courtesy and don’t see why they should maintain a decent distance from active cases, you’re getting the blame.

    But when politicians can’t understand that because of their policies (or lack of) and their practices (including what they say) criminals perceive that said policy makers are soft on crime – or that criminals stand a good chance of business as usual while awaiting trial, or dismissal of cases too long in the system or early release if convicted – Mr AG you’re getting the blame for that.

  6. BaJan boy.. September 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    We went from lazy ass condescending AG to a a lazy,dumb condescending one. A man who never in the court and like in monopoly got a free pass the the Attorney General chambers. He has neglected his constituency ,shown disregard for his country and totally disrespects women. As recent as last month used vulgarity to young lady in Oistins who literally called him a disrespectful slut for an Attorney General. Wrote a young man in his mother’s car in April and was totally not in control of the vehicle at the time for what ever reason. Frendel Sturat is no different from him just a little more decent in public but surely cares nothing about the people of Barbados. Two of the most disgraceful men to ever hold the two leading positions in any country at any time in our history. Bajans will soon have a choice and this bunch should be ashamed to face them, then again they seem to have none.

  7. Coralita September 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Where are the parents and family members of the criminals. Who raised the criminals and who does get in the court yard and say, “he is a good boy”?

    Who does say, he used to support me, even though they knew he did not have a job? Where they thought the money was coming from?

    Let me hazard a guess!!! Hmmmmm, wait the politician. Wait no man, it is de muddas!!!!


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