Governor not prepared to go without a fight

The lead attorney for Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell today served notice that he was preparing to lodge a “full case” in the law courts by Friday, even as High Court Judge Randall Worrell today assured his client of a longer stay in office through the granting of his second reprieve since Sunday.

And while expressing confidence that his legal arguments would succeed, Worrell’s attorney Gregory Nicholls also warned that even if the court were to discharge the current injunction, which has been in place since Sunday and currently blocks the embattled Governor’s dismissal, “there is still the Court of Appeal . . . and the CCJ [Caribbean Court of Justice].

Gregory Nicholls

“. . . all legal options are on the table,” Nicholls told reporters at the end of a two-and-a-half-hour-long hearing, which took place in Chamber, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“It is not a flippant decision by the Governor of the Central Bank. Coming here is not an exercise in theatrics . . . this is a serious matter and we will weigh all the options as it arises,” the attorney stressed.

At the same time, Nicholls sought to make a mockery of the arguments put forward by Solicitor General Jennifer Edwards, QC, in defence of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s decision to remove the head of the country’s premier financial institution.

In fact, he likened the state’s argument to that presented by United States president Donald Trump in defence of his recent presidential order targeted at Muslims, which was subsequently overturned by the US court system.

“I was really surprised at the content of the argument,” said Nicholls, explaining that in same way that Trump had suggested that the judge would be at fault if terrorists were to attack the US, “it’s almost as if they are saying that they have to get rid of the governor because if they don’t get rid of the governor the economy will collapse”.

While dismissing that argument out of hand, Nicholls contended that Sinckler, who did not put in an appearance in the High Court today, did not have the right to remove Worrell in the way that he attempted last Thursday at the insistence of other members of the monetary authority’s board.

At the time, Worrell was reportedly given the option of either tendering in his resignation by Monday of this week, or be fired.

However, the Governor, who is in his 70s, defied the verbal ultimatum, choosing instead to challenge the right of the Minister to force him to step down.

“He [Sinckler] did not have the power to get around the provisions of the [Central Bank] Act. The Act sets out how a director, including the Governor of the Central Bank, can be removed,” the Governor’s legal spokesman said.

“Until that process can be followed then the Minister’s arrogation unto himself of the power to remove him by virtue of him signing a letter of engagement, deploying the Governor, then we can’t go outside the confines of the Central Bank Act,” the lawyer stressed.

He revealed that his client was caught off-guard somewhat by the recent demand for him to go and had even questioned the seriousness of the demand.

However, he said it quickly registered that “had he not [stepped down] by Monday morning, the misuse of the executive powers given by Parliament to the functionaries under the Central Bank Act would have occurred in our opinion”.

Though acknowledging that Sinckler could decide that he no longer wanted to follow the Governor’s advice, he was adamant that proper procedure must be followed, including having the decision Gazetted and laid in Parliament.

“He can go under Section 49 and given directions if he wants to print money till the cows come home, he can do so, but he must do so through the provisions set out in the Act. Outside of the Act in our mind its unlawful,” Nicholls said, adding that his client remained committed to carrying out his substantive duties as Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados.
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10 Responses to Governor not prepared to go without a fight

  1. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza February 16, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I keep saying this, you see dem sweet mouth mongoose that does go bout pretending to be politicians, wunna should careful with then lying tongues!!!!

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  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 16, 2017 at 1:31 am

    He GOTTAH go!

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  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 16, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Mr. Govenor of the Central Bank if you have any integrity left you wuld expose Chris SInckler for what he really is. Tell the whole of Barbados what is the true economic picture besides the one that you were painting under instructions as your credibility as an economist was dealt a serious blow. I hope you understand that you are being scaped goat in this matter so that all the problems with Barbados economy is as a result of your poor economic leadership. Time for you to come clean. You have nothing to lose

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  4. Hal Austin February 16, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I am still amazed that Dr Worrell should put himself in the humiliating position of having a public showdown with Chris Sinckler. As I have said a few years ago, the governor had most to lose reputationally when the proverbial hit the fan- and it now has.
    Sinckler is in a position far beyond his capabilities and abilities; and, in the case of Dr Worrell, I can understand the attraction of holding one of the highest offices of state.
    There is a rumour in London that Donville Inniss has said he would refuse to serve under Sinckler as prime minister or leader of his party. The Titanic has hit the iceberg.
    But, one thing you learn as an observant journalist, is that all that glitters…….
    I am not sure about Dr Worrell’s personnel issues, such as eligibility for pension etc, although a contract should resolve these doubts.
    Otherwise, Dr Worrell should decamp and hold his head high. The one thing he has to make sure of is that in the negotiations to leave his position he does not compromise on his freedom to speak out on his years as governor.
    They will try to bludgeon him in to silence, but he must resist.
    But where is the prime minister? What has the captain of the ship got to say?

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  5. Tony Webster February 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

    @Hal: clarification to your “Titanic has hit the ice-berg” thing: a titanically-sized pail of something brown, has hit a (former) “yuge” rotating fan over the desk of the Goriliphant who signs government cheques in red-ink, on behalf of all on-board S.S. Bim. The result is now scattered all across this Blessed Rock, and friends and others less well-disposed to us, have also taken note of the rank odour.
    Where’s the Captain? Could be sleeping. If awake, he could be tuning up his fiddle…the better to play sweet music now that the match is lit; the kindling dry and ready; and all the players in Rome Inc. are ready for the “hot party” …sorry…the Big Match.

    Where are the sooth-sayers? Reading the entrails, of course! Unfortunately, these entrails, are …yours…and mine.

    With sundry apologies to those “injured” scribes of yore; my deepest regrets to those perceptive enough to join you and me , sitting at the very edge of the yawning precipice below us…and not enjopying the view at all!! Anyone else joining us, please bring along your copy of the Good Book…for fervent prayer achieves much…and we surely need divine intervention. No joke.

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  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 16, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I think now is the time that the prime minister should step in,and solve this problem . Thompson is the one that haired the governor of the central bank. No finance minister should fired no one. The minister of finance should go to.I don’t know which one to trust. They both done a poor job.i will like to know who give the permission to print money.

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    • harry turnover February 16, 2017 at 8:56 am

      The MOF gave the permission to print money but it seems the Doc. is seeing something down the road that Sinckler an UNTRAINED ECONOMIST cannot see and wants him ( Sinckler ) to stop giving him instructions to continue,
      ……and I am sure that both of them have met and discussed it PRIVATELY to no avail and that may be the reason the Doc. has gone PUBLIC.

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    • Colin February 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      What solution would the PM have other then fire the MoF?

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  7. Peter February 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Tony Web and Hal. You guys are too damn good with your pen nuh I mean typing fingers. Your intelligence and fine art of elucidation on paper broad printed what I wrote. I could NOT have written it better. A sip of Chivas Regalto that. With all said though, In our hearts, we know that Fruendel CANNOT fire Chrin nor anyone in his Cabinet for that matter. He knows why, they know why and everyone knows why and what WILL happen. Ask Carson C Cadogan He bows to DEM all the time.

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  8. hcalndre February 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    What has happened to Dr. Worrell is his fault, because he let those those two put him in a bind, knowing very well neither one of them are qualified to do the job they find themselves in and you trying to keep the country (ship) afloat when you knew that it was taking in water faster than it could be bailed out. What you should have done long ago is to leave them and keep your reputation intact.

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