Thursday, August 13, 2020
EDITOR, The Tribune
I must, outrightly, disclose that I myself have neither been informed nor benefitted by a personal read concerning “conduct” and its “code” – as expounded upon, evidently, in 1955 England, the Lord High Chancellor, Viscount Kilmuir, at the time the highest ranking judicial officer in Britain (see The Graduate’s Letter- to- Editor, The Tribune of Monday, August 10th, 2020). I have not had the privilege yet. However, I suspect that what must be a settled, prevailing course of direction on “conduct” and its “code”, within the given legal context, is caught up in the missionary tenor and tone the letter-writer (Graduate) presents.
And that, for me, exemplifies and evidences why the written (Native) organic Westminster Constitutional Vision and Architecture (in its global application) has its Privy Council and highest court within The State’s Supreme Court – where Sovereignty, Independence, and Meanings must find the highest protection. Within the peculiar (Covering) Westminster Constitutional State, where base values are of undergirding quality, requiring of us a response, Justice Dame Joan Sawyer is at home! For “home” means something. Being “home” evokes and influences “conduct” of coherent (not coded) standard. I know, being the compatriot that I am.
So I find it utmostly insulting and objectionable when “trash talking” is the term used by the Graduate to reference any statements she makes when expressing her views. She has not moved out of her lane in any sense. Moreover, her conduct is tolerably cultural. Bahamians understand her. She is acceptable too. Quite likely, if I support the political party of the PM or even the PM himself, I would not be in agreement with her. But she is who she is, both locally and professionally. Therefore, for all the right reasons, I am prepared to listen, and respectfully to hear her out.
GLADYS (Brown) MANUEL
August 10, 2020.