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Friday, December 29, 2017

When Chief Justice Ivor Archie returns to the country over the weekend, he may be facing an even bigger storm since his travels before Christmas. Whilst away, some senior legal professionals have gone out of their way to make their concerns about him loud and clear. And to urge judges to take a stance.

Perhaps there will be more light on this sorry and convoluted saga once the Law Association’s investigatory team shares its findings with the organisation’s council today. Or, at least, we should know what is the Association’s formal position on the matter.

These developments may bring about at least some clarity and, with luck, closure to the controversy over the Chief Justice, whichever way their findings may go.

It’s vital that the Law Association’s acts are driven by the need for openness and transparency, key pillars of a credible judiciary. And that their own actions are also open and transparent, purely focused on finding the truth. Failure to do so will further damage the reputation of the judiciary in this country.

Exterminate, exterminate

The UK’s prestigious IPPR thinktank has just published a report suggesting that automation has the potential to lead to the staggering loss of over TT$2.5 trillion in wages currently earned by workers in the country. This is because technology will continue to evolve and will move the automation process to white collar jobs.

We are some way behind when it comes to automation but this lag can only help us if we use it as an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the inevitable. Our education system currently ignores the digital revolution and, by and large, our laws are equally behind on the matter, limiting the potential productivity gains.

The leaders of the independence movement clearly saw the future of T&T as an industrial nation. There is nothing wrong with that but, if here today, they’d also see what a digital economy can deliver if we take the lead. We need to act now.

It’s not cricket

All hope now rests on the Windies’ T20 performance following another disastrous Test Match and One Day Internationals tour, this time in New Zealand. Good luck to them.

Whichever the T20’s outcome, something remains deeply worrying about the West Indies team and urgent measures are needed if we are to ever go back to the glory days of the past. Let’s hope for a less miserable cricketing year in 2018.


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