16 June, 2007


Don’t Talk About It. Anguillian authorities are famous for sweeping embarrassing felonies and misdemeanours under the carpet. This is a culture of “don’t talk about it”. The explanation is often, “What happened to the presumption of innocence?”

Well, let me tell you, when I am walking down the street and I see three scruffy men walking towards me with their eyes pinned on the contents of my pocket, I will change to the other side of the road, instantly. Don’t give me any stupidness about waiting for “proof beyond reasonable doubt”. That is a rule for the court. That is not a survival rule. Let us talk openly about evil wherever we see it. Let us ridicule powerful people with their hands in the cookie jar. Let us not wait for the beauty contest every five years. Keep them all honest! How about this as a powerful example?


  1. Don Mitchell, Thanks, a good source of information. The demo is excellent. I hope that more men would follow in your footsteps. Thanks for the hope, you do not have to be a politician, just like you do not have to help from the pulpit only , but rather in the high ways and byways to bring the lost sheep.

  2. Another reason we often hear for why we shouldn't speak of these things is that it may prevent the accused from getting a fair trial. The implication is that Anguillian jury members are so stupid that they will convict the accused because their cousin's wife's father-in-law said he thought the person was guilty, instead of listening to the evidence and deciding for themselves. The whole concept is instulting to all Anguillians, but people keep saying it, and a lot of people believe it.

  3. I do not believe that because in Anguilla it all depends on who is on the other side of the fence. Some people have god fathers and fairy god mothers all around therefore, they are above all the law and any other disciplines, this need to stop in Anguilla. On day Anguilla must change and all these inconsistencies would have to change as well.

  4. And so we are encouraged to believe that a corrupt Minister rings up the corrupt Magistrate and tells her to let Abraham out on the street. She says "Yes, Sir! But we will need bail money to make it look good." He calls up Viceroy and instructs them to put up the bail money. They say, "Yes, Sir!" and Abraham is out on the street walking in the sun? Is that how this works?

    Why don't I believe that?

  5. Another bogus excuse for secrecy is found in a headline in yesterday's Daily Herald: "Allow justice to take its course, advises Richards". The St. Maarten Deputy Governor seems to suggest that justice can only take place if it's surrounded by secrecy, silence and an absence of public information.

    Stupid me, I always thought the opposite was true.


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