What are the Commissions and Commissioners that Are Recommended for our New Constitution? During the six-month public consultation exercise in early 2006, members of the public recommended a number of Commissions for our new Constitution. People in
The first was to democratize government. A number of matters of internal self-government had to be taken out of the arbitrary control of one person and put into the hands of competent members of the public. Because you are the Minister of Planning, should not mean you have the power to approve planning applications. Because you are the Minister of Immigration should not mean that you or your officers make the decision on work permits.
The second was to increase transparency. Anguilla is still governed like the
The third objective was to increase integrity and accountability in public office. When persons in power do not have to answer to an independent watch-dog, they begin to feel they can get away with anything. The downward spiral begins with small abuses. It grows to major problems. We do not have to give examples. We know bad behaviour when we see it.
I propose to look at some of these recommended Commissions and Commissioners over a series of posts in the coming days. The Chief Minister's Committee is working on a draft of the proposed new Constitution. It is my hope that this Committee will ensure that these recommendations are included in any new Constitution for
No matter how much internal self-government we get, if we do not have the checks and balances in place, no progress will have been made. The more self-government there is without the checks and balances, the more abuse will be heaped on us. The Englishman may not be our preferred leader. But, at least we know that he has no private agenda in
None of us wants to go down that route!