28 August, 2010
In my view it is shameful what the FCO are doing to the Montserratian people: We are going to spend the next couple of posts looking at the new draft Constitution 2010 that the FCO is proposing to implement for
I have come to the conclusion that the draft is bereft of any sign of an interest in good governance on the part of the FCO. It is devoid of any of the principles of integrity, accountability or transparency, as I shall attempt to show. These principles are routinely touted by the same FCO as the three pillars of good governance. The draft Constitution of Montserrat has missed the opportunity to contribute to this movement.
The concentrating of power in the Governor’s hands, as proposed by this draft Constitution, tends towards arbitrary, one-man rule. It may be true that a good governor is better than a bad local Cabinet. We cannot be confident that our Governors will always be good. Experience, especially in the case of
Montserrat, teaches otherwise.
A new Constitution should rather be trying to develop local democratic institutions that will involve the people in their own governance. It is preferable that the Constitution should encourage responsible government in the
, rather than destroying it. Responsible government is a better guarantee of democracy, justice, and fairness in government than one-man rule. The draft Constitution provides for absolute power to be concentrated in one person, subject only to the oversight of the Secretary of State far away in Overseas Territory . London