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Worthy Sirs

Chief Justice Marston Gibson who received the country’s highest honour, a knighthood and Dr Frank Alleyne, who was also knighted in the Independence Honours.

Fri, November 30, 2012 - 12:06 AM

THIS COUNTRY’S CHIEF JUSTICE, and a leading academic, have been conferred with the knighthood, Barbados’ highest honour, in this year’s Independence National Awards.

The Knight of St Andrew has been bestowed on Chief Justice Marston Creighton Dacosta Gibson for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Barbados and at the international level, and to Professor Dr Frank Walton Alleyne, economist, for his outstanding contribution to education, especially at the tertiary level, and for his public service to the people of Barbados.

A humble Sir Frank, who is well known for his work with the National Insurance Scheme and service on various public sector boards, said last night of his honour: “This is definitely a time for gratitude.”

Sir Marston declined comment last night.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
I am not sure what to make of these annual announcements of national honors of knighthood. Are they really for outstanding contribution to any sphere of endeavour as it is made out to be? Are they for selflessly and freely giving of one's time and energy to charitable causes? Are they political in nature or simply rewarding people for going to work everyday and being paid, accordingly?

If it is for "outstanding contribution," what are the qualifying criteria? How can a person be nominated for consideration? To whom should the nomination be sent? How is one's contribution determined to be more worthy than another? Who decides on whom is honored?

No wonder the chief justice seems bewildered at the honor, and therefore thought it best to "decline comment" at the conferring of the title "Sir" upon him.

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Posted by Billy Boscoe 1 year, 11 months ago
This is great. There was also one academic who relentlessly fought the utility companies for many years to ensure that we were not being gouged and we surely miss him now. It would be nice to see this great public servant, Prof. Wendell McClean, posthumously recognized.

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 11 months ago
Wouldn't it be refreshing if, when informed that they were going to be conferred with the knighthood, that these recipients simply said, "Thank you, but no thank you. I don't need a title. What I did was simply in service to my fellow Barbadians and country because I want to contribute. Any other good Barbadian would have done it." Wouldn't it be refreshing if they said that?

Can we just drop all this British pretention?

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
The chief justice came to office under controversial circumstances. His full qualifications initially did not meet the established criteria for the position as laid out in our legislation, having not practiced in a Commonwealth country for the requisite period. The law was later amended by this government to accommodate him.

Two years later the judicial system is still a disorganized mess - accused persons on remand at Dodds without trial for unreasonably long time, some cases taking almost forever to be called while prominent people get theirs heard and decided within 12 months, the slow pace of justice crippled by uncounted adjournments, and justice seems unfairly handed down to ordinary persons.

More recently, acting senior crown counsel Elwood Watts brought a case against the Judicial and Legal Services Commission headed by Chief Justice Marston Gibson, for appointing a recently admitted attorney-at-law to the post of Crown Counsel ahead of him, without the position being advertised, after Watts acted in the said position for the past six years (Nation, November 16, 2012). When the matter came up in court, it was reported that the Chief Personnel Officer had agreed to appoint Watts to the higher post of Senior Crown Counsel.

The chief justice did the right thing by declining comment on the honor of knighthood.

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Posted by Payel Garcia 1 year, 11 months ago
What is so special about our Chief Justice. The DLP moved heaven and earth, changing the laws to allow him to be Chief Justice and now he is receiving national honours. Something is very wrong here.

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