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For The- Week 'SEnding Septeambg 1985 ..S. :
12th Year of Publication - - 53 ina Issue
Volume 13 Number'l 1,

Prim* Minister Herbert Blaize has beon hospitalisd at Walt6r R*4da
/ UAitad States Military hospital in Waahington, D C, for x4diolbg7
Mr Blaize disclosed in a broadcast over Radio Grenada on Septomber
5th that he would be admitted to the hospital and he said thin he
wtuld leave for the United Statos "in a couple days".
"I will be away for some time", he said, "and I hope you will pray -
for me".
The Prime Minister did not say for what he would receive treatment,
but he has-had a deteriorating physical condition resulting.from a
Spinal injury .suffered in an accident as a young man.
While he is receiving treatment in.Washington, Mr Blaize:aaid, he -1
will attend the 20th Annual Meeting of the Interamerican Economic &
Social Council.
"In addition to that", he continued, "I will be able to follow up An
the matters which have already been begun with the United States De-
partment of State and USAID to further the projects which we need to
make sure that Grenada's reconstruction ia fraly undertaken".
Following his stay in Washington, Mr Blaize will go to South Korea
for a World Bank meeting and return to Washington to address the
United Nations on its 40th anniversary.
"It is considered most desirable that I should go", he said, "because,
"I for some years now, Grenada has not been considered to be 'tops' in
world circles."
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In his broadcast, Mr Blaize said his Government now has- -report from
a team of consultants investigating the two dozen plus "state enter-
prised"whlch range froman ice-'cream plant to the National Transport-
ation Service.

Cabinet is studying this report, he said, with a view to making the
enterprises, which include electricity, water and telephone, viable
and efficient.


Problems have-arisen in the implementation of tha *Cortent-D-rder"
agreed upbo on August 23rd by .the Prosecution and Defence in the
"Maurioe Bi1hdp" murder 'trial.

The Order was made by Chief Justice-Sir Ar~chihald Nedd arising out
of a Motion filed by the EDfence in thich it is allejad that.Counsel.
for the Defence'were being denied ad, quat.e access to. their -clienntAl.

Thh.- Motinrhai: ge4 also that Commiss .,aner of Prisonks Ii'onel MalJone'y
or hits suYo"irdlates had "inflicted j humand&egrading and oti ,er .
treatment"-on the accused.

After'th4 d'ayst 6f it -of-Coure- d' .'tussions, the Prosecution and'.
Deftnce"agree d on, and the Chief J.- lice Order in terms
which. would satisfy the comtlaintsi.ade .

An informed sourcee told NEWSLETTER -.: August 27th that the terms ,of
the Order had-not been complied with.,

The :bur' e sai-d one of the terms is hat Counsel for the defence t
must rbt be made to leave their cars outsidee the Prison-main gate
and walk to the Prison which is some little distance off.

However, the source said, on 24th, 25th and 27th, when Defence
Cbunsel'w6nt to RichmondHill Prison interview their clients;
they were stopped at-the gate and noc slowed to drive in*

Th@ Cmmissioner of Prisons is called upn. in the Order to ensure
that His staff is aware of the te-ms of t.e Order, the source said,
a'd it waes clear to members of the'Defene. team who went to the
prison that, the gate staff was not aware o. those terms.-

Mrs Velma Hylton Q C, Acting Directou- r P 'lie Frasecutions (DPP),
told NEWSLETTER that, on August 27th, she h I received a letter
from Mr Howard Hapilton Q C, senior Defence unsel.

That letter advised'her, she said, that "daspi 2 the Consent Order
made by Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd on 23rc nst", Defence
Counsel "continue to be denied reasonable access" .. their clients.

"The matter is further aggravated", the letter says, *n that the
Commissioner of Prisons is now acting plainly in contert.t of the
paid Order". -continued -

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Week Ending 14.9.85 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 3

In his letter, Mr Hamilton pointed out to the DPP the "inevitable
consequences"that'"thias will have for the due preparation of the--
defence and the commencement and conduct of the criminal trial .

Mr Hamilton his letter to Mrs Hylton was to "implore" her to us<
her-."bes endeavours" to secure the compliance of the Commissioner',
with the Consent Order.

Mrs. Hylton told NEWSLETTER she had replied to Mr Hamilton and sug-
gested he be* at the prison'compound on that day at 2.00 pm
form'Mr.-Maloney he had come to interview his clients. '

"A further communication will be addressed to you by Wednesday 28th
August 1985 at 2.00 pm", Mrs Hylton's letter told Mr Hamilton.

The DPP said she had sent copies of that letter to both the Minister
of Legal Affairs, Mr Ben Jones, and to Mr Maloney.

Mrs Hylton's covering letter to Mr Maloney advised that Mr Hamilton
and his team would arrive at the prison at 2.00 pm that day.

"He will also be coming every day at 9.00 am as from tomorrow", the
DPP 's letter to Mr Maloney said, "please regard this as notification
on his behalf".

Mrs Hylton said her letter had been delivered to Mr Hamilton who told
her he was not then able to go to the prison at 2.00 pm that day but
would be going there as from the next day (28th).

Asked to comment as to whether Mr Maloney knows the content of the
Consent Order, Mrs Hylton said she knew "as a fact" that the Comm-
issioner has a copy of it.

Arising out of this development, the Defence, on August 28th, filed
.a Motion citing Commissioner Maloney for comtempt of Court and asking
that he be "forthwith committed to Richmond Hill Prison".

The Motion charges that Mr Maloney has not complied with the Order
and a source close to the Defence Team told NEWSLETTER that; on two.
occasions, the Defence Team had not been permitted to drive into the
prison compound as the Order gives them authority to do.

:The source said also that the Order had been contravened twice when
Sa letter from the Defence Team to the defendants was refused to be
taken by prison guards.

There had been a fifth violation of the Order, the source said, as itj
was clear to members of the Defence Team that prison guards- had not
been advised of the terms of the Order, a responsibility which the
.Order lays on Mr Maloney.

In an Interview with IEWSLETTER on August 28th, senior Defence
SCbunsel, Mr Hamilton, said the Motion represents more than the in-
terests of the 17 accused his team represents.
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"This action should not be viewed in isolation", he said, "but
should be;looked at against the background of the overall benefit
that will come to anyone who may suffer the misfortune of being held
in custody on remand"

DPP Mrs Hylton, who represents Mr Maloney in this matter, declined
to say anything.

A"This:matter is before the Court", she said, "and I have no comment
to. make, at this stage."

The hearing of this Motion has been fixed.f-r September 16th, and it
is likely to. influence an adjournment of the criminal hearings
which have been fixed for September 2nd.


Mr Howard Hamilton, senior Defence Counsel in the "Maurice Bishob'
murder trial, told NEWSLETTFt on August 31st that, since the Defence
Team filed a Contemipt of Court Mot!n against Commissioner of Pri-
sons Mr Lionel Maloney on August 28th, none of the team have
attempted to see their clients.

That Contempt Motion charges that, after a Court Order was issued
by'Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd on August 23rd, Mr Maloney or
his subordinates failed to allow the Defence Team to drive into
the prison compound, even though the Order gives them authority t6
do this.

After Mr Maloney's alleged breach of the Order, Director of Public
Prosecutions (DP?) Mrs Velma Hylton, attempted to use her good
offices to have the Order complied with, but the Defence Team de-
clined her assistance.

"I have deliberately decided not to attempt to visit the prison in
these circumstances where it would have been the efforts of the
Prosecution which enabled us to see the clients Mr Hamilton said.

The Defence has a Court Order on which they are entitled to rely,
he continued, and it was decided to observe the situation as. to
what was happening with the accused as far as the honouring of the
Court Order by the Prison Authorit-ies s concerned.

The Leader of the Defence said his team had been communicating by
letter with their clients and have learned that there have been
further alleged breaches of the terns of the Court Order.

The alleged breaches (which he declined to specify) and others will 9
be reported to the Court when it sits on September 2nd, Mr Hamilton
said, and he regretted that these developments are likely 'to cause

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"If, after the filing of the contempt Motion,there had been positive
indication of improvement in observing the terms of the Order by pri-
son authorities", he said, "it was my intention to ask the Court to
adjourn the hearing of that Motion without fixing a date so that we
could move with dispatch".

The hearing of the contempt Motion has been fixed for September 16th
and Mr Hamilton said affidavits will now have to be sworn with ref-
erence to the new complaints made against the Prison authorities.

"There is now no chance of askirg for an adjournment without fixing a
date", the Defence Counsel said, "because these new complaints open up
a whole new can of worms".

As to how much more time the Defence will ask the Court, Mr Hamilton
said, "Ihat is not a simple question".

"We will have to examine the nature of the complaints", he said, "and
then approach it from that point of view. It is not a question of
'how much time' ".

Mr Hamilton told NEWSLETTER that, in the absence of visits to their
clients, the Defence Team had spent time on the "enormous volume" of
reading which must ba done, but he declined to comment on whether the
criminal hearings of the case would begin on September 2nd as sched-

"That is not for me to say", he declared.

Mr Hamilton did comment, however, on a news item in an issue of a
local paper on August 31st.

That item reads, "Sources close to the Prison claim one of the reasons
for the difficulties the Defence lawyers experience with the Prison
Commissioner is the fact that some of them have been very rude and in-
sulting to him personally and have also given a lot of trouble to
prison officers".

Mr Hamilton denies this and he thinks he understands what is behind
the charge.

If these sources have any connection whatsoever with the Prison ad-
ministration", he says, "then it comes as no surprise to me that an
effort is being made to discredit Defence Counsel personally, and you
may very well expect more of this behaviour".

The Defence Team Leader says he believes this attack on the Defence
results from the fact that the Cour' Order secured by the Defence,
o ensuring certain facilities for themselves and their clients in prison,
is seen, in some quarters, as a "victory" which must be diluted

Securing the Court Order was not a "victory", Mr Hamilton says, but
Merely the obtaining of rights to which the accused, and all other un-,
tried prisoners, are entitled.
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Mr Ben Jones, Minister of Legal Affairs in the Grenada Gov-
ernment, in an interview with NEWSLETTER on August 29th, expressed' the
view that Commissioner of Prisons Lionel Maloney, has a defence again-
st the contempt of Court Motion filed against him by the Defence in
the "Maurice Bishop" murder trial.

"I have spoken with the Commissioner", he said, "and, from what he.
tells me, I believe he could very probably defend himself against the

On August 23rd, Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd made an Order stip-
ulating facilities the Defence Team must have at Richmond Hill Prison
to interview their clients.

The contempt Motion, filed on Augist 28th, charges that Mr Maloney
had violated the terms of Sir Archibald's Order and, for this con',
tempt, the Motion asks that he be jailed.

Mr Jones said his opinion is based solely on what the Commissioner
reported to him but he declined to say what that is.

The Minister said his Ministry is not directly involved in this
matter but Mr Maloney works for Government and the Ministry of Legal
Affairs must do what it can to help the Commissioner defend himself.

As the the effect this Motion will have on the start of the murder
trial scheduled for September 2nd, Mr Jones hoped it would not have
an adverse effect.

"I believe part of the intention of filing this Motion is to delay
the start of the trial", he said, "but I sincerely hope it does not
have that effect."


Chief Justice Sir Archibald Nedd, on September 2nd, adjourned the
"Maurice Bishop" murder trial "for mention" on September 4th.

The adjournmant was made after both the Prosecution and Defence had
made proposals and the Chief Justice had said he, too, had "some-
thing in mind".

"According to what happens in Court on Wednesday (4th)", he said,
"I will or will not say what I can say".

First to address the Court was Jamaican Queens Counsel Mr Ian Ramsay
who, together with another Jamaican Defence Counsel, Mr Carlton
Williams, was called to the Grenada bar on that day.

,Mr Ramsay told Sir Archibald that he (Ramsay) appeared for the
defence of Bernard and Phyllis Coard, and he had been officially
retained "on 20th August at 4.00pm Eastern Standard Time".
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Week Ending, 1.9.8 TEE GRENADA INEW SLTTER P age 7

With him, he said, are Jamaican barristers Messrs Enos Grant, Maurice
Tenn and the "baby" of the team, Carlton Williams.

"It may have been wondered by sone why there was such a long time be-
fore I and my team were retained", ,Mr Ramsay said. "I want it to
be clear that the elapsed time was no~t due to any device but to the
difficulty a person in prison would ha-ve to employ counsel in a for-
eign country".

Mr Ramsay said he had met the Coards for the first time on the day
before and he told the Court his defence of his clients will not be
"in isola'"-on" as they share with: the other 17 accused a joint inter-
est in the strategic and tactical direction of the case.

"I have been asked to coordinate the activities of Counsel who :appear
with mel he said, 'wJi'h other Conunseol"

Mr Ramsay pointed out diff culties he sa.d Defence Counsel have been;
having in preparing their case an.d he asked S.r Archibald:'to grant '
adequate time for preparation of tho :e>n-. partic'lalrly in respect
of the Coards.

He said he had a time frame in r..nd bat would not put it forward as
it must have relation to when the Defence have been given the necess-
ary facilities for preparing their case,

Defence Counsel Mr Howard Hamilton Q,C. a.--'ed with Mr Ramsay that t
cases of the 17 accused his team r2pr'sents are "intrinsically the
same" as that of the Coards.

He related details of the :ver a long period in which
ha and his team were re ained by the Cour- to defend the 17 accused
and said that retaining was accomplished only on 1st.

He related also the difficulties his team has experienced in gaining
access to their clients and said( 1Kr R msay had experienced some of
this when he went to Rich-wand Hill Prison on the day before.

Indicating the. importance of the trial, Mr Hamilton said it is "not
just a murder trial, but a previous AL.ministration which is on trial".
Addressing the Court, Senior Counsel for the Prosecution, Mr Larl
Hudson Phillips Q C, challenged H-2 Hmiltc-n' stateme t,

"We are not treating "his as the trial of an:y previous Administratiori
he said, "but-on the principle in cor.imon law that the law is for all,
the strong, the.weak, the powerful and the previously powerful".

Mr Hudson Phillips said any adjournment granted to facilitate the De-
fence is a matter for the Court's discretion. He had been having
certain .discussions, he said, whicn had not yet been concluded but,
if the :Court would allow 48 hours.,- he co uld make certain proposals
which would shorten- both the adjournr,:ent given the Defence for prepare
action, and the time in Court.
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Sir Archibald adjourned the matter until September 4th and, when the.
Court sat on that day, both Mr Ramsay and Mr Hamilton applied for an
adjournment until late November. This was not granted and Sir
Archibald set the new date at October 1st.

"It may well be that the time I am allowing the Defence may prove in-
sufficient", he said, "but I Will cross that bridge when I come to
it". :

The Chief.Justice said it should not be thought he is unaware of the
sentiments regarding adjournments of this matter and he knows the
feelings expressed about a speedy trial.

It is not his duty to act in any way which will seem to prevent the
accused from presenting a proper defence, he said, and he is mindfut
of the concern that "it were better that 99 guilty persons go free
than' one innocent person be convicted".


Mr Karl Hudson Phillips Q C, prominent Trinidadian barrister and
Political Leader of the Organisation for National Reconstruction
(ONR) in Trinidad & Tobago, announced in Grenada on August 31st
that ONR had entered into a "federation" with two other opposition
political parties in Trinidad & Tobago.

Mr Hudson Phillips, who is Senior Prosecution Counsel in the "Mau-
rice Bishop" murder trial, said he had a meeting in Grenada on
August 30th with Mr Basdeo Panday, Political Leader of the ;All-
iance" (a grouping of the United Labour Front (tVT7)', t2~e apta
House Movement and the Democratic Action Congress (DAC)), and Mr
Ray Robinson, DAC Political Leader.

"The Parties are getting together under the banner of the 'National
Alliance for Reconstruction'(NAR)", he said, "and we will hold our
inaugural conference on September 8th,"

Mr Hudson Phillips said Mr Robinson, who is Chairman of the Tobago
House of Assembly, will be the NAR Political Leader, Deputy Politi-
eal Leaders being Mr Hudson Phillips and Mr Panday who is Leader of
the Opposition in Parliament.

The ONR had a special conference on the previous weekend to ratify
the NAR Constitution and the Common Statement of Principles, Mr
Hudson Phillips said but, after that conference, the question of
who would contest which seat was still unsettled.

"A formula for this has now been agreed", he said, "and on the
basis of the last General Elections, a party which won a seat will
be entitled to put up a candidate for that seat at the next General
Elections. In constituencies where the ruling Peoples National


Movement (PN4M) won, the Party running second will be entitled to nom-
inate a candidate.

Mr Hudson Phillips said both Mr Robinson and Mr Panday should be com-
plimented for their high level of statesmanship and their commitment
to the national interest.

"This agreement will allay the fears of a lot of people in Trinidad &
Tobago who feel it was not possible for Opposition groups to come to
total agreement", he said. "There is also the feeling that, once
the Opposition groups come together, the likelihoed-of the defeat bf
the PNM is much greater at the next General Elections".

These General Elections, he said, are expected to be held before the
current five year term runs out in 1986.

Mr Hudson Phillips said the Political Parties in the NAR "federation"
will maintain their own identity even though they contest the elect-
ions under the NAR banner, but the getting together has been with a
view to an eventual merger.

NEWSLETTER covered the NAR inaugural conference in Trinidad on Sep-
tember 8th and heard Mr A N R Robinson, NAR Political Leader, accuse
the PNM of employing "dirty tricks" in the election campaign for
the Tobago House of Assembly elections last years

Mr Robinson made the charge in his acceptance speech following his
election as NAB Political Leader.

"They (the PHM) conducted their campaign with a full armory of dirty
tricks", he said, "the dirtiest ever in the history of Trinidad &

The Political Leader quoted from what he called "elevated PNM cam-
paign literature", that literature accusing Mr Robinson's DAC of
being guilty of murder, arson, rape and theft.

According to Mr Robinson, the literature also accused DAC of treason
and of being communist.

"Prime Minister Chambers gloried in the dirty tricks", Mr Robinson
said, "fflexing his muscles and threatening to take away all the so-

called powers of the Tobago House of Assembly. He was shoi
bago the kind of man Tobago has as a Prime Minister. It wa
Szen attempt by the PNM to steal the election by force and fr

SAddressing the conference, Mr Panday said, since the birth o
nation of Trinidad & Tobago 23 years ago, people have yearne
emergence of a saviour.

S"Today that saviour is born", he said, "and his name is NAR"

Mr Panday charged the PNM with squandering the country's wea
with fostering a fragmentation of the society as it was expl
the "colonial masters" as the formula of divide and rule.

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"Although it is true this fragmentation is the result of our history"
he said, "and that neither you nor I are responsible, f9 creating it,
what we are responsible for is to bring it to an end once and for

Mr Hudson Phillips spoke also, welcoming the establishment of NAR
and the unity which has been created by the Opposition political

The NAR conference, which was opened with Christian, Muslim and
Hindu prayers, adopted a Constitution and elected Messrs Hudson
Phillips and Panday Deputy,.Political Leaders.


The Opposition in the Grenada House of Representatives is to press a
for immediate introduction in Parliament of a Public Information

This is disclosed in a press release issued by Mr Marcel Peters,
Leader of the Opposition and the sole opposition voice in the 15
member House of Representatives.

"There must be no secrecy in Government", Mr Peters says. "Rep-
resentatives of the Press must have a right to information that
can.then be passed on to the nation".

The Leader of the Opposition is convinced that an informed public
will encourage the use of "Parliamentary Committees" which can
summon persons to appear and give evidence on matters of public

The work of Parliament must be brought into the lives of Grenadians,
he says, it is their Parliament and they should be allowed to part-
icipate in its work.

Mr Peters is to press also for restoration of the Supreme Court
specified in Grenada's Constitution. That Court, which was
shared with the other countries of the Organisation of East Carib-
bean States, was abolished by the Peoples Revolutionary Government
(PRGI and replaced by the present Grenada Supreme Court.

Defence Counsel in the "Maurice Bishop" murder trial have tried
unsuccessfully to have the Grenada Supreme Court declared illegal
and invalid. But, the Grenada Appeal Court has ruled that,
while the PRG established Grenada Supreme Court is unconstitutional,
under the doctrine of "state necessity", it will remain legal and 9
valid until the Grenada Government has taken steps to regularise
the matter.

According to Mr Peters, he will press also for an urgent in-depth
review of legislation passed by the FRG and Governor general Sir
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"Act number- of 1985, which purported'to give blanket validation
of laws passed by the PRG and by the Governor General regardless of
whether such laws violated our Constitution, is a serious threat to
Our constitutional way of life", he says. .

The Leader of the Opposition believes that Act can result in a return
to the totalitarian kind of Government Grenada had to endure'during
'the last five years.

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Military exercises code named "Exotic Palm" will take place in St.
Lucia from 11th to 17th September.

Over 500 personnel (including Special Servi-ce Police Units) from
Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts, Barbados,
Jamaica and the United States will take part in this Joint Combined
Operations exercise, the purpose of which is "to demonstrate the de-
termination and capability of the democratic governments involved
to.act together quickly and effectively in responding to a national
request for assistance to counter threats, either internal or exter-
nal, against the democratic process".

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Minister of Communications & Works, Dr Keith Mitchell, said in an
interview with a local newspaper that his. Government and the Grenada
Electricity. Company (GRENLEC) do not have .the money needed to improve
the electricity service and take it -to areas not presently served.

"I am at the point of. being convinced that the solution to the elec-
tricity problems facing the country is to privatise the Company", he

Dr Mitchell said, on his recent visit to Washington, he had had fruit
ful discussions with utility experts who .have made a proposal for a
joint venture relationship with OREINLEC.

Those experts will buy new generators, he said, and prepare a plan
for electricity extension to several remote country districts.

GRENLEC was, originally, a joint venture of the Government of Grenada
and the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), established in
1960 with CDC holding 59.5% of the'subscribed capital.

In May 1980, the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) enacted
legislation transferring to Government 32,000 of the CDC shares "with-I
out payment of any further compensation", thus giving the-PRG majority!
control with just over 50% of the share capital.
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In August the following year, the then Manager of GRENLEC, Mr Winston
Bullen, announced that, after negotiations with CDC, the PRG had be-
come sole owners of GRENLEC.

Mr Bullen did not disclose the terms of the take over but an informed
source told NEWSLETTER it had been agreed that CDC would be paid
235,000 sterling over 12 years starting in 1986.

With his present thought about privatizingg" GRENLEC, Dr Mitchell was
asked whether he had considered engaging the services of CDC.

The Minister said no contact had been made with CDC, but no final
commitment had been given to anybody and he is open to any proposals.

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Sir Paul Dean, Deputy Speaker of the British House of Commons and
Member for the constituency of Woodspring, said in Grenada on Septem-
ber 13th that the British Government is making every effort to ensure
racial harmony with reference to the recent riots in Manchester.

"I am not a member of the Government so I don't know, officially, what
the position is", he said, "but what I can assure you is that any
British Government would do everything it could to ensure that all
British subjects, whatever the colour of their skin, whether they
come from the Westindies or anywhere else, are equal before the law".

Sir Paul says all British subjects have the same rights, privileges
and responsibilities, and everything must be done to ensure that that
principle is carried out in practice.

This British Member of Parliament was in Grenada for a one-week Parlis-
hentary seminar which concluded on September 13th. That seminar was
under the auspices of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and
covered a variety of subjects.

These include the pros and cons of single chamber or 2-chamber Parlia-
ments, communication with the people, the role of Parliamentary Secret-
aries.and Civil Servants, the question as to whether Cabinet Members
may sit in the Senate and the impartiality of presiding officers.

Other delegates to the seminar were Mr Michael Ryle, Clerk of the Jour-
nals at Westminister, Mr Arthur A Danahoe, Speaker of the Nova Scotia,
Canada, House of Assembly, Mr Philip Laundy, Clerk Assistant to the
Canadian House of Commons and Mr Wilfred St Clair-Daniel, Speaker of
the St Lucia House of Assembly.

The seminar was open to all members of the Grenada House of Represent-i
atives and the Senate, and attendance was reported to have been ex-




The issue of the acceptance in the Caribbean of cricketers who play
in South Africa surfaced in the Grenada House of Representatives on
August 30th.

Speaking on the adjournment, Minister of External Affairs, Mr Ben
Jones, placed on record the House's condemnation of apartheid and,
particularly, the current State of Emergency and its consequences in
South Africa.

Supporting Mr Jones, Minister of Labour, Dr Francis Alexis, said logic
does not always prevail in the Westindian approach to cricketers who
play in South Africa.

"How can we in the Caribbean accept people who have played cricket in
South Africa, perhaps 3 or 4 years ago", he said, "when we ban our
own players for life when they play in South Africa."

The Minister said if Westindian players are banned for life for play-
ing in South Africa, Westindians should not accept to play in the
Westindies any player who has, at any time, played cricket in South
"But", he said, "I have lived long enough to know we have to learn to
live with things our intellect cannot comprehend".

The English cricket team comes to the Caribbean later this year to
play the Westindies and there are two players on the English team,
Messrs Graham Gooch and John Embury, who have played in South Africa.
Both were banned for three years by the English Cricket Authorities
but are now eligible for the national team.

Recently, Mr Gooch is alleged to have said he would return to play in
South Africa under certain circumstances and this created resentment
in the Caribbean.

The test match centres in the Westindies are Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua
and Jamaica but, for the coming series, this has been reduced to three
as the Guyana Government will not accept any team which has members
who have played in South Africa.

After the Gooch statement, only two test centres remained as the
Antigua Government said the English team would not be welcome in that
island. However, Mr Gooch, who is an opening batsman for England,
made a public apology which was accepted by the Antigua Government and
the team will now be allowed to play in that island.

Several top-flight Westindian cricketers cannot be picked for the West-
indies team but an informed source close to the cricket world told
NEWSLETTER these cricket-ers were never "banned" in the sense that the
English cricketers were banned.

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'Long before the United Kingdom, or any other country, was as concern-
ed as they are now about cricke .ers plaing in South Africa", the
source says, "the 'Westindies Cricket Board of Control had published a
policy that any Westindian cricketer who played or coached in South
Africa would not be allowed to play again in any match under the aus-
pices of the Board."

Those Westindian players who are now not eligible, the source says,
made themselves so because, when they went to South Africa to ptay,
they were fully aware of the consequences.

The short utory competition sponsored by the Organisation of American
States (OAS) through its official or-9an, the magazine "Ameriase", has
been won by Mrs Nellie Payne of Grenada.

Open to all citizens of the 32 OAS member states., the competition is
an annual event with a first prize of US$500.

Mrs Payne's entry, "Bush Tea & Sympathy", center around a grassroots
couple, the female of which is an expert at brewing "teas" from herbs,
grass and leaves.

News of her win was conveyed "o Mrs Payno on August 28th by Mr Todd
Payne (no relation), Acting OAS Director in Grenada and,-in an
interview, she described to N~EcSLETTER her reaction and that of her

"I could hardly believe it had happened she said, "and, when I tolf
Herbert, he had the same amazed, pleased-as-punch look as when I had
told him I was pregnant with our first child",

Mr Tod Payne tuld NEWSLETTE' a presentatLon of the prize and a cert- "'
ificate is being arranged and he expressed satisfaction that Grenada
has received this recognition.

"The OAS is pleas ~d to provide these channels through which talent
is given an opportunity to emerge", he said, "and I am sure Mrs
Payne's success will be an enacouragement to other Grenadians of
undoubted ability". : :,

A l er EKrles Cynthia Hughes
L-h Septe:tber 1985 '

SPrinted & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, LJournalists
Cf S1dojr'treoeC.St" Georges, Grenada, Westindies


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