Letter from the publisher

Dear Honourable Attorney General Simon

We find it necessary, once again, to approach you in your official capacity to solicit information from you which we require to complete an article to be published shortly in The Daily OBSERVER, the “people’s paper.”

It is clear from your recent performance that you have made a conscious decision not to respond to our private correspondence with you, since, as of today’s date, we still have not had a reply to our last three letters. As a consequence, we have no alternative but to correspond with you publicly, in full view of the citizenry of this beloved nation of ours whom we believe are, for the most part, honest and hard working people, and want nothing short of equal justice for all.

We cannot make you reply; it is your choice to reply or not to reply, but we dare say the public will pass judgment on your actions at the appropriate time.

From our vantage point, we find it sad that one of our University of the West Indies early graduates in Legal Studies could now find himself in the prestigious and responsible position of Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda, and is unable or unwilling to answer questions arising out of his own press statements and releases, which have to do with his own conduct with regards to promises he made to the public. What is worse, he does not consider it important for him to offer any explanation for his silence.

Had the University of the West Indies adopted a system such as the Inns of Court in the United Kingdom, we the public would at least have an organisation that we could complain to when it comes to its graduate members behaving in an unprofessional manner. Alas, we in the Caribbean do not enjoy such a luxury, but it is to be regretted. Perhaps the university will now give some consideration to the question of the over-sight of the professionals it is foisting on the Caribbean Community.

The main reason for writing to you, Sir, is to secure an answer about the APUA Funding matter. Apparently, certain large sums of money were transferred from the Antigua Public Utilities Authority into a bank account in Trinidad and Tobago without the necessary legal authority so to do. The local bank which made the transfer, we are told, was not comfortable with the instructions received and queried the matter with their legal adviser’s law firm who advised them to pay, as the minister said to pay. This advice, the story goes, was evidently tendered without due consideration to the fact that no necessary legal authority so to do was ever created by our Parliament. Sir, can you confirm or deny this report?

The other questions are, Honourable Attorney General, can you recall in your previous occupation as a private law practitioner ever dealing with this or any similar occurrence? And does the law firm in which you are the major shareholder presently represent any banks involved with the APUA Funding matter?

It is in our view unfortunate that we have to communicate with you, our Honourable Attorney General, publicly so that our ardent readers can be aware that we at The Daily OBSERVER are not “sleeping at the switch” as well as to give them an idea of the level and depth of our investigative machinery in order to bring them the truth, and nothing but the truth, in these stories making their way around and among the nation’s residents these days.

Naturally, we look forward to an early response and request that you do so within the next seven days. Thank you for your co-operation.