Notes From The Margin

March 2, 2008

Troubling Developments In Grenada

On of the more troubling stories to cross the Margin’s radar recently is this story out of Grenada where from what is being said it would seem that police were caught spying on an opposition party planning meeting.

 Grenada’s opposition party has accused the Keith Mitchell administration of spying on a private meeting of its executive and wants Scotland Yard to investigate the allegation.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) claimed that a police officer was caught secretly recording a closed-door meeting and pointed fingers at the Prime Minister’s New National Party (NNP) as the ones behind the move.

But the NNP has denied the spying allegation.

Of all of the islands of the english speaking Caribbean, Grenada has had one of the most erratic relationships with democracy. Having gone through years of mis rule under Gairy, the Revolution and invasion (or intervention) by the United States military.  In spite of all of the foregoing, Grenada has developed today  into a flourishing and stable democracy.

For the coming election on the Spice Isle the stakes are higher than ever, for the first time in a while it looks as if there may be a real chance of the Government changing.  On the night of the Barbados election we made the statement that the true test of democracy is when the result of the election is accepted by supporters of all parties the winners and the losers.  If anything is allowed to cast doubt on the integrity of the electoral process in Grenada the consequences may be significant.

On an island with Grenada’s bloody history, democracy is too fragile to take anything for granted.





  1. Marginal:

    I think you may be on to something here! My first job(?)after graduating from the U(C)WI was as a research assistant on a UWI team that was hastily formed to study the causes, origins, and possible outcomes of the suspension of the Grenada constitution by her Majesty’s Government in 1962. Out of that exercise came Archie Singham’s book “The Hero and the Crowd in the Colonial Polity”. Much of Singham’s conclusions seem to be still relevant today. As the French say: Plus ca change…

    Comment by Linchh — March 3, 2008 @ 6:52 am | Reply

  2. […] blogger Notes From The Margin says of reports that police in Grenada were caught spying on an opposition party planning meeting: […]

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