The New Constitution Movement

A Blueprint for Constitutional Reform for St. Lucia, the OECS and the Caribbean

by Martinus François



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/19/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781466913882
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781466913899

About the Book

THE NEW CONSTITUTION MOVEMENT sets out boldly to fill the void that was left after the disbanding of the Constitutional Review Commission and its Report, which became yet another casualty of the myopic self-interest of our postcolonial two-party dictatorship political system in St. Lucia known as the “Westminster Model”. The extraordinary thing about THE NEW CONSTITUTION MOVEMENT is that it should be read as a fitting epitaph to the Westminster Model of political governance bequeathed to us by London as part of our 1979 Independence “gift”. The basic postulation of THE NEW CONSTITUTION MOVEMENT is that government and politics in St. Lucia, the OECS and the wider Caribbean needs to be reinvented for a post-postcolonial 21st-century society. The fact is, building a new 21st-century society on the wreckage of the old and decrepit postcolonial structures involves the design of new, more appropriate political systems which must be altogether tougher, more challenging, more positive, more ambitious, more inspirational, more generational and, above all, more transformational. This book shows how, through a process of social reengineering, we need to radically overhaul or even scrap many of the hitherto sacred cows of the colonially inherited Westminster system to the point that they may even lose some of their traditional meanings: the Monarchy, the Office of Governor-General, the Executive Branch, the Office of Prime Minister, the Cabinet System, the Legislative Branch, the Senate, the Office of Leader of the Opposition, the Political Parties, the Public Service, Local and Municipal Government, and last but not least, Regional Integration.

About the Author

Martinus François is a barrister-at-law, of Gray’s Inn, London. A graduate of the University of London with LLB (Hons), he was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1991 and the St. Lucia bar in 1992. He has since specialized in and practised constitutional law and human rights law. Website: