I love Mauritius. Do you? If so then you would have been a Brother, bound to Aid my Mission when I called upon you for Relief.
Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Take, for example, Mr Bean. The character is manifestly a bumbling idiot, but the actor, Rowan Atkinson, is a comic genius. Like myself, he studied engineering at the University of Oxford. Without a doubt, some people are endowed by our Creator with more academic potential than others. But the realisation of that potential, like the beauty of a diamond in the rough, is not achieved without the painstaking work of master craftsmen.
Your Lordship, the Master Craftsmen at the University of Oxford are some of the best in the world. They spent six years honing my mind while I was a scholar there, preparing me for this moment: to serve the Great Architect of Mauritius’ Evolution and Renewal. But enough of introductions, let us move on to the point of this Correspondence.
Do you play chess Your Lordship? If so, then you know that Grand Masters are crafty. They think many moves ahead and plan for all sorts of contingencies imaginable. Do you really believe that I did not seek legal advice before making my application? Only a fool starts a War without preparing the Way.
You see, my first application was a recce to test the defences. It also presented an opportunity – a trap – which I am now springing. I presented myself before you, as a citizen representing himself and seeking to defend the Constitution. I did not ask for legal aid. But you considered it and refused to grant it to me. Without hearing me my put my case, you pre-judged my arguments as weak. Yet when asked, you refused to explain yourself, compounding your prejudice by declaring that I am incapable of understanding the “logic of the law”.
Do you remember your Oath your Lordship?
I do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will well and truly serve Mauritius and the Constitution in the office of Judge of the Supreme Court and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of Mauritius without fear or favour,
affection or ill will. (So help me God.)
The sword of justice is a dangerous weapon in the hands of an unjust judge. Fortunately, my weapon is mightier – the pen. You have broken your oath. So do the honourable thing and fall on your sword.
Appearances Mr Bean Oxford Engineer
I was acting under legal advice
Judiciary “family business”
Select incorruptible lawyers
Cost against me
Cost of making application service
Risk of losing paying costs of 70 respondents/co-respondents
Offer of legal aid – right thing
Oath to defend constitution
Cost quite cheap to take you out
Sword of justice in wrong hands
My weapon is greater – the pen
Fall on your own sword before the sword of justice cuts you down