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.
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.