Submitted by Anthony Davis
“I have not heard it said that the honourable member, in respect of whom that matter was referred, should be prevented from coming to the House, but I’m hearing a lot of fuss now because a newspaper report has said something about your honour in your honour’s private capacity, not in respect of any matter concerning any of the privileges of this House” – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Why does the PM insist on calling the Speaker honourable? Do honourable people do what he did?
Methinks that he is very dishonourable – especially for a man in his position. He should do the honourable thing and step down!
You talk about wanting to attain First World status, so that is what anyone who has such a position in a First World country would do? Comparing the case of Burton Hinds, who became Speaker of the House of Assembly under Tom Adams in 1976, with that of the present Speaker of the House of Assembly is like comparing apples with oranges. Mr. Hinds did not embezzle anyone’s money. I don’t see your point about if he were a doctor.
Some lawyers have been guests of Her Majesty at that hotel in St. Philip, and, as far as I recall, there is still one languishing there. Mr. Hinds was charged with contempt of court for an article which he wrote in the “Truth” paper which was well-known in the 50s and 60s.
Also, Mr. Prime Minister, what message are you – and above all the Speaker – sending to the people of our country, and especially the youth, when you both pretend that there is nothing wrong with what he has done just because he is the Speaker of the House of Assembly?
Are you telling the people of this country – and especially the tax payers who are paying him – that one is above the law when one holds certain positions? Do you really think that no damage will be done to the DLP, or is that some form of wishful thinking?
We need people to whom we can look up – and he is surely not role model material.
What do they say about power?