Parliament is not a place for political “Ro Ro” (letter to the editor)

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Parliament is not a place for political “Ro Ro” (letter to the editor)
Joseph
Parliament Guy Joseph and the speaker of the House had an intense verbal exchange during a recent sitting of Parliament.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we try to deceive.”

It is about time that Members of Parliament (MP) begin to behave honorably and deal with the business of the country seriously.

Mr Speaker it is your responsibility to ensure that MPs conduct themselves properly. Members who consistently mislead the House should be censured.

The Honorable House is not a place for “Ro Ro.”

How can a Member compare the signing of a contract by the sister of a Minister with a contract signed by a Permanent Secretary who may be related to the Speaker or Contractor.

The Speaker is not a Member of The Executive like a Minister. What involvement would a speaker have in the drawing up of contracts?
What has happened to the practice which obtained in the past when a Member would request information of a Minister for a written reply which would be read in Parliament?

The editor of The Voice in a recent editorial made reference to that practice. Parliaments which conduct their business in an orderly manner have a Question and Answer time at their sittings.

Finally for whoever the cap fits, “He who knows not but knows not that he knows not, is a *%@**”

Our Parliament is a place for dealing with the country’s business and not political “Ro Ro”

YUG

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  1. I smell a rat and it smells like C. Francis was the one who wrote that "letter to the editor"

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  2. U go guy- ppl killing in town like life isn't worth shit, parliament sittings can't stop that, use you mouth bcuz god knows y he gave u the strength. I dont even know y there was a signing ceremony before they started working on the banse/la haut road- went there the road is worst than before, smaller, pot holes, no space for two vehicles. Someone need to go there to snap some pics for those who dont know to see the road they signed contract for. Chupse

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  3. Once upon a time the Lil Indian boy of the forest chanted in the St. Lucia H.O.A, "since when that's your role," GOES VIRAL!!!

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  4. Forget all that nonsense ,all I wanna know is whats being done in soufriere .....yrs now nothing , dilapidated roads ,harassment,and pollution ...tourist town tourism industry lol sad n embarrassing...

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    • You Cannot blame the govermnent for the pollution and tourists harassment,on the dilapidated road i will stand with you but on the pollution and tourists harassment ,we the citizens of the community need to take a stand.why, cause we all depends on the tourist dollars.In the words of jfk not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.

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  5. I come here not for news but I'm ashamed at how we think. Guy gave direct awards to a company which was a sham his sister signed as a witness and you say jack shit. But every other word for you guys is kenny. I hope you guys can teach your kids right from wrong

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  6. while Kenny was in opposition they walked out of the house during a debate. isn't this disrespectful to the speaker.

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    • Its not about dis-respect to the Speaker. It's more so dis-respect to Parliament i.e. other MPs and more importantly the people of St.Lucia . We are the ones MPs represent, we are the ones who elect MPs.

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  7. I have heard many citizens say that guy was standing for his right... well if this is how he is standing for his rights ... pah cor-tay ...all fall dong.... im embarrassed that this video is circulating like it is something do cute... Guy needs vacation leave...

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    • And you, sir need to go sit in a corner and face the wall. Until I say come out you stay right there. Lol.

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  8. lets get straight to the point.we the speaker is friendly to the ps of communication and works and reneau is the cousin to the ps so obviously when guy attacked these two people on the contract signing,he definitely hit a nerve in the speaker and the speaker out of his role defended his friend and his friends cousin in the house.

    but the house was no place for him to do so.you could of seen it written all over his face that there was anger when guy said what he said.the man is a big slp also.he does not take a rocket scientist to see that.but that was not his role to come and defend his woman in the house.

    leave that for outside the house.he eh no interpreter of contract,.and as much as guy can be a prick a times,he was right.he might have sounded a bit disrespectful in his tone but the man was frustrated cause they have been trying to shut him up for some time now.

    what is good for the goose is good for the gender.guy did it in the past with his brother giving him certain contracts now kenny and them doing it with reneau cause all of them getting something out of it.who want to remain blind can do so but my eyes are open.its all about getting the pocket fat and none of thses idiot politicians are gonna fool me.

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  9. My think WHAMTHERE. You were spot on. But that is what happens when people try to defend the indefensible. The author of this article makes himself look like a fool just to defend a politician or a party or a position. A witness is a witness and only that. Cannot compare a witness with a signatory who has or represents obligations

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  10. @ Alvin you would be suprised to know what influence the Speaker has in the authoring and signing of contracts for this government. Tanto Tanto. The real issue is What is the difference between a defects "liability" period and a defects "notification" period? A point missed by the member for Castries South, and cleaverly avoided by the Government and the PS? Go ahead educate me, as i am a lay man. Note that everyone is speaking of "defects liability" when that is NOT the term used in the contract. What was used is "defects notification" After all isn't a liability different to a notification? I think the Governemnt erred either complicitly or without their knowledge. But you imagined such a contact being scrutinized by "learned" individuals, probably made a mistake?

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    • clap...clap...well said and if the opposition was truly in the interest of the people they would reinforce this crucial difference. I like that point - "I think the Government erred either complicitly or without their knowledge"... I would like to assume and vote on the side of complicitly! The public service is not what it used to be and now it appears you must swear and allegiance to a party. And you wonder why Permanent Secretaries are coming out from retirement and continue to work in government on contract or persons leave their businesses or appear at political parties...for the love of the party.

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  11. "How can a Member compare the signing of a contract by the sister of a Minister with a contract signed by a Permanent Secretary who may be related to the Speaker or Contractor."

    @YUG there is definitely a flaw in your statement. The member's sister did not sign the contract, she was a witness to the contract. Is a witness required to act in the performance of the contract? Have you witnessed the signing of any docs? Do you have any legal obligation arising out of it apart from saying "yes i witnessed it?"

    It seems to me that your argument is not worth 1 kb of memory on the internet. Try another argument. I mean a young person would be incensed at such reasoning. Is that another failed attempt at making something which is bad look good just for politicians?

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  12. In PARLIAMENT, members have a right to say almost anything. Documents cited from, must be made "documents of the house".

    In a dictatorship, members have a right to only TOW THE LINE, or else face the consequences INCLUDING DEATH AND/OR DISAPPEARANCE.

    Take you pick. Unless all sorts of matters are brought or aired in parliament, we all will remain as dumb as we have tended to be as a country , allowing the one-eyed but idiots to lead us into damnable acts of imbecility. How?

    For years on end, the main qualifier for political office in Saint Lucia is the ability to call out where in the constituency you grew up and who are members of your family. Next, you must be able to articulate the needs of your constituents, like getting them jobs in STEP, patching roads, and putting lights on electric poles.

    Your ability to plan for the future development of the country is UNIMPORTANT. Your ability and capacity to stand shoulder to shoulder anywhere in the international arena and give a good account of yourself and your country DOES NOT MATTER TO CONSTITUENCY old-foggies!

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    • I say amen to that. Far too long we have endured a bunch of "malfeasance representatives who can't represent their shadows needless to say, Saint Lucia on an international level. Too many pot-hole politicians in Saint Lucia. We need to raise the standards.

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  13. YUG you said it right when you said "The Speaker is not a Member of The Executive like a Minister. What involvement would a speaker have in the drawing up of contracts?". So the speaker has no damn right to interpret the contracts for Guy. His job is not to tell guy that he is interpreting the documents wrong.

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  14. I agree the house is not a place of roro and any speaker should know their role and ensure proceedings are conducted in an orderly manner.
    Both parties have members that should be censored, remember the "renegades" story... Anyway if more St. Lucians pay closer attention to the proceedings from the upper and lower houses they will realise where there is smoke there is fire (both sides). We are continuing to borrow at an alarming rate, we continue to give contracts and have discussions with contractors and then come back in the house and call it back dated guarantees or say the contract eh end so its ok for parliament to issue guarantees during the commencement of the work.
    we dont have watchdogs or public interest groups to monitor the recklessness of governments. the Public Accounts Committee has never met and I dont think our government financial records are up to date , yet still we want investors to buy bonds or treasury bills when the financial statements are not current...smfh..
    We continue to accept money from foreign governments and never put it to use in a sustainable manner in the communities. We are now going into PPP arrangements and there is no information available to the public. Has anyone ever seen the hewanorra development act? We are soon to have a new airport which is a good thing but there is controversy where a contractor is given a contract to do the parking lot?? who does that, when the inform