The 2016 Estimates Debate will be remembered by the BU household not for the high standard of contributions between members of parliament but for the decision by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington of Assembly to refer a matter to the Committee of Privileges (CoP). A Nation newspaper report offended Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite to the extent he felt compelled to ‘complain’ to the Speaker of the House – the reason: an advertisement placed by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that read, “BLP public meeting. The truth must be told. Come and hear who misled the House of Assembly…” .
This issue resonates with BU on many fronts. Underlying the decision by the Speaker to refer the matter to the CoP is the belief – mistakenly many are of the view – that honourable members of parliament are always honest in their postulations. At this point BU highly recommends the book The Gunslinger.
There is the adage action speaks louder than words. A few years ago it was reported that David Estwick M.P. brandished a firearm in the presence of Dale Marshall M.P. in the precinct of parliament and that matter was also referred to the CoP. BOTH sides conspired to frustrate the workings of the CoP – just like the PAC – and the matter died an expected death when the House was dissolved when the election date was declared.
Is this the same Attorney General who promised the House of Assembly that he would report on the status of Mia Mottley to practice law in Barbados? Why has he never been called to deliver on his promise by BOTH sides of the House? Can we the PEOPLE’s Court not deem the Honourable Adreil Brathwaite to have misled the CITIZENRY as well? Who are the three lawyers (including Mia Mottley) who received a waiver of the LEC all those years ago? Why the big secret?
Finally, is this the same ‘teefing’ Speaker of the House MICHAEL CARRINGTON who exercised good judgement by referring the matter raised by Brathwaite to the CoP? Seriously?