Leader of the Opposition Defiant, Refuses to Apologize to Speaker

Leader of the Opposition Defiant, Refuses to Apologize to Speaker

While the Leader of the Opposition has been given eighteen days to apologize, he says he has no plans of saying sorry.  Moses Shyne Barrow says he maintains that he was not in violation of the Standing Orders, and was within his right to call out the Speaker. He further stated that even if the government attempts to force him to write an apology, he will not do so. However, he was unable to say whether the matter would be taken to court if he didn’t respond by the end of the month. 

Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: I don’t want to anticipate on what the government is doing. Nothing surprises me. The government has no authority, no standing in this matter just as we are out here we’re outside of the house the standing orders don’t govern conduct or behavior outside of the Honorable House. All of the standing orders are to guide the operations inside the house so that there’s no disruption for the business that needs to take place inside of the house. That is their opinion, they made a recommendation I have no intention. The privileges committee had no authority. They could call a meeting on anything let me be clear that is the only thing I agreed they could call a meeting but they have no standing. They cited no point of order. They stated no standing order that was violated. They stated no privilege that was violated.”

Barrow further explained that while Faber agreed with the government, and, in his eyes, crossed the floor, he will not move to hold a bi-election to remove the Collet Area Representative. Barrow says that he has agreed with the party to hash out the matter internally. 

Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: The irony of it it is that same member who when a gentleman by the name of Cardona he was the Orange Walk area representative for the UDP the gentleman you’re referring to wrote him a letter as the party chairman to tell him he constructively resigned because while he did not vote against the party he spoke against the party so I just thought that that was ironic. But the party will deal with that matter internally.”

Reporter: Do you think this is it for Mr.Faber in terms of him being a part of the UDP ? 

Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “The party will deal with the matter internally. My colleagues have asked me to allow them to deal with the matter internally and I will respect the wishes of my colleagues. I don’t believe I was being hasty. You talk to five different lawyers they give you five different opinions. What was done in the House Committee was I won’t say unprecedented because as I said Cardona did the same thing and interestingly enough when he did it Mr.Faber considered it constructively resigning and I believe they did write to the Speaker to say that he crossed the floor and the Speaker I’m not sure what the interpretation that the Speaker had but I think they moved his seat somewhere so it’s a very ironic situation but as I said the party will deal with it.”

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