Opposition Leader Moses Shyne Barrow Addresses Speaker of the House Matter
Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow, was on The Morning Show today where he spoke on several issues including the matter involving Speaker of the House, Valerie Woods. According to Barrow, his primary interest in all the back and forth is to get back to the people’s business.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “I am an optimist and so I have extended the olive branch and I don’t want to anticipate that the Speaker will continue to the extreme, as Julius Espat confessed that he and other members have been pressuring her to be extreme. And again, when the Prime Minister is under investigation by the Senate and this whole Portico corruption and other things and the government is embattled, the extreme pressure comes on even more. So I hope that this entire exercise, where everyone agreed that members threatening other members, inviting them outside, members continually to criticize and personally attack members and that type of behavior is below the threshold of decorum that we all want. So I see no reason for all members, including the Speaker, to do a reset. Again, I wrote to the House Committee Chair and to the Speaker that the matter as far as an apology to the honorable member from Albert’s, Tracy Panton, for the derogatory statements, the sexist statements that Abelardo Mai made to her and the questionable statements that the Prime Minister made to her that that be tabled. So I hope that when we have the next House meeting the same kangaroo court that recommended I apologize to the speaker will recommend that Minister Mai and Prime Minister Briceño apologize to Tracy and we all move forward raising the threshold of decorum and code of conduct in the House and get on with the people’s business because that is what it’s about. It’s about getting on with the people’s business.”
As we noted in a previous newscast, with an apology letter sent, the matter is somewhat dead as the Privileges Committee did not require the acceptance of the apology by the House Speaker.