Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Things quiet as Bees return


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THERE WAS HARDLY a buzz in the precincts of Parliament yesterday, even though the Opposition Barbados Labour Party had trailed its intention to table a vote of no confidence in House of Assembly Speaker Michael Carrington.

In addition, it was the first time the Opposition members were returning to the House after walking out in protest weeks ago over a matter involving the Speaker in his private law practice.

A mere handful of curious people, including some visitors, waited patiently outside the gates to be allowed to enter to witness the morning’s proceedings.

The wait turned out to be long, since from as early as 9 a.m., Government MPs were said to have had already assembled for a meeting, leaving a clear Parliament Yard except for the MPs’ vehicles and a noticeable police presence.

St Michael West Central MP James Paul (left) chatting with Senator Dr Esther Byer outside before the start of yesterday’s session of Parliament.


St George South MP Dwight Sutherland was the first Opposition member to arrive, and like those trickling in after, he quickly headed for the Opposition offices in the West Wing of Parliament.

When the House session began around 10:30 a.m., half-hour later than the regular starting time, nearly all of the Opposition members, including leader Mia Mottley,
as well as the majority of Government MPs, were in their seats. So too was Independent MP for St Peter, Owen Arthur.

Hopes for a no-confidence debate gradually faded however when House proceedings began and St James MP Donville Inniss made a two-hour presentation on the Corporate Service Providers Bill.

When the House broke for lunch, an apparently disappointed Opposition Leader Mottley told the Midweek Nation she would be saying more on the no-confidence issue. (GC)






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