|EDMUND ESTAPHANE: IS HE STILL A MINISTER?
|PHILLIP J PIERRE aka "PIP"
When the story is written in the history books, "Pip's" heroism and tenacity will no doubt be etched deeply on that irrational and illegal decision by the speaker as the "silver lining on a dark cloud" of illegality even within the portals of our parliament. "Pip" will be profoundly remembered for standing up like a hero against the infringement of the constitution by the very persons who are vested with the responsibility to protect it.
The frontline hardcore (Kenny, Phillip and Dalson) of the parliamentary opposition did not let her go scot-free, each employing different angles to convince her that she was wrong. They made her look like a novice in the implementation of simple parliamentary procedure.
It is elementary parliamentary protocol that it devolved on the Prime Minister to advise the Speaker on the unavailability of Bousquet (or any other UWP Minister) for the Deputy Speaker position upon which knowledge she would rule. But she violated elementary protocol and went full speed ahead with a pre-emptive strike at Phillip Pierre's recommendation, as if she was also the Governor General who confirmed ministerial appointments.
|SUITABLE DEPUTY SPEAKER?
It was a pity that she had to go so far and wide across the region for advice thereon when a constitutional legend from the region - former lecturer and Head of the Teaching Department, Law Faculty (UWI) and also the General counsel for CARICOM - was right there sitting in the Chamber with her.