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'I will not allow the Speaker to silence me' – Opposition Leader

- accuses Speaker Willock of 'picking on the Opposition'
Leader of the Opposition, Marlon A. Penn (R8) has come forward with acrid criticisms regarding his treatment in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (Hon) by House Speaker Hon Julian Willock. Photo: Facebook
At Monday’s June 3, 2019, Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth HoA, Speaker Julian Willock moved to shut down arguments between Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Opposition Leader over the ongoing Immigration reform debacle in the territory and now according to Hon Marlon A. Penn, the scenario is one where the Speaker is trying to silence the Opposition. Photo: VINO
At Monday’s June 3, 2019, Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth HoA, Speaker Julian Willock moved to shut down arguments between Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Opposition Leader over the ongoing Immigration reform debacle in the territory and now according to Hon Marlon A. Penn, the scenario is one where the Speaker is trying to silence the Opposition. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has come forward with loud criticisms regarding his treatment in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (Hon) by House Speaker Hon Julian Willock.

At Monday’s June 3, 2019, Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth HoA, Speaker Willock moved to shut down arguments between Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Opposition Leader over the ongoing immigration reform debacle in the territory and now, according to Hon Penn, the scenario is one where the Speaker is trying to silence the Opposition.

Standing for Rights – Hon Penn

“I was standing up for my rights, you have a situation where a Speaker continues to pick on the Opposition and allow the Government members to run wild and run loose in the House of Assembly,” Hon Penn told the media during a brief interview yesterday, June 5, 2019.

According to Hon Penn, “I asked Hon Vincent Wheatley a question specific to a subject that he is responsible for, the Premier got up without raising a Point of Order, intervened back and forth and the Speaker wanted to silence me for responding to the Premier.”

“He said nothing to the Premier, the question was posed to Hon Vincent Wheatley. I will not allow the speaker to silence me because I am here representing the people of this territory,” Mr Penn said with visible frustration.

In a back and forth with the Premier, the Opposition Leader had sought to respond some claims Hon Fahie had made in the House, to which the Speaker silenced him, “Leader of the opposition, I am to be heard in silence,” Hon Willock said firmly.

Hon Penn, in lashing back said, “You going have to kick me out today, you are not speaking to a child”.

Speaker Willock then called a 5-minute recess and when the session resumed, Hon Willock said: “Leader of the Opposition I am going to give you a warning. Any further infraction will result in action being taken by the Speaker against you.”

I represent the People – Hon Penn

Further Mr Penn in his media statement said, “The Eighth District has sent me to the House of Assembly for a Third consecutive term to represent their interests and the interest of this territory, I am now the leader of the Opposition and I have a responsibility to the wider territory.” 

“I will continue to be respectful in the Honourable house because… the House requires my respect and I’ve always been a respecting member in the Honourable House. I respect the Standing Orders and the Speaker needs to learn the Standing Orders and follow the Standing Orders as well and be respectful of the Standing Orders,” Mr Penn told the media.

Both Speaker Willock and Premier Fahie did not immediately respond to request for comments.

14 Responses to “'I will not allow the Speaker to silence me' – Opposition Leader ”

  • Toilet paper Vs Wash Rag (05/06/2019, 10:56) Like (45) Dislike (19) Reply

    My my... where was your VOICE when M**** ***** did her great share of BIAS! If you were so just, even when you were the Government YOU would have spoken up about such practices and behaviors!! And THEN AND ONLY THEN WOULD YoU SIR COME ACROSS GENUINE!!!!!!!!! Your argument was weak.... better luck NEXT tIME!

  • Yo (05/06/2019, 11:07) Like (12) Dislike (26) Reply
    Yea Hon Penn, the NDP nrw leader, we got you, dont let a P..k, P..k you out!
  • Reader (05/06/2019, 11:33) Like (43) Dislike (8) Reply
    MR PENN I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST YOU BUT THE PARTY THAT YOU IN ABUSE THE OPPOSITION FOR YEARS EVEN A FORMER LEADER HE EVEN CALLED NAMES. TELL THE PEOPLE WHY YOU NEVER SPEAK UP ABOUT THAT. ANYWAY I DO NOT LIKE HOW THINGS START OUT WITH THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE OPPOSITION WE THE VOTERS WANT TO SEE THIS PLACE COME TO ORDER. FOR THE SAKE OF THE PEOPLE YOU ALL SHOULD WORK TOGETHER.
  • SMH (05/06/2019, 11:45) Like (33) Dislike (13) Reply
    Surprisingly you can speak out now after being silenced for 8yrs. You'll talk about harmony, but yet still being devious and divisive. How long you all think this will go on?
  • Appalled (05/06/2019, 12:16) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    We are to lead by example. What example did we set, or what message did we send to those young school children who were sitting in the gallery observing the proceedings yesterday? And those who will watch the video? That anything (still) goes in the BVI?

    Oh my! Not nice at all.
  • wize up (05/06/2019, 12:57) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    some of we might recall the levels of conversation Ingrid often had with fraser & fahie over the past eight year: very often one will “the member for the third I am on my feet”: once on the opposition side of the fence, every man on that side looking respect and demands explanations for everything
  • ... (05/06/2019, 13:09) Like (34) Dislike (10) Reply
    Marlon playing bad I am sure the speaker will deal with him sooner rather than later
  • legal team (05/06/2019, 14:44) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    When hurricanes Irma and maria affected the bvi,we were all hurt by the damage and destruction caused by these hurricane..

    When hurricane voters remove the NDP from office,all NDP supporters were hurt by lost of power,and lost of control over the people of the VI.

    When marlon was in office as a NDP powerman,he was very silent.

    So,Marlon is hurt..let his hurting voice be heard..

    The speaker will reprimand him,according to l;aw..
  • Wow (05/06/2019, 15:12) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    He silenced himself for eight years and again when he needed to contribute to the debate on Monday. Now he's talking?! SMDH.
    • East voters (05/06/2019, 21:18) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply

      Marlon you need to shut the hell up when we wanted you to speak you did not voiced represent us now the show on the other feet hurting you shouting shut your @$%. We needed that Immigration issues sorted a very long time. As a matter of fact asked Orlando what he signed in UK make Hon Fahie did what he did? Okay

    • @ wow (05/06/2019, 21:33) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Same think I here thinking Marlon penn should be ashamed of himself
  • concern (06/06/2019, 05:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    The opposition leader must appologises to the speaker. What he did in the house was disrespect. How can he lead with such behavior.? The younger folks and his peers are listening to him. It shows that he does not understand the constitution. He is not showing leadership.
    • wize up (06/06/2019, 08:40) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ concern: the young fellow is still hot under the collar in his new role as leader of the opposition: Penn should not take issues personal while attending the sittings of the house: go to the house of assembly and represent all of the people: he probably need to have a nice cold Old Milwaukee Beer to calm the nerves before the meetings at the house....it is hard to be humble remember the chap was rolling high for 8 years now he is a back seat driver
  • Santo (06/06/2019, 21:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You take a low minister and make him opposition leader ,the man is bum


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