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Opposition Leader objects as Q&A pushed back again in HoA

- believes the people’s business is just as important as Gov’t business
Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe (left), firmly explained to Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Opposition Leader and First District Representative (right) that the House is working against an April 30, 2018 deadline and that is why the Question and Answer segment was pushed back on the Order of the Day. Photo: GIS/VINO
Speaking of the House of Assembly, Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, said the question and answer section is not normally allowed when the House is addressing the Budget Debate but she obliged and added it to the order of the day. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking of the House of Assembly, Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, said the question and answer section is not normally allowed when the House is addressing the Budget Debate but she obliged and added it to the order of the day. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) today, Thursday April 26, 2018, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), moved a motion to push back the question and answer section on the order of the day to be addressed after the Budget debate.

Not pleased with the decision, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Opposition Leader and First District Representative, interjected and questioned the reason for such a decision, while noting that when the members of the House goes into Government Business it will be a lengthy process.

“I would like to know what is the reason for pushing back the questions and answers because it won’t take up much time because when you go into these government business Madam Speaker, we are going to be in there for quite a while and this is a part of the people’s business that the only part that the Opposition has to come and find out about the people’s business. I want to what is the reason for delaying the question and answer. I can’t understand it,” expressed Hon Fahie.

In response, Premier Smith first apologised and then explained that the Budget Debate is important and has to be done due to time constraints but indicated that the questions will be answered.

He explained, “Madam Speaker, I want to apologise to the Members for the delay because of technical difficulties but we do have a kind of time constraint and it is important that we have the decision on the Budget and I think that is the most important thing today but the questions will be answered there is no question about that immediately after.”

“Time constraints weree created by them” - Hon Fahie

The HoA is known for not starting the sitting on time and today it started at 11:43 A.M.

The Opposition Leader in disagreement with the motion to push back the Question and Answer segment told the House that the time constraints were caused by Government themselves, while pointing out that if they started on time, they would have addressed the Question and Answer segment already.

Hon Fahie said firmly, “Point of information with all due respect to the Premier, the constraint was created by themselves. Today, Madam Speaker, we were here and with time constraints. We started almost midday and now the questions have to go on until God knows when. If we had started at 10:00, we would have done answered the questions by now. The questions would not have lasted the hour that we had look to start.”

Furthermore, the First District Representative expressed that it is “unfair” to the people’s work and commented that he is not in agreement with moving the questions. “I really cannot agree and there are some questions here that need to be answered. The time constraints for this budget was given by the Premier himself, not by us.”

“We are up against a deadline” – Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, remarked that the Question and Answer section is not normally allowed when the House is addressing the Budget Debate but she obliged and added it to the Order of the Day.

She also noted that the House is working based on the deadline which is April 30, 2018, and the matter of the day (Budget) has to be passed before that date.

“Your concern has been duly noted. Every member is fully aware of the constraints under which we have been operating for the last two to six weeks and we are working against two significant deadlines. We are up against a deadline and questions were still on the order paper which we don’t normally have questions on the budget debate but they were allowed.”

She continued, “We are going to be here very late today and we are going to be here very late tomorrow because the matter on the order of the day has to be passed. The office itself has been working under extreme conditions and circumstances which led us to be late this morning and we don’t have a choice, it’s that simple. We might very well have to come back here on Saturday because we all know we are working against April 30th which is on Monday.”

Evading answering to the public

Meanwhile, Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said his issue was that the Premier should have informed the Opposition beforehand, rather than coming to the House and pushing the Question and Answer segment down the Order Paper.

It has been a frequent practice by the National Democratic Party Government to delay the Question and Answer segment of the House of Assembly. Added to that, Ministers of Government often refuse to answer questions or provide half-truths and even outright lies in the Honourable House of Assembly.

24 Responses to “Opposition Leader objects as Q&A pushed back again in HoA”

  • well saw (26/04/2018, 15:58) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look the derailing of democracy once again.
  • Hmmm (26/04/2018, 16:06) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fahie keep doing the people's work. The majority of the people are with you and your efforts.
  • MUAH (26/04/2018, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    The speaker looking sweet sah
    • F (26/04/2018, 21:59) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      kinda look like a man to me
    • Anne (26/04/2018, 22:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is a sexist comment. who cares? Does she do her job? And if she was, why can't session start on time?
      this is disrespectful to the people.
    • Politics (27/04/2018, 10:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      As far as I can see the speaker is a joker. This kind of behaivor should not be accepted. To accept this behavior in the house instead of street men and women, they should be called polictical cronies. She should control order in the house instead there is bear DISORDER and she accept this. Strupppes. Joker
    • Hmph (27/04/2018, 18:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope that RVIPF Sup know what he dealing with ... ask TG and ...
  • SMH (26/04/2018, 16:20) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same sh*t different day
  • I speak (26/04/2018, 16:46) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    for my family. We were once NDP supporters, but today we are soo sick of the blatant abuse of power. Set of dictators! NDP must go in order to restore our Democracy. This is just too much abuse now.
    • I agree (27/04/2018, 09:25) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      The abuse of power and bad behavior from the NDP is just to much. How long is this going to go on. It is time to retire the NDP. Everyone in my family has switched sides.we are now team #VIP.
  • vex (26/04/2018, 16:56) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yet another reason why ndp must go
  • Your employers (26/04/2018, 16:57) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire process is necessary for us to be well informed, regardless of how long it takes. Here this- if you’ll can’t take the heat, please get out of the kitchen and allow others to take over, since you’ll have no time and seem to be too busy for the people’s business.
  • Wendy (26/04/2018, 17:57) Like (7) Dislike (39) Reply
    No matter the cicumstance, you can count on this Premier to be classy. A study in gentle and gentlemanly behaviour so refreshing and admirable.

    • I guest (26/04/2018, 22:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      to Wendy. That’s how he gets away with soo much. All that gentleman(ness) now have our country broke.
  • Xxx (26/04/2018, 20:14) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Double standard all around.
  • wet (26/04/2018, 20:17) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am utterly disgusted with Dr Smith and the Speaker
  • Political Observer (PO) (26/04/2018, 22:44) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    No respect for the Opposition; the government must remember that it rules the roost today but tomorrow it may be in Opposition. And what goes around comes around. Nonetheless, the behaviour is not surprising; it is part and parcel of most lopsided government; the NDP has an 11-2 advantage so it feels it can do what it likes, when it likes or how it likes . Things are not static; the world constantly rotates and things change. If the margin was 7-6 or even 8-5 the behaviour would be different. A coalition government may be the soiution to this arrogant behaviour. Furthermore, the Speaker of the House should be independent, not some political crony.
  • Hmmm (27/04/2018, 06:58) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Minister of Finance is a failure and needs to be moved right away or we the people will continue to perish.
  • See (27/04/2018, 07:35) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    A complete national embarassment . We deserve better. .. or do we ?. Time everybody demands that this is not acceptable.
  • Cant Handle (27/04/2018, 09:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP canot handle the truth. They are a bunch of menopausal power hungry men. They have to go.
  • beam (27/04/2018, 12:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP is power hungry,egotistical and narcissistic. If you don't get down with the NDP, they will lay you down. My father always said, you don't let power control you, you control power.
  • just wrong (27/04/2018, 13:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did I really just read an hour and 43 minutes late in starting ? Can you imagine if a private company was run this way? Wow ... unbelievable !!!!
  • facts (27/04/2018, 13:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The premier is a sell out his concense will forever bother him OmG. ..

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