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Speaker had the right to be 'heard in silence' – Skelton-Cline

- said Hon Julian Willock understands the rules of the HoA
“I will not allow the Speaker to silence me,” were the famous words of Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) in loud criticisms regarding treatment he received at the June 3, 2019, Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, when he accused Speaker Julian Willock, of trying to silence the opposition. Photo: VINO/File
Social Commentator & ZBVI radio host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline in the Tuesday, June 19, 2019, edition of his ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio show opening commentary has pointed out that the Speaker was correct in his approach according to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Council governing the HoA. Photo: VINO/File
Social Commentator & ZBVI radio host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline in the Tuesday, June 19, 2019, edition of his ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio show opening commentary has pointed out that the Speaker was correct in his approach according to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Council governing the HoA. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – “I will not allow the Speaker to silence me,” were the strong words of Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), in loud criticisms regarding treatment he received at the June 3, 2019 Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, when he accused Speaker Hon Julian Willock of trying to silence the Opposition.

Speaker Willock had moved to shut down a spat between Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Opposition Leader over the ongoing immigration reform debacle in the territory, to which the speaker said, “Leader of the Opposition, I am to be heard in silence”.

However the Opposition Leader did not take too kindly to the assertiveness. “Mister Speaker, I am not a little kid… you are not talking to a child,” Hon Penn said.

“You going have to kick me out today,” the Opposition Leader further implored to which Hon Willock then stood to immediately move the House into a 5-minute recess, then issued a warning to the Opposition Leader against the insubordination after the break. 

Speaker was right – Claude O. Skelton Cline

Social Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, in the Tuesday, June 19, 2019 edition of his ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio show's opening commentary, pointed out that the Speaker was correct in his approach, according to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Council governing the HoA.

He illustrated that, according to section No. 44 of the Standing Orders, “The Speaker in the Council [HoA] and the Chairman in any committee shall be responsible for the observance of the rules or order in the Council and Committee respectively, and their decision upon any point of order shall not be open to appeal and should not be reviewed by the Council except upon a substantive motion made after notice,” meaning the speaker had to power to exercise order in the House.

“I have never heard such language and thought it was quite interesting and said I might have to use that myself jokingly,” Skelton-Cline told his listing audience regarding the Speaker’s ‘I am to be heard in silence’ approach.

With a subtitle of ‘Speaker To Be Heard in Silence,’ section No. 45 says, “Whenever the Speaker or the Chairman rises during a debate, any member then speaking or offering to speak shall sit down and the council or committee shall be silent so that the Speaker may be heard without interruption.”

Speaker threatened Action

Following non-compliance from Hon Penn, the Speaker had reprimanded the insubordination and threatened ‘Action’ without a specific indication of what that action could be.

Skelton-Cline implored, “I thought that was quite curious and interesting that the phraseology he used, I suspect he didn’t have to say I would be heard in silence… I think that is when the Opposition Leader said that he is not a child and that the Speaker should know the rules.”

“But apparently here are the rules and the Speaker was exercising rightfully, according to the rules, his power,” the man of the cloth said.

According to Skelton-Cline, “Once he stands up, that speaks volume in and of itself and everybody in the House [should] know that the Speaker has stood and he or she is to be heard in silence.”

14 Responses to “Speaker had the right to be 'heard in silence' – Skelton-Cline”

  • Jordana (19/06/2019, 09:45) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    C’mon man it’s time for us to move on from all this..Every time these topics are revisited all it does is open the door for increase negativity.. can’t we all just try to live peacefully with each other.. I understand that things have to be discussed for solutions to occur but sometimes to keep revisiting things is like adding fuel to fire repeatedly..God is Love; Let is all show more Love one to another.. This is what God requires of us..
    • Love (19/06/2019, 10:53) Like (16) Dislike (13) Reply
      This is an act of love. To clarify for anyone who thought that the Speaker was wrong, and the Opposition leader was right. Am glad Mr. Skelton Cline showed some light on the matter. When we move on from issues such as these, it should be with better understanding, and knowledge, not still be in the dark trying to cover up ignorance.
    • Jaigon (19/06/2019, 22:03) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Jordana. Now come on, it’s always good to shed light on these things and expose those who made themselves asses. Marlon Penn is now doing his third term as a legislator and you want to tell me he is not familiar with the standing orders of the HOA. Look ah fool he made of himself. He was totally out of order.
  • wize up (19/06/2019, 10:19) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
    Virgin Islands Party(forward ever backward never) is not truly applicable because this issue happened during the last sitting of the house on 3 June 2019(today is the 19 June 2019) and we still pounding sand with this dumb muck!!)
  • DMC (19/06/2019, 10:41) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    Hon. Marlon you got it all wrong. You are the one who has been silent about the 41.0 million, the 7.2 million and the 8.0 million taken from the EE/LL sewerage works.
    • wize up (19/06/2019, 11:22) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ DMC: my personal point of view not VINO(the only member of the current opposition that can point any fingers, is Hon Fraser): Mark/penn/
      maduro/ turnbull all sit quiet for 8 years: all now none of them have the balls to let the people know what actually transpired with their monthly tax donations(mismanagement for eight years).there is substantial speculation by the voters of our homeland and now will be an opportune time for penn & associates to say something, clear the air(he was there in cabinet) where the people’s money went and how it got there.....
  • facts (19/06/2019, 11:29) Like (29) Dislike (8) Reply
    So now you see Marlon is the one who needs to read the standing orders

    The faster we get all ndp gone the better for us all
  • pat (19/06/2019, 14:37) Like (7) Dislike (43) Reply
    I told everyone after his 4 years the esteemed speaker will make all of us proud

    Shame on smuff
  • Charley Rose (19/06/2019, 18:30) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    There seems to be a lack of understanding of the Rules of Orders in the House of Assembly by the Hon. Leader of the Opposition. It is quite explicit that the Hon. Speaker should be respected whenever he presides over the HOA without being disrespected. It seems as though the Leader of the Opposition has not come to reality that his party is no longer in power. As such Hon. Opposition Leader should display social decorum whenever he is in the HOA
    • wize up (19/06/2019, 19:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Charley Rose: I tend to agree with you because while Ingrid was speaker of the house she gave the 2-opposition members hell
      • Yo (20/06/2019, 02:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        But she never disrespected anyone with that silent bull crsp!
        • Jaigon (21/06/2019, 10:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          @yo, did you read the story above? The HOA STANDING ORDER says, “THE SPEAKER OF THE HOA MUST BE HEARD IN SILENCE”. Hon. Willock did not say it, it’s in the standing orders. Get that in your darm greasy head.
  • Not2Sure (19/06/2019, 20:22) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr Penn should not be the opposition leader, he does not even know the standing orders after 8 years


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