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Speaker chides HoA Members on tardiness

- after HoA started 45 minutes late on October 31, 2016 due to lack of quorum
November 1st, 2016 | Tags: lateness HOA Ingrid A. Moses Speaker Circus
Speaker Ms Ingrid A. Moses (left) had cause to remind Members yesterday, October 31, 2016 that House of Assembly starts at 10:00 A.M. Photo: VINO/File
Back in October 2012 former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE had said there was a breakdown of decorum in the House of Assembly and went as far as to liken it to that of a 'circus' Photo: VINO/File
Back in October 2012 former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE had said there was a breakdown of decorum in the House of Assembly and went as far as to liken it to that of a 'circus' Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the House of Assembly (HoA) already being labelled a circus by a former legislator, it’s image was not helped when Speaker Ms Ingrid A. Moses had to chide Members yesterday, October 31, 2016 for being late to conduct the people’s business.

The continuation of the Second Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly yesterday was slated to begin at 10:00 A.M. but did not get started until 10:45 A.M. since there was not a quorum at the scheduled start time.

Several Members of the HoA were also unavoidably absent, including Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, Fifth District Representative Hon Deloris Christopher, Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull and First District Representative and Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie.

Speaker Moses convened the session by apologising to persons in the gallery as well as those tuned in via the internet, radio or television before addressing the long standing issue of lateness by Members.

“I just want to remind all members that House of Assembly sittings start at 10:00 A.M. and we should all endeavor to be there on time so that we do not keep the people waiting.”

Tattered image of HoA

Back in 2012 then Anglican Minister of the St Georges Anglican Episcopal Church, Father Ronald Branche had expressed concern about Members of the HoA always showing up late and delaying the start of proceedings.

"I have a problem with punctuality...It rankles my soul because if we are going to set an order a community. I go to be chaplain of the House of Assembly, and since I have been going there all these years, we have never started on time. Suppose to start 10 o´clock, I reach half past 9; I sit down reading and waiting and waiting; people are moving around casually, talking, quarter past 10, half past 10, you might start 25 to 11. We can´t build any serious community when we are not punctual," Father Branche had said in church.

Back in October 2012 also, former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE had said there was a breakdown of decorum in the House of Assembly and went as far as to liken it to that of a “circus”.

Performing the role of host of the programme NDP Radio, which was aired on a local station on October 15, 2012, Mrs Parsons said the behaviour of certain Members in the HOA was a “burning issue” for persons in the community and that it was “deplorable”.

She also claimed that members of the community have even indicated to her that they no longer tune in to the House of Assembly sessions because of their disappointment with the way business was being conducted in the HOA.

“To me the House of Assembly has become a circus,” Mrs Parsons had bluntly stated. 

12 Responses to “Speaker chides HoA Members on tardiness”

  • conflict (01/11/2016, 09:18) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most of them are business men so they had to deal with their private businesses first.
  • ABC (01/11/2016, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    They care less about the people
  • clowns (01/11/2016, 10:27) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire HoA is a clown show. All ah dem. Have yet to listen to a decent debate between the members of the house. The only thing you can hear clearly is 'Madam Speaker' about 15 times in 30 seconds by each member. They stand up and throw words at one another and throw blame from one party to the other while the country sinking.
  • lODGIN' (01/11/2016, 11:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • voter (01/11/2016, 12:21) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine the people we chose to represents us have no respect for us whatsoever. We the people need to hold politicians accountable. They were employed to work on our behalf and I see it as blatant disrespect when they show up late or find all manner of excuses when we request to see them or have a meeting with them. They need to stop this foolishness. We the people are not beholden to them nor are we accountable to them. They are to us and its about time they respect we the people who elected to to office. The Speaker is right but she has condoned this type of behaviour for far too long.
    • Music (01/11/2016, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wilst I agree with you, dont forget. That they are also of we the people, and we the people are notoiously bad at attending meetings on time.
  • Sad. (01/11/2016, 12:30) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    We in alot of trouble in this place. We are paying dearly for our mistake at the polls.
  • Keep it real. (01/11/2016, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs Parson. Straight up. I agree. I bet if you were in cabinet you would say to hell no. No one can get an increase at this time ...The straight shooting warrior.
  • Crazy place. (01/11/2016, 14:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A company give staff increases when a company is doing good..You can't give elected members increases when the economy is not doing good.. To go further they are the ome have the economy bad...they doing a bad job... Now finding and creating reasons for this increase..Crazy.
  • Edward (01/11/2016, 15:40) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    If they are not there on time, dock their pay or call the meeting off until they decide to be punctual.
  • chad (01/11/2016, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    madam speaker looking sweet UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • eyes (02/11/2016, 06:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look Sweet where please

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