Friday, February 23, 2018

A minority, majority puzzle

 The 18:12 majority  vote in the Senate is interesting as it camouflages the 6:3 vote on the Independent bench.

The majority in the Senate was carried based on its configuration. This is something political onlookers have  seen before.

The irony of the vote appears to have escaped even the goodly senators.

Sixty-seven per cent independent senators voted against a bill—but failed to prevent the outcome which would ensure further debate.

Thirty-three per cent independent senators voted for the bill which, inter alia, dictates that a simple majority vote will no longer  ensure the election of an MP.

The minority trumped the majority to pass a bill; a bill which makes a simple majority (gained in general elections), into a minority.

 Douglas Wilson

 Port of Spain