No ‘nays’ meant ‘aye’
Acute interest in local governance issues drove me to stay up throughout Tuesday night.
My mission was to take in the Senate debate over the “Alderman Bill” from start to finish.
Though it was drawn out unnecessarily, I have no regrets about my voluntary sleep deprivation. The curtain call shortly after 3 a.m. was stunning.
No one voted against the new measure. Up to now I cannot understand why. When Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith enquired, “Any against?” not a drum was heard, not a funeral note; they all remained silent, like if the Angel of Death was making the rounds, looking to snatch away whomever moved. Hamel-Smith composed himself, declared, “The ayes have it!” and proceeded to wrap up things till September 20.
What can I say other than no nays mean aye when no actual head count is taken, and that on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, around 3.10 a.m., the Opposition joined with the Independent senators to vote with the Government in favour of the novel election procedure?
Hey! Do we have a National Unity Government?