Please stop the kicksin’
Money first, said the important parliamentarians in a knee-jerk response to President Carmona. And what did he say (if they were listening)?
In his recent address two relevant quotes were: “Would it not be preferable to start parliamentary sessions earlier, it is highly unproductive to begin sessions at 1.30 p.m.” And, “I strongly suggest that Parliament begins at 8 a.m., as we all do in this country to deal more efficiently and effectively with the nation’s business.”
The three words: productive, efficient and effective—addressed clearly the best use of present parliamentary hours; and did not, could not, suggest a change of MPs’ employment from “part time” to “full time”. One can welcome that as a separate discussion.
In opportunist or subliminal ways, Drs Moonilal and Rowley and Senator Al-Rawi quickly linked arms and jumped off the jetty ... into the jaws of public opinion.
Dr Roodal Moonilal holds a PhD in labour studies, and in another existence was associated with trade unions. With his two PNM “musketeers”, he must first publicly present a current “time and activity study” followed separately by one for proposed full-time employment.
Their employers, the public, require a case to be made and openly discussed. Is it only now that we read of Senate President Hamel-Smith’s 41-page submission to the Constitution Reform Commission?
Is there a whiff of cynicism in the Moonilal spin, reported in the press, that MPs will now have to petition President Carmona to use his considerable influence over the Salaries Review Commission to ensure that MPs earn better salaries?
Drop the “full time” employment red herring. Engage in productivity—and stop kicksin’ in the Upper and Lower House.