We did our best
I resent the fact that Joseph Toney, in his letter to the editor titled “Bring the evidence or be removed” (Express, August 21), sought to upbraid my friend and former colleague Senator Rolph Balgobin for not providing the evidence to support a claim he made against the Congress of the People, by inferring he should “pay the price” of the four senators whose appointments were revoked by His Excellency the President.
Mr Toney said “no wonder the President has had to revoke the appointment of some of those Independent senators, and I trust that with respect to Mr Rolph Balgobin, the President would relieve the Senate of him.”
The four senators referred to are Prof Harold Ramkissoon, Corinne Baptiste-McKnight, James Armstrong and the writer.
I spent one year in the Senate and I can state emphatically that all senators, including the four who were removed, practised independence of thought and action, were erudite yet grounded in the social realities of our society, and with a penchant for current research on legislation across various jurisdictions and a general worldview. But, above all, we treasured the privilege provided to us by the President to serve our country in the sanctity of our Parliament.
We may never know why we were removed from the Senate and it is unfortunate that it happened when His Excellency the President sought greater order and integrity for the Parliament.
But what is even more unfortunate is that Mr Toney, who seeks to gain leadership among us, should make such scathing remarks without evidence.