Speaker rebukes Amery for repetition
Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central Dr Amery Browne had to be reined in by Speaker of the House, Wade Mark, on more than one occasion during Friday night's motion of no-confidence against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Browne, who spoke after Member of Parliament for San Juan/Barataria, Dr Fuad Khan, rejected Khan's points and was well into his contribution when he was stopped and rebuked by the Speaker for excessive repetition as he attempted to show the validity of the no-confidence motion against the AG.
Referring several times to points made by previous Opposition speakers on the Section 34 issue, Mark told him: "Honourable Member, I know that we are going to be here for a very long time, I don't want to stop anyone from speaking but I will ask everyone who is to come after you to pay attention to 43:1 of the standing orders.
"You see tedious repetition; you made three points, the third one the Leader of the Opposition made, your colleagues made.
"Unless you are bringing new arguments you cannot be repeating the arguments of other members that is in violation of 43:1. So I will ask you either to make new points or connect it in a more sophisticated way."
Browne stood up once more and attempted to explain to Mark that other members of the House had been given leeway under the Deputy Speaker's watch to which Mark responded: "I am not aware of what the Deputy Speaker did, I am in this chair. I am saying that you are engaging in tedious repetition, I am so ruling—move on."
As Browne stood to respond Mark told him: "Don't argue with the Speaker. I have raised a point, I have made an observation but rather than go on, you are now challenging me by saying that you are responding, you are challenging me."
Less than five minutes later, Browne was once again stopped by Mark who this time told him that he was implicating the Prime Minister in his presentation, after Browne questioned who chaired the Cabinet meeting when the clause was proclaimed.
"You are implicating persons. You are talking about the chairman of the Cabinet. I know who you talking about so you are implicating the Prime Minister. This debate is not about the Prime Minister, this debate is about the Attorney General.
"I am saying you are on a wrong course. You're on a wrong course. Be guided, this is not about the Prime Minister, Bring a separate motion of a substantive nature on the Prime Minister.
"This is not about any other cabinet minister, if you want to bring separate motions of no confidence in cabinet ministers do so but do not take this debate and rope in an entire cabinet and say they are all involved in a conspiracy. I will not permit that in this House.
"I am dealing with one motion, dealing with one individual, let us focus on that individual. Bring separate substantive motions for all other members of Cabinet, if you wish," Mark said.