FORMER St Joseph MP Herbert Volney spent yesterday afternoon sitting on the couch of the media room of his Champs Fleurs home looking at the movie, Lord of the Rings — Fellowship of the Ring.
Earlier, Volney popped into the studios of CCN TV6 where he appeared on Morning Edition with host Fazeer Mohammed, following which he dropped off the keys to the St Joseph Constituency office to office manager Mark Dolsingh, at First Avenue, Mt Lambert, and then went home around noon.
On the Morning Edition, Volney described House Speaker Wade Mark as “Mark-hiavellian”, playing on the word “Machiavellian”.
He said the Speaker used his “Mark-hiavellian” ruling to “declare my seat vacant if I did not protest or wage a legal contest to his ruling within 14 days and that time will expire at approximately 3.47 p.m. this afternoon (yesterday)”.
“Machiavellian” is a widely-used negative term to characterise unscrupulous politicians of the sort Count Machiavelli described in a book called The Prince.
Volney also spoke about the impending by-election to find his replacement. He described the St Joseph constituency as a conservative one which he believes would be between the Opposition, People’s National Movement and the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), whose interim leader is Chaguanas West MP, Jack Warner.
He described the PNM as having a larger base of supporters in St Joseph, but he believes that the lower income households within the constituency would gravitate towards Warner’s party.
Volney also said he did not see the United National Congress (UNC) — from which he resigned, prompting Mark’s action to declare the seat vacant — being a factor in the election.
He said they will put up what he described as a “sacrificial lamb” to run for the seat, but they would not present a high-profile Government Minister or Senator as a candidate.
“The fight will be a straight fight between Jack Warner’s ILP and the PNM,” he said.