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Mar 5, 2020

Motion of No-Confidence Batted Down by Parliament

This last item from the House in tonight’s newscast….From a legal perspective, former Attorney General and Pickstock Area Representative Wilfred Elrington weighed in on the conventional process of moving a vote of no-confidence.  In juxtaposing what he said against was argued by former Prime Minister Said Musa, it is apparent that economic performance is a key reason for the P.U.P. to have tabled the motion.


Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

“As far as I know the cardinal principle followed by savvy politicians is that you never put up a motion knowing that it will fail.  You never put up a motion knowing that it will fail and this is the second time that in fact the other side had done that.  Sometime ago it was done by his son, the member for Caribbean Shores, now the father is supporting it.  The basic principle when it comes to no-confidence motion, the basic procedure, the very basic procedure Madame Speaker is for those members on the other side who believe that they have a chance of getting a motion of no-confidence to succeed is to have private discussions with members on the other side those who are in government who might be disgruntled with the administration and the leadership of the government and see to what extent you can persuade them to join you in a motion of no-confidence.”


Said Musa

Said Musa, Area Representative, Fort George

“Don’t be surprised that we are calling on you to resign because you have failed the people.  A once bustling free zone in the north which was the lifeblood of the north, when things were bad with the drought and all that, too is on life support and the one pillar that is holding up the economy, tourism and the services, call centres, etc, that is a very vulnerable pillar, let me tell you, it’s a vulnerable pillar that’s holding up the entire edifice because with the crime situation and the corona threat, that whole industry can be wiped out overnight.  We don’t wish it, we don’t wish it… How did we as a nation, thirty-eight years after our political independence come to this sorry past?”


The debate on the motion of no confidence continues in the House. We’ll have more on Friday and on the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.

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