So today the Government, through the Speaker of the House, denied the Member of Parliament for Long Island the opportunity to make a Statement to Parliament on the status of the island post Hurricane Joaquin. All government MPs who wished to, have had their chance to speak in Parliament on this storm (though they have had yet to say anything of substance therein). WHEN AN MP IS DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON SUCH MATTERS, IT IS NOT SIMPLY THE MP WHO IS BEING SILENCED, IT IS EVERY SINGLE BAHAMIAN THAT MP REPRESENTS, whether you voted for that MP or not. An MP only has a voice because of the Bahamian people of their constituency. No MP can become an MP without you and me. AND THE PARLIAMENT BELONGS TO YOU AND ME. So, what happened today was that BAHAMIANS WERE TOLD NO IN THEIR OWN PARLIAMENT. Their condition was told no. Their plight was told no. Their needs were told no. Their voice was told no.
I wish I could say that the Speaker’s decision surprised me but it did not. The Speaker could very well have allowed such an important Statement to be made if he wanted to. He has done it before for other MPs. But the government had an agenda today, and the voice of Long Islanders was not on that agenda. What is also not at all surprising but is equally worthy of condemnation is NOT ONE MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION GOT UP IN DEFENSE OF BAHAMIANS OF LONG ISLAND whose voice had been denied IN THEIR PARLIAMENT. Long Island’s MP – a member of the Opposition – got up on multiple occasions seeking the opportunity for Bahamians on that island to be heard in Parliament. AND THE OPPOSITION SAT RIGHT THERE, WATCHED IT HAPPEN, AND DID NOT SAY ONE SINGLE SOLITARY WORD. For everyone with eyes, ears and understanding, I don’t even need to add any more commentary to what was done today. Bahamas, please wake up and SEE who these people really are, who by their actions toward us and against us, sully the very doorsteps of OUR PARLIAMENT they hopefully are on their final days of seeing ever again in their present capacities.