Speaker calls MLAs for early morning sitting

| 18/03/2011

(CNS): Members of the Legislative Assembly are being called to sit in the country’s parliament tomorrow morning at 8am after the Speaker of the House ruled to stop what was developing into a comedy of errors on Thursday evening when government lost a vote over the afternoon extension. In a day when the LA’s Standing Orders – or rules of engagement — were being argued over and stretched every which way as government attempted to prevent the opposition from debating the situation regarding the Public Accounts Committee, the House rules eventually worked against it when it was caught short on members in the chamber as an adjournment vote was called for.

According to Standing Orders, the parliament’s normal business hours are between 10am and 4:30pm. If a debate or other business is on-going at that time then members must vote to carry on the work. Government sought to continue on this afternoon (Thursday) but because a number of members were absent from the chamber when the vote was called for, it lost in the face of opposition members voting to adjourn in order to attend the UCCI conference.

When the premier then insisted that they should reconvene at 7:30pm after the UCCI event, he found that Standing Orders were against him and despite arguing his case vociferously, as the premier said he could not attend the House on Friday, the speaker made an emphatic ruling before she got up and left, stating that the members would return to the Legislative Assembly on Friday morning at 8am regardless.

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  1. anonymous says:

    GOOD for the Speaker for standing her ground!!
    I heard it was getting heated and out of control, desintegrating into the obnoxious

  2. Cuba1961 says:

    I say let’s get the Youth Parliament back in there… those kids will show ’em them a thing or two.

    and to the Elected Members; wtf, yo!? 

  3. What a surprise says:

    … yet more evidence that our government officials can’t be bothered to turn up to perform their public duties!!

    Well aint that just dandy?

  4. Anonymous says:

    So how many MLA’s showed up at 8:30 this morning?

    CNS: Most of them … it was quite an impressive turn out

    • Rorschach says:

      I would like to see what happens to the ones who didn’t turn up….Thanks for the update CNS….

  5. Dee Bates says:

    "as government attempted to prevent the opposition from debating the situation regarding the Public Accounts Committee" – perhaps one of the most important issues in Cayman today, and the government does not want to allow any debate on it?  WHY?

    • Anonymous says:

      How serious does these Min. and MLAs take the PAC meetings?? One of the most important that provides the country how our monies are spent. It becomes an obstacle to our budgets over the years – How can there be a balance Budget when figures are not forthcoming. Do they ever stop and think that future governments and history will require such information at sometime.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Children!!!! all of them

  7. The Beaver says:

    Imbeciles are preferable to politicians because they sometimes know when to stop talking.

    • Pending says:

      So our current Government is pleased with these children and states that we are in good hands for the future…

      Are comparing their own standards to this?