by Craig Butler
Members in the House of Assembly needed to be cognizant of the fact that the proceedings are being broadcast on radio and television so it is important for them to display proper decorum and provide a healthy example for our youth.
With the problems that the nation is presently facing in respect of crime it is imperative that those in leadership positions do all that they can to stem this flow. Accordingly, the recent fracas between Speaker Alvin Smith and the PLP Member for Golden Gates, Shane Gibson, should have never happened.
I don’t know why the Speaker would want to drag the House backward by ban the latest technology - specifically the use of laptop computers - although I too have heard the rumors. Even so, I don’t think that it makes any sense but rather impedes the progress of the House. However, the Speaker can certainly make these pronouncements, which ought to be followed.
It has been postulated that the reason for banning their usage is that it was a privilege abused by some members and that during his time in opposition the Speaker would have observed the same. It is said that rather than participate in the proceedings of the House many members used the time to surf the net, play games, read email and even visit pornographic sites.