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December 13, 2011


steven aranha

‎"However, insiders say ... he was fired because he publicly opposed a Cabinet decision."

So how is it that the public disagreement noticed by insiders went largely unnoticed by outsiders, i.e. the public?

Besides, the "Manual on Cabinet Procedures" ought to be revisited, because dissent is what drives progress whereas everlasting consent is nothing but stagnant complacency. It is time our leaders grow up, act mature and feel sovereign enough to tolerate that not everybody agrees with them all the time.

Other members of cabinet argued it was an integral element of the "Westminister" system of government, yet we currently see Clegg and Cameron in... where? Westminster disagree on much more fundamental issues, such as Britain's role in the EU.

A society ruled by a majority that ignores the well-being and rights of dissenters (the minority) is not a democracy.

larry smith

I also noted that "there are those who argue that the Cabinet rules issue was a pretext to get rid of Russell, an ineffective minister who was obstinately refusing to step down as a candidate despite an earlier undertaking to do so."

Clegg and Cameron are co-leaders of a coalition government.

Nick Higgs

I have wondered this all week: "fired" seems to be the wrong verb when speaking about a cabinet position. Maybe dismissed?


Elections will be called as late as possible. They are not going into elections with the roads dug up. Bahamar is progressively hiring more people and several other projects will be at their peak with regards to employment in 5 to 6 months. The government is going to stall as long as possible.They also have to spend 160 million.

Russell Barnett

Seems like a good description of what transpired. I would just note, in response to Mr. Aranha's comment, that the system does allow for Cabinet Ministers to disagree. But once the decision is made, if a Minister continues to disagree to the point where there is a conflict of conscience, then he must resign. At this point, he can clear his conscience loudly. Cabinet has collective responsibility for all decisions made by the government. Finally, the one thing that is clear when listening to the proceedings in the House of Assembly, is that the FNM members seem to be far more diciplined than those of the PLP. This, in my view, is a manifestation of effective leadership on the part of the FNM.

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