Bird gives Speaker ultimatum

Leader of the Opposition Lester Bird has issued Speaker of the House D Gisele Isaac-Arrindell and the Lower House an ultimatum: reverse the order suspending Gaston Browne from Parliament for the remainder of the session or face the courts.
In a letter delivered to the Speaker Tuesday morning, Bird called the action against the City West Member of Parliament “excessive” and “oppressive” and said the United Progressive Party (UPP) abused its parliamentary majority.
Bird argued that at the time of Browne’s protest on June 15, Parliament had already been adjourned, the mace was removed from its holster, and the procession had begun.
He said suspension is warranted only after a member is warned more than once and Bird also argued that Browne’s display in the call-and-response with people in the gallery was not egregious enough to justify suspension until the session ends in November.
The ALP political leader told Isaac it is “evident that the majority and you were excessively gross, prejudicial and acted in a harmful manner to Browne and the ALP.”
He warned that failure to “set aright the wrong” would result in the matter going to court. He went further to predict that if the matter proceeds to court, there will be judgment against Attorney General Justin Simon, the Speaker and Parliament.
Bird said the Court of Appeals case Sabaroche vs House of Assembly of Dominica has set the precedent for reversal of what he termed “punitive action by the majority.”

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15 thoughts on “Bird gives Speaker ultimatum

  1. I finally recognise that the saying that Antiguans love ugly but they dont love advantage is coming into play. Benup and the others are right, Gaston’s punishment was excessive. The Speaker should get the Parliament to review the decision at the next meeting before this decision backfires.

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  2. that ar the ben up mind alp suppoters have only time can help them the madness will stop one day.and the mad man send to the mad house and the bird lost his flight.

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  3. I am with you on this one BEN UP.You can judge from the bloggers that they are all “birds of a feather”. You must agree with their onesidedness or else? As for JP Farnsworth I say this is Lester’s time. I pray that you are well and would never need a doctor.How “sick” can we get?

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  4. Outside Looking In June 23, 2010 at 20:05 - Reply

    @ Ben up, how are you man, it has been awhile. I see no reasons to blog much anymore, because some people are so offended by a difference of opinion it’s waisting time. I totally agree with you, even though I am tired of Gaston’s antics. However everything in Antigua has become so political, commonsense has been deferred to the back of the classroom.

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  5. Dear. Mr. B.bird if you want to give the speaker on ultimatum in all respect to sir, you should show your respect to the court and meet all your cases, before you start to talk like giant.

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  6. I know ’bout their being a ‘plague’….perhaps moreso than you do.But Gaston’s punishment,to repeat myself,does seem excessive.

    But you know what ? Doctors differ and patients die.You are entitled to your opinion….as I am mine.

    Have a nice day comrade.

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  7. To BeN uP: You are so bent out of shape, that the politicians have you mind all warped and twisted. Excessive? These ALP guys are a plague (co-co-bay) on the people for more than twenty eight years, it’s time to get some decorum from them. Where do we draw the line with the outlandish behaviour they constantly exhibit in and out of Parliament. States men? (Heck NO).

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  8. Regardless of what you may think of Lester Bird,Gaston Browne and the ALP,the punishment given to Mr.Browne does seem to be excessive and if there is precedent relating to such incident that would uphold said action,then I say revise/adjust (as in lessening) the punishment and avoid the matter ending up in court.

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  9. Concerned Montrealer June 23, 2010 at 11:46 - Reply

    Please Lester, stop using reverse psychology to get your way. Browne disrespected the Queen, the Speaker, the Parliament, and the entire State of A&B. Now you are saying the Speaker is the one that was disrespectful? ( MAN GIVE ME A BREAK). You are too old to MARCH, too old to DEMONSTRATE, too old to stand in Parliament because the speaker is a woman, so now you are using threat to get the decision reverse? You ALP DEMONS are so stagnating, always standing in the way of progress, impeding the advancement of the State, a muddy road to nowhere, a real cancer in the lives of the people, and getting worse everyday. You are POWER HUNGRY and will stop at NOTHING to get it, and all of you should be in jail, and you know why. But let us ask ourselves the question, Are these the kind of people we want to run this country again? These VAGABONS? Go ahead Lester, file your law suits. GOD IS WAITING.

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  10. Does Lester or the labor party have the interest of Antigua at heart? I would say no. He was in power for a long time and abused it with impunity. Because of his selfish desire to exercise the same behavior he is willing to do any thing to delay any piece of legislation that is in the best interest of Antigua and Barbuda. The citizens are ready for a referendum for term limit. Two term and you are out. That would reduce the level of corruption.

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  11. “Looking” I must applaud you for recognizing what is actually happening here. Lester and Gaston are predisposed to disrespecting the Speaker of the House because she is a woman. These same two parliamentarians demonstrate similar disrespect for the Governor General. They seem to be getting away with this arcane misbehaviour because Antiguans who could expose their crass behaviour publicly, are very quiet. How can civil society in Antigua and Barbuda allow the villification of two of our most influential women without coming to their aid and defense. What a sad state of affairs.

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  12. Put Browne back in Parliament I say, we need the entertainment. I always like seeing big people disrespect the system, jump up and down and throw temper tantrums. Let us vote in more circus characters I like the laugh.
    The barrage of bologna keeps coming, the other day Lester said he got a clean bill of health but he doctors here suggested a specialist in the US. If he has a clean bill of health why did he need a specialist? If he has a bad disk in his back and can’t stand up how can he have a clean bill of health? If he hit the scales and the scales cry in pain is that a clean bill of health?
    At 72 plus years it’s time to throw in the towel that’s if he can still throw.
    So I conclude why not let Browne back in, at least he gets some much needed exercise.

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  13. there you go again Leader of the opposition. People should recognize what is really at play here. Had the Speaker of the House been male that guys behavior would have been far different. These people regardless of their acts of tokenism have no respect for women in vertical positions in this country. Lester Bird himself is saying the act was egregious. Can someone say how levels of egregiousness is measured? Poor attempt to get him back in the house. Are you really sorry that he is out for a while? Let the Speaker do her job.

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  14. THAT MAN BIRD OUT OF PLACE KAR DONE THEM AR CAUSE OF THE LAWLESNESS INCREASE IN CRIME HE AND ALL OF THEM NEED TO QUIT,THEM NA HAVE RESPECT FOR WE ANTIGUAN&BARBUDAN,GO GMAN GO REST U SELF TO OLD SHOW SOME RESPECT TO MAN I AM SHAME OF YOU ALL.

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  15. The Courts, that were so maginalized and villified by Lester and his administration, is now his refuge. An attorney who has never won a substantial case in court is spitting out court precedents like sunday school teacher’s advice. His ultimatum given to the lower house is well………….laughable.

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