Carrington gets thumbs up for stepping aside  

The decision by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington to recuse himself from presiding over Parliament yesterday has got the nod from political scientist Peter Wickham who said he expects it to be “a very intriguing time politically” for the ruling Democratic Labour Party.

Michael Carrington
Michael Carrington

Peter Wickham pointed out that while there were no grounds for the Speaker to resign, Carrington had acted “honourably” when he withdrew from the sitting.

Carrington, an attorney-at-law, gave way to his deputy St John MP Mara Thompson, after newly elected Leader of Opposition Business in the House Santia Bradshaw pressed him to explain the circumstances surrounding a publicized legal dispute between him and one
of his clients.

Peter Wickham
Peter Wickham

“I do not think there is anything we can do to force the Speaker to go. I do not believe that legally there is a requirement on his part,” Wickham told Barbados TODAY.

“It’s really a moral issue and certainly the Speaker’s decision to step aside from the chair for the time being suggests, I think, that he is on the right side of the moral code for the time being. So I certainly want to congratulate the Speaker for taking the moral high ground in relation to that position.”

While Wickham does not envisage any major fallout for the Speaker, he cautioned that Carrington may have to stay away from the Lower Chamber until the issue was cleared up.

“Having stepped aside on moral grounds it is very difficult for you to resume your role until such time as there is some final settlement in the High Court,” he said.

But the political scientist argued that this could create political intrigue in the DLP-led House of Assembly.

“The situation when the Speaker is not in the chair, which obtained before the House went into committee, will now apply pretty much on an ongoing basis, where the Speaker is not a position to vote. It means that the casting vote of the person in the chair will become even more critical and we have to ask ourselves whether every single member of the Democratic Labour Party will be in the House and on the floor voting on each occasion, so it is a very intriguing time politically for them,” he said.

The Committee of Privileges will now determine what, if any action, would be taken against Carrington. However, Wickham said it remained to be seen how it would be handled since the parliamentary body appeared not be functioning.

“The thing that concerns me is that the Privileges Committee has not exactly been the most efficient in the past. I think they took quite a bit of time before they started to look at Dr Estwick’s issue,” he said, referring to a previous disciplinary matter involving the St Philip West MP and parliamentary representative for St Joseph Dale Marshall.

“I don’t even know if they have started that already.”

25 Responses to Carrington gets thumbs up for stepping aside  

  1. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker January 15, 2015 at 7:12 am

    The right thing? The right thing is to hand over his previous client’s money.

    • Harry Turnover January 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Exactly !!..don’t know why someone could associate the word “RIGHT” with Carrington in this FIASCO.

  2. Ali Johannes
    Ali Johannes January 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I think down would have been the right direction to step. Amazing the thing these people get away with.

  3. Emma St.John
    Emma St.John January 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

    It would be right for him to resign not recuse himself

  4. Patricia Ifill
    Patricia Ifill January 15, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Thumbs up for what? He shamelessly went to the house and took his seat. Had the Opposition not raise the issue, he would have presided over the day’s sitting.

  5. Smaxine Greaves-Smi
    Smaxine Greaves-Smi January 15, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Take the thumbs and shove them where the sun don’t shine….The same wey ya had plans for de money de man had plans fuh he money too.

  6. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne January 15, 2015 at 8:42 am

    For what, being forced to do part of the right thing?

  7. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji January 15, 2015 at 8:53 am

    He step aside cause Santia bawl him out

  8. Sonia Bragg
    Sonia Bragg January 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Thumbs up Mr Wickham?? For doing the right thing! !! Mr Wickham, correct me if I am wrong here. .but Mr Carrington had to be taken to court to be forced to do what is right. Then after being questioned by the member of the Opposition he decided to recuse himself and you “applaud” him for doing the right thing morally? ??? Wow ok nuff said. ..

  9. Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite
    Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite January 15, 2015 at 9:05 am

    If Mr. Griffiths didn’t persevere with this matter we would all have been in the dark about the speaker’s criminal activity . There is nothing honourable about recusing yourself after you willfully steal from a wheelchair bound senior citizen. Shame on you after you claim to be above reproach . You should hang your head in shame and resign as that is the honourable thing to do.

  10. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams January 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    People in high places can talk or mute their way out of trouble. This is Barbados and the longer this is aired, we will hear more and more high men making a case for their “colleague”. But who is making a case for the poor man? The Speaker will not be condemned by the PM or any of that tribe. We are in a society of societies.

    • Heather Cole
      Heather Cole January 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

      His colleagues are noticeably silent.

    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams January 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

      This is a system and it has rules we who are on the outside know nothing about! We comment on stuff like this in vain. A big distraction is coming soon.

  11. Gregg Moseley Clarke
    Gregg Moseley Clarke January 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Thumbs up for what? being caught?… that’s the only reason he is stepping down…. stupse

  12. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams January 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    We have a production here called “Laff It Off”
    That is how people in power and persons with power deal with mess.

  13. Donna Harewood January 15, 2015 at 9:19 am

    You gone soft, Mr. Wickham?

  14. Donna Harewood January 15, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I en know ’bout you but my thumbs still down!

  15. seagul January 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

    The word moral shouldn’t be uttered concerning how these political agents operate. Here we are—‘EMANCIPATED’—free from the hand but not from the control-still covered from the poison of colonialism and you’re talking about moral codes ?

  16. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd January 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Wickham you get a thumbs down for your friendly thumbs up.

  17. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd January 15, 2015 at 10:17 am

    NEXT – the Violet Beckles Affair.

    • Mark Wrd
      Mark Wrd January 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

      OR Sherene Mongroo affair.

    • Mark Wrd
      Mark Wrd January 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

      It’s Amazing how a person can be found guilty of stealing this amount of money and not go to jail.


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