PM defends Carrington

A monstrous perversion of common sense!

That was the reaction today of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to Opposition objections to Speaker of the House Michael Carrington continuing in his position amidst a publicized legal dispute with a former client.

In his first statement on the matter, Stuart sided firmly with the embattled Speaker and said he had not heard any member state which privilege Carrington had breached.

The Prime Minister also said he could not understand why the matter was referred to the Committee of Privileges in the first place – an action taken by Deputy Speaker and Government MP Mara Thompson after Carrington recused himself last Tuesday.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

“I have not heard it said that the honourable member, in respect of whom that matter was referred, should be prevented from coming to the House, but I’m hearing a lot of fuss now because a newspaper report has said something about your honour in your honour’s private capacity, not in respect of any matter concerning any of the privileges in this House,” the prime minister stated.

“Your honour could easily have been a doctor and if you had a difference with your patient, would that mean that your honour could not sit and preside and be the custodian of the privileges of this House? That is, in my view, a monstrous perversion of common sense. And it certainly has nothing to do with the Standing Orders that guide the proceedings of this house.”

Stuart also had a blasé attitude about the decision by the Opposition to walk out of the sitting.

“If honourable members on the other side want to walk out of the House, they are free to do so. They’ve done it in the past for less than this, so that’s no problem. But if we are in the House and we are being guided by the Standing Orders and we are being respectful of the ancient rights and privileges of the House then we have to subscribe to that code of noblesse oblige (privilege entails responsibility) which should bind all of us,” he added.

12 Responses to PM defends Carrington

  1. Roslind Codrington
    Roslind Codrington January 21, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Didn ‘t expect any thing different from DEM but at least have some respect forthe positions that you hold . Our society is destind to doom , our youth are going to hell in a hand basket and we the adults condoning theft from politicians clico and pilfering from the public purse . Why can’twe as a people stop being hypocritical
    he aint no different than a common criminal .

  2. Tracia Griffith
    Tracia Griffith January 21, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I think the core problem is that Mr Carrington does not believe he did anything wrong and since his counterparts probably would do the same thing if given the chance. Of course they would side with him. The law says he what he did was illegal and what he is doing now is immoral. This bassa bassa is just taking away from the true issues facing the country on the other hand it could be said that since persons like this are leading the country it is no wonder we are in this position.

  3. Roger Husbands January 21, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I agree with the prime minister not that an political influence by any party but I thought Ms Mottley act was typical of her continued stances on any issue she is not in favor with and that to walk away. That could have been handle differently and if it’s already before the committee then it’s being dealt with. Ms Mottley needs to stop playing that childish game or should I say spoil attitude, if I don’t get what I want then I walk out instead of doing what the people elected them for. Michael Carrington business is his business, no charges where laid so why do we want to tarnish this man’s reputation and his family. I was very disappointed. But that’s my opinion.

  4. seagul January 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The speaker must be soon quarantine from the public.
    More and more our organize government of hypocrisy and foreign run elections are beginning to surface.
    Agriculture means dignity.

  5. seagul January 21, 2015 at 9:26 am

    A man that is prepared to lead a nation has to stand on principle.
    Nelson Mandela.

  6. sunniflirt January 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I am just getting tired of these ignorant politicians. Me personally its none of there business and mine either. If thats there tactics to get back in government showing up or embrassing a man even though he is wrong, well then bring yours to the table. Mottley and her crew just showing me what they will do to get back in government. i don’t like it….. I WILL NOT BE VOTING PERIOD AT ALL. Barbadians need to stop siding with these elephants and show them its us that put you there and we can put you out. There are tooo hungry for power and I am scared. How low can you get. I want a government that knows what they are doing and quite frankly the government before and this one don’t either nor the one to come. People start reading the IMF REPORTS from 1999 to 2008 and see our economy was shaky before now

  7. Maxine Hutchinson January 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    We have to tread very carefully on this matter. I would say also that we have to remember the words recorded in Holy Writ: ” …. he that is without sin ….. ”

    I do remember that a few years ago, one of our political stalwarts was accused of an indecent act. Stories were raised about his/her personal lifestyle but despite such, no one got on the airwaves or in Parliament and hurled further accusations against him / her.

    Let us continue to do unto others as we would have others do unto us. Sometimes we try with a measure of success to play on the emotions of others whom – we are quite aware, hardly engages or have the ability to engage their faculty of Reason. There are others who, after careful thought allow Reason to rule in our speech and behaviours.

    Let us desist from using the matter to score political points and always remember when we would have been in a position somewhat similar to that which allegedly holds for Mr Carington.

  8. Sam Clarke January 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    The Prime Minister’s statement does not faze me at all. The PM, has now endorsed an ethical challenged Member, and this is a reflection not only on the Speaker, but the Prime Minister himself.
    These men are supposed to be strong on ethics, as their profession states, but this statement shows why not only why it is very challenging to do business in Barbados, and worst, the type of unethical lawyers that you have to deal with as well.
    The Prime Minister, try to equate this skullduggery of the Speaker, with a Doctor having a dispute over a medical bill which is as far as the East is from the West.
    Mr. Prime Minister, this no such animal, as you have convinced yourself, after you have come down from the mountains. Maybe you have experienced, a bout of altitude sickness while on your mountain, but on the ground this reality is called fraud. So you are in essence, sanctioning ca corrupt member.
    What really have me worried, is that if they are more in the mortar than the pestle.
    For, it seems that what the Speaker has been accused of doing, is common in the legal profession in Barbados. To have Fredrick “Sleepy” Smith, say that this is no big deal, further illustrate the type of professional standards that the profession foster.

  9. A Blackman January 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    All of us living in Barbados know that this has been somewhat a common practice by lawyers. If the opposition’s action was about rooting out the kind of behavior by lawyers it would be great. However, I see the opposition’s actions being about getting power, which by the way will not happen since the PM who is asleep at the wheel is a much better politician than Mia. By the way, had Owen been given the lead, this Government with such a slim majority would have a hell of a time surviving.

  10. BoBo January 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    One have to ask ”Who are we as a human civilizations surrounded with great potentials ” forever talking behind closed doors”.


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