AJ not responding to ‘Caveman’ tag
Leader of Government Business in the Senate A.J. Nicholson is refusing to enter a war of words with general secretary of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party Dr Horace Chang over his role in the suspension of opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte last Friday.
In a release hours after the Senate ended, Chang said the JLP was extremely alarmed at the attitude and actions of Nicholson, who moved the motion for Malahoo Forte's suspension, towards women of the Senate.
"He moved to suspend the lady while she was on a bathroom break and didn't have the decency to allow her to defend herself even after she re-entered the chamber.
"It is also disturbing that he sought to have the lady carried back to the Senate while she was in the ladies' room and also sought to prevent her from getting her handbag with her feminine products. [It] is a most backward and disgusting approach. It has no place in modern Jamaica," said Chang.
According to Chang, he is embarrassed that someone of that mindset would be allowed to sit in the Upper House of the Parliament in 2015.
"This gentleman has consistently demonstrated that his approach and actions are more in tune [with] the caveman era and have no place in the modern democracy we are seeking to create. We thought his flexi-rape comments were the worst he could do, but now, by his actions in the Senate last Friday, we are not sure how much lower he is willing to go," Chang added.
He charged that anyone looking on could assume that Nicholson was anti-women as his attacks seemed to always be against the women.
"His presence in the Senate is unbecoming in our democracy at this time," said Chang.
Yesterday, Nicholson would not be drawn into reacting directly to Chang's charges.
"I suppose that Horace Chang and the JLP senators are at liberty to make accusations against the leader of government business even when the facts do not support such accusations," said Nicholson.
"Surely, the opposition senators who do not show respect for the president of the Senate and refuse to behave with the kind of decorum that is required in the chamber cannot legitimately complain when the imperatives of decency, good order, and the upholding of the dignity of the Parliament are insisted on.
"Clearly, the crushing weight of the continuous public endorsement of the initiative to grant our people greater access to justice, the latest being by the Church, has forced the opposition senators, in desperation, to resort to what they know best: Quarrel," said Nicholson.
He argued that Malahoo Forte was simply suspended for failing to present a letter she read from during her presentation last Thursday, and all she needs to do is produce the letter.