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Ashamed at small Parliament building

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I hope Prime Minister Andrew Holness now recognises that there is an urgent need to construct a new Parliament building so more people can listen, watch, and appreciate more of his Budget presentations. Tuesday's speech by the prime minister was so intriguing, I risked having my television struck by lightning just to watch it, even after being told that there was no more space at the Parliament building to accommodate me.

It is a damn shame that the structure that we have now is our Parliament building. It can hold no more than 50 people in the gallery, which should not be the case. It's a shame and disgrace.

How do these politicians feel when they have to invite guests to their presentations and the venue is the apartment-looking structure that we call Parliament? Have they no shame at all?

Well, if they are not fazed by being embarrassed by having to invite dignitaries there, they should be concerned that more and more of their core supporters are being turned off after being disallowed from entering the Parliament because of the lack of seating that is available.

Seriously, though, for a good presentation like that, no fewer than 1,000 persons should have been afforded the opportunity to sit in the gallery and watch. It we were to be honest with ourselves, we would admit that it has been quite some time since we have heard a presentation so captivating in Parliament.

So, the prime minister should ensure that not so long from now when he speaks again, more people will be able to sit in a gallery and watch him deliver!