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Parliamentary rules are outdated

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I am astonished by how persons who were elected to govern the country seem to pay more attention to the basic matters.

St Ann South-East MP Lisa Hannah was labelled an attention seeker just for wearing a black cap sleeve dress. How does this affect how parliament discuss issues that affects normal citizens and addressing clarity for topics which persons like me seem to want addressed?

Standing Order 84A mentioned that the dress of members and outer users of the House must at all times reflect sobriety in order to maintain dignity and decorum of the House. I am in total agreement with rules and regulations, especially in Parliament.

I, however, believe that Lisa Hannah was free from the ambush statement made by St. Andrew West Rural MP Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, who I believe have little or no experience of how Parliament should operate.

This simple matter causes an outrage when I am still not completely sure about issues that affect our country such as the National Identification System, the government moving from donor funding to government funding as it regards HIV treatment and healthcare services, sexual harassment and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In my eyes, these are better things to debate and emphasize by persons elected to better manage our country.

In my view, the rules are not specific and leave room for misinterpretation.

Parliament needs to stick to the agenda and matters at hand.

Tevin Gordon

Youth Spokesperson on HIV,

Human Rights Advocate

& Community Facilitator.