Nicholson and Montague trade barbs in Senate over UN resolution statement
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
After being warned by President of the Senate that he would not tolerate his grandstanding in the parliament, Opposition Senator Robert Montague found himself on the receiving end of a nasty barb - labelled an idiot - by A.J. Nicholson, the leader of government business.
Nicholson, having delivered a statement to the Senate on his recent participation at the United Nations General Assembly, was asked a series of questions by Montague.
The questions include whether Jamaica would be negotiating with terrorists in the event a citizen is captured by ISIS forces.
Jamaica co-sponsored an anti ISIS resolution at the UN assembly in September.
Montague also sought to find out whether Nicholson, while at the UN, discussed the issue of Jamaicans being denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago with representatives of that country.
Floyd Morris, the Senate president, ruled that the question about Trinidad did not arise from the statement made by Nicholson.
He also said there was no need for Montague to rise on that matter since he has given approval for Montague to table questions to Nicholson.
A persistent Montague, however, sought to press Nicholson on what the government would do in the event of Jamaica being captured by terrorists.
Nicholson, however, refused to entertain the question.
In a sotto voce remark he asked: "What you want us to do, send the JDF?"
With Montague persisting, Nicholson muttered "idiot", a comment which was picked up by Morris who asked that it be withdrawn.
Nicholson questioned which comment should be withdrawn but before Morris could respond, Montague said it could not have been directed at him but a self description of the minister.
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