Warmington rebukes Pryce for adjusting prayer
RAYMOND PRYCE'S decision not to pray for the Queen at Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, and opting instead to send up prayers for the people of Jamaica, resulting in him being admonished by Everald Warmington for breaching the Standing Orders.
Pryce, the member of parliament for North East St Elizabeth, had taken up the practice of Central Kingston MP Ronald Thwaites to amend the prayer while reading it in the House.
The words which are to be uttered as prayer are prescribed, and is contained in the Standing Orders. The prayer says in part ".... grant that, we having Thy fears always before our eyes, and laying aside all private interest, prejudices, and partial affections, the result of all our counsels may be to the glory of Thy blessed name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the safety, honour and happiness of the Queen, the public weal peace and tranquility of the island ... ."
Out of order
Pryce, in whose name a motion stands on the Order Paper for the renaming of the Throne Speech to be re-named the People's Speech, dropped the reference to the Queen and inserted the people of Jamaica.
However, Warmington, a stickler for adherence to the Standing Orders, said Pryce was out of order to have amended the prayer.
"The member amended the prayer to his own likeness. I note it has been happening too frequently," Warmington said.
He added: "I know my goodly Reverend friend (Thwaites) always did that. But if it (the Standing Orders) say the Queen, you say the Queen until we change it to the people.
"The Queen is still the Head of State and until that is done we observe what is there in the Standing Order as the prayer of the House," Warmington said.
House Leader Phillip Paulwell acknowledge Warmington's protest and said "we will endeavour to ensure that the appropriate wording is done without change."