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English only in the Senate, president tells Justice Minister

Published:Friday | March 8, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Talk about respect due, or respec' boss man. Well, Erik Nicolaisen of VW ad fame, who tourism officials have embraced as helping to position brand Jamaica in the international marketplace would perhaps be thrown out of the Senate if he attempts to speak Jamaican inside the Upper House.

At the same time, cultural icon Miss Lou may have been muzzled.

This morning, Justice Minister Mark Golding, who was in his element was stopped in his track as he thanked bondholders and workers for their role in ensuring that Jamaica fulfills prior actions requirement for an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

"Respec' due to those patriotic Jamaicans," Golding said when Senate President Reverend Stanley Redwood broke his strides.

"Sorry to break your flow but the language used in the Senate must be standard English," Redwood told Golding.

The minister had no choice but to relent, and instead of saying respec' due, resorted to respect is due.


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