By Vincy In New York
Opposition Leader Godwin Friday needs to take a page out of former prime minister, Sir James Mitchell’s political handbook.
That page reads that a politician must do his/her homework and must not be afraid to back up his/her position.
Sir James became prime minister because he makes bold statements on positions/topics many are afraid to tackle, and the amendment to the motion of no confidence is one of them.
Whilst Friday seems like a puppy in a dogfight, Sir James took on the “string quartet” and won.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Jomo Thomas, acknowledged his mistake when he allowed an amendment to the motion of no confidence. First, a motion can be amended but the amendment must be germane to the original motion. The ultimate question is: Is the amended motion of confidence germane to the motion of no confidence?
Confidence and no confidence are black and white or true and false. Any amendment that is diametrically opposed to or rejects the original motion is NOT germane and is out of order.
Sir James really schooled the “string quartet” on this one.
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