Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, again last Saturday, wore the t-shirt that Minister of Works, Senator Julian Francis complained about in Parliament. (iWN photo)

Tension continues between a government minister and an opposition lawmaker over an outburst in Parliament recently.

During the meeting of Parliament in February, Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock shouted across the aisle to Minister of Works, Senator Julian Francis, his schoolmate, telling him that had he finished his education he would not have been “making an a** of himself”.

Leacock quickly told the Speaker, “I withdraw the a**”, adding, that as a matter of fact, he “withdraw” the whole statement.

But Leacock, at a rally of his New Democratic Party in Layou on March 9, wore a t-shirt printed with the words “I withdraw the” and an image of a rearward looking donkey.

Then at the meeting of Parliament last week Monday, March 11, Leacock asked a question about cleaning up Kingstown.

Leacock’s question was:

“As I commit as MP for Central Kingstown to the clean-up of the city in the 40th year of our independence, would there be proper recognition and accommodation of my buy-in to exercise, such as (a) proper ablution facilities in the Heritage Square area and the toilet in Bay Street opposite Little Tokyo, (b) at least designs for a boardwalk along Little Tokyo to North River Road and to clean all that is now unsatisfactory and ugly with the seafront development, and (c) a phasing improvement in our sidewalks using different masonry or finishes over the existing cobblestones?”

Francis answered the question then said:

“But I just want to say this, Mr. Speaker: on buying in on the ideas of the honourable member, Mr. Speaker, I want to lodge that a statement was made in this honourable house when the honourable member did a withdrawal. He made a statement and referred to a member, which was me, as an ‘a’ double ‘s’. He withdrew it. Saturday night, I saw him at a public meeting in Layou in a polo yellow shirt, printed, “I withdraw the’ and the rear end of a donkey printed on his shirt.”

“So, you were on my jersey?” Leacock said.

Francis added: “‘So I withdraw that’ has now become a badge of honour for the honourable remember to wear in public. I will find it difficult, therefore, with that sort of thinking, to take the buy-in ideas of the Honourable Member for Central Kingstown.”

The issue came up again last Saturday night at the NDP’s rally in Georgetown.

As Leacock began his speech someone at the front of the crowd made a comment about coconut water and Leacock told him not to worry about that.

Leacock then commented:

“… I had to laugh. I thought this thing did die down. I go in Parliament last week, a man get up and speak, say what he had to say and then he tell the Speaker I had he on my jersey last week in Layou. This look like Julian? … Tell me good. Julian dey pon my jersey? I never see nothing so. He go in Parliament and say I ha’ he pon my jersey. This is Julian? My god. He really shudda stay in school.”

At the end of the speech, Leacock said:

“… it look to me like the same man who dey pon my jersey ha’ the vendors in he craw. He ha’ the vendors in he craw, he wah me move Yellow Bird and dem from under the bank,” he said, referring to a vendor by her nickname.

“Yellow Bird ah dem nah people pickney, too? I am the product of vending. When I was going Grammar School ah was coming down the road on Friday evening with tin tray to carry to … bakery on Middle Street to bake bread. And where horse reach, donkey go reach but this donkey like it ain’t wah reach — unless this one is a jackass.”

4 replies on “Hard feelings remain after MP ‘withdraw the a**’”

  1. C. ben-David says:

    The only newsworthy item here was Leacock’s wicked desire for, “a phasing improvement in our sidewalks using different masonry or finishes over the existing cobblestones?”

    Is this jacka*s of a politician actually calling for the paving over of our beautiful and historic cobblestones, the only attractive feature Kingstown has left?

    For sure, they need repair. But please don’t hide them under ugly asphalt!

    1. Cobblestone can look good but apparently we do not know how to lay them in SVG. People complain about the roads, which are shameful to a government that wants people to believe they care about infrastructure but the sidewalks are even worse. So many places there are no sidewalks where there should be.

      Truth is that we probably have the worst sidewalks in the world along with the policy concerning sidewalks. It is as if the great lack of concern for the roads is “trumped” by the lack of concern for the pedestrian. Obviously we have NO STANDARDS when it comes to roads and sidewalks. If we ever want to become a more developed country we first have to have a government that is mentally developed. We do not have that and never have. We have to start with a government that has concern instead of a government that says it cares and demonstrates that it does not.. I hope we can withdraw the jackasses and one day have a government that does care about the people.
      C.Ben you seem to miss no opportunity to attack the NDP, especially when they are right. If Ralph would have done what Leacock did and say what he said, you would have called him a great politician.

  2. Hashtag Prince says:

    LOL— Lovely movie script.

    Leacock would make a good Director (smile!!!).

    The double entendre and play pon words got Francis sugar-pan hottt!!!! LOL!

    Episode 1 – The Blow-up
    Episode 2- The Apology
    Episode 3- Playing de A**
    Episode 4- Tit for Tat

    Stay tuned for Episode 5 “Ants in de shuggah pan” LOL

    1. Julian stepped right into that one and really made himself look stupid. He can be happy that Leacock did not make him look even worse to infer that Julian identifies himself with a jackass and calls it a badge of honour.
      Something really needs to be done about the sidewalks in Kingstown. I notice Julian only did the main entry into Green Hill after the van drivers complained. There are some really big holes in places on the way to Liberty Lodge Boys Center that are a real disgrace and cannot be avoided. He did not fix those.

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