Editorial: Confusion

POSTED: 02/14/12 3:48 PM

Members of the coalition seemed to be confused or badly informed or both yesterday when they discussed the question whether MP Jules James violated the constitution when he voted on motions that personally affected him on November 17, and whether Parliament President Gracita Arrindell did the same thing by allowing him to vote.
The coalition parties used extreme political gymnastics to find a way out of their predicament, and they found it by turning a letter governor Holiday wrote to Arrindell about the controversy in December into their life vest, saying that it did not clearly say that the contested behavior amounts to a violation of the constitution.
Instead of spending hours turning around in circles, MPs could get clarity in a very simple way by asking an audience with the governor.
After that meeting there will never again be a discussion necessary about article 53.

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