“It is all about the show, not about parliament” – MP Marlin vents his anger about ruling by Arrindell

POSTED: 09/3/13 2:06 PM

MP Roy Marlin: “This is not a playschool.” Photo Today / Leo Brown

MP Roy Marlin: “This is not a playschool.” Photo Today / Leo Brown

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Roy Marlin became incensed when parliament President Drs. Gracita Arrindell did not allow him to ask Finance Minister Maarten Hassink for clarification about the AWBZ. Earlier, the minister had said that this fund for extraordinary healthcare costs has huge surpluses but that the law still obliges the government to contribute to it. “The government has to lower its contributions to these funds substantially,” Hassink said.

In the middle of his first round of questioning, MP Marlin wanted to ask the minister for a clarification about these statements, but he found parliament President Arrindell in his way. She urged Marlin to continue with his address, let other MPs after him make their remarks before the minister would get to his answers.

“There are no rules that state that during my elucidation I cannot pause to ask the minister a question,” Marlin said.

“You are not going to do that,” Arrindell responded.

MP Marlin made a second attempt to overcome the chairlady’s objections but to no avail: “I rule now that you will continue and that the minister will answer later,” Arrindell said.

“Forget about it,” Marlin grumbles pushing his microphone angrily out of the way.

Then he stormed into the pressroom to vent his anger. “This is bullshit. I try to get clarity from the minister so the public can be informed. It is not a playschool I am in. It is not a dictatorship. She can be the chairlady but there is no rule against this. This is craziness. I am a big man and I take my work in parliament serious. The rules of order allow you to have a debate.”

And Marlin was not done yet: “They cannot be inventing rules along the way. This is happening all the time when she is there. All the time the same crap. For her it is all about the (expletive) show, you understand? It is about the show, not about parliament.”

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  1. George Macgee says:

    Personally, I would like to see more debate with back-and-forth questions and answers between MP’s and Ministers. This ‘show’ of posing a series of questions, sometimes the same questions over and over from different MP’s and then later the Ministers giving a series of answers whereby most of the times no one knows who asked what and why.

    It is time these debates actually get some substance.