Crossing The Line

To those who much is given, much is expected.

Some of our representatives in Parliament need to comport themselves in a manner that befits members of parliament.

I watched the recent ceremony held in the Senate for the swearing in of three new members to the Upper House of our Parliament. I was disappointed because some of the contributors remarks, in my opinion, crossed over the line of good manners into the realm of bad taste.

Here was a timely opportunity presented on a platter for everyone involved to bury regressive partisan squabbling, and act like big men and women, by genuinely welcoming the new members to the house during the season of goodwill to all men.

But this glimmer of hope was squandered, yet again, by the imprudent remarks made by some senators.

The innuendo laced attacks leveled at some of the inductees by a few of the ones already established in the house, were uncalled for. The swearing in ceremony of the new Senators was not an appropriate occasion for partisan sniping.

The Senators making “welcoming” remarks that were unfortunately disparaging in tone, could have waited until a future session of the house when a bill was being debated on the floor, to continue their tiresome turf battles.

This is not the example of decorum that should be displayed in Parliament for young Grenadians to emulate.

And I urge the ones who conveniently quote from the good book, to be
mindful of the Gospel according to John chapter 8 verses 3-7, which addresses the message a man called Jesus imparted to a vengeance seeking crowd, concerning an adulterous woman.

Jesus admonished… “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”.

Our children are watching.

Roger Byer
Morne Jaloux
St George’s

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