Opposition Senator in St. Kitts Booted Out of Parliament for Gross Misconduct
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts- Opposition Senator Nigel Carty was ordered to leave the National Assembly for “gross disorder” and is expected to face further action.
Carty’s was booted from Parliament as Prime Minister Dr. Timonthy Harris tried to wrap up debate on the Income Tax (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2016 on Wednesday.
Senator Carty interrupted the prime minister several times, accusing Deputy Speaker Michael Perkins of not allowing him to speak before Harris wrapped up the debate. Perkins responded by saying that he had given time for members to speak, but no one else had indicated they wanted to make a contribution.
“The honourable senator finished her presentation. There was a distinct pause. I waited. I made sure I looked. The honourable prime minister rose to present. Then you, the honourable senator opposite, rose. I have found in the past that there seems to be a sort of, for the want of a better term, a sort of cat and mouse thing which I’m not going to allow and so I recognize the honourable prime minister,” Perkins insisted.
But Senator Carty continued to interrupt, and the deputy speaker read the riot act.
“I am on my feet. I am speaking,” Perkins said three times. “I am on my feet and if there’s another word from anyone while I’m on my feet, I’m going to apply the standing order which deals with such a situation,” while proceeding to read Standing Order 49.2 which states that “the Speaker or the Chairman shall order any member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the National Assembly during the remainder of the day’s sitting and may direct such steps to be taken as are required to enforce this standing order”.
He then warned Carty: “If you persist in this cross-talk any further during the wrap-up, I would consider that to be grossly disorderly and would apply this standing order to you.”
The deputy speaker also read Standing Order 48 which speaks to rulings of the speaker under the caption “Responsibility for Order in The National Assembly and in Committee” which states:
“The Speaker in the National Assembly and the Chairperson in Committee shall be responsible for the observance of the rules of order in the National Assembly and Committee respectively and their decision upon any point of order shall not be reviewed by the National Assembly except upon a substantive motion made after notice.”
“This is pellucid. I don’t think we should be going over this point over and over again,” the deputy speaker said.
Senator Carty persisted continuing to make comments, even after the deputy speaker gave him a final warning.
Perkins then instructed him to leave the chamber.
“I just made a ruling and it has come to my attention that the honourable senator uttered words to the effect that I’m a dictator. Senator Carty, under rule 47 (2), I consider that statement that I’m a dictator to be grossly disorderly and I’m asking you to leave the assembly immediately,” he said.
“I would further indicate that I would deal with the behaviour of the Senator Carty at a later date and I will defer my way of dealing it for a later date.”
Senator picked up his belongings and exited Parliament, saying that he never made the statement that the deputy speaker accused him of uttering.
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