Sir Gerald’s repeated interventions unnecessary

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The speaker of the house is being criticised for what some people say was his participation in a debate during a recent sitting of Parliament.
Guests on the Big Issues yesterday told OBSERVER media that the repeated interruption of Trevor Walker, the member of parliament for Barbuda during Tuesday’s session, was a show of partiality by Sir Gerald Watt.
“I thought he was a part of the debate, it was almost like a boxing match between him and Mr. Walker. When you consider that the role of the Speaker, primarily, is to protect the minority, and such a small minority, I don’t understand why he felt it necessary to try and browbeat Mr. Walker into submission,” Gisele Isaac said.
Isaac, a former Speaker of the House, also agreed with Hendren Parker, a former independent candidate who was on the radio programme, that Sir Gerald was a part of the legal team that earlier challenged the Barbuda matter in court.
During the recent debate in parliament, Isaac said that Walker was not allowed to make his point of how Antigua and Barbuda historically got to a place where residents of the sister-isle could occupy lands without ever holding a title deed.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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