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Permit me, Mr. Speaker, to make a brief statement to this Honourable House and to the people of Jamaica.

Mr. Speaker, from all the indicators of the recent past in this Chamber, there was the long-sent message that the day would surely come when a Prime Minister would have had to demand that the decorum that is required to be exhibited in this, the highest Court of the Land, must not be called into question.

And, we have arrived at that day!

That demand is not for me, or for my own gratification, even though such decorum would bring pearls of joy to my heart.

Neither is that demand being made because that is what every Member of this Honourable House should be demanding of herself or himself, since it is a requirement that attaches itself to the position of Member of Parliament.

Neither is it only for the public servants who, over all administrations, have been so kind and respectful to us, and who would surely have come to expect that same kind of respect in return.

Rather, the demand rests on two foundation stones.

First, the people of Jamaica, our employers, who sent us here, did not do so, in order to have to witness what was played out last week in this House of National Hero, the Right Excellent George William Gordon.

They respected us enough, regardless of our faults which may be apparent, or our short-comings which may be hidden, to send us here to represent them in this honoured capacity.

Mr. Speaker, that kind of trust requires that our deportment; our engagement; our attitude; our manner of speaking and interacting; must be the material of which that uplifting examples are made.

That is how we repay respect with respect.

There has been widespread condemnation of the new low that some of our Membership chose to seek out last week.

The report that has come to me from all walks of life is that this must be the last of this kind of behaviour.

Enough is enough!

 

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