Apologies readers for the lack of regular posting of late.
I’m focusing on finishing off a key part of my PhD research, and so the site is taking a bit of a back-seat at the moment. I’m expecting that I’ll be able to resume more regular posting shortly though.
There’s certainly no shortage of things to comment on however – last Friday’s resumption of the House of Assembly was full of incidents and issues worthy of a detailed look, namely:
- The undermining of our Freedom to Information laws (PATI) by a Minister (the incident is now under investigation by the Information Commissioner). If I find the time I’ll seek to discuss the relevant sections of the Act and the seriousness of what the Minister did…
- The flawed motion of censure, incompetence of the Speaker and the subsequent suspension of the Opposition Leader. If I find the time I’ll try and point out the problems with the motion in question, where the Speaker made a mistake and what our Standing Orders state, along with precedents from Westminster…
- The ongoing saga of the airport deal involving CCC/Aecon, of which the PLP is currently in London meeting with UK officials.
- The allegations of bribery alluded to by the Opposition Leader shortly before his suspension.
I also have the PAC review of Port Royal that I’ve been meaning to revisit.
Hopefully I’ll find some time to at least touch briefly on some of the above matters – and noting that this coming Friday, with the motion of censure against the Speaker bound to bring some more fireworks. There’s also the interesting UK General Election result, developments in Canada in the run-up to their October federal election, and the astounding victory of the NDP in the Alberta provincial election.
Despite the hiatus from regular postings here, I have prioritised the odd opinion piece for the formal news media, the most recent ones being on the airport emails released by the People’s Campaign, and a response to the arch-neoliberal Robert Stewart’s extraordinary attack on the unions celebrating May Day.
There’s a few more opinion pieces that should be published shortly, and I’ll provide links to them here when they are.