Opposition MP mulls lawsuit against House Speaker

Speaker of the House of Assembly Henrick Alexander, left, and Opposition Member of Parliament St. Clair Leacock (file montage photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Opposition lawmaker St. Clair Leacock is considering legal action against House Speaker Hendrick Alexander for statement Alexander reportedly made about Leacock’s suitability for office.

Leacock said at a New Democratic Party (NDP) press conference on Wednesday that Alexander would in time hear from his Central Kingstown constituents who feel aggrieved by the Speaker’s comments.

Leacock also announced that he has informed his lawyer of statements Searchlight newspaper, in its March 30 edition, attributed to Alexander.

The newspaper quoted Alexander as saying Leacock is “simply a rude and out of place man who is not fit to be a Parliamentarian to represent people anywhere in this country.”

It further quoted Alexander as saying “… Sometimes I wonder if he does not suffer from some sort of complex or the other.

“He just simply believes that he can flaunt the rules of the House any and all times and must be allowed to do that, but while I remain Speaker of the House of Assembly, he will never, ever be able to do it and get away with it. I’ll always challenge him.”

The newspaper also quoted Leacock as saying the Speaker is “manifestly incompetent, undemocratic in his practice and manipulated by the ruling regime in the conduct of the House”.

He further said the speaker continues to be “disrespectful, contemptuous and non-democratic”.

But Leacock said at the press briefing that Vincentians determined that opposition legislators be elected on their behalf.

“And it is not for the Speaker of the House to second guess the constituents of this blessed land of ours,” he said.

“And I know, in a matter of time, the Speaker will hear from those people in Central Kingstown who feel aggrieved by his uncontrolled outburst. I will say this though, we must maintain the resolved in the Parliament to see that the democracy of this country is protected because the Parliament is critical in that regard.

“And the occasions on which we are [not] allowed to speak properly without his interference is increasing to the point where Parliamentary exercise become rather dysfunctional and so I support whole heartedly the call by the Leader of the Opposition for the Speaker to step down from that position.

“And I will say this to him, and I say this only: nothing that I have said about him — and I do not speak disparagingly of him — … comes near the assessment that has been given of his by the leader of government business in the House [,Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves].

“And he doesn’t have to go very far to check what those records are and what opinions are held of him by the honourable Prime Minister himself. We will continue in the New Democratic Party to do the people’s business and to do it assiduously,” Leacock said.

The NDP, at its press conference, said it had written to Alexander asking him to demit office even as Leacock had had talks with his lawyer.

“I have in fact drawn the matter to my own attorney’s attention and I reserve my rights,” Leacock said at the press conference.

“… It is undesirable that you have a House that determines itself to be honourable and have members being caught up in court matters when common-sense and decency tells one what needs to be done,” he further said.

Leacock resists temptation

Leacock, who often clashes in Parliament with Alexander, said he “also reserved the privilege to respond to the Speaker in kind and he will not look the better for it if I was to make a comparison.

“But I have resisted that temptation,” he said.

“It is as tempting as it is provocative for me to respond to the Speaker’s diatribe, and, I might say, slander. But these are times when we in the New Democratic Party, against great odds, have to take the moral highroad and avoid being dragged through the mud or being diverted from the issues of the day,” he told reporters.

“So, while I join in the condemnation [of the actions of the Speaker], I will not engage the Speaker publicly in his continuous disrespect for his own office and the contempt he continues to throw at us, members of the parliament,” Leacock said.

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13 thoughts on “Opposition MP mulls lawsuit against House Speaker

  1. I thought you guys don’t trust the Caribbean Justice System!!! I await the outcome of this matter…

    Posted by no-nonsense | June 7, 2012, 07:38
  2. LEACOCK, don’t prove yourself to be weak. If the boot was on the other foot LEACOCK or GONSALVES would sue you and revel in the publicity.

    Posted by Peter | June 7, 2012, 08:26
  3. St. Clare Leacock is an IDIOT. It is just an EMBARRASSMENT LISTENING to him in the HOUSE, most times.

    If anyone should be sued is St. Clare Leacock for his CONSTANT ATTACKS on and LACK of RESPECT for the SPEAKER of the HOUSE.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 7, 2012, 11:20

      The LAWS OF SVG, including the fairly recently revised edition, are PLAINLY HARD ON THE ACCUSED IN RELATION TO LIBEL, SLANDER, AND ASSAULT ON CHARACTER. Those are the plain, though admittedly harsh, Laws of the land, objectively.

      MAJOR ST.C. LEACOCK, given that the verbatim reports of the SEARCHLIGHT are accurate and authentic, would OBJECTIVELY have the Mr. ALEXANDER “over a barrel” legally. OBJECTIVELY.

      I would render FREE ADVICE, even though still unsolicited, to Hendrick and counsel him to SUE FOR PEACE. He does NOT have the normal parliamentary privileges OUTSIDE of the HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, and would normally be at a decided LEGAL DISADVANTAGE. A private and, or, PUBLIC apology would be quite in order. No self respecting OECS court would venture to give him easy treatment in this. To do so, would open the court to clear charges of gross dereliction of duty and transparent corruption – – – especially in light of the recent Gonsalves libel-slander cases.

      Humility is the better part of valor, Mr. Alexander. Do the right thing and eat humble pie. And, stop being so vulgarly parochial IN and OUT of SVG’s parliament. Learn to be a Statesman, for once in your utterly miserable performance. If no one else, then SVG deserves much, much, better. Then put a political mussel on that mouth.

      All the foregoing words of advice are given unmaliciously. Gratis. With patriotic objectivity. Despite self Powa.

      Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 8, 2012, 07:01
      • LACK OF INSIGHT STEVE_HUGGINS, everything that Mr. ALEXANDER has stated about LEACOCK is RIGHT on the MONEY, because we see it all the time in PARLIAMENT. So yes, let him go and sue, because he will just CONTINUE the LOSING RECORD of the NDP in the COURT of LAW.

        Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 8, 2012, 12:55
  4. LEECOCK, get rid of those eyeglass’s they are horrible. You know very well the DPP will not allow you to sue ALEXSLANDER THE GREAT Marxist twerp.

    VINCYPOWA, its back to your cottaging and snurging antics for you, you very silly person. Pay back the Calliaqua money, that was very naughty of you.

    Posted by Peter | June 7, 2012, 16:10
  5. Powa Sir Rapealot is the worst king in history,he’s never in the kingdom,always on a horse to another kingdom where he poses as a beggar and tries to collect money.Sir Rapealot and Sir Thiefalot are responsible for the decline of the kingdom of Hairouna

    Posted by Joe | June 7, 2012, 22:54
  6. lmao The conference should have replayed the api bradcast of Ralph and David Aimes and all the credit the ulp took for Buccament in the election, Ralph has the reverse midas touch everything he touches or talk about turns to crap.. As per the hospital in georgetown,the ndp needs to talk to the forestry’s actually a tree hospital,that’s why there are trees growing there,if you have a sick or injured tree you can carry it to the georgetown tree hospital

    Posted by Jahu | June 7, 2012, 23:03
  7. I hope buccament resort succeeds but if it doesn’t,the entre beach should be made as public as possible,and the cabanas should be given to poor people in the area for housing

    Posted by Jahu | June 7, 2012, 23:08
  8. JAHU, they resemble low cost housing, they have taken the beach and built on it. Then they have filled into the sea with rocks and rubble and built a new private white beach further out into the sea. The original beach no longer exists, it has a restaurant and swimming pool built on it.

    If you all want to know more, ask Francis the Philistine, he knows every thing and every inch of the project.

    FRANCIS, stop pulling that big roll of cash out in Marty’s bar.

    Posted by Peter | June 9, 2012, 17:27
  9. VINCYPOWA, your out of your depth as usual.

    Posted by Peter | June 9, 2012, 17:29

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