Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington should be fired!
That was the call from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) League of Young Socialists to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today, as controversy raged over Carrington sitting in Parliament amidst a publicized legal dispute with a former client.
“We . . . call on the Prime Minister of Barbados to remove him as Speaker of the House, so as to remove any cloud that may hang above the post of Speaker of Parliament,” acting public relations officer Makala Beckles-Jordan said in a statement.
Since December 9, 2014 the High Court had made an order giving Carrington, an attorney-at-law, 28 days to render an account of all sums belonging to the estate of the client’s deceased aunt and pay all monies shown by the same account to be due, along with interest retroactive to May 13, 2014, until payment was made.
His former client, John Griffiths, said he had only received about $44,950 from Carrington, but approximately $210,000 was still outstanding from the sale of one of the two properties left in his aunt Muriel Worrell’s will.
Carrington has been under pressure from the BLP since last week to recuse himself from presiding over the affairs of the House until the Committee of Privileges has made a determination on the matter.
“We are of the strong view that Mr Carrington has lost all ethical authority to govern the affairs within Parliament on behalf of the country. Though in his personal and not public capacity, rational concern [surrounds] the public office which requires strict adherence to the law,” Beckles-Jordan stressed.
Meantime, Barbados’ longest serving House Speaker Ishmael Roett insisted in a brief interview with Barbados TODAY that the matter was a “moral issue”.
“I think that the office of Speaker cannot be compromised. I believe that if I was in Carrington’s position, I would recuse myself until the matter is resolved,” said Roett, who has the distinction of serving in that office from 1994 to 2008.