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Mudslinging the order of the day
The recently concluded budget debate in the House of Representatives is a clear indication that mudslinging is the order of the day and the Parliament has been reduced to a fish market squabble.
Something must be done to restore the dignity and decorum of the House if it is to ever regain the respect of the general population. Here I would venture to suggest that we appoint a Parliamentary ombudsman through whom all these rumours, half-truths and innuendoes should pass and be vetted before they are aired in the House.
This will help in some measure to diminish the unsavory aspect of the sitting and bring some order and regularity to the parliamentary chamber. This officer must be able to work hand in hand with the speaker to ensure that truth and veracity prevail.
Dr Clifford Ramcharan
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