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Stop the rude behaviour in Parliament

March 10, 2011

Dear Sir,

Once upon a time I was a teacher who on a day off decided to sit in on a session of The House of Parliament. Soon after arriving, I became uncomfortable due to what I perceived to be rude behaviour on the part of Parliamentarians. I left. I did not know then but later realised that Bermuda parliamentarians on occasion may be trying to emulate their British counterparts; but rude behaviour for me is rude behaviour regardless of whom or where you are. I decided that day that I would not take any of my students to parliament to witness behaviour contrary to what I and my colleagues endeavoured to teach. The account of what was reported to have happened to Louise Jackson, MP on page 3 in the February 28 edition of this newspaper also addresses another issue that of denigration. Perhaps the MP in question does not know that British and American slave masters and their children referred to elderly slaves as aunt and uncle. The fact that Mrs Jackson was addressed by this title instead of being formally addressed by her correct title only confirms that I made the right decision.

RETIRED EDUCATOR

Southampton

Louise Jackson

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Published March 24, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 24, 2011 at 10:18 am)

Stop the rude behaviour in Parliament

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