Lister: Govt showing ‘disturbing pattern of behaviour’
Independent MP Terry Lister decried Government’s defence in the “jetgate” affair saying the saga represented a disturbing “pattern of behaviour”.
Speaking during the Motion to Adjourn, Mr Lister said that “Government members did not act in the correct manner”.
And he criticised Finance Minister Bob Richards who had dismissed the Opposition argument that civil servants should accompany Ministers on Government business.
“It is unwise for a Minister to meet with anybody without his civil servants present. They have the knowledge, they know what’s gone on before,” Mr Lister said.
“I would suggest to the Finance Minister who holds a very senior role in this country that he do a rethink. Because he’s out of order.”
Mr Lister continued: “The new Government fell into a bit of a trap and a hole that they’ve created for themselves. Its called openness and transparency. It’s a very dangerous thing when you keep saying it. Because if you keep saying it, you have to do it.”
He added: “Whilst we’ve heard a lot of noise about ‘jetgate’ its really no different from me sitting here two weeks ago and my mouth falling open when Zane DeSilva forced the Minister Patricia Gordon to admit that Louise Jackson was her consultant.
“I can’t think of any reason why Louise Jackson shouldn’t be her consultant, but Zane DeSilva should not be forcing that out of her in this House. I was shocked to hear it.”
Mr Lister said: “We are now talking about a pattern of behaviour — after only five months in office. A pattern of behaviour.”
And Mr Lister said the practice of reporting to the House when Ministers travelled should continue.
“It’s a good practice,” he said. “That practice was continued by the PLP Government. I would advise the Government to do the same.”–