House Speaker, Alix Boyd-Knights, has told members of Parliament that they should learn in order to be humble.
Speaking at the beginning of the Seventh Meeting of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament on Monday morning, she also lamented that many parliamentarians do not take the time to learn the Standing Orders of the House.
“There is something… that I was told as a child and it bears repeating because it is very important that we understand as persons who from the time we are born, we are learning and we learn as much as we can base on certain abilities and certain disabilities that we possess,” she stated.
One of the hindrances to learning, she stated, is arrogance.
“From a very wise person, I learnt that arrogance is a greater impediment to learning than a low IQ….” she stated. “I try to be humble so I can learn and I would advise anybody who really wants to learn to be humble.”
The Speaker said that it appears that certain members of House have what she called a “chronic disability to comprehend.”
“The level of analysis that I hear when points are being made both in the house and otherwise, it tells me that either we forget to put on our thinking cap or something goes amiss but I sense that there is a lack of understanding,” she stated.
She gave an example of a member who often talks about being elected by the people to do their work in parliament.
“Yes they did but when they sent you here, they sent you subject to rules, Standing Orders and members don’t take the time to learn the Standing Orders and when things like this are being spoken about these are the members who scurry outside,” she stated, in apparent reference to members of the opposition United Workers Party who have walked out of parliament on several occasions.
She concluded by saying, “Life is a learning experience, members I implore you, avail yourself of it.”