Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt has said that Member of Parliament for the Salisbury Constituency Hector John has abandoned his people and his responsibility in representing the constituents.
While addressing the issue of the deplorable conditions of feeder roads in the Salisbury Constituency, the Prime Minister indicated his belief that if John was serious about his responsibility, his aim would be to engage the government like other opposition Members of Parliament have in the past.
“I think that if anybody has to ‘make noise’ with anybody on this road, the people of Salisbury ought to be making noise with Hector John. That’s the only person who is responsible for the condition of the road in Salisbury is Hector John. What we have been able to do in Salisbury are things that have been brought to our attention by the Senator, Bentley Royer, but he is not the MP. He is a constituent. He is not the Senator ‘from Salisbury’. And more so, Hector John is the Leader of the Opposition, so he must know his responsibility as Leader of the Opposition and as MP,” stated Skerrit.
The Prime Minister continued, “These guys don’t know what it is to represent their people. Going on a radio programme, and shouting and screaming, is not going to help. You have to engage the Government, you have to engage the public service and it is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Representative to bring to the attention of the Government the challenges facing his constituency. I do that even though I am Prime Minister, I do write my fellow ministers on matters confronting my constituency. And I think that’s what has to be done.”
He added, “If you have a challenge facing your constituency, it is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Representative to let us know what is happening.”
Skerrit mentioned that he thinks that representatives are using the dereliction of their duties to ensure that nothing is happening in their constituency so that they can use it as a platform for re-election, but that that sort of behavior cannot continue.
He commented that Members of Parliament should follow Edison James’ lead in engaging the Government, for projects in his constituency.
Skerrit stated, “Mr James invited me to his constituency some time ago. He brought to my attention the North End water project and the challenges there. He brought to me the issue of some roads in Marigot and if you see our responses, the school and we just commissioned the North End water project. When we went there we felt that we cannot have people drinking from that water system and we made it a priority. We have done some of the roads in Marigot. So you have to represent.”
Concerning John the Prime Minister concluded, “Running all over the place and on Facebook and on the internet writing a bunch of foolishness is not going to help anybody. I’m not in a position to call on him to do anything. If he feels he can just take people’s money and don’t work, the constituents should call on him to make representation because they have seen that he has abandoned his people.”