Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Ron Green says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s plan to establish an office for the leader of the opposition is long overdue.
At his swearing-in ceremony, following the December 18 general elections, the prime minister expressed his view that the leader of the opposition should have an office to work from.
“It’s something that has been pending for the longest time and to the extent that he has stolen an election and is now saying that, as far as I consider it is merely talk… after an election to soothe and calm those that are outraged.”
Prime Minister Skerrit said he is also considering the establishment of constituency offices for parliamentary representatives, explaining that constituents who live in rural communities have to travel to town to meet with their parliamentary representatives.
Green said his party has been calling for resources from the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration for a long time now.
“For the longest time we have advocated and called for resources to be put in the hands of the opposition, and he has refused. He has been there for nine years; his government and his party and they have refused… it is something we see as a necessary component of the democracy that we are trying to bring,” he explained.
He regards Skerrit’s pronouncement as too little too late, adding “for him to come now after what has happened and say he’s going to do this and going to do that, I frankly take that as irrelevant and nonsense worthy.”
When asked whether the opposition would utilize such an office if there was no boycott of parliament, Green said all actions taken by his party will be as a result of that straightforward commitment.