Unlike three weeks ago when a slapping match occurred in the House of Assembly, two more Members of Parliament (MP) had it out in the house.
Seabreeze MP Hope Strachan expressed her disappointment in East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest yesterday after he read a poem in Parliament yesterday that she felt was ‘denigrating’ to all Bahamian students.
One of the lines in the poem that Mr. Turnquest quoted spoke to Bahamian students failing and that caused the Seabreeze MP to go off the deep end and bash Mr. Turnquest.
“He should not be using statements like that that speak badly of the young people of our country,” she said.
When the Speaker of the House Kendall Major told Mrs. Strachan that Mr. Turnquest was only quoting a poem, but accepted them as his words, the Seabreeze MP insisted that he was beating all Bahamian students with the same stick.
“Him saying that Bahamian students are failing gives a bad representation of all our students,” she said.
“It’s not fair to all the hard working students out there doing well in school for him to come in here and speak badly about the nation’s young people. I will not stand by and let it happen, not in this great House of Assembly.”
“It’s denigrating to me, it’s denigrating to the young people of Seabreeze and it’s denigrating to all Bahamian young people.”
Mr. Turnquest insisted that he was not ‘denigrating’ Bahamian students but was just using the poem to give a sense of how poorly on average students were doing in school.
A few weeks ago, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner slapped Fort Charlotte MP Andre Rollins after she said he put his arm around her and made obscene remarks in her ear.