Falklands : MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY ROGER EDWARDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.08.2013 (Article Archived on 24.09.2013)
Madam Deputy Speaker, Honourable Members, in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment, I, too would like to wish Richard Cockwell well and to thank Sharon Halford for volunteering to assume this history making position as Speaker to the House.
MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY ROGER EDWARDS
Madam Deputy Speaker, Honourable
Members, in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment, I, too would like to
wish Richard Cockwell well and to thank Sharon Halford for volunteering to
assume this history making position as Speaker to the House.
At the Start of this Assembly one
of our Members was chastised by the Governor for urging people to break the
rules regarding telecommunications in the Islands. We are elected and become members of the
Legislative Assembly. We make
legislation. If we don’t like the
legislation, we are in a position to change it.
We should never encourage anyone to break that law or be forced to break
that law. And that was my position on
the designation of Camp Tracks. I believed,
and I was a lone voice at the time, that to introduce this legislation we would
be criminalising many of those in the Camp Community and I did not support it
from the day one.
I was delighted that I had some
more colleagues come aboard and agree with me that that was not the right way
forward. In this House on the 25th
of July, I reported that EXCO had made a majority decision to forward Road
Designation to this, the final meeting of the Legislative Assembly. I also reported we were to hold a further
meeting the following week with members and officers to discuss possible
alternatives. As a result of that
meeting new proposals were discussed and a new Exco paper was produced whereby
the Road Designation Bill would not be moved at this meeting. And indeed listeners of this programme or
this debate would have heard the Chief Executive not move that paper.
When I came to this meeting this
morning I was wearing a black tie. When
it was finally decided not to move that paper forward, I changed into a bright
pink tie. When we have television in
this House then they will be able to see how bright and cheerful it is.
It will now be up to the new
Assembly after the November election to decide which parts of the Road Traffic
Ordinance will be taken forward by regulation rather than legislation.
I would like to thank my
Honourable Colleagues for their support in this matter. And I think it shows a certain maturity
amongst the body of this Assembly to see that there were alternatives even at
this, the 11th hour of this Assembly.
I think we leave the Falkland
Islands in a much stronger position, particularly public diplomacy where we
have certainly countered the political lies and threats by Argentina and we
have spread the message about the Falklands across the world.
I am, tomorrow, Air-bridge
allowing, off to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association with my Colleague,
Barry Elsby where we will be able to further that fight back against Argentine
I would like to associate my
support, too, with that expressed by my Colleague, Mike Summers regarding
Gibraltar and thank them for their continued support as we support them.
Regarding Policy, if members of
the public feel the policy is wrong then that is down to us. We make policy; our civil service support us
by administering that policy. So if
Members of the public feel the policy is wrong then we should be blamed, not
And I would like to thank the
Administration across the board for their tireless help and advice and
assistance that we have had over the years – the four years of this
Assembly. I have thoroughly enjoyed my
time in this Council. At times I have
showed passion and remorse at other times, unlike the others who are saying we
mustn’t mention the November election.
I will be standing in November and
hope to be able to once again represent you, the people of the Falkland Islands. Admire the way the people of the Falklands
express their views, how they support the Islands when overseas; and how many
times have I said I think our future is secure because of the quality shown by
our youngsters. They should be
thoroughly proud – each and every one of them.
Madam Speaker, I support the
Motion for Adjournment.