Read this article...and tell me if you REALLY think he care one ass:http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2013-04-15/volney-not-me-and-pp-again
Never again! That’s the position from the People’s Partnership’s St Joseph MP Herbert Volney on two counts: never again wearing jeans to attend Parliament as he did last Friday; and never again wanting to contest St Joseph for the People’s Partnership in a general election, beginning in 2015.
“I decided in recent weeks I don’t want to contest again because the PP will lose St Joseph and the entire East-West Corridor to the PNM, as this Government is operating exactly how (former Prime Minister) Patrick Manning was—not listening to the people,” Volney said yesterday. “I’ll have my own say in 2015 if Government continues as they are—St Joseph people will know who not to vote for.’’
Volney has been a PP backbencher since being fired from the post of Justice Minister last September in connection with the Section 34 proclamation issue. In an interview yesterday, Volney said House Speaker Wade Mark called him in after last Friday’s House of Representatives session to advise him against wearing jeans—instead of the traditional suit—to the House as he had done that day. Volney’s attire had been the subject of some after-session debate by PNM MPs last week.
PNM’s Amery Browne, who expressed concern, said MPs do not come to Parliament in jeans since the dress code under protocol for MPs is a suit. Yesterday, Volney said the Speaker did not reprimand him, but cautioned him about wearing the jeans and a sport jacket to Parliament. “The Speaker spoke to me about my attire after the session last Friday, yes,” he said.
“I explained I had come straight from my constituency—that’s how I am attired when I work among the people—and rather than be late for Parliament to go and change into a suit, I decided to come in my sports jacket and jeans. “I informed the Speaker that I meant no disrespect and the next time I will come in my lounge suit. He spoke to me on the issue and I agreed with him. He didn’t reprimand me, we just had a mature chat. The matter was sorted out.”
Volney said he had come last Friday to the Parliament in his new red Audi A6, which bears a the licence plate PCY 34. Explaining the licence plate, Volney said: “I chose 34 as that number has made me unusually respected in T&T—I see it as my lucky number...Also, three and four make seven, which is also my lucky number.
“Indeed, there should be no big celebration on the recent judgment concerning Steve Ferguson on the Section 34 issue, since the truth hasn’t really prevailed,” he said. “The Privy Council also overturns constitutional matters like these all the time.” Volney said he had given the Solicitor General a statement on the Section 34 issue as an affidavit, but this was not used in the issue, though a statement by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was. He said the AG had made certain findings which were “wholly inconsistent” with his.
“I was the minister who conceived Section 34 and piloted it, so my evidence should have been primary evidence and the AG’s statement, secondary evidence,” Volney said. “But the court didn’t have the benefit of the primary source of evidence which was me.” Volney, who says he was “emancipated” by the Section 34 issue, said: I’m free to represent society with my views...I seek nothing more from this Government. Not me and the ‘monarchy’ again—I done with dat! I can’t have these kinds of bedfellows again.”
“I will certainly have my say in 2015, but I won’t be returning to contest. I’ve notified my constituents. If Government continues going the way they are—not listening to the people like Mr Manning did—they’ll be decimated in St Joseph and the East-West Corridor in general election and will return to their 15 ‘heartland’ seats.”
He added: “The PNM doesn’t even have to work St Joseph, people won’t be voting PNM in 2015, they’ll just be voting against the PP. At this rate, the same thing that happened with Manning will happen with Kamla Persad-Bissessar. They’re making the same mistakes and heading to similar destruction.” Asked if he would speak out against the PP in 2015, Volney said: “I’ll do what my conscience tells me to...”
Asked if he would heed PP requests for him to contest again, Volney added: “I leave it in God’s hands. The way the PP’s going now, I will not be a part of that. But two years is a long time in politics, they can still make a turnaround. They need to start listening to the people and she needs to get rid of a few people in her Cabinet.” Volney, who says he votes on special majority legislation according to bills, said he supported the Anti-Doping in Sports bill last week.
But he added: “The epicentre of change has always been St Joseph, it’s like an earthquake that ripples in all direction...and the most powerful position I’ve held is to be a Member of Parliament. One can bring down a government or make a government.”