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treatment times;”>The press reported that the Speaker of the House of Assembly was apoplectic about the photo which appeared on the site Bahamasuncensored and other web sites showing Loretta Butler Turner MP and Peter Turnquest sleeping in the House. We agree with the Nassau Guardian in its editorial of Thursday 1st October that the protest was much ado about nothing. The MPs operate in the public domain so whatever is in the public domain is fair game. The answer is don’t fall asleep. That’s it. Here is what the Speaker said in his own words:
“I had the opportunity to examine two of the photos and that of others (that were taken). My first response was shock and dismay. As it turns out, the member for Montagu was correct. My investigation was conclusive and strongly suggested that a government member took the unflattering photos of two opposition members, then blasted them through the electronic (arena) for public consumption.
“I also investigated the involvement of any accomplices from the public that may have been involved or present in the House that day. The results of our investigations were telling. It turns out that a young man was in fact present in the gallery during the sitting. His Facebook page included the pictures with captions added. I summoned him to my office and learnt that he indeed did receive five to seven photos showing what appeared to be two opposition members sleeping. Immediately after he received them, he downloaded them, uploaded them for maximum exposure and placed a caption on them before blasting them into cyber space. The angles and positioning of the cell phone cameras gives conclusive evidence that the pictures emanated from two positions on the back row of the side of the government members. This determination is incontrovertible. The young man who visited the House admitted that he aided and abetted in this churlish and unauthorised act. He has since apologised for his actions.
“This matter is a gross violation of parliamentary code of conduct. It is a profound breach of trust and by extension our code of conduct.
“Actions like these undermine public confidence in all of us as members. They desecrate the sanctity of the Parliament.”