are handled, developed in response to a fallout over the distribution of Labour Day work back in May.
Paulwell recalled that the agreement was made in June between himself and Derrick Smith, the minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and leader of government business in the Lower House, on the instruction of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
“Minister Derrick Smith and myself did meet and we agreed that in relation to these matters, everybody would be made aware and that there would be equal sharing of resources except for the leader of the opposition and the prime minister,” said Paulwell.
He explained that the new attitude the Opposition will be embracing going forward would mean that Government ministers would find it difficult to do work on days scheduled for Parliament to sit.
He said the tension that will result is necessary to bring home to the Holnessled administration “that we are not going to settle for foolishness”.
Continued Paulwell: “Until they understand that they need the support of the Opposition
for this country not to get back into a state of civil upset, I think we have a duty.”
In responding to the threat from Paulwell, Smith accused him of unfairly prejudging the outcome of an ongoing probe.
He argued that having asked the Office of the Contractor General to investigate the issue, the Opposition should have waited for the investigation to conclude before pronouncing a verdict on the matter.
“To my sure knowledge, the contractor general has not concluded his investigation, but Mr Paulwell and the Opposition have gone ahead and arrived at a judgement,” Smith said.
Smith said that upon the ruling of the contractor general, the Government would take the necessary actions.