I believe most media outlets carried their version of the debacle in the National House of Assembly that was held on Friday, August 6, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11. They all did a great jobs but I’ll add my voice to those who condemn what actually transpired. Those of us who listened must be totally embarrassed at the ill-mannered behavior displayed By our representatives. The debate surrounding the much talked about Value Added Tax issue was marred with more cut-cross rhetoric and interruptions than many bargained for and has left a very bitter taste with the listening public who attempted to learn and get more information on this horrible and historical tax burden. The circus was conducted in a most despicable manner and with our Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas leading the pack, the shameful display continued day after day with no sight of ending, sounding more like a fish market than anything else. I must give the Speaker of the House credit for his attempt to imply that he was being fair, impartial and honest. However, I am not convinced that he was but I suppose his job is at stake and he cannot do any better while holding on. He is obviously in a tough position and might really be trying his best. However, his best was not good enough during the recent sitting. What inspired most is the fact that very few calls for “point of order” and other interruption took place while those on the government benches made their presentations. It was almost as if all eyes and ears were stuck on what the government ministers had to say. The laughter and chatter were mute while the speakers all had their say in what should have been an interesting debate. When the Opposition members started to respond, hardly a sentence went uninterrupted and/or challenged. It seemed a plan from the onset that each member on the Opposition benches had to be subjected to a test in their durability. The constant chatter and giggling became so irritable that credit must be given to those Opposition members who were able to withstand the distractions. It was rather insipid, sickening and downright nasty the way members on the government side actually behaved. The government speakers greatly depreciated their efforts in bringing forward any valuable information on the VAT issue. There was no doubt that the bill would have passed based on the makeup of the house. It seemed rather an opportunity to inform and educate the public on the VAT proposal and ensure important details would be forth coming. That did not happen to the extent that one would have appreciated and the general public is still not fully aware of the magnitude of VAT. Prime Minister Douglas insisted that the Opposition was trying to mislead people while he was not. The fact of the matter is that many were left disenchanted and displeased with our representatives and not many persons, if any, were more knowledgeable about VAT. They did not convince anyone about anything other than the 17% that will be added to our living expenses. That will definitely cause further hardships on residents during these tough economic times.