The practice of Bills passed in the National Assembly going to the AG before being sent to the President is hallowed by time

Dear Editor,
I erred when I did not allow Mr Christopher Ram to remain intoxicated in his own bewilderment. I chose to reply.  My desire was to educate.  That my effort was futile is evident in Mr Ram’s latest fulmination published in both the Stabroek News and the Kaieteur News of February 8, 2013.  The letter is as virulently toxic as it is facetious and philistine.

The confirmation of both the Clerk of the National Assembly, and a former Clerk of the National Assembly, whose combined tenure in the Parliament spanned nearly six decades, of the indisputable and pivotal role of the Attorney General in respect of Bills passed by the National Assembly, failed to have any impact whatsoever.

For the record, the intervention by the Attorney General in this process neither contravenes any standing order or constitutional provision, nor derogates from either their letter or spirit. Indeed, this practice has been hallowed in time and has never been the subject of a challenge in the parliamentary history of Guyana.  Notwithstanding, the author continues to, inscrutably, question the historical and axiomatic role of the Attorney General in this process.

Mr Ram glibly and irrationally cites standing orders, constitutional provisions and a few academic writers to support his bizarre suppositions. Only the uninitiated will fall prey to this charade. I have neither the time nor the inclination to further engage Mr Ram in his intellectually sterile and vituperative utterances.

Ignorance is indeed blissful. I will no longer disturb such tranquillity.

My final word, venom usually self-contaminates when it reaches overwhelming proportions.  That eventuality is upon us.

Yours faithfully,
Mohabir Anil Nandlall MP
Attorney General and Minister of
Legal Affairs      

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