House Speaker Berates White for ‘Wrong’ Color Necktie: Don’t Come Back Here in That
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In the middle of the 2022-2023 Budget Debate, House Speaker Patricia Deveaux scolded the Member of Parliament for Montague, Adrian White for wearing the “wrong color necktie” in the House of Assembly.
White was making contributions to the debate when Deveaux argued an earlier comment made by White in his speech.
“He’s getting out of hand today. And I ain’t even pick on him cause he ain’t even wearing the right color tie today,” she said to FNM Leader Michael Pintard who stood up to request more time for White.
She then turns to White, “Don’t come back here in that–[It’s either] black, grey [or] blue.”
White responded, “My tie is in accordance with the rules, Madam Speaker.”
Deveaux retorts, “It ain’t. Oh no.”
White then emphasizes that the House rules speak to the wearing of “dark color suits” only.
Deveaux seeks clarification from the House clark and then reiterates, “Dark colors, okay.”
Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears then stands to his feet to support Deveaux while reading from the rule book:
“Rule 93 says the dress of the members of the House including the Speaker at sittings shall be dark suits with ties for men and dark business suits or dress for women provided on state or formal occasions.”
He added, “The tie must be consistent,” before sitting down.
Defending himself, White said other ministers were seen wearing yellow ties in the past to which Deveaux said, “Not in here. Not under my watch. Now you cut it out.”
She then impressed upon White to button his jacket.
At the conclusion of his speech, he showed Deveaux an image of a PLP member wearing a yellow necktie.